After recent confirmation that Battlefield 4 will not be coming out on Nintendo’s Wii U console, we have some more disappointing news to bring you. It has been revealed that the exciting Frostbite 3 engine that powers BF4, will also be powering 14 other games in the future. However, none of these games will be coming to Nintendo’s new console, again adding pressure to the mounting issue over third-party support for the system.
You may remember an article we published earlier this week, in which DICE technical director Johan Andersson revealed that they had tested Frostbite 2 on the Wii U with ‘not too promising results’ – surprising given Frostbite 2 powers Battlefield 3, not Frostbite 3.
Now, we have some related information on that to share with you, with the release of a DICE presentation that has found its way to Neogaf. The Battlefield developer has revealed that of the 15 Frostbite 3 games mentioned above, the target platforms for these games are only PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 – with next-gen consoles obviously to add to that once they have launched.
It means that along with Battlefield 4, the Wii U is also going to be missing out on games such as Mass Effect 4, Dragon Age 3, Need for Speed 2013 and Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel. These are just a few games that have already been confirmed – obviously it doesn’t make up the full 15 yet.
What is perhaps even more sad, is that the Star Wars games will not be on Wii U either, with Frostbite 3 set to power the new games following on from EA’s big partnership with Disney that was agreed just days ago. Wii U owners could perhaps allow Battlefield 4 to slip away, but all of the forthcoming Star Wars games as well? That is a big blow any way you look at it.
The big question for Wii U owners, is whether they can accept playing a console that looks like it’s going to be completely ignored by EA. Wii U Zelda, Smash Bros, Mario and Metroid are obviously going to be amazing when they’re out – but is it enough for you?
View the full presentation here and let us know your thoughts on the Wii U third-party situation at the moment.