Mon, May 20, 2013 | 08:36 BST
EA has no Wii U games in the works, including FIFA 14
EA has confirmed that it’s not currently working on any Wii U titles, and this includes FIFA 14 and the previously announced skip of Madden 25.
“We have no games in development for the Wii U currently,” EA representative Jeff Brown told Kotaku.
The spokesperson said it was possible the publisher would return to the system in the future.
EA also said it won’t be releasing FIFA 14 on the system, due to less than spectacular sales of FIFA 13 on the console.
“Six months ago FIFA 13 was a launch title on Wii U,” a separate representative told Eurogamer. “Although the game featured FIFA’s award-winning HD gameplay and innovative new ways to play, the commercial results were disappointing.
“We have decided not to develop FIFA 14 on Wii U.”
Further comments on EA skipping Wii U came from EA software architect and engineer Bob Summerwill, who offered his less than glowing opinion on the console via Twitter.
Summerwill, who has worked on many EA Sports franchises, said EA’s current development focus is on formats which “matter.”
“It is an utterly intentional decision to focus our resources on markets which actually matter… like mobile, and Gen4,” he wrote, while also citing the power of PS3 and Xbox 360 compared to Wii U.
“Nintendo platforms have always been very poor revenue-wise for third parties,” he continued. “Only Mario and Zelda make money.”
All tweets on the matter have since been removed, probably because he called Wii U “crap” and accused Nintendo of being stuck in the 90s.
At a Wii U event at E3 2012, EA CEO John Riccitiello came on stage to talk the console up and promise to support it; Brown said EA has already delivered on this promise.
EA produced just four games for the Wii U before calling it quits – Madden 13, FIFA 13, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Mass Effect 3.
Activision has also gone shy on the Wii U, skipping over it for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Nintendo itself has expressed disappointment in the system’s hardware and software sales. The Wii U launched last year and failed to set the world on fire.