by January 30, 2013 @ 3:48 pm
While next-gen chatter is still very hush-hush aside from the inevitable leaks that keep springing up from time to time, EA did shed light on the subject during its investor earnings call for the quarter ending last December. Notably, the company stated that it sees “no correlation” between Wii U sales and what is expected from other next-gen consoles.
Additionally, EA isn’t grouping the Wii U as part of its “Gen 4” roadmap, which includes next-gen consoles. While this doesn’t bode well for third-party support, at least from the likes of EA, the company thinks the Wii U will do just fine – once Nintendo starts leveraging more of its own IP to drive adoption.
So, couple of things. First, you never count Nintendo out. They’ve got some of the best IPs in the game industry, when their marquee titles show up, that’s when you usually see the bounce. I’m deeply respectful of the achievements they’ve had over the last several years, and so yeah, never really count them out.
Having said that, I wouldn’t say that we see much correlation between the results that Nintendo have just shown with the console debut of the Wii U and what we see coming. We see a pretty sharp distinction and unfortunately I’m unable to go any further than that.
Ours is an industry where a lot of devices come in and represent themselves as the next generation or the next generation after that. You know in many ways, we would argue that the gen— what we’re describing as “Gen 4”, is yet to come — and it’s that we’re excited about, and that’s what we’re investing in, and frankly we’ve been quite consistent with that for some time, recognising the frustration our inability to articulate precisely why, causes for you.
Thanks, iMax @ NeoGAF.