Nintendo of Europe issued a press release this morning containing their usual downloads for the coming week, but hidden in the summary of FIFA 14 for the Nintendo 3DS was the inclusion of a major detail. If you were looking to pay the £39.99 price tag, you would find updated kits and squads “but no updates to gameplay or game modes”. The news adds further insult to injury as earlier this year EA confirmed FIFA 14 would not come to Nintendo’s home console the Wii U after disappointing sales of FIFA 13. Plus, FIFA 13 for the Wii came under fire last year for being too similar to FIFA 12. Is it best the latest instalment didn’t make it to the Wii U? You can check out the official description from Nintendo’s press release below.
“FIFA 14 Legacy Edition delivers unmatched authenticity that reflects the current football season with updated kits and rosters but no updates to gameplay or game modes. It features 30 officially licensed leagues, 50 real-world tournaments, and 500 authentic clubs. Play traditional matches or free your game in epic 5-v-5 street matches with 3D effects. Play as a real-world superstar or re-create yourself. Optional touch screen controls deliver pin-point shooting and passing at your finger-tips.”
EA has confirmed in a press statement that it has named Andrew Wilson as the company’s new CEO. Wilson says that he is looking to focus on three main things for the company which are providing a continued transformation for our digital future, delivering amazing games and services across platforms and also instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth. Wilson concluded by saying that he will provide a greater level of operational detail behind the plan that will make these goals a reality.
Outspoken chief operating officer for EA, Peter Moore, is talking about the Wii U – and it’s in a less than favourable light. In an article on Games Industry he said that the Wii U feels like an “offline experience” as a “box that’s out of sync” which is, at the very least, troubling for EA’s future partnership with Nintendo. Currently, EA has no games in development for the Wii U, though they have said that they would develop games if a substantial user base existed. Here’s what Peter Moore had to say on the issue of the Wii U’s online engagement:
“We were there with four games for them [at launch]. It’s been a disappointment when you look at sell-through and, as a company, we have to be very judicious where we deploy our resources. The lack of online engagement that we see on Wii U [is troubling]. It’s so integral to what we do. They’re so small it’s hardly worth running the servers. It seems like a box that’s out of sync with the future of EA – which is one that gives a real social feel to our games. The Wii U feels like an offline experience right now.”
EA Games Label Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund has reiterated the company’s stance on Wii U. Söderlund says that EA will bring its plethora of games where the gamers are, but at this precise moment in time it isn’t on Wii U. Söderlund also stated that they could get Frostbite 3 running on Wii U, but they feel there isn’t the user base at the moment. Here’s what he had to say.
“Electronic Arts released Mass Effect 3 and FIFA 13 for the Wii U, but currently we’re focusing our resources on Xbox One and PS4, so it’s a fact that the priority (of the Wii U) is slightly lower. However making Frostbite 3 work on the Wii U is not impossible. Where there are gamers, we’ll be there as well. This is the true meaning of “omnidirectional”
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has said that while the company doesn’t have any Wii U titles in development, it is looking closely at the platform. Gibeau says that it’s only been roughly sixty days since they launched Need for Speed: Most Wanted on the console and claims that they haven’t written off the platform just yet. Gibeau concluded by saying that they are currently focussing their efforts on the next generation of platforms from Sony and Microsoft.
“It’s been 60 days since we launched Need for Speed Most Wanted on the Wii U. We’ve launched four games. We’re proud of them. They’re in the marketplace and they’re selling. The guys inside the studio are looking at the Wii U tech and they’re looking at the platform. They understand it. As it develops, if there’s an opportunity to publish more games on the Wii U, we’ll do that. We’re not writing it off. We’re not not developing for the Wii U. We’re just watching it, and we’re really focused right now on PS4 and Xbox One, to really nail that transition.”
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EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg has confirmed that the company has absolutely no plans to bring EA passes back. Reseburg reiterated that forthcoming games from the company won’t include online passes, and they are looking to remove them from existing games. Reseburg concluded that their online pass decision was based on player feedback.
“There is no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass. It is dead. As we said a few weeks ago, none of our new EA titles will include online pass, and we are removing it from existing games as well. Nothing else on today’s news, but did want to be clear that our online pass decision was based on player feedback, and there’s no change.”
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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