Rumor: EA flatlines research & development for Wii U
EA recently wrapped up an investor call, which sheds some light on how the company plans to operate in the future. During the call EA told investors its planning a “full reveal” for next generation titles, including its biggest franchises such as Battlefield, FIFA, Madden, NBA LIVE, and Need for Speed. It also mentions in-house developers Bioware and DICE and the brand new games they’ll be working on. The investor talk also dealt with the Frostbite 3 engine and the next-gen sports games that will utilize it.
According to PS LifeStyle, EA also stated that they’ve managed to eliminate expenses in next-gen research & development by ignoring platforms they believe have no long-term potential. This news comes after the tweets yesterday from an EA employee who said Frostbite 2 ran poorly on the Wii U and Frostbite 3 has never been tested. With nearly all of EA’s next-gen games supporting the Frostbite 3 engine, including its sports titles, this means that we’re likely to see the end of EA games on Nintendo hardware all together.
It’s interesting that this is the “strong partnership” that EA alluded to with Nintendo.