Don't expect Bethesda on your Wii U anytime soon

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Bethesda has come out and said that they aren’t developing games for the Wii U, and that (in the short-term, at least) it’s not on their radar.  However, they have a different reason than the others for doing this.

Unlike EA and Ubisoft, who are avoiding the Wii U because it’s not financially viable, Bethesda explains that it’s about the hardware.  He says Bethesda’s mantra is to:

“make the games that we want to make, on whatever platforms will support them as developed.” 

For example, they looked at releasing The Elder Scrolls Online on XBox 360, but hardware limitations made it impossible.  While they aren’t completely ruling out bringing a game to the Wii U, it just doesn’t fit with their current game cycle.

I can’t say I blame them.  The new Wolfenstein looks pretty cool, but I’m not sure the Wii U could add anything to the game play.  The Game Pad is really cool, and anyone who has played with the Wii U will tell you that it offers some innovative possibilities.  Unfortunately, I think the best games on Wii U will be exclusives – any ports will feel like they don’t make use of what the Wii U has to offer.  So, while I’m disappointed in Bethesda for not investing in making an awesome pseudo-historical open-world epic on the Wii U, at least they are doing it because of quality rather than profits.  Or so they say…

Last Updated: August 7, 2013

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