Just in case you were wondering, EA is still pretty adamant in its plans of not making anymore games for Wii U. According to EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen, the company doesn’t want to support any new system right out of the gate. If the market share isn’t big enough, Jorgensen believes it’s not worth it be on board unless things change for the better.
“We don’t make games anymore for the Wii or the Wii U because the market is not big enough, the PS Vita – the Sony product – we don’t make games for that anymore because the market is too small, so it’s all about the size of the market,” said Jorgensen.
“As one of the largest software producers we have all of the manufacturers of equipment coming to us to try to sell us on their equipment and giving us development kits to try to build software for it. So we’ll build software for various ones but we’ll really wait and see how big the market is going to be.”
EA CEO Andrew Wilson has revealed in a recent interview that the popular developer is currently evaluating opportunities with future Nintendo platforms. This most likely means that they are considering bringing titles to Nintendo’s next platform the NX. EA generally support consoles at launch so it wouldn’t be too surprising if they have a couple of games for launch, but this is complete speculation. Still, I’m sure the majority of you would appreciate their support.
And as it relates to Nintendo, we’ve had a tremendous relationship with them over the years. And we will evaluate any and all opportunities with them, in the same way we do all platform opportunities.
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If you were waiting to play FIFA 16 on a Nintendo platform, you’ll be disappointed to hear that EA has decided its upcoming soccer simulation game won’t be appearing on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS or even Wii. Instead, the game is being developed for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. According to Polygon, this will be the first FIFA to be unavailable on any Nintendo platform since 2000. Last year’s entry skipped Wii U but was released on 3DS and Wii.
Well it turns out that EA was previously working on a Sim City title for the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but decided to cancel all versions. It’s not readily apparent as to why the game was canceled, but EA obviously decided it wasn’t fit for purpose so cancelled it.
Former EA CEO John Riccitiello has been announced as the CEO of Unity. Outgoing CEO, David Helgason, has said that Riccitiello is what he describes as a “heartfelt believer in the indie scene”. Here’s what John Riccitiello had to say about his new position at Unity.
“Unity has been a hugely positive force in the games industry for years,” Riccitiello said. “Now it’s my incredible fortune to have the opportunity to help guide Unity going forward. Unity is more than a great engine or packages of services, it’s an amazing and diverse community of developers, many of which are changing the way we think about game design and production. Unity’s mission – to democratize development – is an important one that I’m very happy to help drive forward.”
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The chief operating officer of EA, Peter Moore, has explained why his company prefers developing titles for smart devices instead of Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. The company, which stopped producing titles for the two dedicated gaming handhelds, thinks that opting for smartphones and tablets would provide more favorable results in the long run.
“We were supportive of both of those platforms,” Moore said. “But then you’ve got finite resources and you’ve got teams that say, ‘We really think that two or three years from now, these are the platforms that people are going to be consuming games on.’ And you look at the quality of what you can do on phones and tablets… Sometimes strategy is not about what you do but what you don’t do, and you have to make some hard calls when you’ve got only so many people. To my point, we’ve got to be planning for FY 17 and 18. Do you think the Vita and 3DS are going to be around in some shape or fashion by then on a scale level?”
EA has confirmed FIFA 15 will be coming to all platforms bar from Nintendo’s home console the Wii U. In a press release, the publisher has listed a worldwide September release for the upcoming football title on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, while a stripped-down version will arrive for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, as well as 3DS and Vita handheld systems.
By all accounts, EA will release the Vita, Wii and 3DS versions under a “Legacy Edition”, similar to FIFA 14’s release last year. But whether or not these versions will just receive an updated kit roster or more remains to be seen. FIFA 13 was the last in the franchise to arrive on Wii U, but performed poorly in sales leading to FIFA 14’s cancellation on the platform.