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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Forget the Wii-U and Nintendo going the way of Sega. At this rate, they're going the way of the Turbografx-16! Does ANYONE remember that system? Non-existent third-party support is what killed the Turbografx-16. Nintendo's roster of third-party support is further dwindling.

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@badwedgie00 Since the N64 the great N is going step by step after Sega, and if you add that its first parties only make Mario & Friends games, that´s the recipe for its doom

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Back during Nintendo's glory days of the Super NES, the Big N commissioned Sony to create a CD-add-on for the SNES, but rejected it. Sony, not wishing to scrap a costly investment, decided to transform it from a mere peripheral into a full-fledged video game system. Thus, the Sony Playstation 1 was born. Ironically, Nintendo's rejection of a commissioned product gave way to a major rival and contender in the video game market, one that could give true resistance to the Big N's dominance. The way I see it, the Wii-U will go the way of the Turbografx-16, unless Miyamoto-san can pull his head out of the ground and create a most fascinating blockbuster.

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@badwedgie00 Microsoft wanted to prevent Sony from dominating the hardware world and decided to back Sega heavily in the production of the Dreamcast. After the failure of the Dreamcast, Microsoft decided to release their own console as a way to stop Sony and thus the XBOX was born.

In a way Nintendo was responsible for both the Playstation and the XBOX. Ironic, isn't it?

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lol good one less world war game ! i dont need any more of those! call of duty has the bases covered as does 007 games and zombi games like zombiu and walking dead all have the first person covered, we want more origianl titles any way

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Lmao good nobody cares haha

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A game that I am not going to buy is not on a platform that I am not going to buy.

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@Grimkillah That's sad. Wii U is really awesome!

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This is why the WiiU is doing bad. Because of Developers not giving them the chance. Not everything has to be a god damn port. If I was running a game studio, I would make it a point to put all of my games on all the consoles, ether through exclusives for certain consoles, or multiplatform releases.

Developers always bitch about developing problems with the PS3...and they now have problems working on the Wii U when a Wii U is pretty much a 360 with a Tablet Controller? Gimme a break. I don't own the damn console and don't plan on it mainly because I dont have the room or time to switch between a PS3. Wii U and a PC. Bottom line, they only go where the money is. They know they wont make a bunch of money on the Wii U...but since they dont want to take that chance, and possibly build a whole new fan base from that console and bring in even more money, some form of gamers get the shaft again.

Also....I can see not letting players choose a woman for the single player....actually...I don't. Women serve in the military as well. They should be in the damn game as well. its 2013, Men and Women can pretty much do anything.

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Argue about the importance of graphics all you want if you don't put in the horsepower developers aren't gonna put their crossplatform title on your machine. WiiU is gonna have the same problem Wii had with crossplatform support. Unfortunately without the mass casual support from everday households the outlook is bleak for WiiU.

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@JOHN1486 Yeah... A lot of people I speak to, in fact, virtually every person I know of that owns a wii, hasn't even the smallest clue that the Wii U is out. Without a dedicated sales force, the Wii U will have trouble gaining momentum. Nintendo needs to reach out to its distribution channels and show them how to sell the Wii U to customers.

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the wii u going to be last nintedo console

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@B-boy Maybe the next to last... who knows what the future holds. The 3ds is actually a really great machine and is selling quite well. Nintendo may stick to portables in the future. It's a shame because the Wii U is a lot of fun. Just watch people playing Nintendoland for proof.

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@B-boy just like the n64 virtual boy gamecube ds wii snes right?

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@B-boy Oh, just like the NDS and GameCube and Wii was, you mean?

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I want the Wii U to start doing well soon really badly. Not because I like the Wii U that much, but because it's funny when people's words bite them in the ass. (Obviously referring to all people saying it'll fail.)

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It already has.

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The Wii U is what the Wii should have been to begin with, yeah Nintendo made huge profits with the Wii but they alienated a lot of potential customers with a horrible outdated console and a bad game line-up. Now it's coming back to bite them in the ass, I do hope the Wii U does better though, it would be sad to see Nintento flop.

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@Necro_Fear89 Have you had a chance to purchase the Wii U? It really is a family oriented console. What that means is, for the price, many people in the family will enjoy the games on the console, instead of just a few.

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@Necro_Fear89 You totally nailed it. Wii made a good marketing decission with the Wii... for the short term. I guess they did it in their best judgement to attract the casual players, sacrificing elements that the hardcore gamers appreciate. It may have been a good decision in the short term, but It made lots of gamers to walk away from it and seek another options... those gamers who really put their money in games.

