Battlefield 4 Wii U non-release reasons are debatable

By Alan Ng - May 8, 2013

With Nintendo’s third-party situation looking pretty bleak at the moment in relation to the Wii U, we have some new information for you to digest which isn’t particularly good reading for Wii U owners either. Battlefield 4 developer DICE has revealed that one of the main reasons why BF4 isn’t coming to Nintendo’s console, is because they previously performed tests of the Frostbite 2 engine on the Wii U hardware, with apparent poor results.

This is interesting to say the least, for a number of reasons. The first that strikes us, is the fact that Battlefield 4 running on the Frostbite 3 engine is on the way to the current Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. Many developers have previously revealed that the Wii U hardware is significantly more powerful than the current-generation of consoles, which was arguably justified with the likes of Assassin’s Creed 3 and Black Ops 2 looking great on Nintendo’s console.

But hang on, Frostbite 3 can run on Xbox 360 and PS3, but DICE has just said that they can’t even get Frostbite 2, which powered Battlefield 3 running successfully on the Wii U. Does something not add up here to you, or are we looking too much into this?

Obviously Nintendo are having big problems attracting third-party games to the Wii U, everyone can start to see that now, but is the new information from DICE believable in your opinion? You can view the Tweet in full from DICE technical director Johan Andersson and judge for yourself.

“FB3 has never been running on WiiU. We did some tests with not too promising results with FB2 & chose not to go down that path”

If Battlefield 4 wasn’t coming to Xbox 360 and PS3, perhaps we could understand the statement a little better. Has EA’s relationship with Nintendo been mixed into all of this we wonder, regardless of the Wii U hardware potential? Either way, Battlefield 4 nor any other Frostbite 3 game won’t be coming to the Wii U.

Let us know your thoughts on this latest revelation.

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  • It’s simple. They remembered that Nintendo and the Wii U do not support EA’s micro-transaction business model so they’re not even trying. They have zero incentive to deal with Nintendo in that respect but have all the incentive in the world to go to Microsoft and Sony.

    • They’d earn more money from having the game on another platform. But put on your tin foil hat loser.