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EA blames Wii U's 'lack of online engagement'

by Andrew Yoon, Jul 08, 2013 2:30pm PDT
Related Topics – Electronic Arts, EA Sports, Wii U

EA no longer has any games in development on Wii U. And with neither Frostbite nor EA Sports Ignite currently working on Nintendo's new home console, it seems unlikely that any Wii U games will be coming from one of the world's biggest publishers.

Sales are obviously an issue for EA. The company released four games on Wii U at launch, and sales for those games have been "disappointing," according to EA's Peter Moore. However, there's another factor that plays into EA's disinterest in Nintendo hardware: online connectivity.

"The lack of online engagement that we see on Wii U [is troubling]," Moore told GI.biz. "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."

According to the report, Wii U's languishing online community is one of the reasons why this year's Madden is not making an appearance on Nintendo hardware.

However, there is hope for the future. A few of Nintendo's upcoming first-party titles will emphasize online play. Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros will undoubtedly get more Wii Us connected and engaged with Nintendo Network. EA will have one less excuse should online gamers begin to flock to Wii U.




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