EA Backing Slowly Away From Wii Development?

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EA's Montreal studio (Army of Two) certainly is, putting Wii development on the back-burner in favour of more big budget titles for the 360, PS3 and PC.


"The Wii market is a little bit unpredictable these days." EA Montreal's GM Alain Tascan told Edge. "We're going to see how Christmas is going to do and while with the Wii we have had very successful titles, we are going to focus on big, blockbuster-type titles. It doesn't mean that we are going to abandon the Wii, but as a studio we want to be ready for new challenges."

The announcement comes only a couple of weeks after EA boss John Riccitiello voiced his displeasure at recent third-party Wii software sales. So, no, Tascan's comments are not a coincidence.


Despite being best known for their work on Army of Two, EA Montreal have been working heavily on the Wii, releasing games like Skate It, Boogie, Need for Speed Nitro and Spore Hero for Nintendo's console. So if they're moving on from the Wii, it puts a real dent in EA's total Wii output.

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Sadly its the consumers fault. I remember when everyone tauted how the Wii might not have many great games but its installed base will attract developers to make great games for it. The sales of Dead Space: Extraction should be a good example. Its a amazing creative light gun title that didn't get the sales it deserves. Sega obviously being hit hard to with Overkill and Madworld.

I would add that I think a part of it is many people who want these "hardcore" titles are already satisfied with what they are getting on the 360/PS3. Which in turn makes me think there is a lot of people that complain for no reason. It will be interesting to see the sales of Darkside Chronicles.