EA has told investors that they simply don’t believe that the Wii U is a next generation video game console after working closely on the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox console. Speaking to investors they also said that you should never count Nintendo out despite them cutting their Wii U forecast from 5.5 million to 4 million. Here’s what EA told investors earlier today at an investor question and answer session.
Q: I know Nintendo came out today and was a little bit more cautious with their outlook for Wii U sales, doesn’t sound like this is a platform you guys are really pursuing aggressively on. What does this really say about the consumers’ willingness to adopt the next-gen consoles — we should have something new from Sony and Microsoft, so what does that say with Nintendo going through the early struggles on the Wii U?
A: So, couple of things. First, you never count Nintendo out. They’ve got some of the best IPs in the game industry, when their marquee titles show up, that’s when you usually see the bounce. I’m deeply respectful of the achievements they’ve had over the last several years, and so yeah, never really count them out.
Having said that, I wouldn’t say that we see much correlation between the results that Nintendo have just shown with the console debut of the Wii U and what we see coming. We see a pretty sharp distinction and unfortunately I’m unable to go any further than that.
Ours is an industry where a lot of devices come in and represent themselves as the next generation or the next generation after that. You know in many ways, we would argue that the gen— what we’re describing as “Gen 4”, is yet to come — and it’s that we’re excited about, and that’s what we’re investing in, and frankly we’ve been quite consistent with that for some time, recognising the frustration our inability to articulate precisely why, causes for you.