Nintendo better have some tricks up its sleeve because a wave of publishers are beginning to write Wii U off as irrelevant. Take for example EA. It was revealed today that 15 of the firm’s games won’t be released on Wii U because of Frostbite 3 incompatibility.
Activision said today that Wii U”s launch has been a disappointment. Avalanche Studios said that the console’s dev kit was picking up dust and said Nintendo was hard to contact. However it was DICE developers who opened the eyes of journalists around the web today, when they revealed that no game that’s developed on Frostbite 3 will be released on Nintendo’s latest console.
DICE technical director Johan Andersson revealed on Twitter that the Frostbite 2 engine wasn’t running well on the Wii U, so it decided to abandon efforts to get Frostbite 3 on the console. “FB3 has never been running on WiiU. We did some tests with not too promising results with FB2 & chose not to go down that path,” he tweeted.
Frostbite technical director Stefan Boberg made known that 15 games are currently in development at EA using the Frostbite 3 Engine, including Battlefield 4, Mass Effect 4, Dragon Age 3, Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, Need For Speed 2013 and its unannounced Star Wars titles from Visceral and DICE.
Is this bad for Wii U? Sure bet it is. In fact, if Nintendo fails to do something quickly (we have no idea what it can do at this point), Wii U will be dead. Hopefully making available smartphone games on the console will help.
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