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Warner Bros cancels Wii U's Batman: Arkham Origins DLC

Warner Bros cancels Wii U's Batman: Arkham Origins DLC

Fri 31 Jan 2014 10:17am GMT / 5:17am EST / 2:17am PST
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"Based on demand for DLC content on the system"

Warner Bros. has confirmed that is has cancelled development of the Batman: Arkham Origins DLC for the Wii U console.

"Based on demand for DLC content on the system, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has made the decision to remove its offering of the upcoming all-new story campaign for Wii U," the company told VG247.

Warner is following the lead of other studios like Ubisoft, which also skipped the console when handing out Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag DLC.

Yesterday Nintendo promised the Wii U would be a priority in future plans, with president Satoru Iwata citing the GamePad as key.

"Our top priority task this year is to offer software titles that are made possible because of the GamePad... We have not been able to offer a decisive software title that enriches the user's gameplay experience when playing alone with the GamePad. This will be one of the top priorities of Mr. Miyamoto's software development department this year."

Some might suggest the larger concern is attracting more of the AAA publishers to offer new titles for the console, but recent comments from notorious analyst Michael Pachter suggested the Wii U was a dead loss either way.

"We don't think Nintendo should exit the console hardware business, but think it should consider getting out of the Wii U business, and consider going back to the drawing board on consoles. Nintendo has a console in the marketplace that isn't working, and if it continues to tilt at windmills, its software sales will suffer."

6 Comments

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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I'm not sure there's really a lot of demand for Arkham Origins DLC on any platform...

Posted:5 months ago

#1
I doubt it will be missed since t i don't remember any Wii u third party game getting any dlc besides injustice and we all know how that was handled .

Posted:5 months ago

#2

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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The funny thing here is this is a case where delaying the Wii U version so it could get any DLC on a disc like Arkham City Armored Edition did may have been a better thing for Origins. Ah well...

Posted:5 months ago

#3

Neil Young
Programmer

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@Richard - I would assume the WiiU versions of just dance titles will be getting DLC as normal.

Posted:5 months ago

#4

Gareth Eckley
Commercial Analyst

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Sadly, you could remove the word DLC from the first line and the statement would still be correct.

Unless some kind of compulsive - "you have to play this game, even if it means buying a new system" application comes out, the Wii U is already dead. The limitations of the hardware means it only has licensing to ensure exclusives and all of the titles that needed to be in place on day one of release, were not there.

Most people in the industry felt It was dead before release, even before they started fighting with the development kit. I'm not bashing Nintendo who I think make great hardware and software (this is bad news for everyone, competition is healthy), but with the Wii U, every news article just sounds like the noise you make when hammering another nail in a coffin.

I hope Nintendo don't exit the hardware market myself. The NES, SNES and N64 were excellent pieces of engineering and unlike the X-Box and PS, functioned as toys, rather than snazzy DVD/Blue-Ray players with appalling reliability issues and questionable interfaces.

Posted:5 months ago

#5

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,127 1,038 0.5
Most people in the industry felt It was dead before release, even before they started fighting with the development kit.
So Ubisoft was just lucky with the original IP and enhanced ports of games they made for the system? I don't think so...

Posted:5 months ago

#6

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