Last year, Crytek teased fans of the Crysis series by saying that Crysis 3 could be a possibility for Wii U owners. In July, Crytek producer Mike Reed made an off-the-cuff remark saying that Crytek was working with Nintendo to investigate the potential for Crysis 3 on the new console. On Monday, Crytek CEO and founder, Cevat Yerli, confirmed the game will not be released for Wii U due to lack of “business drive.”
Speaking to Digital Spy, Yerli said, “It’s a purely business decision. I’d love to see it on Wii U, but what I love to see and what gets done at the end of the day are two different things. Even so, I could initiate it but someone has to sell it, right? It’s a business decision between EA and Nintendo. If that business decision doesn’t make sense, or seems to not make sense for them, it’s… not possible for us to make it. We can’t publish ourselves, and that’s the bottom line.”
The decision appears to be entirely a publisher deal breaker and nothing to do with the Wii U’s capabilities as an unannounced title has been confirmed for the console using the CryEngine 3. No word on the developer (definitely not Crytek), but Yerli seemed confident the console would be able to handle the engine’s prowess.
As disappointing as this may be for fans, this would have contributed to the odd number of sequels which appear on Wii U without any of their predecessors. Crysis 3 is set to release for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 on February 19, 2013.
[via Digital Spy]