Back at E3 2011, one of the game showcased during a Wii U trailer by Nintendo was Battlefield 3. Which of course more or less confirmed a Battlefield 3 game in development for the Wii U. That was back then. We haven’t heard anything concrete for more than a year, other than developer DICE saying they “see potential” in the Wii U.
Now our source from EA tells us that EA and DICE did in fact start working on a Battlefield 3 Wii U version with help from EA Canada, testing out the possibilities with the GamePad controller. However, that project was shelved when EA and Nintendo had a feud regarding Origin’s integration on the Wii U. This supposedly happened in late 2011, and the team that worked on the Wii U version of BF3 was merged into the team that is currently working on Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4 was confirmed a few weeks ago and will be coming in 2013.
According to our sources, the Battlefield 4 team is now working on the Battlefield 4 Wii U version concurrently with other editions and will be a “straight port” with touchscreen controls. Most of these touchscreen controls and features are said to be available on other platforms as well (Xbox 360 SmartGlass etc.). It’s unknown whether the team is also working on next gen systems. Our source also told us that the Battlefield 4 name is not final and might change in the future.
Battlefield 4 is expected to launch in Fall 2013, with a beta release sometime in the Spring.