EA Games/Disney Publishing Partnership: No Star Wars Games for Nintendo Wii U
Hot on the tail of our initial coverage of Disney’s partnership with EA Games, more news has surfaced about the actual distribution of future Star Wars games, and this update will come as a blow to owners of the Nintendo Wii U.
Electronic Arts will be looking to focus most of its upcoming publishing releases on the big guns, including the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox console lines – in particular the recently announced PS4 and the soon to be revealed next Xbox (720?).
Unfortunately the Wii U is not the console EA is looking for and this is because it’s developing partners such as Battlefield creators DICE are testing their games on the exclusive Frostbite 2 engine, which is the latest engine to make modern games to look incredibly realistic, and is currently too advanced for the Nintendo Wii U’s capabilities.
DICE’s Technical Director Joan Andersson confirmed this news after the development company trialled the Frostbite 2 engine for use with Nintendo’s home console and received unsatisfying results. This means unfortunately there are currently no plans to release any of the scheduled Star Wars games, including Star Wars: Battlefront 3 on the Nintendo home system.
Losing the lucrative Star Wars franchise is yet another upset to Nintendo which has sought to re-establish itself in the gaming market place but has recently reported more losses in annual revenue. EA published Star Wars games are expected to begin landing no sooner than April 2014.