Battlefield 4 screenshot
Battlefield 4 screenshot

Battlefield 4 will not see a release on Wii U, DICE has confirmed.

Speaking to VideoGamer.com last night, creative director Lars Gustavsson explained that the decision to skip Wii U was to "ensure that [the team] deliver something good", rather than "risking" the project by stretching the team too thin.

"I think overall for me as creative director, number one is to deliver a really great game and experience," said Gustavsson on the subject of Battlefield 4 on Wii U. "Sometimes, at least for us, it's focus on what you do well and what you know well, and ensure that you deliver something good than trying a bit too much, stretching yourself too thin and risking it.

"I'd rather play it safe, deliver something really good and then look at the future and what could possibly be done than trying a bit too hard and [failing]."

Battlefield 4 is the latest high-profile multi-platform title to skip Wii U, joining Dead Island: Riptide and Saints Row 4.

Battlefield 4 ships on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC later this year. A release on next-generation platforms is still be confirmed.

Source: VideoGamer.com Interview held at Battlefield 4 reveal event in Stockholm. Travel and accommodation provided by EA.

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Posted 13:49 on 27 March 2013

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CheekyLee

It's really quite sweet, that there are still people out there who believe EA at all.
Posted 20:48 on 28 March 2013
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Woffls@ pblive

DICE's decisions are so heavily influenced by EA though, right? It's evident in how they've changed the Battlefield franchise if nothing else. DICE chose not to get the engine done for WiiU because they don't have the resources, and they know that they're accountable to EA. What other reasons could there be?

Wait wait, important talk now.... I'm a bit out of the loop... is Mass Effect 4 using Frostbite 3??? motherofgod.jpeg

I really can't be bothered to go back and find examples of EA shafting Nintendo, but they have, and I'm surely not the only person that noticed.
Posted 19:35 on 28 March 2013
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pblive

Um...just to interject, but EA aren't the ones making this decision, it's DICE who don't want to create their new Frostbite engine for the Wii U at the moment.

Other important points;
1) this will (sadly) affect the next Mass Effect (please note: ME3 was on Wii U) and other games using this engine.

2) DICE have said they're looking at the possibility of supporting it in the future, it's not a case of never doing it.

3) EA have been supporting the Wii U since launch with some of their top titles.

Not that it matters, there will always be those who don't 'get' Nintendo, I don't think that's going to change with the Wii U. Even the N64 had less support than the PS1 at the time and the Gamecube did very well on its own terms, though people tend to judge it against the PS2 and forget the Xbox existed, it seems.
Posted 19:27 on 28 March 2013
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Woffls@ Vylsith

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Get upset at Nintendo for not giving EA a reason to release Battlefield 4 on the Wii U. Blaming a publisher/developer for not releasing a title on a console is stupid. It's their product, they can release it anywhere they want.
EA shooters being on WiiU is so hilariously far down my list of things to care about that I'd rather spend £40 on a tie than a copy of Medal of Shootingfields 5.

Yes, EA can publish their games on whatever platform they choose, but it's not as simple as EA looking at the market now and saying "umm nope, Wii U didn't sell enough so we're not going to bother". Nintendo made that console in consultation with a lot of major publishers - EA will have been one of these - and on top of that the now former CEO of EA got up on stage with Nintendo at E3 in 2011 and stated an "unprecedented" support in favour of Wii U. Everyone knows how this turned out: it was an outright lie.

Whilst EA owes Nintendo nothing in tangible terms, they are damn well within their rights to expect a copy of their biggest FPS franchise, and so are the consumers who bought a WiiU based on what John Ricketytwatface said at E3 in front of the whole industry. If I should be pissed at anyone now, it is absolutely EA and their empty promises. Whether their business case is justified is completely irrelevant but I'm sure I'll get to that in a few paragraphs.

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Your fanboy denial that stops you from putting any blame on Nintendo for the lack of third party support on their product is doing you and Nintendo a disservice. You want to make a difference? Complain to Nintendo that your product isn't up to the standards that you expected.

My fanboy denial is listening to music on an Xbox 360 and is just about to play Deus Ex HR on PS3 (again) so try something else. The product is exactly as expected, because I know Nintendo and I know this market. I'm not someone that ignores a console until it's released, buys it based on publisher promises, and then wonders why BF4 isn't being released on it. Anyone who followed that pattern hasn't been paying attention to at least one of the relevant components.

I can't believe I'm going through the Nintendo 3rd party discussion again, but it's fairly obvious that they're not getting the same support that the other two players are in the console space. It's not a Nintendo thing because DS and 3DS have cleaned up the dedicated handheld market for nearly a decade.

It's been this way since SNES, back when it was an utterly different landscape, and there's just not that kind of space for three regular platforms. Nintendo proved this with the Gamecube; more than capable of running popular multi-platform games, but the publisher support wasn't there. Why? If you think it's just because Nintendo isn't capable of dealing with publishers in the market that it's dominated in one way or another for the last 30 years, then you're mistaken.

