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EA still won't talk about supporting the NX

Coming from a Game Informer interview with EA executive vice president Patrick Soderlund...

"Nintendo is such an instrumental part of our whole industry. They deserve to be successful, and they deserve to be a major player in the business, given their pedigree. It's not only the machines that they've built, but also the IPs they've brought to market. There are very few companies like Nintendo. Whenever they bring something to market that we see an addressable market for, we'll be there. Given that they haven't announced [a new console] officially or shown it, I can't comment specifically."

Hmmm...that's a funny response, especially when you consider how companies like Ubisoft have already pledged support and named a specific game as heading to NX.

Categories: Top Stories, Consoles
Tags: ea, nx

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kingsunnyd
Wed Aug 17 16 08:32pm
Rating: 7

Most of the comments here are why EA and a lot of 3rd parties don't release stuff on Nintendo's platforms. Please do not get me wrong, everyone is allowed to buy or not buy things according to their own thoughts. It's just that if everyone is saying "I don't buy X's games" or "I couldn't care less if Y has games on Nintendo's platform." That is why they don't bring their games.

And that's their right too. They don't need to hand out games on Nintendo platforms if they feel like nobody is going to buy it. People complain that they should just do it just cause but that's not how it works.

Basically someone in this vicious cycle needs to go above and beyond in generosity: Nintendo supports 3rd party in making sure they use the system to the fullest (done in Bayo 2), or 3rd party puts in a lot of effort to make Nintendo version good or on par compared to other consoles (done for Need for Speed MW, Deus Ex, Black Ops 2), or consumers need to buy lots of copies of 3rd party's game (don't have an example, help). The common thing throughout all of this is that not enough consumers buy any of these no matter the quality.

Note: This is about established 3rd party companies. Indies are obviously a different situation even though technically they are considered 3rd party.

Makes sense to me. If I were a third party company, I would be wary, too, considering Nintendo's history.

In other words: "lol you saw how much we spat on the Wii U, right? Don't expect anything different this time either."

To EA's (more like Criterion's) credit, they did a great job with Need For Speed Most Wanted, and was arguably the best version on the market, but once again to EA's credit, they botch nearly every other release.

That is true. I'll give them props for MWU (even if they did discontinue DLC for it before the other versions) but every other time they acknowledged the Wii U, they treated it like crap. Let's not forget how Wii U got the base ME3 game for $60 with no DLC available at the same time PS3 and 360 were getting compilations of the whole trilogy with all DLC pre-installed for less.

zippo
Wed Aug 17 16 06:02pm
Rating: 2 (Updated 1 time)

Couldn't care less whether they support the system or not. Their games don't appeal to me, personally.

I agree with the except of some of the Bioware franchises. I do like Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

nik
Wed Aug 17 16 09:14pm
Rating: 1

I'm of the exact same mind. I'm glad the talented designers and artists at bioware have the freedom to bring such amazing games market, but it just kills me that their ip are controlled by EA - like right down in the pit of my stomach. Bioware games are amazing and would have no problem sitting alongside Nintendo's Zelda's, Xenoblade's etc.

You really should. EA and Activision are two of the biggest companies in gaming software. You might not care about their games (and, for the most part, neither do I), but you should still want them on NX. The more good third party games Nintendo can court the more their system is likely to sell. The more it sells the more money Nintendo makes. The more money they make, the more they can pour into obscure translations, quirky side projects, remakes/HD ports, new franchises, new studios and more sequels.

More hardware sales = more cases like Bayonetta 2

I don't think too much of this. I think it's more likely that Ubisoft's executive comments about the system were not supposed to happen according to an NDA than EA not planning anything for the system ever. Just Dance 2017 was clearly approved by Nintendo for announcement and I'm sure Nintendo and Ubisoft are way closer than EA and Nintendo. I'm sure Ubisoft has other games in development for NX yet they've stayed silent on those. I think specifics about NX in comments and announcements are exceptions to the rule until the system is announced.

I'm guessing that when NX is announced, we might not see any EA game announcements, but that doesn't mean they won't start porting stuff over if it ends up successful. An IP like Plants vs. Zombies seems like a great fit for Nintendo, and I think EA would recognize that.

Ehh... I haven't played a game by EA in forever. Even if they supported the NX, I have a doubt that would change.

Uh huh. Good thing I've never cared for anything EA bring to the gaming table really.

You picked up on this story quickly. I seen it about an hour ago and well what do we expect? It's EA, they're dirt but at the same time I can see why they'd have this response.

Oh come on EA why would you not? You got lot's of creative people there right? Why not challenge your selves to explore the new grounds and something different! At least I guess NX will be a little different again : )

They will probably consider supporting it once it sells a reasonable amount. Until the, it would probably not be worth the investment for them. Let's wait and see, but this statement doesn't really give me any confidence for launch support.

If. and even then only if it's easy to port to. it's been mostly bad to be a 3rd party on a nintendo console for 20 years.

