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EA Jokes About Wii U Getting Frostbite Games, Half Life 3

By William Usher 2014-04-01 20:35:21 discussion comments
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[Update: EA has apologized]

Talk about rubbing salt on an open wound. Many Nintendo fans have been begging EA to port Frostbite games over to the Wii U (besides, if EA can have Frostbite games running on the geriatric seventh-gen twins, it's only reasonable to put it on a far more powerful console), however, ever since that whole fallout over the Nintendo Network and EA's bid to run Nintendo's online service using their Origin infrastructure, the software publisher has had a massive falling out with the Big 'N'. Following that fallout it's been a pins and needles relationship between the two. Well, stick a pin in it because this cushion of high-tension is about ready to pop.

Thirteen1 caught Tweets – now deleted, of course – from the Frostbite Twitter account as part of an April Fools' routine. You can check out the Tweets below.
Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda.

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

Frostbite will power #HalfLife3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive.

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our ‘netcode’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU.

— FrostbiteEngine (@FrostbiteEngine) April 1, 2014

Some felt the company took it too far with joking about the Wii U and it's power capabilities, others felt it was all in good fun. However, there was one thing that really put gamers over the edge: That Half Life 3 would be a Wii U exclusive. As we all know, you don't mess with the Holy Grail of the Gabe Newell Society , it's like... it's like trying to convince Japanese people that Michael Jackson was born black or telling members of the NRA that minors should be banned from owning caseless assault rifles. There's some things you just don't do.

Of course, the whole thing bites more for the fact that Frostbite 3 could be on the Wii U and games like Battlefield 4 could run on the system, but EA simply opts not to. It's the same way that CryEngine 3 is fully optimized and capable of running on the Wii U as well – as evidenced with the upcoming Sonic Boom – yet EA canceled the release of Crysis 3 on the Wii U on the twelfth hour of going gold.

It's such a shame that EA is depriving gamers of these titles... but then again, Battlefield 4 launched as a buggy mess and the company hasn't been able to get it straight since the last time Justin Timberlake acted straight. This has resulted in multiple lawsuits and lots of ill-feelings toward both EA and DICE.

Still, EA was quick to delete the tweets following the backlash (more-so because what EA tweeted is completely possible but the company chooses not to follow through). Maybe they decided to take initiative and bring the tweets to life instead of leaving them as a reminder that silly corporate politics are preventing Wii U owners from playing Frostbite games?
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