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EA Not Kicking Out Any Details On A FIFA 14 Release For Wii U

Posted by Orla Madden

Let's hope the game doesn't get a red card

Last month, we were given fresh details on Electronic Art's next installment in the FIFA franchise, FIFA 14; however, a Wii U version wasn't mentioned in the initial line-up. In the press release, EA did say that additional platforms would be announced in the coming months.

When questioned by Eurogamer about upcoming plans for the game, the company said:

We are only showcasing features for X360, PS3 and PC now. News about other platforms will be revealed in the months ahead.

With the company's recent revelation that Madden NFL will be skipping Nintendo's latest console - which is the first time the series will miss a Nintendo system since 1991 - it's concerning whether the company's recent resistance to Wii U development will creep into another massive franchise. FIFA 14 has yet to be confirmed or ruled out for the system, so it's still up in the air.

We'll find out EA's intentions in the near future, hopefully.

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (45)

SilentHunter382

#3

SilentHunter382 said:

EA: We are proud to announce Fifa 14 for the PS4 and xbox 720. We are not release it for the Wii U since we don't want to develop for a current gen system

Then they will go back on there word and way it is a Next gen system.

GameLord08

#4

GameLord08 said:

Hey, Wii U owners: the resultant forced apathy that will inevitably amount from this is only going to drive EA further away. EA wouldn't have a problem with the Wii U if you didn't have a problem with EA.

C-Olimar

#5

C-Olimar said:

Let me guess, it's not coming out because Fifa 13 didn't sell on Wii U. NEWSFLASH: it was because it a) Came out later that other verions and b) it was Fifa 12 in disguise!

Dpullam

#6

Dpullam said:

This doesn't neccesarily mean that there won't be a Wii U version but it's not looking hopeful. I guess we will know for sure in a few months, possibly around E3.

SilentHunter382

#8

SilentHunter382 said:

@GameLord08 Well I wouldn't have a problem with EA if they showed alot of support for the console but they just refuse to bring alot of there games that are being release to the Wii U. And that is why I am bashing them. If we were kind to them they would still do the same thing.

DualWielding

#9

DualWielding said:

They not bring games to the Wii U because it will lost them money, they are businesses if it was good business to bring game to Wii U they would

GameLord08

#11

GameLord08 said:

@SilentHunter382: The only way they'll ever show support for the Wii U is if you show support for their games. This is no situation for fans to be collectively bested by their egos; this is business.

Bottom line, if you don't want my game, I won't give you my game. This industry survives on profits and investments, not love and unicorns.

Spooky

#12

Spooky said:

I don't support EA because they don't generally make games that interest me. I'm sure that the last I bought for a Nintendo system was boom blox 2!

LEGEND_MARIOID

#13

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

OK, the hardcore FIFA players are on the psbox, but EA were still making a fair amount of money with it being on Nintendo consoles (ie. 3DS and Wii). It wud thus be a bit stupid and spiteful of them not to release it on the Wii U and 3DS as they'd miss out on some decent sales and money. Crappy business decision. My boy is a big fan of the home console and 3DS versions of the game. Please don't be knobs EA.

fluggy

#14

fluggy said:

Weird no Wii U mentioned. Another kick in the nuts for us ninty fans. 1st party isn't gonna be enough to sustain the U! We need the support ..... NOW!!!

rjejr

#15

rjejr said:

As a North American reading thru all the non-caring comments from those across the pond about the WiiU not getting Madden all I can say is - nah nah nuh nah nah pfwwhhh

CrabGats

#17

CrabGats said:

they're driving themselves into a little corner with this, and I don't have the energy to care. we got NFS:MW from them, and that's all that matters to me.

GameLord08

#18

GameLord08 said:

@LEGEND_MARIOID: "A fair amount of money"? Spending thousands of dollars to develop a 3DS/Wii U version that likely only a few hundred people will purchase isn't receiving "a fair amount of money". It's a worthless investment.

Remember how Criterion went to the ends of the earth to secure the definitive version of NFS:MW for the Wii U? Well, if my memory serves correctly, the game only sold around 10,000 copies on the platform.

Unlike Sony and Microsoft in the past, Nintendo hasn't established a secure-enough audience for EA to continuously consider (and this fact has little to do with the Wii U's current install base figures). Believe it or not, fans are not entitled to these things - support is relative to demand. The only spiteful knobs I see here are the majority of us.

I may or may not be done.

Pikamoon

#19

Pikamoon said:

@GameLord08 Why should I invest a decent amount of money when it isn't even the game that it is on other platforms? I would have loved to buy FIFA 13 for my Wii U, but the moment I read that it's merely FIFA 12.5, I stopped being interessted in it. When EA doesn't show any sign of respect for me as a gamer, I don't show any kind of respect as a consumer for them.

GameLord08

#20

GameLord08 said:

@Pikamoon: Because most of the initial excitement Nintendo fans showed for it was (if not less than) half-hearted. Ergo we can expect a half-hearted port.

If we expect EA to make us a priority, we need to make them a priority first. The Wii U needs them more than they need the Wii U; playing Uncle in this situation is really juvenile and is only hurting us more, to be frank.

Pikamoon

#22

Pikamoon said:

@GameLord08 Why should I put all my heart into it when even EA doesn't put their's into it? Like I said, I would have bought it in a heartbeat on release day, but I wanted the full version, not one that's one year old and gets a little Wii U Gamepad support.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#23

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

ERRMMM, do u know how much it sold on the Wii and 3DS? Do you? FACEPALM Can sort of understand where you're coming from WRT the Wii U and its current low sales. NFS MWU (which I purchased) should have been priced lowere since it was effectively a port (an excellent one thou). Oh and I did by the Wii U version of FIFA 13 (as well as the 3DS one) which were really good.

