Criterion’s next take on the Need for Speed franchise has been confirmed to hit the Wii U sometime next year. But get ready because there is a twist to this story: the game is supposedly ready for release this year.
That’s right, Most Wanted, which releases for several other consoles on October 30th, is also supposedly completed for the Wii U. At least that’s according to bigshot NeoGaf member, Shocking Alberto. Mr. Alberto writes:
About six months after the release of Hot Pursuit, Nintendo, EA, and Criterion were working on Wii U devkits to port the engine to the system. Somewhere along the line, EA got really insistent about Autolog being mandatory for anyone with a Nintendo Network ID (which, back then, did not have a name or enough information for EA to go on).
Something broke down and EA decided Need for Speed did not need to be a Wii U launch title.
For those not in the know, Autolog is a feature EA has been pushing to implement in several of its high profile titles. The feature allows for users to see real-time updates of your friends’ accomplishments and scores (or race times). It’s meant to keep players competitive and always working to place themselves at the top.
This is a notable loss for EA, however, as there are no other racing games being launched with the Wii U. Regardless, Wii U owners can expect to see Most Wanted on store shelves in early 2013.