Games publishing goliath Electronic Arts has apologised for a trio of April Fools' Tweets which made fun of the underpowered nature of Nintendo's Wii U console. The barbed April 1st Tweets came from the Frostbite Engine team. The Tweets may have given false hope to Wii U owners that graphically rich and popular EA titles such as Battlefield 4 would become available for their console. The publisher is, in reality, working on no Wii U titles whatsoever, reports GameSpot.
Frostbite Tweets from yesterday (since deleted) included the following (via Kotaku):
"Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our 'netcode'. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU."
"Frostbite will power #HalfLife 3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive."
"Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optimized for Mario and Zelda."
Last night Peter Moore, EA's Chief Operating Officer (COO) decided to voice his distaste for the Frostbite pranking. In a Tweet he strongly condemned Frostbite's Wii U jibes and labelled the Tweets as "unacceptable, stupid". Moore also apologised to the Nintendo company and its fans.
Frostbite 3 is used in blockbuster games titles such as Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals and is also expected to power the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game, among others. However games using Version 3 of the Frostbite engine won't ever come to the Wii U, largely because Frostbite 2 offered mediocre performance on the Wii U. However it is possible that the mobile version, Frostbite Go, could power some EA Wii U games in the future.
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