Crytek explains why Crysis 3 Wii U 'had to die'

CEO Cevat Yerli says game was running on Nintendo's new console, but lack of EA-Nintendo business drive killed the project.

Crysis 3 for Wii U was up and running, but it was not meant to be. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli explained to VentureBeat that a lack of Electronic Arts-Nintendo business drive ultimately killed the project.

"We did have Crysis 3 running on the Wii U," Yerli said. "We were very close to launching it. But there was a lack of business support between Nintendo and EA on that. Since we as a company couldn’t launch on the Wii U ourselves--we don’t have a publishing license--Crysis 3 on Wii U had to die."

Crysis 3 was never a sure thing for release on the Wii U. In May 2012, Crytek director of creative development Rasmus Hoejengaard said there was "not a fat chance" that Crysis 3 would ever ship for the Wii U.

That wasn't the end of the story, though, as Yerli clarified two months later that the game was possible for the Wii U, before revealing in January that it would not release for Wii U.

Yerli recently described Crysis 3 as Crytek's "masterpiece." He claimed the game game is technically and creatively superior to past entries, but said the project took a critical hit due to gamer "fatigue," among other things.

For more on Crysis 3, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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310 comments
DaFrop
DaFrop

Remember what happened to the last console that didn't have total EA support...

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

not played it yet but i've always loved far cry and crysis 1.  not a huge fan of crysis two or far cry 2....i'll prob get flamed for this but i HATE sand box crap - just usher me along to the next firefight PLEASE i do NOT want to wander around on my own looking for something to do.  I get LOST and bored very easily :)  i know i am a disgrace in the gaming community but....sorry 

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the Wii U blew up when the game started lol

Ledah
Ledah

Maybe it wasn't worth it for the Wii U anymore.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Gotta love Nintendo's attitude towards 3rd Party developers / publishers when it comes to providing 3rd party games for their beloved platform.

Nintendo are notoriously difficult to work with.

This will be their undoing!

dovonob
dovonob

I wish Crysis would die, most overated piece of toss I've ever played.

Ah no actually that was Dragon Age 2 but I try to forget that exists.

sergiodoom
sergiodoom

The irrefutable fact is that the Wii U was doomed before it even came out, no games, no console. Plus the PS4 and the next Xbox are coming, I'd rather see what they have to offer. I have a Wii U and it's just collecting dust in my closet. Good I got it as a gift!

jark888
jark888

But there was a lack of business support between Nintendo and EA on that."

According to the above statement, I take it that the guy can't spell it out the way human being can easily understand. Any idea on what that could be all about, anybody?

shadowriku3
shadowriku3

EA wanted Nintendo to use Origin for it's network infrastructure.
Ninty dodged a bullet there

Ronaldo27
Ronaldo27

It seems that EA was afraid of not selling well enough and asked money to Nintendo, which was denied. As a matter of fact, EA is so averse to risk nowadays that they are trashing their own games. Dead Space went down trying to follow Resident Evil into the battered action/adventure realm, disregarding what its fan base was looking for. In another hand, they are announcing their plan of including micro transactions wherever they can fit it, which is also not very popular among EA's fans. While I wrote this words, I realized I haven't brought an EA game for a while (Battlefield 3, I guess). Perhaps this is not a coincidence. 

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

When I saw the pic for this article I got excited because it looks like a customised stormtrooper. I could go for a new Republic Commando style SW shooter.

RadPro
RadPro

The WII U will suffer the same fate as the Dreamcast. Only difference is the Dreamcast actually had amazing games.

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

The Big Reason Nintendo Wii U Fail it current generation Same Xbox 360 & Ps3 Generation
Not Only The Graphics it's laggy not even always 60+ fps!
But I don't Hate Nintendo Cause this is the best Nintendo yet!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I really want to play Crysis 3 but I don't have a DX11 graphics card. I could get it on console but I know it wouldn't be as good. Here's hoping they add support for DX10.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

I like how people comment that it's the bad Wii U sales.... and how it's a dead system.... And it has nothing to do With Nintendo not making a contract with EA to release the game or anything.... it's all the systems fault.....

steelmouth
steelmouth

this and other comments by EA management shows there is no love between EA and Nintendo

NkoSekirei
NkoSekirei

@Ledah ah no its due to a fact that EA was being greedy and trying to have nintendo merge the wii u online service with origin but nintendo said no cause origin has soo many flaws and issues and not many people like origin and probably EA would of had more control over the online service on the wii u which its doing fine without EA dirty hands on miiverse

96augment
96augment

@sergiodoom The Wii U will be fine when Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros comes out. 

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@sergiodoom Exactly, the bad thing about the WiiU is that is barely as powerful as the current generation which is and will be it's downfall when the next generation hits.

jark888
jark888

I guess the answer is right below me.


