EA: WiiU is a “disappointment”
Electronic Arts’ Peter Moore expresses dissatisfaction in Nintendo’s latest console and says EA might not bring more titles to the WiiU.
In an interview with GameIndustry.biz, Electronic Arts’ COO Peter Moore expressed how he felt about the WiiU’s less than stellar launch: “We were there with four games for them [at launch],” he said in the interview. “It’s been a disappointment when you look at sell-through and, as a company, we have to be very judicious where we deploy our resources.”
The sales figures grimly confirm Moore’s sentiment; the WiiU hasn’t been able to break 100,000 sales in a single month, while both the older Xbox 360 and PS3 outsell it. With new consoles coming soon from both Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo needs to be stronger than it is to stay competitive.
Moore went on to confirm that Electronic Arts, which is one of the largest game companies in the industry, currently has no games in development for the WiiU. EA isn’t alone either: Activision, another major games publisher, has stated that it has “no announcements now” for the WiiU. Ubisoft, one of the biggest supporters of the WiiU at launch, has stated that the launch title ZombieU wasn’t “even close” to profitable, forcing the company to shelve the game. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot also stated that they’d look at how the WiiU did during the holidays, but that if things didn’t pick up, they’d have to “see where we are from there.”
Nintendo itself, while admitting sales aren’t what they had hoped they would be, still believe in their console. The company expects its first party titles will be able to turn the console around, with new games in the Legend of Zelda and Luigi franchises. Admittedly, gamers do buy Nintendo consoles for the first party exclusives; they have a very loyal fan-base and if you want Mario, there’s only one place to get it. However, it cannot be a good thing to see three major game publishers, responsible for many of the world’s top selling games, turn the shoulder to Nintendo.