Mass Effect and Wii U a 'really nice fit,' says EA
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jun 9, 2011 2:00PM PDT
Mass Effect wasn't shown among Nintendo's Wii U third-party sizzle reel, but that doesn't mean the series isn't coming to the new console. In an interview with GameTrailers, EA Games label head Frank Gibeau hinted that the franchise might come to the Wii U in some capacity.
Responding to a fan question about bringing Mass Effect 3 to the platform, Gibeau said, "I can't say that we are going to do it on the Wii U, but you can imagine what we could do with that controller in the Mass Effect universe. It feels like a really nice fit, but we'll announce that when the time is right."
When interviewer Geoff Keighley pressed the question on whether EA will do focus on exclusives or franchise ports with added functionality for the Wii U, Gibeau elaborated. "We're looking at all options at this point," he said. "We're certainly going to bring over some of the big franchises. Battlefield is the one we talked about today, but we've also started a lot of new IPs over the last couple of years at EA Games. We'll look at that platform and if there's some really unique new idea, we'll definitely go after it."
It's far from a promise, but we know BioWare doesn't mind adding platform-exclusive features that rely on specialized hardware; Mass Effect 3 with Kinect functionality was a large part of Microsoft's E3 press briefing.