In an interview with Gamespot UK, Peter Moore gave a telling statement that wraps up his company’s opinion of the Wii U. Many fans had hoped with the departure of John Riccitiello as the CEO, the company could begin to mend fences with Nintendo and we’d see more EA games available on the console. However, recently Battlefield 4 was announced and it was flat-out confirmed that the title will not be available to Wii U owners.
In his interview concerning the demise of console gaming, Peter Moore states that he believes the industry isn’t in dire straights just yet. His statement says:
“The console business is still a core part of our business; it’s the majority of our business. The demise of console gaming is very premature as far as we’re concerned,” Moore said. “We still have thousands of people focused on developing current-generation Xbox 360 and PS3 games, as well as people focused now on the next generation when that finally arrives,”
The emphasis above is mine, as it illustrates that Peter Moore doesn’t consider the Wii U to be next-generation hardware and that they’ve currently got no manpower on developing games for the system. In fact, the last EA game we’ve seen made available for the Wii U is Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, which is a port of an already released title similar to what they gave us with the release of Mass Effect 3.
It looks like the rift between Nintendo and EA won’t be mending any time soon, so let’s hope third-party support from other publishers like Ubisoft continues to be strong.