Bethesda: Wii U “not on our radar”
posted on 08.07.13 at 08:37 AM EST by (@salromano)
"It's largely a hardware thing," Bethesda says.

Elder Scrolls and Fallout publisher Bethesda Softworks has no plans to support Wii U in the near future, marketing VP Pete Hines has said.

“It’s largely a hardware thing,” Hines told Joystiq (via Eurogamer). “[We] make the games that we want to make, on whatever platforms will support them as developed.”

The Elder Scrolls Online, for example, “likely would have” been launched on current-gen platforms, but “it just wasn’t possible” due to the game’s scale, Hines said. Thus, it was put on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“None of the games we’ve announced are being developed for the Wii U, so it’s guaranteed that none of those games are coming to Wii U.

“Will any future ones come out? I can’t say for sure,” Hines concluded. “In our near-term focus it’s not on our radar.”

  • McPoo

    Surprise surprise.

  • Locksus

    Wii U will be a Nintendo platform for Nintendo games and that’s what I’m going to get it for, eventually. I’ll keep my PC for any multiplatform/MMORPG goodness.

    It’s disappointing for those who only plan on having a WIi U, sure, but this is a thing that won’t bother me that much.

  • SuperLuigi

    They kept screwing up horribly with ps3 so I don’t doubt this. No matter how well there games sale or rated, I think these guys need to program better. Backwards flying dragons even on pc. And I had fallout on xbox 360 and any dlc for quite awhile would screw up my game. Still, I don’t blame them.

    • Aiddon

      when something gets that big bugs are inevitable. That being said, even for an open world with a huge landscape Bethesda’s games are a MESS of bugs. Probably due to the same lazy mindset of “oh, we can just PATCH IT LATER.”

      • SuperLuigi

        That’s why I will not support them anymore. Day 1 is bad for every bethesda game. If I ever buy one I will wait for the “goty” edition. Power to the people that like elder scrolls and fallout though.

  • Ritsujun

    Totally expected. =D

  • bloodiOS

    The Wii U should be glad to not have been plagued with Bethesda’s bug-ridden games.

    • McPoo

      Because more games for a flailing system are a bad thing right?

      • SuperLuigi

        Or he just doesn’t like Bethesda games?

        • McPoo

          That’s irrelevant though. The one thing the Wii U needs is games, whether they’re first or third party. Bethesda are involved with some popular games and series, so why would they not be welcome on the Wii U?

          • bloodiOS

            Their games are not coming to the Wii U anyway so might as well be glad rather than sorry.

            • McPoo

              I’m sorry, I don’t quite follow.

              • bloodiOS

                Sorry, I wasn’t clear. I mean since Bethesda’s games are not coming to the console anyway, instead of being all doom and gloom about the issue, let’s at least try to look on the bright side of things…

                • McPoo

                  Oh I see. While it’s not really worth losing sleep over, I do think that it’s just another blow to the Wii U. It’s struggling enough as it is, the news that another company is cutting support for it isn’t going to do it any favours.

                  • bloodiOS

                    Well, yeah, definitely but at this point they should just tough it out and try to push out more quality exclusive titles. I think as an underpowered console, if it’s capable of carving out its own path, at least devs might be interested in creating unique games just for it.

                • Zackasaur

                  There isn’t really a “bright side” unless you’re rooting against Nintendo. It would help Nintendo to have more beloved third-party titles. It’s just how the business works.

                  • bloodiOS

                    Right, it’s another bad news for the Wii U. There’s no bright side to this at all. It’s all doom and gloom! Yes, let’s support Nintendo by spreading all that gloom about the Wii U dooming. Great! How exactly does that kind of attitude help?

                    If publishers aren’t supporting it, well that’s a good slap in the face for Nintendo to wake up. What does 3rd-party support even mean to them? To receive some inferior ports? No, the Wii U needs unique games that are created just for it, and developers and publisher aren’t doing that because there isn’t any profit in investing in the console. Nintendo can’t just keep on pretending that the Wii U is a relevant target for multiplatform projects because it’ll just look like an underpowered console with inferior ports as soon that the PS4 and Xbox One roll in. It’s about time to change the structure, to invest a whole a lot more into expanding the Wii U’s 1st-party library, show more variety. It needs to show that it’s a cheaper console to make a different kind of games for a different crowd and attract other publishers back with that.

        • Elvick

          I don’t like their games, but I admit they hold a lot of weight in the industry. Just as Rockstar does, I don’t like their games either but they have extremely successful games that Nintendo would kill to have on their platform.

  • Bobby Jennings

    I can’t say I’m surprised. No one wants to develop for it.

    • AnimusVox

      It sucks because this system has a lot of potential by no one wants to chance it, just like the vita. Though thankfully there were/are enough games out for vita that entitled me to buy said console.
      On the other hand the Wii U doesn’t have too much to offer in my eyes. Especially considering I’m not much of a Mario fan.

      • Bobby Jennings

        Likewise.

  • Aiddon

    mostly because they wouldn’t last one bit under Nintendo’s quality assurance.

    • Zackasaur

      Er, that’s not true. Nintendo doesn’t have strict quality assurance. Have you even looked at some of the things available on Nintendo platforms? lol

      Plus, Bethesda is the publisher of Arkane’s Dishonored, which has incredible quality… But that’s beside the fact.

