EA No Longer Developing For The Wii U
I’ve joked many times about what a failure the Wii U has been, and how I feel for anyone who bought the console that was clearly a weak attempt by Nintendo, at least for the more core gamers. But news that EA has literally no games scheduled for the console this year is a major blow.
EA spokesperson Jeff Brown confirmed “we have no games in development for the Wii U currently.” This confirms rumours that suggested the popular American Football series, Madden, would not appear on the Wii U this year, as well as rumours that Battlefield’s Frostbite 3 engine would not be supported either.
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But no games? No games at all? From one of the biggest publisher we have, that’s a rather big deal. If EA isn’t willing to develop for the Wii U, how long before other publishers follow suit? They’re just not making enough money on the platform to warrant development costs, which is a major factor to deal with in the current economic slump.
EA promised an “unprecedented partnership” with Nintendo and Wii U, but Kotaku reports that Brown says the “early run of EA games on Wii U represented EA delivering on its E3 2011 partnership.”
It may not be the end of EA on the Wii U, but it will be a long and bumpy road ahead for the console during the rest of this year. Is it dead already?