EA: Ultimate Team On Wii U Version of FIFA 13 “Wouldn’t Have Been Technically Feasible”
The Wii U version of FIFA 13 will be available to buy on the same day as the console launches but there’ll be something missing from it that those lucky so-and-sos with an Xbox 360 or PS3 will be playing.
Yes, Ultimate Team, the new fantasy football-esque mode that sees you build an formidable team of superstars online, will not be available on Wii U due to it being such a complicated task for the first ever version on a new console.
Speaking to Nintendo Gamer, line producer Matt Prior told them about the complications involved with the Wii U and its very young online arena:
“Ultimate Team is a very complicated mode – it took four or five years to be on PS3 and 360 by which time their online systems had developed much further along, so Ultimate Team is a hugely complicated thing with multiple servers – you’ve got the trade market, the auction market – all of these really important pieces to make it the experience it is. So consequently, the online space on Wii U is just not yet in an area where we can devote to and do that at this stage. It’s certainly something we want to look at longer-term but at this point it’s just way too complicated for a first iteration title.”
Busy bee Matt Prior also found himself talking to the guys over at Eurogamer and told them more or less the same thing, adding:
“We don’t have Ultimate Team, purely and simply because Nintendo’s online is in its infancy,” he said. “It’s building. FUT [FIFA Ultimate Team] took five years to appear on 360 and PS3. They’re very complex features. It’s potentially something we could do further down the line. But in terms of initially getting the foundation set, that wouldn’t have been technically feasible, because it is such a complex mode.”
So there definitely won’t be any Ultimate Team on the Wii U version of FIFA 13 but that’s not to say we won’t see it in future adaptations of the franchise. The lovable Matt Prior did obviously speak about things the Wii U does have over other console’s versions of the game, most notably referring to the innovations brought about by the GamePad.
Prior told Nintendo Gamer about all the things you can do with the GamePad, including shooting, where shaking the GamePad brings up the image of the goal on the touch screen and you simply tap where you wish to shoot; passing to players by tapping them on the touch screen; set pieces, where holding up the GamePad gives you a players-eye-view of the target; making players go on runs; and finding out players ratings on the fly. Not bad at all really.
What do you think? Are you disappointed not to be seeing Ultimate Team on the Wii U version of FIFA 13? Let us know!