No Battlefield 4 on Wii U

DICE confirms latest military shooter will skip Nintendo's first HD platform, won't have female playable characters in single- or multiplayer.


Battlefield 4 will not release on Wii U, developer DICE has confirmed to Videogamer. Creative director Lars Gustavsson explained that bringing the game to Wii U would mean taking on a risk that he is not comfortable with.

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"I think overall for me as creative director, number one is to deliver a really great game and experience. Sometimes, at least for us, it's focus on what you do well and what you know well, and ensure that you deliver something good than trying a bit too much, stretching yourself too thin and risking it," Gustavsson said. "I'd rather play it safe, deliver something really good and then look at the future and what could possibly be done than trying a bit too hard and then, flat."

During the Wii U unveiling at Nintendo's 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo briefing, then-Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello said the publisher was exploring ways to bring the Battlefield series to Wii U, though no projects ever came to light.

Battlefield 4 joins a growing list of games to skip the Wii U. Other big-name games that passed over the console include Saints Row IV, Far Cry 3, Resident Evil 6, Dead Space 3, and Crysis 3. Additionally, Fallout and Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda has said it presently has no plans to support the Wii U.

Gustavsson also revealed that Battlefield 4 will not feature female playable characters in either single- or multiplayer.

"The geopolitics is more of a backdrop to what happens, it's more [about] you and your group, and we chose to pick a man for it," he said. "It seemed to suit the story."

He explained that there are "a million things" DICE would like to do with Battlefield 4, but at the end of the day, only so many things are possible.

"I have the deepest respect for the men and the women who choose to do military service. It's not that anyone is better or worse," Gustavsson said. "It's definitely a valid question that we asked ourselves."

Battlefield 4 launches this fall for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, though it is rumored to be in the works for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's unannounced next-generation platform.

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Its ok Nintendo, one day you will be old enough to play Mature titles!!

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@WingChopMasta There is nothing more immature than modern military shooters buddy.

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@Prats1993 amen

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@WingChopMasta absolutely

they have taken all the platform games.. they also want the action ones?

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Why is this news again?

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They don't need that on the Wii.. just more work for them.

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As a Wii U owner i think they could have done something interesting but really i couldn't care less, if i wanted a console to play these run of the mill games on i wouldn't have gone with Nintendo.

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@BushyDeadBadger Totally right. You like no games at all.

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@WingChopMasta @BushyDeadBadger Just because games skip over it doesn't mean there is a severe lack of games, i still have games that are already out that i'm intending to buy when i've finished what i currently own. I'm in it for the exclusives anyway i think the other consoles are just a complete joke for their exclusives or compared against a pc.

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@emptycow @BushyDeadBadger @WingChopMasta Well yeah in my opinion, the others such as uncharted may be technically good, well crafted games i'm just not a fan of them, the exception being Gran Tursimo, i just typically don't have the same level of pure enjoyment or fun out of other titles as i do with the nintendo crafted games.

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lol wii u... such a joke

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huh, well that sux. guess i'll play the PC version. I refuse to play the ps3 or 360 versions again ... BF3 looked terrible on those platforms.

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Gamespot - Keeping me totally up to date on what games aren't coming to WiiU and what games won't have playable female characters. The two most important things in gaming.

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This is my shocked face


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Man, this iss just painfull to watch
The wii, not my thing but it was a brilliant move by nintendo
But really what the hell were they whinking with the wiiU concidering its capabilities and the time they released it at.

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@Ergonomic_Balls Where?

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That's some good news for WiiU owners.

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why are they wasting their time putting this on ps3 and 360? bf3 is ass ugly on consoles and is missing over half as much players on the field. :rollseyes: yeah yeah yeah people who would still have last gen systems and not upgraded yet yeah yeah yeah. flame on

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@Descedent1 yeh its an ugly game on ps3 thats for sure, has a greyish muddy look to it