With last night’s announcement that EA has agreed to a multi-year contract with Disney to develop games based on the Star Wars brand, it was also revealed that both Visceral Games (Dead Space) and DICE (Battlefield) will be developing games based on the property and it will use DICE’s own Frostbite 3 game engine.
Unfortunately, given that DICE has already mentioned that they don’t have Frostbite 3 support for the Wii U, that might dampen a few Nintendo fans when it comes to the Star Wars announcement.
Over on Twitter, Johan Andersson, who’s the technical director of Frostbite 3 over at DICE, speaks out a bit on why the game engine isn’t on the Wii U. In a Twitter conversation, Andersson reveals that they did some “tests” with Frostbite 2 on the Wii U with “not too promising” results, and that’s why Frostbite 3 isn’t on Nintendo’s “next-gen” console.
@mutedpenguin FB3 has never been running on WiiU. We did some tests with not too promising results with FB2 & chose not to go down that path
— Johan Andersson (@repi) May 6, 2013
Given that Frostbite 3′s predecessor (FB2) can’t even run well on the Wii U, I’d say it would be asking too much to see Frostbite 3 on the console.
One thing’s certain now, if you want to play Battlefield 4 or any Frostbite 3-powered game, best to get a powerful PC, a PS3, Xbox 360 or any other next-gen console other than a Wii U.