There just isn't space for that many platforms that emulate each other in terms of capability and intent, so somewhere there has to be a platform holder that concedes on shared content in favour of uniqueness. Nintendo saw they were in this position and dealt with it accordingly.

Nintendo have tried very hard to get 3rd party support in the past, and it was evidenced very clearly in the year preceding the launch of Wii U and 3DS. That said, if you have an argument for the lack of 3rd party support on Wii U being Nintendo's fault then please go ahead and try to string it together. Remember the console has been out for like half a year, so you might be wasting your time thinking about it; I know I am.

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The Wii U didn't sell well to core gamers. Core games aren't selling well on it. You can pretend that it's because developers aren't giving the Wii U a chance to get a base, but that's nonsense. The PS3 and the 360 didn't have a base at first either, but their core games sold far better because most owners of a PS3 and 360 are core gamers. The same is not true of the Wii and Wii U. That's your problem. Blame whoever you want. It won't change anything. Nintendo hasn't attracted the core since the core were children.
Sorry I can't be bothered to address this bit. It's aimless and reiterative.
Posted 17:44 on 28 March 2013
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munkee

Often single posters have something interesting to say. It's just a shame that their interesting bits tend to get lost in a jumbled mess of words and aggression.
Posted 07:48 on 28 March 2013
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Vylsith@ Woffls

Get upset at Nintendo for not giving EA a reason to release Battlefield 4 on the Wii U. Blaming a publisher/developer for not releasing a title on a console is stupid. It's their product, they can release it anywhere they want. Your fanboy denial that stops you from putting any blame on Nintendo for the lack of third party support on their product is doing you and Nintendo a disservice. You want to make a difference? Complain to Nintendo that your product isn't up to the standards that you expected. The Wii U didn't sell well to core gamers. Core games aren't selling well on it. You can pretend that it's because developers aren't giving the Wii U a chance to get a base, but that's nonsense. The PS3 and the 360 didn't have a base at first either, but their core games sold far better because most owners of a PS3 and 360 are core gamers. The same is not true of the Wii and Wii U. That's your problem. Blame whoever you want. It won't change anything. Nintendo hasn't attracted the core since the core were children.
Posted 00:14 on 28 March 2013
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evs102298

By the way Nintendo products are more focused on having friendly games. Unlike how maybe an Xbox 360/720 may run there business.
Posted 21:15 on 27 March 2013
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evs102298

At least there trying there hardest on making it better than Battlefield 3. (which I thought was impossible.) Go battlefield!!!
Posted 21:12 on 27 March 2013
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Woffls

Not having the resources is a bull***** excuse. They've known about next gen and Frostbite 3 for years, so EA could easily have built in the extra capacity for DICE to deliver the game on WiiU as well.

I'm really *****ing fed up of EA now. They'd better hurry up with Mirror's Edge 2.
Posted 20:15 on 27 March 2013
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MJTH

Kinda agree with you there munkee, Wii U will live and breath off of selling the Nintendo 1st party exclusives to the people who wanted them, like the last couple of Nintendo home consoles. There are a surprising amount of people who like Nintendo games though. Whilst it is still really early days, and it doesn't change the facts that there isn't much on the console right now. In the end Nintendo can and will turn this around.

It's not a dead console, just one that has a bad start. Just like the 3DS picked up in it's second (and now at the beginning of it third) year after release, and now how the Vita is picking up, the Wii U will also pick. Games sell the systems, and that's what it needs!

Battlefield 4 is a loss, but not the kind of game that would of sold on Wii U even if it had a much bigger user base.

Saying it's dead, not even half a year in, is being way too pessimistic.
Posted 18:06 on 27 March 2013
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rbevanx@ pblive

Bioshock was an exclusive and Mass Effect 1 was at one point a MS game but yeah thinking about there were a few but I remember bad ports more.

Esspecially The Orange Box for it!

Must be sales anyway after Karl's comment about it's architecture. Can see it being out done by Sony and MS at E3 easilly.
Posted 17:23 on 27 March 2013
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munkee

Wii-U is simply another Nintendo console. It will please Nintendo fans and have some incredible exclusives that we should all play. Third party support will likely be sparse and games will probably be ported over to Wii-U after the other consoles have been catered for. It will be reliable hardware that lasts forever and never be accepted into the mainstream with the PS4/Xbox(?). Nintendo won't care and they only said about them catering for "hardcore gamers" because their USP wasn't as strong/clever as the Wii's. The reason they won't care?

Mario
Donkey Kong
Zelda
Metroid
etc..
Posted 17:15 on 27 March 2013
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Wido@ pblive

I read your comment wrong then, my bad.

A lot of work is needed for the Wii U.
Posted 16:28 on 27 March 2013
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pblive@ Wido

um..that was my point.

And EA have been supporting Wii U a lot at launch, too, so it's not the publisher but the specific development team.
Posted 15:15 on 27 March 2013
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Wido@ pblive

Both Conviction and L4D is not on PS3 :p
Posted 14:09 on 27 March 2013

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