With SEGA, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Activision and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment all believed to be supporting Nintendo NX, Electronic Arts remains to be one third-party publisher that many are awaiting news on.
Once bracing for an “unprecedented partnership” with Nintendo for Wii U, that relationship soured with EA’s chief competition officer Peter Moore later saying that the console was “out of sync” with the publisher’s future. He lamented a “lack of online engagement,” explaining that it was integral to what the publisher was looking to do in giving their games “a real social feel.”
With Nintendo NX approaching, it is unclear what stance they will take. EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund has previously said that the publisher’s games could come to the console “if it makes sense,” and he has echoed those comments at Gamescom 2016.
“Nintendo is such an instrumental part of our whole industry,” Söderlund shared with Game Informer. “They deserve to be successful, and they deserve to be a major player in the business, given their pedigree.
“It’s not only the machines that they’ve built, but also the IPs they’ve brought to market. There are very few companies like Nintendo. Whenever they bring something to market that we see an addressable market for, we’ll be there. Given that they haven’t announced [a new console] officially or shown it, I can’t comment specifically.”