EA have pledged that they will begin to support the Wii U again, but only when the system sells more units. The remarks were made in an interview over at Joystiq where EA Labels President Frank Gibeau spoke about their lack of games on the console.
“The only thing they can do to fix it is to sell more boxes. We’re a rational company, we go where the audience is. We publish games where we think we can make a great game and hit a big audience, and make money. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we have an industry.”
In response to this Nintendo of America’s head of corporate communications Charlie Scibetta has said, “We’re confident that once some of these games come out that we have planned between now and the holiday and into 2014, that it will help drive the install base and when that happens the platforms will look more enticing to third parties.”
This is an oddly honest and brutal thing to say in public, though it’s not surprising that this is the case at all. The system has sold poorly and if it not worth making games for the system then they do not have the responsibility to do so. The reply from Nintendo was also honest, they admit that they hope that once the install base gets to a certain point that more third parties will hopefully begin to support their console.
None of this news is a surprise at all, it’s just interesting that it became a public conversation in the first place. Let me know in the comments what you think about the remarks from EA and the response from Nintendo.