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New Development Studio AE Games Slams Ubisoft, EA, and Other 3rd Parties over Treatment of the Wii U & it’s Customers

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***Update***

Many of you guys have expressed concern over this ‘studio’ being fake, and while I can not definitely say one way or another, something is a bit fishy. AE Games website has other blogs linked to it. So just be aware that they might not be real. 

New video game development studio AE Games is fed up with the lack of support, and treatment 3rd parties have shown toward the Wii U and it’s customers. In a PR statement, the new studio pledged support for the Wii U, then went on to outline all the bad business practices Ubisoft, EA, Konami, 2K, and others have demonstrated toward the Wii U. Seriously, you guys want to read this one.

Via: GoNintendo, Source: PR Email:

“AE Games is a brand new game developer, based in North Carolina. Our desire is to create great games, specifically designed around Nintendo systems; starting with the Wii U! Instead of treating the Wii U as an afterthought like many developers/publishers have, it is going to be our focus.

What has been the picture of third party support on the Wii U? It seems that late DLC, no DLC, missing modes, and selling last year’s game as this year’s, has been the way to go. Then follow that up with trying to justify poor sales by blaming consumers (or, even Nintendo), and canceling or delaying future titles? There are examples of publisher support that shouldn’t be forgotten, wonderfully terrible examples in our opinion. How about a publisher releasing one game from a series on the Wii U for $60, but selling the entire series in a bundle on other consoles for the same price as the Wii U’s single game version? And how about one publisher releasing the exact same game on all consoles at the same time, but pricing the Wii U version nearly 70% more than the other versions? Or, now even a more recent example, delaying only the Wii U version of a game that was already previously announced; despite the publisher doing exactly the opposite with a certain Wii U game in 2013?

Not only was/is this actively sabotaging sales of those Wii U games by the publishers in our opinion, but it was apparently assuming most Wii U owners in 2012, 2013, and even now in 2014 would be ignorant of those things (we guess?), or not care about them?

We are tired of hearing excuses from so many third party developers and publishers in regards to supporting the Wii U. We think it’s a shame so many third party developers and publishers have provided excuses for not supporting the system, instead of providing examples. There’s really only one way to dice some third party support of Nintendo systems: can’t never could, and never will.

But, if you own a Wii U, you likely know that there have been some developers that have really taken their time in developing Wii U games, and been able to show some of the system’s strengths. We hope to become a part of the developers that have shown how to make games better, on the Wii U with the Wii U GamePad.

While the foundation of our company has started in central North Carolina, we will be using talent from around the world to bring great games to the Wii U (and hopefully, other Nintendo systems). We will be revealing our very first game in development for the Wii U, this Friday! Will you be hit by one of Cupid’s arrows when you see it, and fall in love with the idea behind it? We hope so!

You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and feel free to checkout our site, AEGames.net, for more updates and contact information! Join us in celebrating the Wii U this week, and show your appreciation for the Wii U on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtags #WeLoveWiiU.”

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OMG, pretty much hit the nail on the head with these statements. Hopefully new third party developers like Shin’en, Renegade Kid, AE Games, and Yacht Club games can fill the void.

What do you guys think about AE Games statement? Let PE know in the comments section below.

 

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  • tokai82

    Have just seen this on ign (I know, I know)
    http://au.ign.com/companies/ea-north-carolina

  • RicardJulianti

    Real or not, the coverage this is getting is bringing the truth to light that third parties are generally shit towards Nintendo and the Wii U.

  • Trilink

    Great comments AE Games, basically reflecting most of the informed Nintendo fanbase. Lets see what youve got come Valentines Day. Hopefully its an intriguing game rather than a prank…

  • bo did

    Sell more Wii u consoles and the games will come. Bigger consumer pool is needed. Porting is not as easy as you may think

    • Trilink

      You know 5.7m is > 5.1m consoles sold last time i checked >.<

  • bo did

    This is fake

  • erich80

    Francis,

    It seems that Andy from Nintendo Enthusiast managed to talk to them earlier today.

  • titangamecube

    Fake or not, the truth has been spoken. If anything, they are just as credible as Ubisoft or EA giving bullshit reasons for their decisions.

  • Sinumous

    Let's just wait till Friday. If they are legit and there game seems good then I'll support them and if not well there are plenty of other indies who are showing support for Wii U by actually developing games…actions speak louder than words.

    Support the Indie Revolution!

  • AdmiralClassy

    I'm pretty certain these guys are fake, and if not they seem very amateurish and tbh I don't have much hope for their game.

  • Maestro

    Ok, now we wait friday if it's up to expectation or not.

