Wii U Can Handle Crysis 3 (And Almost Did), Says Crytek Head

Wii U Can Handle Crysis 3 (And Almost Did), Says Crytek Head

Despite what Nintendo would likely call its own best efforts, the Wii U has struggled to attract third-party game makers. Some developers might tell you that’s because the Wii U is underpowered, but Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli told a different story to VentureBeat this week.

When asked about the Nintendo console, Yerli offered up the following:

We did have Crysis 3 running on the Wii U. 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 licence — Crysis 3 on Wii U had to die.

It’s a shame when games fall victim to the politics of business, which sounds like what happened. But if the Wii U can indeed run the technically impressive Crysis 3, who knows what else is possible on Nintendo’s latest system?

The full interview goes into the nitty-gritty of Crytek’s upcoming free-to-play shooter Warface, and it’s certainly worth a look for those interested in the German studio’s wildly varying business models.

Crytek chief puts on his Warface and says why Crysis 3 for Wii U ‘had to die'(interview) [VentureBeat via Game Informer]


  • I suppose this is proof of Ninty and EA’s cold relationship. And well, if the rumours are true, then fuck EA. It makes me wonder if Ninty could’a stepped in all on it’s own to help move the game further along, but I doubt it.

    *for those not in the know-how, apparently Ninty and EA came to blows over online services, because EA wanted the WiiU to run Origin or something along those lines.*

    • EA wanted the WiiU to run Origin

      i’m glad Ninty stuck to its guns, but pretty dumb of EA to boycott the system over it. Sacrificing sales for soemthing like that smacks of cutting off your nose to spite your face, no?

      • I don’t think EA is sacrificing many sales here. They make core franchises for console and casual titles for mobile. At the moment, most of their core user base will already own a 360 and/or a PS3. I think in a year, if the wii u is beating the PS4 and the new xbox, they’ll probably change their mind – this is always a problem when releasing a new console.

        Still – screw EA.

      • Thats EA lets make something no one wants called origin then put the games on it that every one wants there only hurting them self really.

    • I suspect EA just wanted to be able to connect to the Origin servers from the Wii U. Just like they’ve been doing from the PS3 and 360 for ages. It’s stupidity on the part of Nintendo. The Wii U is utterly becalmed – it needs every game it can lay its hands on. Especially now while multiplatform is relatively easy to support since they’ve got hardware parity with the PS3 / 360. They should be taking advantage of that while they can, not putting roadblocks in the way of 3rd party support.

      • It wasn’t as simple as connecting to Origin, apparently EA wanted WiiU’s online to be PART of Origin, or at least a origin-exclusive network.

        And again, It is really stupid for Nintendo to let this slip away, but one has to wonder if it was solely their fault or not.

        • Really? I find it hard to believe that EA would try pulling that one because there’s no way they’d ever get away with it. While all platforms probably need EA due to the number of big IP’s they’ve got, Nintendo probably need them less than the other two, so I can’t really imagine EA trying to strong-arm them that way.

          I really suspect they probably just wanted to be able to use Origin for their online play, the same way they do on PS3 / 360.

          Or maybe they wanted to put microtransactions in it and Nintendo told them to go f*** themselves, in which case I applaud Nintendo.

          • http://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/xnt5r/whatever_happened_to_the_groundbreaking/

            Apparently (I keep saying so because, y’know, RUMOR!) EA helped out Ninty with their online for the Wii U. EA got a bit too greedy and decided to go for the whole she-bang, telling Ninty they could provide the whole nine yards (facebook & twitter, smartphone and tablet functionality!) The catch was, well, pretty much a monopoly on Ninty’s online.

            And I don’t own a Wii U, but a quick google search shows that indeed, the Wii U can connect to Origin. (Do.. do they?) If not, that’s pretty crazy of Nintendo to refuse so.

          • Hmm… probably one of those things we’ll never hear the truth about. Just seems like a lose-lose proposition. Nintendo miss out on another big 3rd party title, EA miss out on a bunch of Crysis 3 sales. Although EA may have just looked what what their projected sales were for an FPS on the Wii U and decided it wasn’t worth it. Especially after considering how many Wii U owners also have a PS3/360/PC and thus can still play it on one of those platforms even if they don’t release it on Wii U.

  • I would have loved to see this actually happen, if only to watch the inevitable huge shitstorm online regarding the capabilities of the Wii U.

  • I don’t own a Wii U; but this is some bs right here.
    Crysis 3 could have been a great system seller for the Wii U.

    • I doubt it’d be a system seller given that it’s available on every other platform, too. But would at least have helped it in terms of being on an even footing with the others as far as 3rd party support goes.

  • Well by running on the WiiU does Crytek means sub HD resolution and framerates as low as 14fps like the PS3/360 versions?Because I call that barely running.

  • Isn’t it time that both EA and Nintendo put these stupid differences aside and focus on what matters, their customers. We buy the consoles and games, so if a can play on a system publish the bloody game. As for Nintendo let them, don’t be again difficult, remember it killed your Game Cube, a great console.

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