That’s right, you read the headline correctly, quite possibly the biggest publisher in the business has no Wii U titles in development. Yes, EA, the company that loves to churn out titles on almost every platform.
Speaking to Kotaku, EA spokesperson Jeff Brown stated the following:
“We have no games in development for the Wii U currently.”
That’s not to say EA has totally ruled out developing for the system in the future, but after a comment like this you have to wonder if they will ever release big franchises like FIFA, Battlefield, Madden, NHL, The Sims and Dead Space on the Wii U.
The statement comes as a bit of shock, as just less than two years ago EA vowed to deliver on an “unprecedented partnership” with Nintendo.
In fact at E3 2011 John Riccitiello (EA’s CEO at the time) came onto the stage during Nintendo’s conference to the stage and said:
“What Nintendo’s new console delivers speaks directly to the players of EA Sports and EA Games. Nintendo’s new console will produce brilliant high-definition graphics and new gameplay opportunities. We look forward to seeing great EA content on this new platform.”
EA previously supported the Wii throughout its lifespan and also delivered several titles during the Wii U’s launch window, including versions of Mass Effect 3, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Madden and FIFA. However, after that there has been no support from EA whatsoever. Add that to the lack of Frostbite support (no Battlefield essentially), EA has been almost distancing itself from Nintendo’s latest console.
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