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Battlefield 4 not planned for Wii U


Battlefield 4 will not appear on Wii U. DICE General Manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson told us the next entry in the multiplayer shooter series "will release on the platforms that we feel are suitable for the gaming experience that we have."

"We are not actively looking at the Wii-U right now," he said.

The latest in DICE's military franchise was confirmed for PlayStation 4 in February, though DICE has locked down any further comment on supported systems. Check out 10 things you need to know about Battlefield 4 for more info on the game.

12 comments

  • AmigaEngine - March 27, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    Big shocker lol
  • winner2 - March 27, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    Oh those poor 11 or so disappointed souls
  • DirkSteele1 - March 27, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    Announcements like these are very reminiscent of the Dreamcast and Electronic Arts announcing they will not develop for the system, and that did not end so well for Sega as a platform holder (Still my 2nd favourite console behind the Mega Drive/SNES as a tie for number 1). I made a prediction on Gamesradar quite some time ago though Nintendo will, within a couple of years become a 3rd party developer for living room consoles (they will still rule in the handheld space though tablets etc are eroding that market). I believe this for a few reasons. Nintendo have alienated a good portion of the core gamer market with the Wii (mine has not been switched on in over 2 years), 65 yr old grandmothers who bought a Wii will not understand while they need to upgrade to an HD system for the 6 times a year when the grandchildren visit, another demographic don't understand that the WiiU is a new console rather than a new peripheral (same problem when the 3DS first hit the shelves) as Nintendo insist on clever plays on existing names. Wii2 would have eliminated that problem). They need fair better marketing to get that message out. Finally, because of the lack of 3rd party successes on Wii, more and more developers will not develop for WiiU, when development costs are so high, a certain level of sales are needed or you go out of business. I am sure I will incur the wrath of a number of Nintendo fanboys (though I consider myself a Big N fan). A dramatic change of fortunes will be needed to stop this from coming to pass.
  • Squander - March 27, 2013 7:20 a.m.

    The WiiU being the second dreamcast --> i agree with you, and it actually pains me that Nintendo finds itself in such a miserable position. The WiiU had one significant advantage: the first mover bonus. But Nintendo failed to build momentum and now that Sony drew the curtain with the PS4 powerhorse, all's talking about Sony and Microsoft and their "true" next-gen machines. Nintendo feels archaic in so many ways and yes, their marketing is simply awful. Iwata in his crystal white room, talking in broken English... I m really wondering what Nintendo America is doing all the time?? I disagree that Nintendo becomes a Third Party developer. Nintendo is a full-fledged Japanese company with a long tradition and unshakeable momentum. Giving up and losing face is not the Japanese way. For instance look at Square with Final Fantasy XIV - rather than giving sth up, they stick to it and improve it until it works. in addition, the company is still increadibly wealthy. As of March 2012, Nintendo was worth 10,5 billion dollars - they could make an annual loss of 257 million dollars until 2052.
  • DirkSteele1 - March 27, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    The "worth" as you call it is the just the market capitalisation (currently $15.4bn) but this can quite easily go to zero if investors believe the business has no worth and has nothing to do with how long a business can sustain losses. More importantly though, the company currently sits on cash pile of some $11.5bn and has next to no debt which means it can sustain cash burning operations for quite some time (and in this regard, differs dramatically from Sega who were heavily in debt post the Saturn). What is interesting about the valuation however, is looking at the Enterprise Valuation (Market Cap + Debt - Cash) is only $3.8bn, so currently investors are only valuing the intrinsic business at 32% more than its cash (Apple for example, not that I am saying the market is right about Apple, values the business at 310% of its cash balance implying a strong belief there is value to continuing operations), which is not showing great confidence in Nintendo. As for cash burn, there are no doubt special items, and being at work, I don't have time to read the last annual report, but over the last 12 months, Nintendo has burnt through $4bn in cash (including paying $502mn of dividends). A cash flow proxy we use in the financial markets is EBITDA. Last 12 months this was minus $314mn. Only a few years ago this number was more than $4bn. And this before capital expenditures and other investing activities that are amortised over many years through the income statement (and have often exceeded $1.5bn per annum). As for the question of Japanese business culture, it is a very good one. But they may have to shrink the organisation substantially if the WiiU fails and they only have the handheld to sustain them. Interesting to see how this plays out...
  • DirkSteele1 - March 27, 2013 8 a.m.

    My bad, the cash flow burn of $4bn was the 12 month period ended 31 March 2012 (my Bloomberg terminal presented the data in a confusing manner).
  • Arobadope - March 27, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    You'll incur the wrath of fanboys for being an idiot and saying Nintendo will become a 3rd party dev. Seriously, what brainwashing occurred that literally has people believing in this nonsense? Part of me wishes that if Nintendo does fail they just abandon the videogame market entirely. Anyways, EA isn't supporting Wii U because Nintendo decided not to use their shit tier Origin service, because of that EA is all butt hurt and acting like a teenager who got told they couldn't go to the friday football game.
  • DirkSteele1 - March 27, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    I hope they don't abandon the industry entirely, Super Mario Galaxy (along with Mass Effect) has been my favourite game this generation.
  • Arobadope - March 27, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    I wouldn't blame them if they did, look at how our industry is now and days? It's pathetic. Same games, different face lift.
  • Talvari - March 27, 2013 4:42 a.m.

    Oh no whatever will I do... : | *Goes back to playing Monster Hunter*

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