WoodenStick
WoodenStick

@shadowriku3 if that's true it wouldn't have been good business strategy, Nintendo shop is good enough so having two infrastructures is just stupid.
i would've bought crysis 3 if it was released on wii u so i don't have to play black ops.

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

@RadPro and the dreamcast can play super nintendo and nes games.  no really it can that wasnt even sarcasm.  i have donkey kong country and killer instinct for mine

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@Wahab_MinSeo the thing is a generation isn't based on power the fact of the matter is that the Wii U is the successor to the Wii so it's a 8th generation console same as the PS4 and Nextbox, but i do agree that it will lag behind the PS4 and Nextbox because of the power difference but then again Nintendo do such a great job on their first party games it's worth owning just for them (thinking HD Zelda here)

also on topic what's the betting crysis 3 Wii U was cancelled because EA has been bad mouthing Nintendo lately that's also probably why Mass Effect 3 isn't getting anymore DLC on the Wii U 

Orvell
Orvell

@Wahab_MinSeo I can do with either the sony or xbox console, I have had both and one or the other more than once.  I even gave my wii to my niece once.  But, nintendo will have imo better exclusives than the other two systems.  No halo ok lots of shooters.  No god of war, well maybe another darksiders then.  But, only one zelda, only one mario, and I'm a fool for the nostalgic.  I even like old appliances that are dangerous and older than me, for their style. 

Orvell
Orvell

@InFI_Chronos right now a lot more than the next xbox or ps4.  It also being a nintendo console seems to be favored by kids more.  They aren't wanting to play my xbox.  But, nintendo really needs to try and do a better job, I'm not impressed.  By the same token, their isn't a new game that has came out in the last couple of months or next few that I need to have.  If you can't put it on my new system, I will play some wii games I missed while playing other systems.  Just my view.  Actually been playing super nintendo, I never beat yoshi's island, but now the cart is not working doh.

NkoSekirei
NkoSekirei

@Darkhol0w @sergiodoom yes it is more powerful then current gen consoles dude been confirmed by many third party developers and it runs on 2011 specs so wat u saying is not true

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

@ABEzilla116 @RadPro I think a big reason Dreamcast failed was because of the bad taste that the Sega Saturn left. People lost faith with Sega after that.

megafitch
megafitch

@ABEzilla116 The Dc plays copied games straight out of the box! My housemate picked one up and couldn't find copies of certain games - so just downloaded them and burnt them to CDR's - unreal how easy Sega made it for pirates!!!!

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

@MajinSquall But Wii U still has the current generation Same Xbox 360 & Ps3 Generation
it's not going to see new things like PS4 & next Microsoft console!

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

@MajinSquall @Wahab_MinSeo Nintendo need their first party games to really push the envelope and they need them hitting the shelves before the PS4 does. Nintendo have been falling behind when it comes to gaming trends and innovation. They don't realise this because they've been getting mass sales from the softcore gaming community, but now they're trying to commit to hardcore gamers without knowing what that commitment requires.

It doesn't help that the Wii U can't even secure third party games. Forget the over-rated crap that is Crysis3. They can't get titles like Far Cry 3, or Tomb Raider, or Metal Gear Rising. What's really going to kill Nintendo is their inability to relate to new gamers. They seriously believe that they can rely on nostalgia and consumer loyalty to their brand as a business model.

mrpoohbearr
mrpoohbearr

@Orvell @Wahab_MinSeo Except people grew up and mario, zelda oh and you forgot metriod...(and here I thought you were a true Nintendo fan) died after the last system that I bought n64. Those games are great and I loved them, but they just doesn't do it for me anymore...

angeloponekad
angeloponekad

@Orvell @InFI_Chronos stop lying yourself and us anymore...Wii U is one of the bigest Fails in thet company and probably 1 of the bigest in console history... that console died before even born

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

@Jonny-Two-Delta @MajinSquall Nintendo  Always being such of very nice games enjoyable , but ain't focusing on the graphics & the frame per second speed of all games to the Future 60+ fps Lock or higher!

NkoSekirei
NkoSekirei

@angeloponekad how about stop being a @$$ troll and by the way wii u has a huge lineup of games coming this year and next year in a few weeks monster hunter ultimate,lego city undercover and need for speed hits stores and by the way the developer that made need for speed most wanted has said wii u version is far more superior then the 360 and ps3 versions just to let u know troll

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@angeloponekad 

And then when the PS4 or next XBox have similar struggles out of the gate, idiots like you will be like "Give it time! Don't worry, it'll be great! We're not being hypocrites!" 

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@angeloponekad i think Nintendos biggest ever fail was the Virtual Boy, it was probably the biggest fail in video game history too