EA is readying the Need For Speed Rivals racing game for launch next month, and while the game will be released on PC, current and next-gen consoles, it will not be coming to the Wii U.
That’s because the last Need for Speed game on the Wii U, Most Wanted, sold poorly on the console. Need For Speed Rivals creative director Craig Sullivan said about the lack of a Wii U version:
“We did a load of extra work on the Wii U version [of Need For Speed Most Wanted], and we had a lot of guys working on that stuff. It didn’t really sell that many, in terms of the Wii U market. I would love for it to have, because we put so much effort into that, trust me. I’d love for it to be way bigger than it was, and the same for the Vita.”
He sounds genuinely disappointed with the Wii U sales, after the team put “a lot of effort” in the Wii U version. So it’s of no surprise that EA is not interested in funding another Need for Speed game on the platform. The same goes for the Vita version of Rivals as well.
Sullivan added that the new Need for Speed Rivals only has 200 developers, which are tasked with making both the current and next gen version of the game, saying that “we had to go with where we think the biggest audience will be for the game”.