EA Has "No Games in Development" For Wii U

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EA Has "No Games in Development" For Wii U

EA Unprecedented Partnership

Two years after promising an "unprecedented partnership" with Nintendo, EA has nothing in the works for the Wii U.

At E3 2011, EA CEO John Riccitiello stood on stage and proclaimed, in the wake of the Wii U's unveiling, that EA and Nintendo would be enjoying an "unprecedented partnership" in the years to come. It left many gamers wondering what the publisher could be bringing to Nintendo's new console to merit a public proclamation. The answer, it would seem, is "not much."

Speaking to Kotaku, EA spokesperson Jeff Brown confirmed that the publisher currently has "no games in development for the Wii U." This comes following a spate of similar bad news for Nintendo on the third party front. Just Cause 2 developer Avalanche Studios recently said that its Wii U development kits were "collecting dust." Likewise, Battlefied-makers and EA subsidiary DICE recently reported that its Frostbite 3 engine wasn't running well on the Wii U. The issues with Frosbite 3 may have been a foreshadowing of things to come, as EA will likely be using the engine as the foundation of many of its future titles.

While perhaps not completely unexpected, EA's dwindling support could pose a significant problem for the success of the Wii U. EA owns and holds the rights to a number of prominent franchises which, as of recently, includes Star Wars. If EA continues ignoring the Wii U in the future, it could keep that franchise off the console for years to come.

As for the "unprecedented partnership" EA promised in 2011? According to Brown the publisher's early run of games for the console, which included Mass Effect 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Madden and FIFA, was the company keeping that promise.

Source: Kotaku

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Two years after promising an "unprecedented partnership" with Nintendo, EA has nothing in the works for the Wii U.

Sounds like what happened when MS bought Rare!

I'm not that surprised the rushed money-grab that is the WeeOOooWWEEEoooWEOOOCHOSENONE isn't working out so well

Thank you for existing, EA. If not for you, Nintendo would bear the full brunt of the Escapist's hate. But other than that, stop being evil and stupid.

Nintendo really does need all the help it can get right now after the recent rash of boneheaded decisions. Thanks EA.

Like it was mentioned, I'd be willing to bet they dropped support when they learned their flagship game engine wouldn't be of any use for the system. It's all they seem to want to use for their games that suit it these days.

On the bright side, it's more reason to avoid splurging out on even more hardware for now. Shit's expensive!

The Apple BOOM:
Thank you for existing, EA. If not for you, Nintendo would bear the full brunt of the Escapist's hate. But other than that, stop being evil and stupid.

I don't quite understand, how does this make them (or arguably contribute to them being) "evil and stupid"?.

Omnicrom:
Nintendo really does need all the help it can get right now after the recent rash of boneheaded decisions. Thanks EA.

Assuming you're being sarcastic, why the hate for EA here? Are they obligated to publish for the WiiU?

Im ashamed to say I owned a Wii U in hopes that a new Zelda game and Metroid would be in the works but all I got was a repaved HD zelda game that may or may not be out this year.

Traded the thing in got 300 steam credit its what I should have spent the money on the first place.

Its scary to see the first step in the next gen console crash and burn so fast with most developers wanting to push for PC releases.

Shoot me for saying this but I really thing the consoles are dying out sooner then I though.

The Wii U is taking the piss.
Hands up all those who are surprised?

I believe the correct response to this news could be summarized with a Nelson Muntz laugh; "Ha Ha!"

I'm not a big fan of EA, but then I'm not very fond of Nintendo either. At least EA publishes games I'm interested in, even if they're slightly less homogeneous than Nintendo.

CardinalPiggles:

Assuming you're being sarcastic, why the hate for EA here? Are they obligated to publish for the WiiU?

I don't understand what you're asking? EA makes bad games, Nintendo is mismanaging their properties. The joke I was making was that EA is doing Nintendo a favor by not making any bad games for their system.

Basically, the console wars are won not by the passion of fans, but by the marketing and economic decisions of corporations. Sony and Microsoft have the console space so tightly sewn up, EA and other publishers have no NEED for anything else. So many fresh and interesting consoles and game systems have been prematurely culled like this, heck even the Jaguar which had the first version of Rayman (and visually the best compared the the PSX) could have rocked the 2D gaming space to 3D gaming heaven. Alas, it was the advent of boxy and ugly 3D, and no publisher would have a bar of 'the 2D', thus pushing the Jag into territory it just wasn't designed for, by developers who just couldn't cut it.

This is what will happen to the WiiU. Rather than create the high profile titles which demonstrate the system's forte, developers will instead squeeze square pegs into round holes -- XBox and Playstation style experiences on a console clearly designed for altogether different experiences. The result will be yet another self-fulfilling prophesy of failure, rather than the successful exploration of other horizons. I don't think most WiiU owners WANT to play Just Cause 2 and Battlefield 4 on their system. They want to experience that VISION which NIntendo and developers sold them. Sure, Nintendo will deliver, but without Third Parties to pick up the slack, the console will grow up stunted and sad. Again.