Midnight3DS

#24

Midnight3DS said:

@Spooky

After Mass Effect 3, which I just couldn't do without, I washed my hands of EA's garbage. I'm not familiar with FIFA, but concerning sports games, EA is generally out classed anyway. Just need to get their grubby mitts off the NFL license, as fans are getting screwed here.

FullbringIchigo

#25

FullbringIchigo said:

looks like the spat between Nintendo and EA isn't over yet all because of those comments that EA's last CO made about Nintendo

but then again it is EA and apart from Mass Effect and few other standout's most of what they make is crud anyway so it's no big loss really

Haxonberik

#26

Haxonberik said:

I couldn't care less for Madden NFL, and I wouldn't buy Fifa 14 if it came out but I still want them to release it, it is a huge franchise and as much as I hate the direction EA is taking, the Wii U still needs all the help it can get.

Link41x

#27

Link41x said:

I would be shocked if any EA game made it onto Wii U for the rest of 2013...

GameLord08

#28

GameLord08 said:

@Pikamoon: Then don't complain when EA refuses to support the Wii U, and other third-party developers follow suit. Where there is no market, there is no support.

@LEGEND_MARIOID: They spent money separately on developing on each of those individual systems, so don't collectively group its sales. You're right, it's a port - a high-quality one they spent thousands on developing. They need a realistic profit margin on each individual copy they sell - lowering the price is hardly sensible, unless you want them to eventually suffer the same fate as THQ.

I'm not saying EA aren't d-bags sometimes, but they do need to be smart enough to keep themselves in business. And most importantly, they are essential to part of the Wii U's success with third-parties.

And I need a ginger ale now.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#29

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

TBH, I really like Criterion's work so i wasn't that fussed personally with the pricing. Not sure how much profit they have made with the game though.

Going back to FIFA - whereas the don't get the sales on the psbox versions, the wii and 3ds versions did do fairly decently (individually) I believe. We may still see the 3DS version as they haven't mentioned the other handheld consoles (ie. VITA) yet. Unless they're not making FIFA 14 for the VITA either ?!

Pikamoon

#30

Pikamoon said:

@GameLord08 So I should get a crappy version of a game, knowing, that there is a FAR superior one, and hope to see a difference at next year's installment?

GameLord08

#31

GameLord08 said:

@LEGEND_MARIOID: Too little. That's how much they made.

@Pikamoon: No. If more Nintendo fans made a public statement and appealed to EA showing substantial interest, I'm sure we'd no longer get run-down ports to pacify us.

Legromancer

#33

Legromancer said:

no surprise if true. Most Wanted sold about 10 thousand copies in North America, and that was not a half bootied port.
Maybe this is the kick in the ... that Nintendo needs to get their doodoo together.
They announces the Wii U at E3 20..11. They had this fakey publisher reel were everybody was so exited...and in all this time they only managed to get 2 exclusives from them? ZombiU and Rayman Legends. Somehow i can't imagine Microsoft or Sony announcing a console with less than 3 exclusives.
What the heck went wrong?
And please, don't call me a troll again. Starting with the betrayalton of Ubisoft it gets worse and worse every week and now even every day. Maybe the times for a big shake up has come. Something has to change.

PopeReal

#34

PopeReal said:

EA is done with the Wii U for now. Which is fine, I would rather they just come out and say it.

It should be interesting if the next XBox and PlayStation struggle out of the gates as well.

Legromancer

#35

Legromancer said:

i don't think they will struggle like the Wii U. Because Sony and MS will advertise it. Not like Nintendo.

sinalefa

#36

sinalefa said:

Well, I am pretty sure FIFA 15 will give players everything 14 had, so just be a little patient!

If Konami gets PES released, then they will be taking the whole market for soccer games on Nintendo consoles.

Finally, I don't support the "help this dinosaur developer by buying their games" thing. They clearly didn't listen to fans or cared about them when they released that crappy FIFA reskin, so who cares about how much support I give them? They will just keep releasing lazy stuff since we will gladly buy it to support them. And if they don't support the Wii U because we don't buy their lazy stuff, then why should WE be blamed?

Legromancer

#37

Legromancer said:

well Criterion listened and did an amazing job with Most wanted. And that sold poorly. Yeah, could me MH, but did that sell well?

banacheck

#38

banacheck said:

I think a lot of Nintendo fans know themselves it doesn't matter who the developer is, the fact is 3rd party support doesn't sell well on Nintendo.

nomeacuerdo

#39

nomeacuerdo said:

I don't like FIFA or Madden or any sport games at all (maybe a little for NHL) but I think that they're neccessary. Hope EA will add support eventually to the WiiU.

Razalom

#42

Razalom said:

@jayblue
So correct, they do the same with the vita version, its always a few games behind and they wonder why it doesnt sell. /sigh @ EA

bunnyking

#44

bunnyking said:

It's safe to say EA will not be rolling out any games for the WiiU. Post that and drop it, instead of rubbing salt in the wounds guys.

bunnyking

#45

bunnyking said:

@sinalefa I feel exactly like this about EA, they are a big publisher with their hands in eveyone's pockets and little loyalty to anyone. They've pulled just about all of their Wii U releases and it just doesn't look very promising on the horizon.

I don't think EA matters as much as they'd like to think because gamers are a smart bunch, and a lot of people have caught on to them. I never liked EA even before the stuff they are pulling on the Wii U, now I like them even less.

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