  • Starchaser

    Well if these guys are real they will have my support without question. Sales are a two way street put your best effort forward and you shall get reward WiiU owners are not the same mindless sheep that has been buying your half assed games i have more 3rd party games on my wiiU than 1st party i'm tired of the bs. Ubi don't be salty when watchdogs fails and you see games like DK and other 1st party doing solid numbers.

  • Syrek

    Some people are already calling this a fake or a troll. Regardless of if this developer is legitimate or not, this needed to be said and I'm glad someone is really calling out these big third party developers and giving them a proper telling off. I'd like to believe AE Games is a real indie studio so I will until Friday when they reveal they're game or not. Whoever these guys are, they have earned my respect and admiration to say what SO many of us are thinking and saying. Enough of the third party treatment the Wii U and us Nintendo gamers get. It's time for equality and enough BS from these big fat cat companies who think they can get away with the crap they pulled on the Wii U.

  • donzaloog

    I love these guys already. Nailed those lazy 3rd parties right out the gate.

  • Metalheadgamer8

    Good, good! We need more of that!

  • AaronBren

    Wow, that's how you burn some bridges. I think most developers aren't that blunt just in case they ever want to do something published by EA or the other guys later. I'm looking forward to seeing what these guys do.

    AE – we're the opposite of EA.

  • TheNGamer

    Just got this from my twitter page.

    Ubisoft Montréal@UbisoftMTL

    @Shadriczo Watch Dogs will indeed be coming to the WiiU!@Ubisoft@UbisoftSupport@watchdogsgame

  • Kevin

    Yay, a new development studio comes and speaks the truth about how some third party developers have been treating the Wii U and our fellow fanbase! :) I like these guys and I hope that their new game is going to be great, and I agree with others about being cautious with the comments they gave about how EA, Ubisoft, and others have treated us; as well as waiting to see what their new game is before we pass judgment. However, part of me hopes that these guys are legit and real as others before me have already stated.

  • Kenny Johnson

    This is definatey fake. AE Games is obviously a play on "EA Games." Their website is a blogger.com website: http://www.aegames.net

    • Kenny Johnson

      Can I get my votes back, now?

  • Real

    I call fake. This is definitely a troll.

    • Wow

      Troll or not the truth was spoke.

  • Guest

    Honestly the whole thing feels like a troll. Their logo is glaringly photoshopped. There is already an AE mobile studio.
    http://www.ae-mobile.com/

    However, if this turns out to be true I hope they can walk the walk not just another alternate regular platformer.

  • TheNGamer

    just posted on their twitter page.

  • jesgrad07

    I'd clap for them if they could hear it. However, calling out developers is one thing, making a good game is another. So I hope they can put that game of theirs where their mouth is and I wish them the best of luck come Friday.

    3rd parties abuse everyone, not just Nintendo. Why do people put up with EA's bug littered games? Even Rockstar and Bethesda abuse their fans by putting out broken games or features that need patches to work. Lets not forget Warner Brothers, who decided to go forward with the planned DLC before patching their game. Oh and my favorite, Game of the Year Editions announced shortly after the original game, with all DLC included for the same price. Why is the consumer putting up with this? There is no excuse. Broken, incomplete, or rushed should not be the norm. These games are too expensive to buy that way. And if we keep buying them that way it will only get worse.

  • timg57867

    Sure hope third parties aren't in Nintendo's plans at all for the next console cycle. Seriously. Who could have expected them to pull BS to such a blatant extent?

  • ei8bit

    Most of the people in the internet are stupid enough to believed that Nintendo is doom. Shame on them. What they didn't know that 3rd parties are finding excuses and find ways not to support the Wii U. That if they have common sense but not. It's part of business and conspiracies that they wanted Nintendo out in the gaming world so that they can control the gaming business. About this new developer, I say, well said sir well said. Also he pointed out how stupid 3rd parties are. Hope they bring good and hoping for other 3rd parties to ride along a Nintendo bandwagon.

  • Wolfgabe

    Too bad this will be completely ignored by the major gaming news sites. Its almost comically embarrassing when a relatively small team like Shin'en is able to get more out of the Wii U than any of the big fish publishers combined.

  • Shadowkirby12

    Interesting. I like these guys already :) Can't wait to see what game they'll reveal on the 14th.
    Shots fired and I love how their name is AE games. They're the anti-EA, good and fair instead of just pure evil and greedy. If they're even real, of course….

  • ZainreFang

    If I end up making real games they'll be exclusive to Nintendo platforms, but first I'm learning to develop games for free on PC so that I don't sell a badly designed product on Wii U.

  • sharlo

    If i was Nintendo, i say by by thirdparty's we don't need you anymore, cause you all playing games and we don't like that…….

