EA COO Peter Moore has had no shortage of critical analysis for the Wii U and his latest statement is no different. In speaking to Games Industry, he stated that the Wii U feels like an offline experience and because of that, it’s out of sync with EA’s vision of the future.
“We were there with four games for them [at launch]. It’s been a disappointment when you look at sell-through and, as a company, we have to be very judicious where we deploy our resources. The lack of online engagement that we see on Wii U [is troubling]. It’s so integral to what we do. They’re so small it’s hardly worth running the servers. It seems like a box that’s out of sync with the future of EA – which is one that gives a real social feel to our games. The Wii U feels like an offline experience right now.”
Currently EA has no games in development for Wii U, but the company hasn’t been shy about stating that they would return to developing games for the console should sales and a substantial user base exist. With Ubisoft giving the console until Christmas to turn around, third party support for the Wii u is looking very slim in the next coming months.