Patrick Bach, the executive producer on Battlefield 4, has explained to Eurogamer exactly why the promising Battlefield 4 won’t be coming to Wii U. Bach says the main reason is that the Frostbite Engine isn’t supported on Wii U. This should come as some concern as the majority of EA’s upcoming games are based on the Frostbite engine. Here’s what Bach says.
“The biggest problem we have right now is we don’t want to back down from what we see as our low spec machines. We right now don’t have support for the Wii U in the Frostbite engine. The reason for that is it takes development time. What should we focus on to create the best possible Battlefield experience? We are now focused on PC and the current-gen platforms, and then there might be other platforms in the future that we can’t talk about…”
DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson has confirmed that Battlefield 4 won’t be coming to Wii U. Speaking about Wii U Gustavsson said that the team would rather play it safe and ensure that the team deliver something good rather than risking the project by spreading the team too thin.
“I think overall for me as creative director, number one is to deliver a really great game and experience. Sometimes, at least for us, it’s focus on what you do well and what you know well, and ensure that you deliver something good than trying a bit too much, stretching yourself too thin and risking it.”
“I’d rather play it safe, deliver something really good and then look at the future and what could possibly be done than trying a bit too hard and [failing].”
EA has sent out a teaser to a number of publications which suggests that they plan to show off Battlefield 4 at this months Games Developer Conference. A number of retailers managed to get the first glimpse of Battlefield 4 late last month. The game is due to be unveiled on March 26th at 7pm. Battlefield 3 was originally thought to be coming to Wii U, but as we all know, it never materialised.
Chilean video games retailer Zmart is currently listing Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 for the Wii U console. However, this doesn’t confirm whether the two first-person shooters are coming to Nintendo’s latest console, as confirmation can only come from the games’ publishers. What we do know, however, is that Activision is working on another Call of Duty title, which will be released this year, and we are supposed to hear news from EA on the next installment in the Battlefield series within the next couple of months.
EA and Dice have teased that they will be revealing more about the forthcoming Battlefield 4 in about 90 days time. The development studio says they’re not in a position right now to talk about their development plans and their SKU plan long-term. EA has declined to reveal which platforms the eagerly anticipated game will arrive on, but it’s thought to be coming to current generation consoles and also next-generation consoles.
“We’ve already talked a little bit about that we have a Battlefield title coming next year, but we’re not in a position right now to talk about our development plans and our SKU plan long term,”
“That will come in about 90 days when we get to show you some Battlefield stuff.”
“We think Battlefield and FIFA are going to help us lead as we move into the next set of technology opportunities and platform opportunities, and continue to get bigger.”
- EA Labels president Frank Gibeau
According to a “source from EA,” Battlefield 3 was being developed for Wii U but has been canceled because of a disagreement between Nintendo and EA, which presumably happened toward the end of 2011. The Battlefield team is supposedly working on Battlefield 4 for Wii U, which will be a “straight port” of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game but will feature touchscreen controls. Battlefield 4 will launch 2013 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.