Crysis 3 skipping Wii U due to missing “business drive”

EA and Nintendo aren't meeting on the same page about Crytek's sequel

Crytek chief executive officer Cevat Yerli has told Digital Spy that Crysis 3 won't be coming to the Nintendo Wii U because there's no "business drive" between Electronic Arts and Nintendo.

"There have been discussions between Nintendo and EA and Crytek, but the bottom line is that there is that there's not enough business drive in it," Yerli told Digital Spy.

"I'd love to see it on Wii U, but what I love to see and what gets done at the end of the day are two different things. Even so, I could initiate it but someone has to sell it, right?" said Yerli. "It's a business decision between EA and Nintendo. If that business decision doesn't make sense, or seems to not make sense for them, it's... not possible for us to make it. We can't publish ourselves, and that's the bottom line."

Crysis 3 will be coming Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on February 19 in North America and February 22 in Europe. Electronic Arts has released the Unreal Engine 3-powered Mass Effect 3 and versions of EA Sports' Madden NFL 13 and FIFA 13 on Nintendo's new console.

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
Can't say I'm really surprised. But perhaps their online service will also get a downloadable version of Crysis as the 360 and PS3 did.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago
After looking at the sales and people playing Call of Duty on the WiiU, who can blame EA for that decision?
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Weston Sohlden4 years ago
@Klaus I agree with you. With a significant lack of "AAA" titles to entice the core audience, there is little appeal to the purchase of a Wii-U, and consequently, a large amount of risk to produce a "AAA" title for the platform catered to said audience.
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Benn Achilleas CEO and Founder, Playabl4 years ago
I still don't know anyone with a Wii U... or a Vita. That is unprecedented within my network for a new console. It can't bode well for either. Yes, my network is that powerful ;)
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
Hmmm. I'd have at least held out hope to see UbiSoft and Crytek bring Far Cry 3 to the Wii U at some point as it's quite deep for a FPS and has an insane amount of stuff to do in single player and story-driven co-op to go with the MP (no one will play save for a few of the few FPS fans who own a Wii U at this point).

Still, I think it's slightly odd that here, both EA and Crytek seem to deem Crysis 3 the same type of FPS as a CoD game... Ouch?

I dunno - perhaps someone working at EA or Crytek should buy a Wii U and poll system owners using the Miiverse if they'd buy one of their otherwise excellent shooters. If the interest isn't there (and it will be actual interest, not based on sales figures of a different game Crytek hasn't made), you'd at least have better information. I've always found that assessing risk without taking many (or any) leads to not seeing things too clearly on some fronts.

"Boy, I'd love to try that (insert anything from Ethiopian raw meat dish to climbing a certain deadly mountain or whatever), but I hear it will kill you, so I won't".

That and isn't a good game and better PR supposed to help drive sales? Spend that ad money properly, don't produce nine million copies of the game and maybe you'll see it sell out in some markets because people know they're getting their money's worth.

OK, I'll stop causing trouble now...
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