      • SuperLuigi

        Wii Music comes to mind lol

        • Zackasaur

          Yes, and that’s first-party! Just look at all the third-party shovelware they’ve seen. Bethesda games are immensely beyond those in any sort of “quality assurance.”

          I’m saying that as someone who hasn’t traditionally been their biggest fan, as well.

      • Aiddon

        mostly because 3rd parties would pitch a fit if Nintendo called them out on their BS, so they were unfortunately forced to take it. If there is one entity that needs to be taken down a notch it’s 3rd parties.

        • Zackasaur

          … What? Nintendo would -love- if they could have all the third party games other consoles have. You’re looking for bullshit where it doesn’t exist, which is why you’re not seeing it called out.

          • Aiddon

            You seem to reading an entirely different post because what I MEAN is that Nintendo would tell 3rd parties they’re half-assing their efforts. Nintendo has proper QA, which 3rd parties HATE, but telling 3rd parties to step up their games would cause said 3rd parties to throw childish tantrums like they always do because calling them out on their laziness hits a bit too close to home.

            • Zackasaur

              No, that is exactly the illogical rubbish to which I was responding. That QA system doesn’t actually exist, Nintendo is actually desperate for good third-party support, you are generalising third-party products as half-assed when many of them are beyond Nintendo’s own level, you are ignoring all the times Nintendo has released sub-par products of their own, and you are creating a childish drama story where there is only business.

            • Elvick

              Nope. You’re delusional.

              Explain how Ninjabread Man, Spray, and other glitchy messes made it on to the Wii if “Nintendo would tell 3rd parties they’re half-assing their efforts”.

              Wii U would have just as many of them too, if it weren’t a huge failure right now.

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          lolno
          Nintendo would be really happy if they get at least fifty percent of third party support that Sony and MS has

          • Guest

            Precisely.

          • Aiddon

            i.e., actually telling 3rd parties that they tend to rush their games as opposed to making sure they’re not buggy or messy. 3rd parties HATE being told to have standards

            • Ni ~Algidus~

              not all 3rd parties games are buggy, rushed and messy. we have plenty of good quality titles ou there

              • Aiddon

                day one updates would indicate otherwise

                • Ni ~Algidus~

                  not all third parties games have day one patch, dude. while there’s a lot games that are rushed and buggy, there’s also a lot of games that got released without day one patch and that developers really cared about the debug. saying that every third parties games are rushed and have day one patch is a very biased opinion.

            • Zackasaur

              Some third-parties have awful standards, and some have phenomenal standards.

              Nintendo has nothing to do with either of those. They don’t have any sort of rigorous “quality assurance” system in place. Nor can they afford to, really. They even release some pretty low quality products themselves (as well as some high quality ones).

              Don’t be an apologist. The reality is that Nintendo has not succeeded in earning very much third-party support. There are a few reasons for this, from staying a generation behind in terms of hardware to making the OS a Nintendo advertising centre and historically offering little success to even really good third-party entries.

              • Aiddon

                dude, read what you write before you accuse people of being apologists. Then again, I suppose proofreading isn’t in your vocabulary

                • Zackasaur

                  Proofreading and vocabulary are two different things, and I know exactly what you’re saying…

                  But I’m done. You clearly have an unhealthy emotional attachment that blocks you from any sort of rational, let alone critical, thinking. At this point, I’d be repeating myself to someone physically incapable of comprehending. Good day.

    • Elvick

      Your fanboy is showing.

      All that means is, “this won’t destroy your system” not “this game is free of any bugs~”

      Look at Spray on the Wii. Game breaking bugs that prevent you from finishing the game. Plenty of glitch fests on the Wii and if the Wii U had 3rd party games to speak of then we could cite plenty of examples there too.

  • CaptainSatanica

    The problem is that nintendo is finally using the hardware the other guys have been using for 8 years and everyone else has moved on to more powerful systems and the wiiU can’t compete because of its lack of power therefore it can’t handle the new games that next gen consoles get

    • TalesOfBS

      >other guys have been using for 8 years

      You speak like you know everything that is inside of those wiiu chips sir while actually, you know nothing.
      Gaf people are always easy to spot.

      • DrForbidden

        If you actually know what you are talking about, then how about correcting CaptainSatanica with facts instead of posting a smug reply that absolutely has nothing of value in content?

      • CaptainSatanica

        Developers like dice have already stated that there upcoming games like battlefield 4 can’t be handled on the wiiU it doent have the power to do so as other developers have stated about some of their games

  • artemisthemp

    Imagine The Evil Within on Nintendo System :P

  • MosquitoLemon

    Back in the day, people made fun of the XBox because it was like a PC for people who didn’t want to deal with PC garbage (endless bugs, half-assed patches, hardware upgrades, etc.), and now people are acting like every console needs to be a PC :

    Like I asked under some other article – who the heck is buying a WiiU expecting to play PC games?

  • Karl Josef

    It’s better if they make Elder Scrolls Online in Wii U. Because of the gamepad but I think the number of player is too low :(

  • Willgaea

    Bethesda Softworks are obssesed with graphics. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but maybe they should focus on gameplay. Anyone go sword and shield in skyrim?