Bethesda Suggests Nintendo Look At Sony And Microsoft
Nintendo presently makes very little sense as a company. Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime called the PS4 and Xbox One launch line-ups “meh” while the Wii U doesn’t really have anything worth going crazy over and just a few days later Nintendo unveiled the 2DS – a handheld that looks like a wedge of cheese and makes less sense than one.
Regardless, they’re still successful. However, one thing they’re lacking is third-party support, especially on the Wii U where all they really have is the usual Mario, Zelda and co. Bethesda, creators of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series’, believes the main problem is the company’s approach and communication with external developers.
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Bethesda Softworks vice president of public relations and marketing Pete Hines spoke at length on an episode of GameTrailers’ Bonus Round as transcribed by Gimme Gimme Games, Hines pointed to Sony and Microsoft as examples, saying that Nintendo must “do what Sony and Microsoft have been doing with us for a long time” in communicating with third-party publishers.
“They involved us very early on…they say, ‘here’s what we’re doing, here’s what we’re planning, here’s how we think it’s going to work’ to hear what we thought,” Hines said.
“You have to spend an unbelievable amount of time upfront doing that. If you’re just going sort [of] deciding, ‘we’re going to make a box and this is how it works and you should make games for it’. Well, no. No is my answer; I’m going to focus on other ones that better support what it is we’re trying to do.”
Hines was one of the many developers last year who spoke about their lack of development for the Wii U and cited Nintendo’s non-existent support as a major factor. The hardware was another issue which was voiced by a number of other studios.
Ultimately it seems as if one of the only major publishers/developers behind Wii U is Ubisoft but even that is waning. There were countless rumours about every studio and their uncle working on a next-gen game prior to the unveiling of the PS4 and Xbox One but not so for Wii U.
The Wii U came out of nowhere really and then Nintendo sort of just went, “well, we have this console over here does anybody want to make some games for it?”