Bethesda boss, Peter Hines believes, “the time for convincing publishers and developers to support Wii U has long past. The Box is out,” according to a report from gimmegimmeigames. The choice conversation coming from GameTrailers’s latest Bonus Round episode.
“You have to do what Sony and Microsoft have been doing with us for a long time,” Hines said. “It’s not that every time we met with them we got all the answers we wanted, but they involved us early on.”
It’s no secret that Sony and MS came to 3rd party publishers early on during the design phases of PS4 and Xbox One to discuss possible specifications, online infrastructure and the like, but this does not seem to be the case with Nintendo.
“You have to spend an unbelievable amount of time upfront doing that. If you’re just going to sort of decide ‘we’re going to make a box and this is how it works and you should make games for it.’ Well, no. No is my answer,” Hines notes. “I’m going to focus on other ones that better support what it is we’re trying to do. So you've gotta spend more time trying to reach out to those folks before you even make the box, when you’re still designing and thinking about how it’s going to work.” he concludes.
Wii U’s biggest problem comes in the form of hardware specifications, which, needless to say, has been playing catch up since Wii. Big N’s latest console is once again under-powered, compared to next-gen competitors.
Current generation games will run sufficiently on the Wii U, that much is clear. However, most 3rd party projects releasing within the next 3 years, will require hardware on par with PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms. This trend has already begun, Battlefield 4 coming to mind in this light. Yes, Activision, Ubisoft and Capcom are on board, but with sales continuing to dip, and game development demands growing each year, additional support will not come anytime soon.
Big N’s immediate answer? Price drop. Unfortunately, they have no choice with impending next-gen consoles soaking up buzz and anticipation towards their holiday launch schedules. A price reduction with premier first party titles are the only two saving grace options Nintendo has. This generation will very much mirror the GameCube era for the beloved publisher.
Big N’s next console, if it’s in the cards, must have hardware and online infrastructure standards in mind. Sure, they can still implement their usual controller innovation, but releasing sub-par online framework with last-gen power specs is not an option come next generation.