Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing for Bethesda recently spoke in an article with MCV stating he does not see the Wii U fitting with Bethesda’s titles.
Hines spoke out about the complications and risks that can arise when developing for unreleased consoles. Hines says:
“The developers are trying to hit a moving technical target, because the platforms are being built. A new console doesn’t just show up a year before launch and is exactly what it will be when it comes out. It moves and iterates along the way, and introducing something like that to games that are in development is always a bit tricky. And that is obviously an element of risk.”
Hines continues,“The second point is that your install base always starts at zero. Then it comes out and suddenly a certain number of people buy it but it won’t be the same number as the current gen. So you have divided your audience.”
Hines continued to speak about the decision with going exclusively to current gen or developing for both. With a major install base on current gen it can often be seen as a risk to develop for a completely new platform with no install base.