EA Abandons Wii U Completely

Say the name of an Electronic Arts title you'd like to see come to the Wii U. Okay, now let me break the bad news to you as gently as I can: There are no games from Electronic Arts coming to the Wii U in the foreseeable future. Not one title. Not even a Sims game.

"We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," company spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku yesterday.

While Brown did not rule out the possibility of EA developing games for the Wii U again, it looks like the publisher just doesn't want to spend its resources on developing on a platform that (it sees as) not selling up to expectations at this point.

That same Kotaku report also points out that the relationship between EA and Nintendo was a lot stronger prior to the Wii U's launch. At E3 2011 Nintendo ended its press conference with Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata on stage with (now former) CEO John Riccitiello, who said at the time that "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."

What a sea change for EA who went from enthusiastically supporting Nintendo's console two years ago to simply giving up on it completely. It revealed earlier in the year that the next iterations of its big sports franchises like Madden and the next game in the top selling Battlefield franchise would not be making their way to Wii U either. While EA seems to have completely abandoned the console, the company is not the only publisher being selective on what it will release for Wii U; Activision has no plans to bring the next Call of Duty to Wii U, and Grand Theft Auto V was announced for Sony's and Microsoft's next-gen consoles.. but not for Wii U.

Source: Kotaku

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