EA will “evaluate any and all opportunities” with Nintendo and NX


Nintendo and EA, EA and Nintendo. What a relationship.

We all know how it ended up with the Wii U, then again most third party publishers have given up on the system. EA might cop the most hate from fans because they went from an ‚Äúunprecedented partnership‚ÄĚ to zip within a year.

Things could be different with the NX however, the system is still far enough away and in planning that Nintendo could turn third party support around – possibly. During a quarterly finance conference call EA CEO Andrew Wilson was asked about the console and if EA plans to support it. He was asked whether or not EA would be aggressive on the NX or be more cautious, considering how the Wii U went. His response;

I’m going to address that slightly differently. As we look to the future, we see a world where more people are playing on more platforms in more geographies than ever before. We see the platform cycle now, not just as a traditional six-year console cycle, but as a six-month refresh rate on mobile devices, smart TVs, Internet-enabled refrigerators, or whatever it might be.

And what we’re doing, in terms of resource allocation, is really investing at a core digital platform level, at an engine level, and at a game architecture level, to ensure that we are able to deliver amazing experiences; 6 inches to 60 inches, and beyond; two minutes to two hour session times, and beyond; across any and all relevant devices where gamers are playing.

And as it relates to Nintendo, we’ve had a tremendous relationship with them over the years. And we will evaluate any and all opportunities with them, in the same way we do all platform opportunities.

So nothing really solid and too new there from EA, what do you think – will EA be back on the NX or could the lack of support be following Nintendo into another generation?

Source: Nintendo Insider

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  • November 3, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I am actually able to translate EA speak.. here we go.
    “We will only make games for NX as long as we can make a quick buck, no one wanted to by the block stacking game we made with Steven Speilberg on the wii, so we dont want to give Nintendo gamers anything now. That being said, if we can port an old game for really cheap, we will do that, but there will be no new original titles, no matter how many people ask.”

    “Oh and as for our sports games, they won’t come across at all, but on the off chance they do, that will be a trial in one country, the only one that matters of course and no one else. But as always we will look at all hardware the same”

    I think thats about the jist of their comments, I need a lie down, my brain hurts now

  • Serrin
    November 3, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Had a quick look at EA’s back catalogue. There hasn’t been a single game in the past few years that I’ve thought is worth playing or getting excited about.

    I expect EA will continue to avoid Nintendo and that consumers of Nintendo’s hardware will not be at a loss.

  • Oliver Winfree
    November 3, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Good call Luke. What did u expect EA when u ported 6 month old titles for a launch? While EA’s lustre has faded over the years, it would be nice to have them in the fold with Ubisoft, Activitison etc. Not holding my breath though

  • Anthony Smith
    November 4, 2015 at 5:16 am

    We have seen what EA’s “unprecedented relationship” with Nintendo was.

    Nintendo fans will survive without FIFA 2016/2017/2018/2019/2020, Madden NFL 2016/2017/2018/2019/2020, Battlefield VI, and Need for Speed 22

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