Despite Carlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s head of corporate communications, saying that EA and Nintendo have a good relationship, Electronic Arts Labels President Frank Gibeau has said that the company needs to sell more consoles in order for EA to bring its games to Wii U. Gibeau said the company goes where the gamers are, and at the moment they aren’t purchasing Wii U.
“Look, the only thing they can do to fix it is to sell more boxes. We’re a rational company, we go where the audience is. We publish games where we think we can make a great game and hit a big audience, and make money. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we have an industry.”
“The Wii U, we shipped four games. We shipped Madden, FIFA, Need for Speed and Mass Effect. In fact, the last Need for Speed shipped 60 days ago had a pretty good Metacritic. It was a good game. It wasn’t a schlocky port, we actually put extra effort into getting everything to work. And it’s just not selling because there’s no boxes.”
Despite EA publicly stating that it’s not developing games for Wii U, Nintendo says its relationship with the publisher is great. In an interview with Shacknews, Nintendo of America senior director of corporate communications Charlie Scibetta said, “The relationship is great between Nintendo and Electronic Arts.” When asked about what makes the two video game companies’ relationship great, Scibetta replied, “You’ll have to ask EA when it comes to any future announcements or future product plans. I don’t want to speak for them.”
According to Scibetta, Nintendo understands it’s their responsibility to reach out to third-party developers and convince them to bring games to Nintendo platforms.
“We feel that’s our job to help drive that install base, and we haven’t had the software so far in 2013 that’s going to do that,” said Scibetta. “But we’re confident between now and the holiday and again in 2014, we do have the software that’s going to grow that install base. And when that happens, we think that Wii U will be a far more attractive platform for third parties to want to publish on. The same thing happened on Nintendo 3DS that we think will happen on Wii U, which started off slow, but when the software came around, the hardware sales came. We’re looking for the same dynamic for Wii U.”
EA has announced that its latest soccer video game, FIFA 14, is coming to multiple consoles, including Wii and Nintendo 3DS. Last month, the publisher confirmed that FIFA 14 will not be released on Wii U, due to disappointing sales of FIFA 13, which was a Wii U launch title in November 2012. FIFA 14 launches in North America on September 24th and worldwide on September 27th.
EA president of labels Frank Gibeau has revealed that the long-established company has no plans to release any new Wii U titles this fall, but says that they haven’t written off the console just yet. Gibeau also says that EA consider the Wii U to be a next generation console like Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. They have four titles out for the system and are closely monitoring how well they are performing.
“We have a good partnership with Nintendo. We released four games on the platform over the last year and we’re pretty proud of Need For Speed, and Madden, and FIFA and Mass Effect. We have guys that our looking at the Wii U in the studio system right now as an opportunity for the future, but we have no publicly announced Wii U games that we’re going to release this fall.”
“We’re really excited about the Xbox One and the PS4 and that’s a pretty big endeavor in and of itself,” he said. “We have four titles out on the Wii U that are active right now, so looking at how things unfold, that’s where our focus is right now.
“Gen 3 is an awesome platform. It has a huge audience and has a lot of capability and we’re going to continue to publish games on gen 3 for as long as there is an audience there. We have a tendency as a company to support the last-gen platforms for many many years. I can tell you we have products planned for next year, the year after that and the year after that for gen 3 for sure.”
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EA announced today that it is currently developing a new Need for Speed game which is titled Need for Speed: Rivals. The company has told Eurogamer that the game won’t be coming to the Wii U. EA says that the reason behind this decision is that the impressive Frostbite engine isn’t really set up for Wii U. Need for Speed Rivals will come to current generation platforms on November 19th. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are will be coming sometime later this year.
“Yeah, Frostbite is not really set up for Wii U. I don’t have all the information, so it wouldn’t be right for me to speak about it. Frostbite 3 is a really capable engine, it’s scalable and it gives us a big advantage on the next generation to support the Xbox One and the PS4, but it’s not being developed on the Wii U.”
Today, at the Stifel Nicolaus 2013 Internet, Media and Communications Conference, EA’s chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen, revealed that EA is developing video games for the Wii U – but it apparently has more plans for unreleased consoles the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Jorgensen’s statement refutes the comment made last week by EA spokesperson Jeff Brown, who claimed that the company has “no games in development for the Wii U currently.”
“You know I will ultimately let consumers vote on PS vs. Xbox. You know I think Nintendo’s business was more of an extension of their last console. We are building titles for the Nintendo consoles, but not anywhere near as many as we are for PS or Xbox. You know, what I think 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 will remain to be seen as to the services associated with those how the consumers decide which direction they want to go.”
-EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen
We already know that EA has no games in development for the Wii U, but what does the publisher think of the console? Bob Summerwill, a Senior Software Engineer and Architect for the company, went on Twitter today to voice his opinion of Nintendo’s latest console. According to Summerwill, ‘the Wii U is crap, it’s less powerful than the Xbox 360, it has a weird tablet and a poor online store.’ Summerwill went on to say that, at this point, Nintendo is ‘walking dead.’ Although he deleted some of his outspoken comments from his Twitter account, you can view screenshots of them on IGN.
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Earlier this week, EA – one of the largest video game companies in the world – announced that it has no games in development for Nintendo’s Wii U console. And, of course, this means that the next installments in the popular FIFA and Madden NFL series, which are due to be released this year, will not be coming to Wii U. An EA spokesperson told Eurogamer that the reason FIFA 14 will skip Nintendo’s console is because FIFA 13 sold poorly on Wii U.
“Six months ago FIFA 13 was a launch title on Wii U. Although the game featured FIFA’s award-winning HD gameplay and innovative new ways to play, the commercial results were disappointing. We have decided not to develop FIFA 14 on Wii U.”
EA has confirmed to online gaming publication Kotaku that the company has zero games in development for the Wii U. EA publishes a number of hit franchises, including Madden, FIFA, The Sims, and Battlefield. Company spokesperson Jeff Brown wouldn’t rule out the possibility that they may develop for the console in the future, but for the time being it looks as though we won’t be seeing any EA games on Wii U.
“We have no games in development for the Wii U currently”
Yesterday Disney announced that EA is now the primary publisher of the Star Wars video game franchise. One of the issues with this is that DICE and Visceral Games have stated that the new batch of Star Wars titles will run on the impressive Frostbite 3 engine, which according to its technical director, Johan Andersson, will not support the Wii U. However, EA has said today that the game will span all major platforms, including consoles, mobile, and PC during the company’s Earnings Conference Call. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to find out if there’s a Wii U version in the works.
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