March 10th, 2014, 21:00 Posted By: wraggster
The co-founder of Criterion has claimed Nintendo and EA were both markedly uninterested in marketing the Wii U version of Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
Now in charge of indie studio Three Fields Entertainment having left Criterion, Alex Ward recently stated on Twitter: "We will make games for all platforms where we can self-publish."
When a follower asked if this included Wii U, Ward replied: "Probably not to be honest, but never say never."
Ward was then accused by another follower of refusing to support Nintendo hardware, and "stealth releasing" Need For Speed: Most Wanted on Wii U (a suggestion that the game was not marketed).
"Totally wrong," Ward replied. "I did [support Wii U]. Second, I complained when the company didn't even bother to press the discs with our game on."
He continued: "Hey, we worked our arses off. Neither Nintendo or EA gave a shit about it. A group of us did try. Bitch and moan at the publishers, not the developers.
"We just did the coding. Like we had any choice over when it was released? Or the price? Everyone is so quick to blame the developers. Folks worked through New Year to deliver that. We tried to do our best.
"We even flew to Nintendo to personally demo in a bid for marketing support. There was none. The game was not even physically released initially in Europe. Members of the team could not even buy their own game. Do you think we were happy about that?
"Idris, Rob, Chris, Paul, Jim did what was asked of them. Everyone else let us down. Stuff like that pissed me off hence I left EA and have started my own company using my savings. So seeing as our families won't eat if we **** up, we will choose our platforms carefully."
The Wii U version of Need For Speed: Most Wanted was deemed the "definitive edition" by EA, offering a number of Wii U exclusive features and significantly better graphics than the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, due to its textures being based on the PC version of the game.
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