Holy smaller video game, Batman! Warner Bros has confirmed that the newly revealed multiplayer modes for Batman: Arkham Origins won't be included in the Wii U version of the game. As spotted by Eurogamer and IGN, the official press release accompanying the multiplayer announcement indicated that Arkham Origins' multiplayer modes will only be available on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
According to IGN, the press release was later edited and re-sent with the paragraph listing multiplayer platforms removed, though the game's publisher Warner Bros eventually confirmed to press that multiplayer will skip the Wii U.
"MP will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC," a Warner Bros spokesperson said in a statement sent to both outlets. "The team is focusing development efforts on platforms with the largest MP audience."
The decision is no doubt tied to lagging sales for Nintendo's new console. While Nintendo is turning a profit thanks to strong 3DS sales, Wii U sales have been pretty terrible, with just 160,000 Wii Us sold worldwide between April and June of this year.
Arkham Origins will be the first Arkham game to feature multiplayer. The multiplayer is being developed by the British studio Splash Damage, while the single-player is being made by Warner Bros. Montreal, the same studio responsible for last year's Wii U port of Arkham City. I had a chance to play some of the multiplayer last week, and I liked it. The mode I demoed was a three-team, asymmetrical setup featuring two teams of thugs and one team of Batman and Robin.
We've reached out to both Nintendo and Warner Bros for more information, specifically whether the Wii U version of the game will be any cheaper than the other versions, given that it's missing a substantial chunk of content. I'll update if and when we hear more.