Many no doubt remember that historic moment when the Wii U was first announced onstage and John Riccitiello – then-CEO of EA – took to the stage to announce an "unprecedented partnership" between his company and Nintendo. For a time, things were looking pretty good, but EA was pretty quick to jump ship when it became apparent that the Wii U would be an albatross. Since then, the company has been very noncommittal in its stance towards Nintendo platforms, and it sounds like support for NX could be limited.
Game Informer recently caught up with EA's Vice President, Patrick Soderlund, to discuss the company's plans concerning support for Project Scorpio, Playstation Neo, and the NX. His response on Nintendo was about as diplomatic as you'd expect, praising the company's iconic status and stable of IP, but echoing a 'wait and see' approach in terms of NX support.
Nintendo is such an instrumental part of our whole industry. They deserve to be successful, and they deserve to be a major player in the business, given their pedigree. It's not only the machines that they've built, but also the IPs they've brought to market. There are very few companies like Nintendo. Whenever they bring something to market that we see an addressable market for, we'll be there. Given that they haven't announced [a new console] officially or shown it, I can't comment specifically.
Bear in mind that the NX sounds as though it'll be more of a portable console than a home console, but it doesn't sound like EA is too enthused at the thought of supporting Nintendo yet.
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