Yesterday, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen denied previous reports claiming that EA was not making games for Nintendo’s new consoles anymore. According to Jorgensen, the company has plenty of titles in development for Nintendo’s system – he just isn’t saying what they are. “We are building titles for the Nintendo console, but not anywhere near as many as we are for PS or Xbox,” Jorgensen said in answer to a question at the Stifel Nicolaus 2013 Internet, Media, and Communications Conference in New York, which was then reported by Polygon.
EA has already confirmed that the upcoming FIFA 14 and Madden 25 will not be released on Wii U, however, and Jorgensen provided no hints as to what games EA has in store for the Nintendo console.
“I think what the consumer will find is a lot more powerful gameplay with the new boxes that are coming out, and a lot of excitement, but it’ll remain to be seen as to the services associated with those as to how consumers decide which direction they might want to go,” Jorgensen said.
Last week an EA spokesperson claimed that the company currently has no games in development for the Wii U. That followed DICE’s Johan Andersson, the Technical Director on Frostbite, tweeting that the company’s latest game engine, Frostbite 3, does not run on Nintendo’s console. DICE is a fully owned subsidiary of EA. That further led to speculation that EA’s upcoming Star Wars games, which are confirmed to be in development using Frostbite 3, won’t appear on Wii U as a result.
With E3 just around the corner we may soon see this change, but at the moment EA and Nintendo’s relationship seems to be in trouble.