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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kinda sad reading this kind of news. I only play NES and i'm not a fan of Nintendo's games (Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc.) but i want them to succeed. Because they are the very reason video game console still exist, hell if not because of them, there will be no PlayStation.

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@sensei_hEnRY Contradiction, much? If you're a NES fan, what else is there but Mario, Metroid, and Zelda games? That's like saying 'I like my car, but not to drive'.

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Zelda wont be on Wii U either. (Said with Sarcasm).

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If you're in Canada, Costco clearancing the Wii U basic model at $199.97. Enjoy! ;)

Deluxe model is $309.99. Dont think Costco want to carry the basic edition any longer so buy them quick!

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@youngzen69 No....

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I'm so burnt out on shooters. I don't care what platform BF4 is on, I'm not buying it.

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@Suikogaiden Your comment alone shows it's not.

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@jcnba28 @Shantmaster_K Poor dumbass (^) who obviously doesn't know what trolling is if he thinks I'm trolling. Plus you are also dumb for saying I have nothing better to do, when you reply to my "shite" comments. Fail.

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All this anti-nintendo propaganda going around

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no love for the wii u sorry nintendo back to the drawing board

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@queuing_for_PS4 Funny thing is, Mr. Troll, EA did that all by themselves.

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War is the province of men, always has been and always will be

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I'm not buying the WiiU, I just passed on Nintendo long ago, but I really hope things get better for this company. After all, Nintendo is the "game" company. They will always deliver great games.

About BF4, personally I prefer to kill monsters or aliens (resistance, for example) or anything that doesn't have too much resemblance to human beings. When I saw some BF3 screenplay, for me it was unsettling. I thought "something's wrong with these games". They seem like a military project to lure gamers into the army, it's just too realistic, and by this I don't mean to offend anyone, it's just my opinion and I might be probably wrong because I've never played BF3 anyways :D... Don't you think these "military FPS" games are getting too much like the real thing?

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@StonerDemon It's not just the 'realism' that's unsettling to me. It's the celebration of American militarism set in modern-esque geopolitical circumstances that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I understand why they might be popular in a post-911, intensely nationalistic society (and even among other Western gamers whose national interests are economically and militarily aligned), but why does it always come down to American heroes shooting Middle Easterners, Russians, or the enemy-du-jour?

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@kohle36 @StonerDemon Its great to to read comments like yours, my friend. I get your point, specially when I see that there's some FPS DLC related to missions in Bagdad, Afganistan, etc... it's like we're living back at the crusades era. These games are always trying to show american soldiers like super cool, invincible , "I'm always right and you're not" super one-liner heroes. When I look at these games and remember political phrases like "war against terror" or "those soldiers are out there fighting for our freedom"... mmm... something's cooking through these games and I don't like the smell of it.

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@kohle36 @StonerDemon I guess it's because of this stereotype of "freedom" that has been installed in our minds. This sucks, man. Having videogames that glorify war and soldiers as the coolest thing in the world just plain sucks.

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@StonerDemon Can you imagine the shitstorm if the roles were reversed? A game where the heroes are Chinese PLA operatives murdering their way through scores of american soldiers to stop some 'sinister capitalist plot'? People would lose their bloody minds. But if that's not okay, then why are the current games totally fine with everyone?

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@StonerDemon Not at all. I think it's just that some people prefer 'realistic' shooters, rather then a shooter where you kill aliens, monsters etc. A matter of what taste in games you have i say :D

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If I want to play this game I would play on my 3k PC, Wii U Games is coming by june.

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Oh, I can even smell the good old days of SNES and then GBA, good times... Such a shame that Nintendo always manages to fail itself to follow the next-gen rythm, like insisting on cartridges when CDs were already adopted by every other company and now no hard drive? Let's see if they can deal with it.

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@Bl4KD37H The genius that other kids pick on because he's successful and knows what he's doing.

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This failure will hopefully make Nintendo realize they have to change. A really powerful console with all the Nintendo franchises and you have it.

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@Metroidalert911 They did that with N64. It was much more powerful than the PS1 and third parties dragged their feet.

They did that with Gamecube. It was decently more powerful than the PS2 but not as powerful as the Xbox, and third parties dragged their feet.

They just did it with Wii U, which is s very capable machine and has all the proper buttons and online infrastructures and such -- as we can see, third parties are still coming up with excuses. >_<

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@Sirius_Agahnim @Metroidalert911 Wrong.

CDs were fully adopted by the time of the N64 and Nintendo refused to follow the trend.By doing so they alienated developers and companies did not want to work on it.

Gamecube they decided to go with tiny discs that had less capabilities than DVDs, which killed them there.

WiiU, they made it on par with the ps3 and 360, right next to next gen consoles that are on the way.Now they have to choose making games for a small fanbase or making games for new consoles or already well established ones. Business wise it wouldn't be smart to make games for the WiiU.

