Bethesda says Wii U is "not on our radar"

Bethesda's Pete Hines says the Wii U's hardware is stopping the company from developing for it.

Bethesda has reasserted that Nintendo's Wii U is not a part of the company's plans, saying that it is "not on our radar."

The Skyrim developer said last month that it was not developing any titles for Nintendo's latest home console, but in an interview with Joystiq has now said the choice to omit the platform was mainly because of the hardware.

"It's largely a hardware thing," said Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines in an interview with Joystiq. Hines says Bethesda likes to "make the games that we want to make, on whatever platforms will support them as developed."

To illustrate his point, Hines added that The Elder Scrolls Online "likely would have" been released on the Xbox 360 but that it wasn't possible due to the hardware.

Bethesda says it will not rule out supporting the Wii U in the future, however. "It remains to be seen what the future holds," said Hines.

Bethesda's current lineup of games includes Wolfenstein: The New Order, Shinji Mikami-led survival horror The Evil Within, and MMO The Elder Scrolls Online.

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CarlNg
CarlNg

Have fun dealing with the XBox One, a console that caters to man children. 

CarlNg
CarlNg

Who cares? Bethesda sucks anyway. 

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Not surprising. Wii U isn't on a lot of devs radars.

redboat555
redboat555

good Bethesda u don't make u don't make for wii u cause wii u sucks at least they know wii u sucks 

Albert__Fish
Albert__Fish

Well they should not have built a system made for children. When you market that hard to children you have no integrity. It should be illegal. 

klonoa53
klonoa53

Oh no my WiiUseless is still useless!

Mariner32
Mariner32

With any current games they're working on (i.e. Wolfenstein and The Evil Within) I can understand not having a Wii U version. If they simply didn't start working on a Wii U version then it makes sense that they wouldn't bend over backwards to port them. However, I'll be one of the first people to call BS on this "hardware limitation" stance if *any* of their subsequent games get released on the PS3 or the Xbox 360.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Bethesda never struck me as a Nintendo friendly dev in the first place. Maybe they could publish something for it but as far as the games they develop I just don't see on any Nintendo system. Don't know if that's a good thing or not.

ewjiml
ewjiml

Selling my Wii U yesterday was a better investment than buying it.....

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

even if it's on the wii u it's not like anybody will buy it. when was the last successful 3rd party exclusive? zombi u?

soulless4now
soulless4now

lol I don't think it's on anyone's radar judging from sales. 

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

It doesn't really matter if the hardware was good or not.  It's not like the game would sell on the Wii U anyway... 

nousername66
nousername66

Wii U is like Detroit, everyone is jumping ship!

Vodoo
Vodoo

Sucks that the Wii U users will miss out on the Evil within.Sorry Wii U...... Next-Gen only.

HydePark1980
HydePark1980

I've said it before and I'll say it again, even if the Wii U was on par with PS4 and the Xbox One there is no guarantee that these third parties would produce games for their system.  Third parties have this very one dimensional view of Nintendo only being a kids only company especially western third parties.  

That being said I'm not blind to the problems that Nintendo is facing right now, but in all honesty the number of third parties that produce games that I would play nowadays I could literally count on one hand. 


Vodoo
Vodoo

If they stated last month that they (Bethesda) were done with the WU, why is this useless bit of info considered news? I mean you link the to the very article that says it. I understand news may be slow in the summer, but try to at least have some standards.

danganronpas
danganronpas

Nintendo has never relied on third party support, anyway. Not a good thing though, they'd get a lot more sales if their consoles were more powerful.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Nice work on the whole third party thing Nintendo.  The Wii U has such a wonderfully large library as a result!

gww101
gww101

@CarlNg I just had a good laugh. Apparently they have best sellers while sucking.

CarlNg
CarlNg

@redboat555 Wii U is great. XBox 1 sucks. Attain better grammar, moron. 

CarlNg
CarlNg

@Albert__Fish You're a moron. Games like CoD and Angry Birds are aimed at children, or the immature of mind, like yourself. 

CarlNg
CarlNg

@klonoa53 No you're useless.  

CarlNg
CarlNg

@ewjiml You didn't have a Wii U to begin with, Microsoft dev. 

Slagar
Slagar

@HydePark1980It's not that third parties have a one dimensional view of Nintendo, it's that the Nintendo brand IS one dimensional. They only try to appeal to Nintendo diehards and little kids; whereas other console manufacturers aim to please a broader range of consumers in the market.
Their strategy has been enough for them to get by in the past, but they haven't evolved as well as MS/Sony with a changing industry - their online offerings are just hopeless - and the major gamble on (IMO stupid) hardware this time is really hurting them.
With the way they're playing the game, I think it's only a matter of time before they become a software-only company.

redboat555
redboat555

@CarlNg at least its better then wii u  lol wii u is a joke I've have used one and its a joke lol 

gww101
gww101

@CarlNg Use an Xbox One before stating your opnion as fact. You call him a moron and have no idea who he is, maybe he's German.

gww101
gww101

@CarlNg @Albert__Fish Mario, Zelda, are likely what he meant. Way to be passive aggressive again. They have pills for that you know.

gww101
gww101

@CarlNg Again, stating things you have no knowledge of as fact.

Vegamyster
Vegamyster

@JustPlainLucas What i don't understand is that guy from Ubi also said Zombiu & Rayman were cheap to make back in 2012. It sold around 500k copies, graphics were nothing special, didn't have many weapons, no online so how couldn't it have not made a profit when it was clearly low budget?

soulless4now
soulless4now

@CarlNg Only in our dreams, sadly. Xbone has become a force to be reckoned with. 

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

@Strider8009 No, you're just someone with a really bad memory.  I never said that about the Internet, and I have NEVER once defend Xbox One's old policies.

HydePark1980
HydePark1980

@Slagar You talk about how Nintendo hasn't evolved, it's because of them the industry has made the strides that it has.  Nintendo aim has always been to make games that are fun to play and have massive replay value, they've never hidden that from gamers.   

You were right when you said other consoles aim to please gamers, as a result we're treated to wave after wave of shooters.  Let's be real here the only games that really sell are the violent ones, if you believe me look at which titles sell the most on any console.

Vegamyster
Vegamyster

@veryDERPY The only marketing for that game that i saw were on youtube for a week or two then nothing.