Bethesda are currently not developing anything for the Wii U and social platforms such as Facebook, according to Bethesda VP of PR Pete Hines because they “know what we’re good at“.
Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines spoke with Eurogamer and gave an in-depth explanation of why they are not developing on certain platforms, it’s a good read so check out what he had to say below:
“We have nothing announced in development for Wii U,” he said. “It’s not something that we’ve done anything for previously. I don’t even remember the last time we’ve done a Nintendo title. We don’t have anything now. Whether or not we would in the future is TBD. As for why, I guess I’d rather not go into that.
“A while ago it was social games that were all the rage and [people were asking] ‘why aren’t we doing Facebook?’ That’s not what we do, and now that’s no longer a big deal. So we didn’t run after it and now we’re not running away from it. We’re just going to kind of stick to what we feel is best.
“We don’t have Facebook stuff. We don’t have mobile stuff. We feel like we really know who we are and we know what we’re good at. That’s not to say that we wouldn’t do an iPhone game or an XBLA thing, but it would have to be at a certain time where it would feel right coming from us. If we’re not going to do that, then we’re just not going to bother.
“Those are cool markets and people are doing really well [in it], but that’s just not what we do. And that’s not to say we’re not branching out. We started a new studio out in Austin led by Rich Vogel called Battlecry, which is working on a free-to-play title, so we’re clearly not ‘oh, it only needs to be premium priced triple-A stuff on a disc.’
It makes sense to not take risks into unproven platforms, I remember when lots of developers were jumping into making social games and now I rarely hear anything about those games except for the occasional Candy Crush request. Much like EA it doesn’t seem worth developing games for the Wii U, why spend time and money on a platform that hasn’t sold very well? Hines seems to know what he’s talking about and is making smart decisions for the company.
Now Hines, WHERE’S FALLOUT 4!?