Low Install Base Hurting The Console
The studio behind Just Cause were sent some Wii U dev kits, but haven't used them because they feel the audience is currently too small to make the extra work worthwhile.
"We actually had some development kits that just collected dust," Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg told Pressfire.no [translation courtesy of The Escapist]. "It's a bit sad, because we wanted to do something. I think it's a cool platform, but right now it's not just up to us. We want the game to reach as many as possible."
When asked whether there are "too few Wii U owners, " Sundberg replied with a simple "yes." He also claims that Nintendo are difficult to work with in comparison to Microsoft and Sony, suggesting that it's difficult to contact them or even know exactly who to talk to.
The Wii U is set to receive a major first-party game injection over the coming year, but third party confidence in the console is already at a shocking low (as evidenced by a near-complete lack of ports for major multi-platform titles beyond Injustice: Heroes Among Us). Fingers crossed for a strong E3, marketing push and a sales boost to restore faith in the device.