Forums - Nintendo Discussion - DICE: "We right now don't have support for the Wii U in the Frostbite engine."

Eurogamer: Some Wii U owners are disappointed to see Battlefield 4 is not coming to the console. What, exactly, is the reason for that?

Patrick Bach: The biggest problem we have right now is we don't want to back down from what we see as our low spec machines. We right now don't have support for the Wii U in the Frostbite engine. The reason for that is it takes development time. What should we focus on to create the best possible Battlefield experience? We are now focused on PC and the current-gen platforms, and then there might be other platforms in the future that we can't talk about...

Eurogamer: One of them you can.

Patrick Bach: Yes, in theory, but we won't. But it's important to understand it's about focus and setting the bar. Where do you start? What's the minimum? What's the maximum? What's the scale in-between.

Tobias Dahl: We have long experience with scalability. We've always been making PC games. But we don't want to ship different games dependent on the platform. We need to set the limit somewhere, to have the lowest spec for this title.

Patrick Bach: We could probably make a Wii U game in theory. But to make the most out of the Wii U, that's a different game because of the different peripherals. We want to utilise all the power of each console.

Eurogamer: Are you saying it's not about the power of the Wii U itself, rather, it's about the controller?

Patrick Bach: It's everything. We could potentially make a Battlefield port for the Vita. But what would that game be? Is it something we could scale down from what you saw in the gameplay video, or would it have to be a complete redesign of the whole game?

It's about, where do you put your focus? And the Wii U is not a part of our focus right now.


Tobias Dahl: Going back to the Wii U, it's also a matter of scope. We can only work with so many platforms per person per day. It's a time-consuming thing to be a multi-platform title.

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That seems quite reasonable. The Wii U user base is still very low. If it gets announced for PS4 and Xbox 720 but not Wii U then there's more to the story.

I bet it will be exclusive to new Xbox haha

Not surprising. Even Nintendo have no resources to support the WiiU.

no. - kantor

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SaviorX said:


Dude, what the fuck. That's disgusting. At least narrow it down to one picture, please.

OT: Very reasonable response. The Wii U just doesn't have a place with the target demographics for this title and Nintendo needs to do a better job of creating such an atmosphere. Third parties don't have to care about anything because the gamers who would purchase these kinds of games already own other platforms.  

SaviorX said:

What the hell? :-O

Turkish, we discussed this already and it was mentioned in the BF4 thread created by YOU. You are enjoying it, aren't you?

SaviorX said:


it also implies there is not battlefield 4 on ps4 or 720. it takes time to develop for them also, right.

SaviorX said:

no. - kantor

For a second there I thought I was somewhere else...