Frostbite Bullies The Wii U, Forcing EA To Apologise
For the most part, April Fool’s jokes are fairly harmless. Unless you’re somehow not savvy with the internet and get your hopes up for Half-Life 3 every single year, most April Fool’s jokes are done in a humorous and good natured way, leaving you with a laugh and little else. The team over at Frostbite, working on the engine that powers most in-house EA titles, didn’t seem to get that memo.
Instead, they decided to take numerous shots at Nintendo and their Wii U console, which EA has stopped supporting.
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It’s not that these jokes weren’t funny, it’s just that they were completely unnecessary and in some ways just outright mean, which is extremely unprofessional from a wing of EA. Take a look at some of the now deleted tweets that were posted yesterday.
Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda.
Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive.
Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our ‘netcode’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU.
It didn’t take long for the internet mob to make whoever runs social media over at Frostbite regret ever typing those words, but the real kicker came when EA COO Peter Moore personally apologised to Nintendo on behalf of Frostbite, calling the tweets stupid and unacceptable.
— Peter Moore (@petermooreEA) April 1, 2014
Because in the corporate world, they really are. EA might not be supporting the Wii U now, but that doesn’t mean they have no relations with Nintendo. Something as public as this looks really bad for the publisher, and I’m almost certain someone lost their job yesterday over this.
But hey, as Kotaku suggests, Nintendo should’ve just retaliate. “Oh look, Battlefield 4 is working today…April Fool’s”.