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EA is still making Wii U games

EA is still making games for Wii U, although it’s not half as committed to Nintendo’s latest console as it is to Microsoft’s or Sony’s current and next-gen systems. While EA spokesman Jeff Brown told Kotaku last week that the company currently has "no games in development for the Wii U", the publisher’s chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen, confirmed this week that EA isn’t neglecting the platform completely.

Asked by an attendee at the Stifel Nicolaus 2013 Internet, Media and Communications Conference which console manufacturer will lead the next generation, Jorgensen said (via Polygon): "You know, I think Nintendo's business was more [an] extension of their last console. We are building titles for the Nintendo console, but not anywhere near as many as we are for PS or Xbox. I think what 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'll remain to be seen as to the services associated with those as to how consumers decide which direction they might want to go."

EA has given various reasons for its apparent lack of support for Wii U in recent months. FIFA 14 won’t appear on the console, with EA citing “disappointing” commercial results for FIFA 13 on the system. Madden NFL 25 isn’t being developed for Wii U either. Nor is the newly announced Need for Speed Rivals, or any other Frostbite 3 powered games (Battlefield 4, upcoming Mass Effect and Dragon Age titles), seemingly due to Wii U’s incompatibility with DICE’s engine. Frostbite technical director Johan Andersson told a gamer over Twitter earlier this month that Frostbite 3 "has never been running on Wii U".

11 comments

  • Draconian - June 19, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    apparently EA doesnt like to make money, there are alot of wii u customers out there that would buy those games for the wii u and as for the graphical capabilities the new games im seeing on the wii u at e3 may not be ps4 good but they arent that far away. ea if you want to make money make these games for wii u. and the reason games like black ops 2 and batman and all that didnt sell very well guess what it came out on a different system before the wii u was released why would they buy it on a different system when they already have it? i swear humanity is so retarded to overlook the small details that make up the bigger picture i see it happen every day too
  • PatHan-bHai - May 24, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    "FB3"? Battlefield?
  • wingsdjy - May 24, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    FB3 = Frostbite 3
  • PatHan-bHai - May 24, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    Oh! Thanks! Got confused with the BF3 and FB3 thin :P
  • shawksta - May 24, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Yeah saw this news. First you say your not making games for Wii U, then you have a "Senior" executive start complaining and insulting Nintendo and Wii U in a vulgar way that ended up being deleted, and now your saying you actually are making Wii U games. EA stop being full of shit. I've seen.jokes around the internet that they "came crawling back to Nintendo" after seeing the Xbox one reveal.
  • wingsdjy - May 24, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    Why would the reveal cause EA to crawl back to Nintendo? The thing that has pissed off gamers (MS nerfing used games) is nothing but a boon to EAs business. They'll actually get a cut of used sales. And when Sony announces a similar program, people will just deal with the nerfed used games.
  • shawksta - May 24, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    Hence why I said "Jokes around the internet"
  • LEGOMatrix - May 27, 2013 3:47 a.m.

    Suddenly the Wii U is looking more attractive to people who were holding out for more next-gen info, and who are now buying it as a future second console! EA probably want to sap some of Xbone's lost consumers for the year until the next gen hits.
  • Swedish_Chef - May 24, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    Meh, I'm not too phased by this, most of these games would play better on PC anyway (like Battlefield 4, Dragon Age 3 for example ) and sports games generally don't interest me (with some rare exceptions).
  • sxh967 - May 24, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    I wonder if EA will be making more games for Wii U when the shit hits the fan regarding Microsoft's plans to more or less stifle used games sales. Added to the fact that they are forcing us to adopt Kinect, I expect that a lot more people will buy a Wii U unless the PS4 goes a diffferent direction from where MS is going.
  • wingsdjy - May 24, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    Unless Wii U magically unleashes an online multiplayer infrastructure comparable to Xbox Live and PSN, gamers will just suck it up and deal with whatever MS and Sony dish out.

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