Excited gamers eager to get their hands on Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console will no doubt be pleased to hear developers singing the upcoming console’s praises. Joining the likes of Epic Games, Ubisoft and Activision, EA has finally openly discussed their excitement for the Nintendo console.
Speaking with Eurogamer, EA vice president Andrew Wilson went on to explain that the Nintendo console can do “anything” that the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 can. The comments come in the wake of EA receiving new development kits for the console, allowing the company to further understand the Wii U’s inner workings. Speaking about this process, Wilson stated:
“As every new piece of hardware and every new development library comes through we get a greater understanding of the power. With our early research we had been very happy with the output of the box and we expect that that will only go up moving forward.”
The EA vice president continued, explaining that the Wii U presents a unique opportunity to the company’s development teams, thanks largely to the console’s ability to utilize two screens. It’s this challenge that Mr. Wilson believes his development teams are “looking forward to.”
He also attempted to answer direct comparisons between the existing consoles and the Wii successor, explaining that while the Wii U was able to replicate Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 graphics, he expected the console eventually surpass this level. Given the early stage of EA’s development into the unit, it was hard to accurately describe how powerful the console potentially is.
Mr. Wilson also explained that several of EA’s staff are in discussion with Nintendo over the new console’s online infrastructure, working with them to help ensure that it is up to standard with EA’s expectations:
“[Online is] something that we’re working very closely with Nintendo on. We are highlighting to them what we believe are the most important elements to that infrastructure to deliver a connected experience that we think is the future of gaming. They have demonstrated an openness and willingness to work with us and work with developers that I think will only land us in a positive place.”
In Game Rant’s opinion, this is an important development. The Nintendo Wii online capabilities were criticized by users for lacking the integration of its counterparts: Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. If Nintendo can deliver a service that rivals these then the Wii U will be able to deliver the sort of games that its users deserve. Features such as online leagues and the popular ‘Ultimate Team’ would enhance the Wii U version of the game greatly and bring it in line with other consoles.
EA has yet to confirm which of its games will make it to the Wii U launch lineup, though Wilson let slip that the company’s popular FIFA franchise is likely to feature in some form. Whether this will be a version of the upcoming FIFA 12 iteration or possibly FIFA 13 is unclear but Wilson underlined that development on the Wii U version of the game had yet to get underway:
“Not yet […..] We are in pre-production for everything on FIFA, so we have our long-lead team thinking about Kinect … Wii U … What FIFA looks like on PS3, PC, Xbox 360 in general. But the core team is still finaling FIFA 12. So it’s very much an early pre-production ideation phase right now.”
The Nintendo Wii U is expected to be released in early 2012. No news on pricing or availability have been announced at the present time.