UberNoodle:
So many fresh and interesting consoles and game systems have been prematurely culled like this

Shame the Wii U is neither fresh nor interesting though.

Porting old games is unprecedented for EA. And you know things are bad when EA want to jump ship.

This makes the Wii U look more attractive, eh? Anyone? Imagine, a system with no EA presence at all...

Vivi22:

UberNoodle:
So many fresh and interesting consoles and game systems have been prematurely culled like this

Shame the Wii U is neither fresh nor interesting though.

I recall saying on this vary site that the WiiU wasnt going to be the next big thing for Nintendo. It was basically a HD re-release of the Wii.

I dunno, gif image of a black woman with a huge-ass afro from some random reality TV show, do you think I'm surprised and didn't see this coming at all?
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StewShearer:

As for the "unprecedented partnership" EA promised in 2011? According to Brown the publisher's early run of games for the console, which included Mass Effect 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Madden and FIFA, was the company keeping that promise.

Yes that sounds about right.

Everyone knows EA always keeps it promises.

I'm not often on the side of EA, but, I can see why they'd do this. But, the fact everyone's seemingly pretty stoked for whatever next gen means, why would you waste time and resources downgrading the visuals of the next wave of brown shooter?

WanderingFool:

Vivi22:

UberNoodle:
So many fresh and interesting consoles and game systems have been prematurely culled like this

Shame the Wii U is neither fresh nor interesting though.

I recall saying on this vary site that the WiiU wasnt going to be the next big thing for Nintendo. It was basically a HD re-release of the Wii.

In the same vein, the Wii was just a re-release of the game cube with motion controls

On topic, no Star Wars games for the Wii U could be a problem for Nintendo. That's one less franchise to milk for gimmicky shovel-ware *ba dum tis

The problem with the WiiU is it was released at a very bad time.

New and stronger console hardware is just on the horizon. Most hardcores aren't interested in getting another console that won't play next year's games unless they want their nintendo game fix (and for that they may just go with the 3DS), and the casual crowd aren't going to adopt the touch screen as they did the waggle without a Wiisports in the packaging.

The Wii had a third party problem in spite of their massive sales numbers do to the systems lack of power, is really surprising that no one wants to make games for the new underpowered systems that doesn't have as giant of sales.

Serious: Without stuff like FIFA or Madden, the WiiU will hurt. The other stuff is stuff most people wouldn't get a Nintendo console for. A couple generations ago this would have been a death blow. Now it still hurts a lot, but it's survivable.

Joke: Wait. No EA? Nintendo should use that as a selling point.

Semi-Serious: I decided to boycott EA a while ago. Between this and no games on Steam, EA is doing it for me.

Oh damn. EA won't make any games for the Wii U. That is just so sad. Can't you tell by my voice how sad I am?

CriticalMiss:
Porting old games is unprecedented for EA. And you know things are bad when EA want to jump ship.

^Best response, and probably the most telling assessment with the state of the WiiU to date.

greyfox115:
Im ashamed to say I owned a Wii U in hopes that a new Zelda game and Metroid would be in the works but all I got was a repaved HD zelda game that may or may not be out this year.

Traded the thing in got 300 steam credit its what I should have spent the money on the first place.

Its scary to see the first step in the next gen console crash and burn so fast with most developers wanting to push for PC releases.

Shoot me for saying this but I really thing the consoles are dying out sooner then I though.

If it keeps going the way it has then that's quite likely, but the stupid thing is that games should be on both equally, consoles are good for the back room or as portable PC's (however laptops are now even better). Idk I guess consoles are becoming quite redundant.

I recognize that the Wii-U is more comparable to the current generation that the "next generation" that people are still awaiting. But I'd love to hear a more technical explanation of why exactly the Wii-U seems to be giving the people responsible for the Frostbite engine such disgust. Such descriptions tend to be dumbed-down and oversimplified, but reports suggested the Wii-U was actually at least a bit more powerful than the 360; why, then, having scaled back their efforts for so long to fit inside the current-gen box, is the Wii-U such a hurdle?

Or is this just a case of "not going to be the market's shiniest new toy, so not going to bother trying?"

Callate:
Or is this just a case of "not going to be the market's shiniest new toy, so not going to bother trying?"

More like "Not going to be the market's shiniest new toy, and they won't let us put Origin on it, so not going to bother trying"

At least that's what I've been hearing.

Kind of surprised to be honest. They'll probably still be doing ports of say...CoD and Madden.

Good because Nintendo could do without EA going around fucking everything up as it is.

