Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson says that his company will “evaluate any and all opportunities” with the Nintendo NX, the same way it evaluates all platforms.
Although Nintendo may not be making any official announcements about its new system until next year, Nintendo NX development kits have already gone out to game developers and everyone is talking about what the platform can offer players. Fans are curious about who will be supporting the NX and naturally, with Electronic Arts being one of the biggest game publishers around, EA CEO Andrew Wilson was recently asked about Nintendo’s upcoming device.
Asked about the NX during EA’s Q2 2016 financial call, Wilson explained that from resource allocation to game engines and architecture, his company is doing what it can 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 specifically on the Nintendo NX, EA will “evaluate any and all opportunities with them, in the same way we do all platform opportunities”.
On one hand, some Nintendo fans will be upset as it’s not a definitive answer from the CEO and they may feel like they’re being left in the lurch. His answers aren’t particularly helpful for those who want to save up for the console and it’s also unhelpful for those wrestling with the decision between waiting for the Nintendo NX next year or buying an Xbox One or PS4 right now.
However, this is a bold step up from EA’s previous efforts with Nintendo consoles at least. Previously, EA ended support of the Nintendo Wii U due to the console’s streak of poor numbers and missed sale targets. In one financial report from the company, EA stated that sales of its Wii U games in the United States accounted for just 1.3% ($9 million) of its revenue so it makes good business sense for EA not to get involved with the Nintendo NX until it can be certain that it can make money from it.
Wilson’s statements may also be seen as a positive given the other developers who are considering or are confirmed to be developing for the (possible) home console/handheld hybrid. If EA does start making NX games then the addition of FIFA, Madden and Battlefield should mean that players have a good variety of titles to play with along with the new Dragon Quest games and possibly a new Metroid Prime title, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Source: Nintendo Insider