Some April Fools pranks go too far and sometimes the person pulling the prank doesn’t even realize that their prank might have been in bad taste. It happens. And indeed, EA did not appreciate the “jokes” that were being made by their Frostbite Twitter account, making fun of the Nintendo Wii U.
In fairness though, it is hard not to make fun of the Wii U. At any rate, EA has issued an apology on Twitter, calling the jokes “unacceptable” and “stupid”. The tweet says, “Our apologies to partners @NintendoAmerica & fan @FrostbiteEngine ’s poor attempt at April Fools not condoned by EA : unacceptable/ stupid.” They really did not like the joke.
The tweets that the Frostbite account made, basically made fun of the Wii U and its inability to run the Frostbite 3 engine. EA has stated in the past that this is the reason that they have no games in development for the Wii U, but as they also said, it does not mean they will be disregarding the Wii U completely. The tweets by Frostbite, which have been taken down, read, “Good news, we have finally fixed and optimized our ‘netcode’. Uses quantum entanglement for Zero Latency connections. Exclusively on #WiiU.” It was followed by, “Frostbite will power #HalfLife 3, coming out summer 2014! #WiiU exclusive,” and “Frostbite now runs on the #WiiU since it is the most powerful Gen4 platform, our renderer is now optomized for Mario and Zelda.”
EA obviously wants to stay on good terms with Nintendo and might have overreacted a bit themselves.
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