Back in 2011 when John Riccitiello former CEO of EA Games took to the stage at Nintendo’s E3 press conference and began to speak about playing football (Madden NFL) on an innovative new controller (all that play calling off the big screen) and playing (Battlefield) with (jaw dropping graphics), the corporate spiel and commitment of tone “a stunning breakthrough in technology” seemed almost as if a dream had come true for fans of football and shooters. Especially to those fans who chose to game the Nintendo way, and don’t have the luxury of owning more than one console.
Fast forward and we/you have the train wreck that is EA Games and Nintendo, it’s a toxic spillage, the carriages came off the tracks and people got fired/quit before being fired or should have been fired. “The Wii U is crap!”.
It doesn’t end there, since the Wii U is crap incident there have been other broadsides aimed towards Nintendo, looking at you Peter Moore and DICE, not necessarily DICE overall, I simply think they (the developers at DICE) are told what to say regarding (Frostbite) by the powers that be, the higher echelons of management.
So what happened? Does it stem from the rumoured Origin incident. Where EA Games wanted sole control of online and digital features on the Wii U? Can the two companies work it out? Yes they can, and can they do it this generation, yes they will. There is something to be said for one company buying another.
Disney recently acquired LucasArts and the Star Wars franchise. Now with that kind of acquisition, Disney are going to want their content to be delivered to as many customers as possible, no excuses. So if DICE are saying that their proprietary gaming engine can be scaled to work on mobile technology and last generation technology, then games like Battlefront will make an appearance on Nintendo’s Wii U.
It’s all about money and number of units (consoles) out there. Money talks and bull$hit walks, or gets fired.
We/you may not See Battlefield 4 on Wii U, but you can bet your mother, we/you will see Bad Company 3 and/or the remake of 2142, which will be titled 2143.