Being easy to port to only really matters if the console doesn't sell. If it sells well, everyone will want a piece of that pie. Of course, being easy to develop for could land it more early games which will help in building a player base in the first place.

kingsunnyd
Wed Aug 17 16 08:32pm
Rating: 7

Most of the comments here are why EA and a lot of 3rd parties don't release stuff on Nintendo's platforms. Please do not get me wrong, everyone is allowed to buy or not buy things according to their own thoughts. It's just that if everyone is saying "I don't buy X's games" or "I couldn't care less if Y has games on Nintendo's platform." That is why they don't bring their games.

And that's their right too. They don't need to hand out games on Nintendo platforms if they feel like nobody is going to buy it. People complain that they should just do it just cause but that's not how it works.

Basically someone in this vicious cycle needs to go above and beyond in generosity: Nintendo supports 3rd party in making sure they use the system to the fullest (done in Bayo 2), or 3rd party puts in a lot of effort to make Nintendo version good or on par compared to other consoles (done for Need for Speed MW, Deus Ex, Black Ops 2), or consumers need to buy lots of copies of 3rd party's game (don't have an example, help). The common thing throughout all of this is that not enough consumers buy any of these no matter the quality.

Note: This is about established 3rd party companies. Indies are obviously a different situation even though technically they are considered 3rd party.

jayvir
Wed Aug 17 16 08:40pm
Rating: 1

At this point, most of the "We don't need 3rd parties" jargon comes from atrocious ports that have been a thing for nearly 15 years. It's sad that there are so many great 3rd party games that people ignore though, like the examples you gave. I bought NFS and it was awesome. People do buy a lot of 3rd parties too, but just very specific series. Monster Hunter is a huge one, as well as Yokai Watch and the SMT games. However, those are on the exclusive end of things and isn't quite the same.

However, if 3rd parties don't put their honest effort in the first place, then gamers shouldn't buy their trash just so they got a shot at decent games in the future. It's a vicious cycle. Developer tests the waters with a sketchy title - doesn't sell - developer won't port AAA title because previous title didn't sell well.

kingsunnyd
Wed Aug 17 16 11:49pm
Rating: 1

Thanks for mentioning Monster Hunter and SMT. I knew there were some 3rd party games more of a majority of Nintendo fans buy but I couldn't remember.

I definitely agree with you on how some 3rd parties release trash games and believe that gamers shouldn't buy it just because either. The most realistic thing that could happen of the 3 options I mentioned would be for Nintendo to up their generosity and start money hatting.

Some may say Nintendo shouldn't have to do it but at the end of the day, they are the ones losing out compared to the 3rd parties themselves and the consumers. The 3rd parties will continue to release their games on other, more profitable platforms. Consumers can buy their games on other platforms and still play them if they want. Nintendo has to be the one that invests in their own box that they sell.

Sure it's expensive to help 3rd parties develop for the system for the best way they can and to help them advertise for Nintendo's platform. But it could potentially pay off in the long run. People want a box that has as many games as possible so having N's exclusives plus the 3rd parties that the other 2 boxes have will make them the best pick in the long run.

Which tells you there's still stuff to worry about with NX. Because, if there weren't, the big third party developers would all be onboard already.

It could be a perfect system, but developers and publishers could still be wary, just because the numbers just might not be there. Even if its a dream system, if no one buys it, then there' still no point.

impurekind
Fri Aug 19 16 04:37am
(Updated 1 time)

The problem is the numbers almost certainly won't be there if there's no decent third party support—no one but fanboys are going to buy it without all the big games they expect to see—and for there to be that support it's up to Nintendo to make a machine and a development environment that makes all these big AAA third party developer want to put their games on it day one, as both Microsoft and Sony manage to do every generation perfectly well. Let's be very clear here; the fault lies with Nintendo and no one one else. If it had made a console that was truly compelling, truly transparent, and something the likes of EA was immediately sure would be worth investing in, EA would be investing day one. But, it's clear that companies like EA are just waiting and seeing with the NX, as they did with Wii U, because obviously the console itself and everything around it, be that the business deals or whatever else, hasn't convinced them it's going to sell tens of millions of units or compelled them enough to jump on board. And that's what's worrying right out the gate.

gear4luffy
Wed Aug 17 16 09:50pm
Rating: 1

I guess it's going to be another failed Nintendo console then. I don't like their games but I do understand that millions upon millions of people buy consoles primarily for their games.

EA doesn't care about Nintendo fans, making Nintendo fans not care about EA.

It's a cycle not to be broken for a good... 5+ years?

More like since early GCN days.

I see fanboys everywhere ;)

Personally I want Star Wars on the NX. No Fifa or anything of the kind, but that is my personal taste.

And I would have gotten the ME triology if it came to the Wii U. Can't find it for the 360 now anyway (plus gamepad stuff)

Just give support and make good games and you will have my money, EA.

I understand that money talks, but you have to work for it. Just show the Nintendo crowd ghat you care andvpeople will get those games.

artten
Thu Aug 18 16 03:20pm
(Updated 1 time)

If you want EA to play, Nintendo better be ready to make it rain.

berrix
Thu Aug 18 16 05:10pm
Rating: 1

Man his dance looks to have more effort than EA would have on a Nintendo console. And twice the enthusiasm.

LOL. yes, it's so true....

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