Electronic Arts Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore is disappointed with the performance of the company’s games on the Wii U, and he doesn’t exactly hide behind a fig leaf when saying it, as he just did in an interview on Gamesindustry International.
We were there with four games for them. 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.
He continued by explaining that the Wii U’s lackluster online suite may be the worst offender in the troubled relationship between the publisher and the console.
The lack of online engagement that we see on Wii U [is troubling]. It’s so integral to what we do. They’re so small it’s hardly worth running the servers. It seems like a box that’s out of sync with the future of EA – which is one that gives a real social feel to our games. The Wii U feels like an offline experience right now.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering that Electronic Arts hasn’t been exactly kind while talking about the Wii U in the past, even if it does slightly conflict with what the company’s Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund said a few days ago, when he stated that EA would be anywhere there are gamers, specifying that making the publisher’s engine Frostbite 3 work on the Wii U is not impossible.
Will Nintendo and Electronic Arts ever kiss and make up? I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that one.