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

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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.

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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 license—Crysis 3 on Wii U had to die.

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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]

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Nick Allen

The important thing to take away from this is that the 'lack of business support between Nintendo and EA' is Nintendo refusing to allow EA to put Origin or their project $10/online pass bullshit on the WiiU.