Alex Ward speaks out on Nintendo and EA's mishandling of Need for Speed: Most Wanted - Team VVV

News Alex Ward speaks out on Nintendo and EA’s mishandling of Need for Speed: Most Wanted


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Game: Need for Speed Most Wanted

Platform: PC, PS3, XB360

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Release Date: 30/10/2012

It's no secret that Need for Speed: Most Wanted undersold on the Wii U. Taking to Twitter, Criterion's co-founder has spoken out about Nintendo and EA's apparent mishandling of their baby.

After stating on Twitter that his new studio Three Fields "will make games for all platforms where we can self-publish” several Nintendo fans proceeded to challenge Ward about his lack of support for the Wii U.   

"Totally wrong. I did. Second, I complained when the company didn't even bother to press the discs with our game on," he responded to one user directly on Twitter.

"Hey, we worked our arses off. Neither NTDO or EA gave a shit about it. A group of us did try…." Ward replied when it was suggested that NFS: Most Wanted on Wii U was a "stealth release."

"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. Do you think we were happy about that?"

"Idris, Rob, Chris, Paul, Jim did what was asked of them. Everyone else let us down. 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 f**k up, we will choose our platforms carefully."

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