Bethesda Softworks has some bad news for owners of the Wii U: the company isn't developing any properties for Nintendo's home console. Bethesda VP of Public Relations Peter Hines told Joystiq during QuakeCon that The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and The Evil Within are not being developed for Wii U, nor is anything in the pipeline in the foreseeable future. id Software – which is owned by Bethesda parent company Zenimax – also said during QuakeCon that its upcoming games would not be coming to the Wii U.
"None of the game's we've announced are being developed for the Wii U, so it's guaranteed that none of those games are coming to Wii U," Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines told Joystiq at QuakeCon. "Will any future ones come out? I can't say for sure, in our near-term focus it's not on our radar."
Bethesda's decision to skip developing games for the Wii U comes down to hardware.
"It's largely a hardware thing," Hines said, explaining that Bethesda's "make[s] the games that we want to make, on whatever platforms will support them as developed." He mentioned The Elder Scrolls Online as an example, saying that the game can't be released on Xbox 360 because the hardware won't support it.
As for future development on Wii U, Hines says that "it remains to be seen what the future holds."
Bethesda is one of the few companies to list hardware limitations as the reason for skipping Wii U; other companies like EA and Ubisoft point to the system's lackluster performance at retail…