Honestly I can't see this spelling any kind og doom for the Wii U and even with the new PS4 and 720 I can still see the Wii U being around and not much will change except for games and that's about it, no PC master race prophecy coming true today chaps.

Cutting through the idiocy of all the smarmy Yahtzites gloating about big bad Nintendo getting some sort of "justice," perhaps I could shed some light on the situation as to EA's motives.

The original "unprecedented partnership" was largely a proposal by EA to run Nintendo Network - Wii U's counterpart to Xbox Live - on the Origin framework and hosting the service on their own servers. It would've given Nintendo an already-existing service to build from, but this would have given EA a lot of control over the system's online as they're the ones who would effectively been providing it. Granted, Origin would've brought many EA titles over to the system (and EA would've been eager to do so as they'd essentially have an "Origin Box"), but it also would've meant that EA could've done stuff like strong-arming Nintendo into making EA-leaning decisions by forcing certain prices if they didn't, or even giving companies like Activision bad support and online toolkits for the console in order to bolster their own products (so Call of Duty U might have been forced to be a laggy piece of crap while Battlefield U would've run flawlessly, being an in-house EA game.) Essentially, this would've turned the Wii U into EA's console as far as the online was concerned, as they would be pulling all the strings. They would've practically held the console ransom and made Nintendo their bitch.

Ultimately, Nintendo decided the proposed deal was more trouble than it was worth as the power they would be giving EA largely outweighed the benefits of using EA's infrastructure. So they put their foot down and cut the deal off, deciding to just make their own online service from scratch. Ever since then, EA's been throwing a hissy-fit and cancelling all the Wii U ports they can and severely crippling the ones they had already promised. This is why - for example - the PS3 and 360 got the Mass Effect Trilogy collection while at the same time Wii U got a mere port of Mass Effect 3 that didn't even include any DLC (original ending and all.) Or why though a Battlefield was announced for Wii U, none ended up coming and Battlefield 4 is skipping the system entirely when PS3 and 360 are still getting ports. The Wii U isn't any less capable than those systems, mind you, it's actually quite a bit more powerful and as far as stuff like DLC is concerned, it's just as up to snuff as their offerings.

It's just that in EA's case - yes, they are indeed deliberately trying to sabotage the system because Nintendo wouldn't let them own it.

It's not in my nature to be dramatic or exaggerate details. I'm saying it because for once it's absolutely true: EA has actually stooped so low as to try to get revenge on Nintendo. Honestly, though: should we expect any better from the #1 Worst Company in America?

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StewShearer:

As for the "unprecedented partnership" EA promised in 2011? According to Brown the publisher's early run of games for the console, which included Mass Effect 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Madden and FIFA, was the company keeping that promise.

Yes that sounds about right.

Everyone knows EA always keeps it promises.

For some reason that reminded me of the phrase "A Lannister always pays his debts." OT, the WiiU has never really looked that appealing to me. It's a shame that it's doing badly and I love nintendo with all my heart, but I shant be buying it anytime soon.

I like everyone saying how good this is, and how bad EA games would be for the Wii U, but really Ea is a lot of game developers, and looking at the Wii U's library right now, and the way other developers look at the Wii U, you guys are going to be shit out of luck for games

Really think about it, who is going to want to take the chance and spend the money to try and push their games on a gimmicky game console that is still a generation behind on hardware.

Yeah, this is really fishy to me. EA loves them some casual cash-cow games and lord knows that there would be a large casual market for the Wii U.

Makes me wonder if something happened to this "deal" between the two of them that made EA do a complete turn around. Maybe Nintendo wanted a larger share of profits or something.

VinLAURiA:
It's not in my nature to be dramatic or exaggerate details. I'm saying it because for once it's absolutely true: EA has actually stooped so low as to try to get revenge on Nintendo. Honestly, though: should we expect any better from the #1 Worst Company in America?

Don't take this as defense of EA, but if this is indeed how things went down then Nintendo is just as much at fault as EA is. Nintendo would be the ones that agreed to a stupid deal and, while backing out may have been a prudent choice, they reneged on that deal.

If I borrow from a loan shark, don't pay, and get my legs broken, sure the loan shark and his enforcer broke the law by assaulting me, but I was still to blame for getting involved with them in the first place.

EA is perhaps being petty about it, but its business and they are in a position to do so. If the Wii-U were doing really well, then EA would prolly bite the bullet and develop for the system, but since its not, they have the luxury of making it worse for Nintendo, saving development costs, and not taking a big hit on their sales in the process.

DrunkOnEstus:
This makes the Wii U look more attractive, eh? Anyone? Imagine, a system with no EA presence at all...

Seriously though... poor WiiU sounds more and more like a certain console from Sega, except it's not as legendary... not even close.

Trying to remember how many EA games I got for the Wii.

I guess none. Don't care.

And thank you Vincent for shedding the lights on some Escapist's ignorance about the Origin clash.

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