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EA making Wii U games, but focusing on next-gen

EA making Wii U games, but focusing on next-gen

Wed 22 May 2013 2:20am GMT / 10:20pm EDT / 7:20pm PDT

Electronic Arts makes a u-turn on Wii U development comments

Last week, Electronic Arts corporate communication head Jeff Brown said that the publisher has no games in development for Nintendo's Wii U. Today at the Stifel Nicolaus 2013 Internet, Media and Communications Conference, EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said that the company is creating Wii U titles, but its major focus is on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

"You know, I think Nintendo's business was more [an] extension of their last console," Jorgensen said, according to a report by Polygon. "I think what the consumer will find is a lot more powerful gameplay with the new boxes that are coming out, and a lot of excitement, but it'll remain to be seen as to the services associated with those as to how consumers decide which direction they might want to go."

Jorgensen's statement does leave us with the question of which games EA has planned for Wii U. The publisher's internal Frostbite 3 engine doesn't support the console, meaning games like Battlefield 4, Dragon Age III, the next Mass Effect, and the upcoming Star Wars titles can't come to the console without a different engine. EA Sports also told Eurogamer that Madden NFL 25 and FIFA 14 aren't Wii U-bound, the latter due "disappointing" sales. There's not much left in EA's existing portfolio to work with, though that doesn't preclude Wii U-only games like the Wii spin-off Dead Space: Extraction.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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How many U-turns are they gonna make before they make up their mind!?

Posted:A year ago

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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"I think what the consumer will find is a lot more powerful gameplay with the new boxes that are coming out, and a lot of excitement, but it'll remain to be seen as to the services associated with those as to how consumers decide which direction they might want to go."
There's the "tell" - You can do the damn same "experience" on the Wii U if you're willing to work harder. Last week seemed to be more about leveraging the devices that will generate EA more profit (based on scores and a more dedicated user base that buys certain key franchises in more volume on other consoles) and what teams can do with that "more powerful" hardware that's not stamped with a Nintendo logo.

Hell, if Frostbite can run on a mobile device, you can't tell me a team dedicated to optimizing it for the Wii U can't do something original and "as powerful" at some point down the road... just sayin'...

Posted:A year ago

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Andreia Quinta Creative & People Photographer, Studio52 London

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EA contradicting themselves about something they said only days ago? This is unprecedented!

Posted:A year ago

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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This is painful, more like. Not to get all high-and-mighty, but I can't think of many other companies (inside or outside the games industry) that seem quite so rudderless and without-a-clue as EA.

Posted:A year ago

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James Prendergast Research Chemist

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Oh, how I laughed!

I guess this is all part of the "unpredictability" at the end of a console cycle that everyone keeps talking about? :)

Posted:A year ago

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Hmmm. Come to think of it I had a "Gabe Newell complaining about the horrible PS3 hardware a few years back only to eat his words a few years later" flashback about two weeks ago. I'm hoping EA wises up and has some team just make a damn great Wii U title that shows they CAN indeed do fine work on the thing. I guess we'll see...

Posted:A year ago

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Isaac Kirby Studying Computer Games Development, University of Central Lancashire

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I'm sure with "Wii-U" and "U-turn" there's a good pun that needs a new home.
Either way it's EA saying "when we can make money on it on Wii-U, we will". Not complete desertion, just acknowledging that it will picks its fights carefully. Can anyone blame them?
I can see a something similar to what happens with handhelds developing: A game coming out at the same time, with same Brand, slightly different name etc. With a more suited experience to the platform. EA just has to pick the games carefully.

Posted:A year ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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So....no different than it has been for the past 30 years with EA on Nintendo.

Crysis averted.

There's a pun for you, Isaac.

Posted:A year ago

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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

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It's all well and good to say you're working on games on a theoretical basis, but unless we know what games they are planning and when they'll come out the sentiment isn't worth all that much. As the article mentions, certain high profile franchises are already off the table for this year.

Posted:A year ago

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Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

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Crysis averted.
It really was for Wii U =/

Posted:A year ago

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Ian Lambert UI Developer, Ghost Games

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>> "...just make a damn great Wii U title..."

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U. You're welcome.

Posted:A year ago

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Jack Pochop Studying Telecommunications, Indiana University

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Let's hope this doesn't mean cheap, exclusive Star Wars games on the Wii U. Please, no lightsaber sims.

Posted:A year ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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>> "...just make a damn great Wii U title..."

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U. You're welcome.
Thank you indeed.

The bright spot on the unfortunate EA story.

Posted:A year ago

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