The last game in the franchise, Need for Speed: Most Wanted was a fast-paced racer that delighted gamers on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. On top of that, Criterion Games also brought the racing franchise to the PS Vita and Wii U. This year’s title, Need for Speed: Rivals, is coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC alongside a next-gen release on PS4 and Xbox One. However, the game isn’t coming to Wii U or PS Vita.
Speaking with The Sixth Axis, Creative Director Craig Sullivan of Ghost Games revealed exactly why the game isn’t coming to Wii U or PS Vita.
“Honestly, it’s not the kind of stuff that I like talking about in detail, that much. We did a load of extra work on the Wii U version, and we had a lot of guys working on that stuff, you know,” replied Sullivan.
“It didn’t really sell that many, in terms of the Wii U market. I would love for it to have, because we put so much effort into that, trust me. I’d love for it to be way bigger than it was, and the same for the Vita.
“[Rivals] is going onto new hardware, and you have to work out where you focus your efforts. The 200 people working on this game are only capable of making so much, and doing so many different versions of the game, so we had to go with where we think the biggest audience will be for the game, and that’s where we are.”
Another reason is that Need for Speed: Rivals is running on Dice’s Frostbite 3 Engine. This engine has not yet been developed to work on either Wii U or PS Vita. All upcoming games that have been confirmed to be running on the engine – Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 4 – are also not coming to either platform.
Need for Speed: Rivals is out November 19 worldwide on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. The PS4 version is out November 22 in North America and November 29 in Europe. The Xbox One version is out November 22 worldwide.