EA could skip Wii U with next gen titles

Written by David Hing

May 9, 2013 | 17:56

Tags: #battlefield-4 #frostbite-3 #wii-u

Companies: #ea #nintendo

The Wii U is set to miss out on at least 15 titles from EA that use the Frostbite 3 engine.

The games included were mentioned in a DICE presentation obtained by NEOGaf. They included Battlefield 4, Mass Effect 4, Dragon Age 3, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel and as yet unannounced Star Wars titles, all of which will not be making their way to Nintendo's newest console due to the machine's incompatibility with the Frostbite 3 engine.

Developed by DICE, the engine and its predecessor's tests on the Wii U have not been successful and efforts to get it running have been ditched. 'We did some tests with not too promising results with FB2 and chose not to go down that path,' said DICE technical director Johan Anderson on Twitter.

On the run up to the new console's release, the Wii U was hyped up as Nintendo's bid to move away from the more casual audience built up through the Wii and the DS. Without EA's upcoming efforts, the Wii U library is going to continue to look bare compared to the competition.

This is not the first time that engine compatibility has been brought up as an issue for Nintendo's latest console. At GDC back in March, Epic Games vice-president Mark Rein noted that although it is possible to run Unreal Engine 4 on the machine, they consider Unreal Engine 3 to be more appropriate.

The Wii U launched at the end of 2012 and has not lived up to Nintendo's predictions for the console. In its most recent annual financial report, it was revealed that the Wii U sold 3.45 million units, compared to its predecessor's 4 million units sold over the same period.
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