No Bethesda Games Coming To Wii U Anytime Soon

No Bethesda Games Coming To Wii U Anytime Soon

In a recent interview at QuakeCon, Bethesda’s Pete Hines explained to Joystiq why they’re not bringing any of their upcoming titles — The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within — to Nintendo’s console in the near future:

None of the games we’ve announced are being developed for the Wii U, so it’s guaranteed that none of those games are coming to Wii U. Will any future ones come out? I can’t say for sure, in our near-term focus it’s not on our radar.

Surprisingly their reasons are the Wii U’s hardware limitations and not the struggling worldwide sales:

It’s largely a hardware thing. [We] make the games that we want to make, on whatever platforms will support them as developed.

At this point I don’t even want to think about Doom 4 being ported to Wii U.

Wii U no on Bethesda’s short-term radar [via Joystiq]

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  • It’s a shame. The Wii U Gamepad would be much more efficient in dealing with an MMO than the PS4 or XB1. Although ESO claims to have minimal interfaces, I can hardly believe there wouldn’t be guild menus/dungeon menus/PvP menus/raid menus/skill menus that would require much more control options for managing them. The Wii U, as seen with Monster Hunter, would be extremely beneficial for MMO play.

    I suppose it’s more of a matter of supporting the graphics.

    • Fairly sure the Wii U can support the graphics, it’s just a reason they use instead of saying it’s sales.

      • I think the issue should be fairly blamed on Nintendo rather then the developer. They obviously aren’t doing enough to entice third partys onto their system even when it can handle it. Unlike Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo seem to believe that developers should want to develop for the Wii U rather than getting their hands dirty with some cash.

        • No, as i understand it before the Wii U came out third party company’s were bitching about how there games never sell on Nintendo’s system because when Nintendo releases a game (Mario, Zelda etc. etc) it somehow competes with the third party titles for sales and the third party developers come out worse off.

          So as you can see from the Wii U launch, Nintendo stepped aside and let the third party company’s have virtually all the software space, and what did the third party developers do, they ported old games and then bitched about how they weren’t selling, the only company that tried something new was UBI soft with Zombi U.

          Then all the company’s started pulling support and because Nintendo gave them the floor so to speak they were caught unaware when the support was pulled and had not finished any other there own projects to put out, and this is where we are now playing catch up and hopefully things get better from the end of this year onward.

          The third party developers a victims of there own stupid decisions.

        • What exactly are M$ and Sony doing to entice people!!?

          I mean I’m interested to know – when the Wii was selling like hotcakes and the two HD consoles couldn’t scrounge up 10 million units between them, what was the appeal for developers??

          Nowadays I get it – you put a game on those two platforms and there’s a good chance you’ll make money, but back when they started – those publishers all took a big leap of faith, something they seem unwilling to do with the WiiU

    • “On whatever platforms will support them as developed” makes it more sound like they just don’t want to have to port anything to specialised hardware, and just release on whatever it happens to work with in the state it’s already in.

  • I really think the current Nintendo strategy of keeping costs down and trying to be innovative is going to have to stop (to a point). The next Nintendo system really does need to be on par with the other systems or third party developers are just going to ignore them again. I love Nintendo to itty bitty pieces, but they are cutting their own throat at the moment.

    (yes I own a Wii U, yes I enjoy it, but FFS give me some MORE GAMES!)

  • “We want to make the same games on systems that are the same, samey same same, same, same. Same same samey-same sameness of same. The same.”

  • Clearly its Bethesda’s to blame that they don’t want to waste their time on a system about to be consigned to the dust heap of history because of Nintendo’s bone headed technology strategy and clueless marketing strategy.

    But don’t worry, soon a Metroid game will come out or something and that will make it better. Because people who don’t own a Wii U will clearly buy one to play Metroid.

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