Criterion founder Alex Ward has attacked both Nintendo and EA over their treatment of Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Wii U.
Having said on Twitter that his new studio Three Fields will make games for all platforms where we can self-publish” Ward was asked whether this included Wii U.
He replied: Probably not to be honest... but never say never.” At which point Nintendo fans took aim, pointing out that a couple of titles have sold better on Wii U and 3DS than rival platforms. Ward's response? Yawn.”
Amongst the many accusations then thrown at him were claims that he hadn't correctly supported Nintendo hardware.
Totally wrong. I did,” he replied. I complained when the company didn't even bother to press the discs with our game on. We worked our arses off. Neither Nintendo or EA gave a shit about it. A group of us did try.
Bitch and moan at the publishers not the developers. We just did the coding. Like we had any choice over when it was released? Or the price? Everyone is so quick to blame the developers. Folks worked through New Year to deliver that. We tried to do our best.
We even flew to Nintendo to personally demo in a bid for marketing support. There was none. The game was not even physically released initially in Europe. Members of the team could not even buy their own game.
Stuff like that pissed me off hence I left EA and have started my own company using my savings. So seeing as our families won't eat if we fuck up, we will choose our platforms carefully.”
Ward announced his departure from Criterion just after the turn of the New Year.