EA Will "Jump Back In" If Wii U Becomes A "Viable Platform"
Posted by Andy Green
"We're a rational company"
A lot has been made of the lack of third party support from certain developers in recent weeks and Electronic Arts has been right at the centre of it all.
The company has already said it has no games in development for Wii U, including its annual sports titles such as FIFA 14, Madden NFL 14 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14. However, it hasn't turned its back on Wii U for good and is currently monitoring the situation.
So what can Nintendo do to entice EA back to its latest home console? Well, according to the company's Labels President Frank Gibeau, selling more units would certainly help matters.
In an interview with Joystiq, Gibeau had the following to say on EA's position when it comes to Wii U:
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. That's why we're here, that's why we have an industry.
EA did of course show some support for Wii U upon its arrival last year and four games currently reside on the system.
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 [score]. 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.
He went on to say people should never count Nintendo out, but said EA is firmly focused on creating content for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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.
Nintendo has stated it aims to sell more systems by creating more great first party titles.
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