The Wii U has recently received some very highly rated and entertaining games, but there are still major executives who believe the system has lost its opportunity to convince third party developers to create games for it.
According to an interview with Game Trailers, Bethesda's vice president of PR and marketing Pete Hines talked about how developers on both the Xbox One and PS4 came to them and discussed the respective systems very early on and that was an area the Wii U completely missed.
"The time for convincing publishers and developers to support Wii U has long past. The box is out. It's not that every time we met with [Microsoft and Sony] we got all the answers we wanted, but they involved us very early on, and talking to folks like Bethesda and Gearbox, they say 'here's what we're doing, here's what we're planning, here's how we think it's going to work' to hear what we thought - from our tech guys and from an experience standpoint.
"You have to spend an unbelievable amount of time upfront doing that. If you're just going, '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. I'm going to focus on other ones that better support what it is we're trying to do," Hines said.
Sony has been highly upfront about how involved they wanted developers to feel when it came to the PlayStation 4, and apparently Microsoft was equally as interested in hearing feedback from developers.
We knew that Bethesda was not supporting the Wii U, but what will truly be telling is to see how far this sentiment reaches among other publishers and developers. Ubisoft clearly has been giving the Wii U a strong push with software support and at least through this year, they intend to continue this.
Some of their most recently announced titles though, are not hitting the Wii U. They are coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
There are other developers and publishers who have been trying to push software to the Wii U, but as we start to see more major titles that will debut next year, they are only hitting the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Hopefully Nintendo will be able to change the tides to a more level playing field, especially since this is an industry that is better with three consoles versus two. Gaming needs competition and if Nintendo were to ever exit the hardware side of gaming, that would hurt consumers and developers. People can't underestimate the value of diversity in this industry.
We'll all see what sentiments other publishers share as we end this year and cross into 2014 because that is when we will start to see developers turn up the heat on development for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Game On.