Wii U developers still cutting content with FIFA 13

By Alan Ng - Aug 8, 2012

We recently gave you a peek at how FIFA 13 was shaping up for its highly anticipated debut on the Wii U. The Wii U graphics for the game are looking on par, if not better than Xbox 360 and PC, but now we have some details on features that won’t be making it into the Wii U version.

If you are planning to pick up a Wii U at the end of the year, it is highly likely that FIFA 13 is going to be one of the first games you buy since it will be available as a launch title. Despite Nintendo improving on their hardware capabilities with the Wii U, it appears that the new console is still going to follow patterns from the original Wii, with missing content compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360.

One of these features is the Ultimate Team mode, as EA has just confirmed that it won’t be available on the Wii U at launch. Line producer Matt Prior has spoken in a detailed interview with Nintendo World Report, stating that the company chose a different feature to be included on a basis on popularity.

That feature is Online Seasons, so Wii U owners should be aware that this is essentially the replacement for Ultimate Team for the time being. In other areas of the game however, the Wii U has some advantages that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions do not have, such as improved texture quality for the pitch, as well as an improved resolution for the crowd.

FIFA Ultimate Team is obviously a major part of the franchise now though, so there’s probably still going to be a few of you disappointed about this. The key thing to remember is that we’re just talking about at launch – it may very well become available sometime next year.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you surprised that developers are still having to cut content on the Wii U, despite it being a ‘next generation’ console? This was understandable on the old Wii, but with brand new hardware to utilize this time around?

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  • TheRealChappy

    It’s a development strategy issue. There are only so many hours available, and the launch is quickly approaching. EA has said it has features in the U version not found on the other consoles and that takes time to develop those features. EA is assuming that the U will have a larger casual gamer install base and so they spent time on features they suspect will appeal more to the non-“16-30 male” demographic. The same thing is happening with EA’s other releases.

    • Majestic 12

      so another casual system? Why doesn’t that surprise me?

  • reachingMReric

    They don’t have to exclude, they are choosing to… Salty EA doesn’t like the fact that Nintendo didn’t put that Origin garbage on their network.