updated 04:30 pm EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
Next iteration of the Call of Duty franchise skipping the Wii U, last two games on console
Call of Duty fans hoping to play the newest title in the series on the Wii U this year appear to be out of luck. Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, said on Thursday that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare wouldn't be coming to the Nintendo console. He added that it "was an Activision decision," with the studio focusing on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
While Sledgehammer Games is the main developer working on the game, there are often a few developers involved in Call of Duty titles. In the instance of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, High Moon Studios is working on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, while Raven is working on multiplayer. For some of previous games in the Call of Duty series, Wii versions were handled by other developers as well. Treyarch handled the porting duties for Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii U, along with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii.
@1422644 no, no WiiU. That was an Activision decision. We are focused on XboxOne, PS4, and PC.- Michael Condrey (@MichaelCondrey) August 20, 2014
Nintendo versions of the Call of Duty games have been notoriously late in some instances, often arriving months after a game was released on other platforms. While some instances brought different perks, like integration with the Wii U gamepad, they are being offered to a smaller user base than what Activision would find on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
Even though the next-generation consoles may not be up to the level of saturation the Wii U has, it's a market that is growing. Wii U sales have been slipping quarter after quarter, as the company struggles with its hardware division. The Wii U often appeals to a demographic as well, as the console has a history of better sales results with first-party, family-oriented games. More recently, it has found success with Mario Kart 8, a game that provided a large boost to software sales in the last quarter.
Activision's decision not to take Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to the Wii U marks only the second time one of the main games in the series hasn't been on a Nintendo. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the only other title that never appeared on a Nintendo home console.