According to Joystiq and an interview conducted at E3 via Nintendo of America’s head of corporate communications, Charlie Scibetta, he was quoted saying “You’d have to ask EA about their future development plans. EA is a great partner of ours, they’ve had games on our platforms before. They want what all third parties want and what we want: for the install base to grow.”
He also went on to say “We’re confident that once some of these games come out that we have planned between now and the holiday and into 2014, that it will help drive the install base and when that happens the platforms will look more enticing to third parties.”
Joystiq asked EA’s President Frank Gibeau could do to bring EA back to the Wii U, he had this to say.
“Look, the only thing they can do to fix it is to sell more boxes. We’re a rational company, we go where the audience is. We publish games where we think we can make a great game and hit a big audience, and make money,” said Gibeau. “That’s why we’re here, that’s why we have an industry.”
“The Wii U, we shipped four games. We shipped Madden, FIFA, Need for Speed and Mass Effect. In fact, the last Need for Speed shipped 60 days ago had a pretty good Metacritic. It was a good game. It wasn’t a schlocky port, we actually put extra effort into getting everything to work. And it’s just not selling because there’s no boxes.”
“Nintendo is a good partner and never count ’em out and all that. Never count them out, but right now we’re focused on PS4 and Xbox One and from our perspective we’ll look at the Wii U, we’ll continue to observe it. If it becomes a viable platform from an audience standpoint, we’ll jump back in.”
What does this mean for the failing console? EA being one of the biggest labels in gaming currently, will this move finally kill off the Wii-U or will Nintendo be able to turn it around and save the day? Who knows, but I feel it makes perfect business sense to stick to whats doing the business and with all the current hype surrounding the Xbox One/PS4 war of words, it could be an interesting 2013.
Source – http://www.joystiq.com