They are also encouraged to utilize a gmmick just like the Wii, which will naturally chase off third parties.

To top this all off, Nintendo has never treated third parties very well, Nintendo use to be quite well known for their mistreatment and bullying of such.

I don't hate Nintendo but be realistic.

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well, with the next gen consoles i believe that wii u won't see lot of games coming! bad call Nintendo...

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@Alves_19 Assuming people aren't going to buy a Wii U out of spite of Sony and Microsoft's bad business and skip their next gen consoles. I wouldn't be surprised if that happens, which would result in Sony and Microsoft rethinking how they treat customers.

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Nintendo isn't about to die.

Look, people never bought Nintendo consoles to play games they could play on the PS3 or Xbox. They buy them for the Nintendo exclusives, which remain, IMO, the best games out there. Wait until the next Zelda, Metroid, Super Mario, Super Smash Bros and Monster Hunter come out before drawing up your conclusions.

My guess is, when those games come out the Wii U's sales will skyrocket. I doubt the Wii U will ever match the sales of Sony and Microsoft in this generation, but it will be enough to keep Nintendo going.

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If you only like a Nintendo console for exclusives, its no wonder why third parties look at people like you and decide not to release for that console. You turn your nose up at them and say your happy with just Nintendo games. They don't want you, they want an audience that will buy their game. You are living proof that Nintendo doesn't have that audience.

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@LtReviews @Shane747

I'm not saying that I won't buy these games if they come on the Wii U, I'm just saying that even if they don't, I'll still buy a Wii U. Get the difference?

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That attitude is the prime example as to why Nintendo consoles, since the N64 days, have long suffered with 3rd Party developers. And now, Nintendo is paying dearly for it.

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Man, I used to love Nintendo...but everytime I see a new article on Nintendo missing out on another game for the Wii-U I think about how back in 1991 Nintendo fucked up their partnership with Sony which led to Sony making the PSone on their own and Squarenix (then Squaresoft) leaving Nintendo to make FF7 for Sony instead. I knew even then at such a young age that this was a BIG mistake.

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@Bl4KD37H No, just seeing if u did since u claim that the gamepad isn't well-suited for shooters while pointing out that there's a controller for the system made specifically for the genre. Such hostility and hate. SMH

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I didn't really want to believe it, but I'm really starting to think Nintendo is dead. Even with a system as capable as the other current gen consoles, every passing week we see another big third party release not coming. It's like the Wii U just took the Wii's place, been out for six years and developers are having a hard time motivating themselves to cough something up for an aging system. Actually, it could be argued that aside from a decent launch, the third party landscape for Wii U is actually WORSE than Wii, which at least got a fair bit of substandard ports, whereas the Wii U isn't getting anything.

The Wii was able to get by with this issue because there was a ton of exclusives to consider, both first and third party. With the Wii U, we're getting hardly either, and less than thirty titles within five months, and almost nothing announced for the future.

The Wii U is doomed to fail. I really hate saying that, because I'm eagerly looking forward to the next Smash Bros and Mololift Soft's RPG. But with no internal hard drive from the start, games are still limited in file size even know HD is possible now. If Nintendo is going to get out of this, they'd better step up their game and step up now! Just because most people buy Nintendo for the first party releases doesn't mean we need to be stripped away from everything else.

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@hekifier Nintendo can lose $250 million dollars every year until 2052 and still be fine, and they've been making almost nothing but profit for a LONG time -- still are. They're going to be just fine. They don't HAVE to be just like other console manufacturers to be successful. In fact, being unlike other console makers is what keeps making them money! :P

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@hekifier Do you really think WiiU has worse third party content than the original Wii? Are you kidding?!

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@Chico86_basic @hekifier Yes I do. Was that not what I said?

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Nintendo, your platform is dead if you can't get third parties. Every big name publisher is shunning you. What the hell are you demanding of them?

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You guys might as well just make one big article saying "No games coming to Wii U"

I can't wait til Nintendo is dead.

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@DrKill09 What do you gain from Nintendo's death?

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@DrKill09 U are the type of person the gaming world doesn't need. Go away.

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Boycott EA dont pay to those whores, they want to kill Nintendo and own your ass with origin shit.let them know gamers have the upper hands, not the greedy bitching company.

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@64-bit That is the spirit!.

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Does Eddie work for Gamespot part time or have some relative that is high up at CBS? As soon as I saw the title I knew it was an "Eddie Article." This must be the easiest job in the world for him, calling around seeing what games are not coming out for the Wii U. Did he go to Bob's College of Journalism?

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@FoxExecutive I think he went to the Rupert Murdoch school of journalistic ethics.

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@wcwj26 He's Gamespots smut peddler/gossip columnist. He should have his own column already. "Eddie's Loose Lips" or something just as terrible.