It’s been a bad week for third party news. Not only has Crystal Dynamics already confirmed that its upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will not be coming to the Wii U, but now it seems Electronic Arts is also hesitant about supporting Nintendo’s new system.
Speaking at a recent investors meeting, EA CEO John Riccitello discussed the company’s plans for the future, including its outlook on the next wave of home consoles. While Riccitello had some nice, if empty, things to say about the Big N, he made it clear that EA does not view the Wii U as the start of the next generation:
“Ours is an industry where a lot of devices come in and represent themselves as the next generation, or the next generation after that. In many ways we would argue that the what we’re describing as ‘gen 4’ is yet to come. It’s that that we’re excited about, and that’s what we’re investing in. And frankly, we’ve been quite consistent with that for some time, while recognizing the frustration our inability to articulate precisely why causes for you.”
This change of heart is certainly strange considering that Riccitello was once very enthusiastic about the console, particular its tablet-like controller, so to see the company effectively bury it so quickly is more than a little disconcerting. It remains to be seen just how thoroughly EA will support the system, but with the news that the next iteration of Madden will be skipping out on Nintendo platforms completely, the future isn’t looking very bright.
What do you make of this development? Will the lack of Madden deter you from picking up a Wii U? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Source: Nintendo Life