Wii was very attractive at the beginning, but the common story is "Yeah, I used it for a couple weeks, and now it's just gathering dust, only play some weekend, when the family gathers."
So now WiiU is like in the middle... Tech improvements, but still behind the competition... and brings some innovation... but IMO not enough to make it worth for a casual gamer.

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@cowkiller321 @Necro_Fear89 If you've neither the Wii or Wii U, I highly recommend the Wii U. There are great Wii games out there at really low prices. The virtual console service is a step up from the Wii. Being able to offer different types of gameplay using the gamepad is awesome, the price is right considering all you're getting, and the list goes on and on.

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@Necro_Fear89 Well...I guess they had Donkey Kong Country Returns.

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It would just be easier to say what games are going to be on the Wii U. At this point it seems like theres a new story about what game WONT be on the Wii.

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@Frost259 Agreed. There's still hope for the Wii U. I think it will perform well in the future simply because of how fun the console is to play.

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lol, they think use of the word "geopolitics" makes them sound enlightened enough to skip gender parity.

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lol at the wiiu being a HD console...its 2013 for god sake ofcourse it should be hd but not on a 8year old hardware

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I actually played through MoH: Airborne and enjoyed it a lot as a single player game..

Its a shame about the Wii-U but the Wii never suffered because of the lack of support.
This game does look awesome though

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From the moment I saw that dumb touch screen controller I knew this console would fail.

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@ACWH The controller is actually quite fun to use. Not dumb at all when you've seen how some developers are using it.

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Nintendo wasted their time... Dreamcast was ahead of its' time Wii- U is behind the times.

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@megakick Games on the Wii U actually look great to be honest. The gamepad is a great concept that will hopefully be adopted by gamers in the near future. It makes local multiplayer matches a lot of fun to play. Give the Wii U a chance and you'll love it.

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come on dice. first we cant have coop or split screen now we cant have female playable characters

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This is like the Dream Cast all over again. Although the dream cast did have a better start , than the Wii-U.

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And the Wii U fails just keep on coming!

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@etmaul Give the console a chance and you won't be disappointed!

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@kardes @etmaul I did, but I ended up returning it. I'm not saying I won't get it again in the future, it's just so discouraging to see all these developers not releasing a Wii U version. There are so many, it just makes me cringe and a bit relieved that I'm putting off purchasing it again until their franchise titles are released.

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Who really wants a new Battlefield, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor ect? Those games have been milked to the bone this generation as it is.

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@whitetiger3521 Well, after the complete screw up that was BF3's gameplay, then yes, I would love a new battlefield game. But no, Cod and MoH is literally just milking military shooters for what they're worth these days

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@Draken_Domingo @whitetiger3521 how was bf3 a screw up. best muti game i have ever played and still playing up to almost 500hrs spread across ps3 and pc

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@Wawas20 @Draken_Domingo @whitetiger3521 If you played BF2, you'd know.

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the loss of a generic military shooter? call the funeral home and tell em the wii u is coming.

in all seriousness: not a big loss, tbh. the demographic isn't there for this to be that much of a system seller

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Rip In Peace Wii U 2012-2012

he died before he even ccame out of the womb

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@akdiuuuryttt Just give the console a chance it's a lot of fun!

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I don`t know why Nintendo develop this device and, they didn`t get great titles ?

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Looks like the Wii U will have to survive with just first party games with the occasional 3rd patry thrown in for fun. I appreciate that Nintendo has added a little innovation into the console war, but at this point it seems they would be better off going the way of Sega and just making software.

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@Kurushio The Wii U is an awesome console. The markets are changing and Microsoft and Sony will also have a lot of trouble selling their consoles past the hardcore fans. There is still a ton of money to be made with big AAA titles, though. The console model has to change, and between now and 10 years from now, someone is going to change it.

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@Kurushio Surviving with first party games with the occasional 3rd party thrown in for fun.

It's the N64 all over again.

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Why would they throw a female character in just for the sake of it? If it doesn't fit the story it would make literally no sense to do so; but I'm sure the feminists will have a field day with this one.

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All but seems that Wii U will end up just like the Wii. It's a shame that it won't get core titles simply because it's a not a cookie cutter, PC-junior.

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@Nozizaki The Wii U is a really really awesome machine!