Battlefield 4 screenshot
Battlefield 4 screenshot

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

Speaking to 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: Interview held at Battlefield 4 reveal event in Stockholm. Travel and accommodation provided by EA.

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Karlius@ altaranga

Probably my favourite post ever!! Even more fitting as Easter is coming!!
Posted 13:57 on 27 March 2013


So we're agreed that the Wii U is about as dead as the Gamecube was at the start of its life and the 3DS was, too? Good. :D
Posted 13:49 on 27 March 2013
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Posted 13:49 on 27 March 2013
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Karlius@ pblive

@Rbevanx There were a load of games that snubbed PS3 early doors but that was down to developers not being bothered / not having time / wanting to invest (Valve at start of ps3) to learn the complex architecture of the PS3 it was basically a developer revolt for Sony being nobs.

This just isn't the case with Wii-U it runs on an x86 architecture and would be very similar to 360/PC/PS4/XBOX3 to develop for. Take into consideration that MS has smartglass and sony plan on something similar then it wouldn't be too hard to develop for.

So if there is any truth in the scope then EA have teams working on 5 devices and are not stretching any further to port to Wii U although it is already in the marketplace.

I do think this is a major loss for Nintendo and with weak sales for the games that have come out it isn't looking good. The attach rate of the Wii was also particularly low at launch so who knows.
Posted 13:40 on 27 March 2013
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Regardless of the reasons, it's another blow for a console struggling already with a lack of games.

The WiiU seems to sit in such an awkward place, trapped between two generations of consoles and not fitting into either.
Posted 13:34 on 27 March 2013

pblive@ rbevanx

Call of Duty 2 (EA), Condemned (Sega), Bioshock didn't come to PS3 until over a year later, I can't remember the others but there was a FIFA World Cup game that EA said they could have made for the PS3 but didn't have the people to do it for.

More recently there have been games like Mass Effect 1 & 2 (with 2 arriving much later), Splinter Cell Conviction, Frontlines FOW, L4D.

There were loads more around the PS3's first year and the internet was filled with PS3 owners complaining about them.
Posted 13:15 on 27 March 2013
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The Wii U is heading the same direction as the gamecube, period.
Posted 12:21 on 27 March 2013
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rbevanx@ pblive

Not really as the PS3 was a nightmare to make games for and that had a small user base at the start but people were still making games for it.

EA pretty much saying no to Wii-U with Battlefield is a big loss for the console, I can't remember any franchsie's like that not being made at the start of the PS3's lifecycle, but if there are please point me to them as tbh my memory is poor.

Fair enough with Crysis mind but something like Battlefield will have a 18 month or two year cycle with DLC etc. EA clearly think it's user base or whatever else reasons there are, will not increase in that time to warrant it coming out on Wii-U for them.
Posted 12:06 on 27 March 2013
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Is the 'typical' Wii audience really interested in a Wii-U though? There is no doubt Nintendo haven't done a great job of explaining what a Wii-U is but when I've explained it to Wii owners who have asked me, the interest dies. It's a different experience to the Wii.
Posted 12:01 on 27 March 2013

pblive@ rbevanx

Because it's a new system again, just as PS3 was and it's exactly the same situation and they don't have the extra staff to stretch to a Wii U version, which is a whole other team and new coding. It's all there in the news item.

The hardware is fine, it take any console a certain amount of time to get the software that makes the most of the console. Just check out Need for Speed Most Wanted, which came out last week. Criterion have worked on all versions and the Wii U is by far the best looking version and has plenty of extras.

Again, though, Nintendo didn't market this. I know it's EA's game, but they really needed to push how good the game is on the Wii U because not many people know about it.
Posted 11:54 on 27 March 2013

pblive@ Karlius

Oh, a Nintendo game would most certainly get more hype, that's why they launched the (excellent) NSMBU with the console.

But, yes, they need more and they've at least announced a new Mario, Yoshi and Zelda game, alongside a whole raft of other titles. But the release dates aren't until nearer the end of the year.
Posted 11:50 on 27 March 2013
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rbevanx@ Karlius

Yeah I can remember the 360 selling out and I only just managed to get a PS3 60GB when that came out in Cardiff.

The Wii-U is a different story and if it's not hardware as well, how come they have flat out out said it aint coming out for it while being coy about it coming out next gen, the new consoles are are gonna have no user base at first either...

Dead console I think and I can see this being the death of the Wii-U like when WB went exclusive to Blu-Ray.
Posted 11:46 on 27 March 2013
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Karlius@ pblive

I agree PR has been non existent probably down to thinking the thing will sell itself like Wii did everything you say 100% true except I feel the release of a big Zelda or Mario game will get the hype up. You have to produce at least one amazing must have game for launch period and Wii U doesn't have it. Xbox had PGR, Quake 4, Condemned and COD 2 and more & PS3 had Killzone, Resistance: Fall of Man and MGS4 and more.
Posted 11:46 on 27 March 2013

pblive@ Karlius

Actually, the Wii U did have a better launch, but it's all relative to the market at the time. You can't really compare now to 6 years ago in terms of sales figures.
Posted 11:37 on 27 March 2013

pblive@ Karlius

It's more a PR issue than the hardware itself. Nintendo just haven't sold the console well enough, especially to the Wii's existing audience. This was true right from the reveal of the console.

However, if it does as well as the Gamecube's 7 year life then I'll be happy, that had most of the top rated games of all time and sold better than the Xbox, it's just most people remember it differently thank to some of the media of the time.

Worst case scenario? Nintendo do always have the option of creating new hardware earlier, they've not established a length of time for Wii U's life. However, I don't think it will come to this. Look at the 3DS, it was in exactly the same position at this stage in its life; good first party and a few great third party games, but not enough to sustain it. The handheld is now selling fantastically thanks to a better PR campaign and better software titles, but that took ages.

Companies do go through these points in their life when they're successful so they end up sitting on their laurels. It happened to Sega, Sony, Atari and many others and I'm sure Microsoft are not immune to this, either, should they make the wrong choices.

So, yes, Nintendo need to help sales by getting software out there (and it doesn't have to be their own) and pushing the console through better marketing, but it would be foolish to write the Wii U off at this stage.
Posted 11:35 on 27 March 2013

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