  • Johny-san

    this is actually alittle TOO perfect ._. … it sounds TOO good. i hope there's not some catch.
    but seriously.. ALL the kudos to them for saying that. i hope other devs look at themselves in shame. it REALLY needed to be said.

  • Link

    At this point I'm so used to hearing the opposite that I read the headline as "New Development Studio AE Games slams…" while looking at the picture and immediately I thought they bashed Nintendo/Wii U before reading the rest of the headline and being really surprised.

    They certainly got my attention with this, let's see if they can back up their words with the game they're going to reveal soon.

  • jackiecruise69

    Pretty bold words for a new studio.
    I like it, I'm looking forward to what these guys are going to show this Friday, hopefully something good.
    But I will say, I respect them a bit already for speaking up and deciding to support us while it seems more and more companies are ditching or abusing us instead.
    Looks like I'm keeping an eye out Friday for that game reveal. 😉

  • Richard

    Listen, do you hear that? An angel has descended from the heavens above to grace Nintendo and its fans.

  • DePapier

    Lol. As with every third-party, show me your game, and then we'll talk.

  • atomicpang

    Guys, i'm sort of skeptical that this is a real company, Hear me out. Why would a company take shots at other company's? Wouldnt that be bad to do for a small company? and why would they make their website on Blogger, a place where anyone can make a website. This is the same for Facebook and Twitter. Even their logo looks to be made in something like Photoshop, with all of the small light flares and what not. I really do want to believe they are real, but im just thinking this might be someone pulling our leg. I hope i eat crow about this on Friday of course and am super glad a developer other than Nintendo, Shinnen and a few others are supporting Nintendo's Wii U like this. I will fully support their games no-mater what they are, as a company with this logic MUST be rewarded.

    • ShadowHero43

      I'm with you on this. I guess well have to wait & see

    • CatainDestruction93

      I dont see how talking out against future competittion no matter how big they are and how small you are as a studio is bad, many small companies have done similar things in the past and have been successful. And I think that due to them being a small developer with little money is why they might have photoshopped there logo and used a free website to make there site. Not saying its a legit developer or not just that some things could make sense, guess we will have to wait and see.

  • eirik watz

    AE backwards is EA

    • dgc4gamers

      Lol its the Anti-EA, and unlike the Anti-Christ this one is on our side lool. Real talks though I'm so glad people are speaking out about this and exposing this 3rd Party bull. Props to AE.

  • TheNGamer

    Lets see how the 3rd parties respond to this.

    (3rd Party Damage Control incoming..Shields up, SHIELDS UP!!!)

  • Fuck EA Fuck AE

    Woo-hoo!
    Go AE games!
    The last part of my name is a joke, ok? Ok. 😛

  • rodolfofornillos

    I don't know if this "AE Games" is the same as AE Mobile making games for Windows 8/Phone, iOS or Android devices. Looks different, but check out the mobile website: http://www.ae-mobile.com

  • CilverKid456

    And this company in my home state too, wouldn’t expect nothing less. Can’t wait to see their reveal this Friday

  • frankie4fingers83

    I have been saying for a long time that Indies are the way to go. Nintendo shows faith in small indie studios now, some of those indie studios find success and become large enough to publish and develope bigger/better games, they in turn show faith in nintendo in return.

    Nintendo knows they is a wedge between them and the third parties of today, so instead of grovelling and paying for ports, they focus on the big third parties of tomorrow.

    I mean EA, Ubi, Capcom and SE all started out as small companies once upon a time.

    As Nintendo fans, we should be giving as much support to these indies as we can, that is without belittling our standards of high quality games. It will only pay dividends in the future

  • http://nintimdoblog.wordpress.com NinTimdo

    I don't care what the game they are developing is, I'm buying it day 1.

  • gamenchick

    100% absolute truth

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  • darkgamer001

    AE Games have certainly gotten the attention of the core Nintendo fans with a statement like that. You know they're not just developers. They're also Nintendo fans themselves who are also feeling frustrated by the current situation in regards to 3rd parties.

    I wish them the best of luck

  • Dazzla84

    I think only 2 words best suit that statement

    NAIL and HEAD

    The major 3rd parties still won't care though, they still care about the money rather than pleasing one console's install base

  • HoystenPlacato

    Is this a Big Studio?

  • Wow

    I went to their site and I could not find any info on this guys. I’m a bit worried that is just some guys pulling our legs.

    • tokai82

      Was thinking this as well. But I'm really hoping its not the case. Kinda sounds too good to be true. Brace for it.

    • Nintendo Power

      They're new, so maybe we need to wait until Friday…

  • titangamecube

    Shots.Fired.

  • ItsOnlyRon

    Excuse my language but…
    DAMN FUCKING STRAIGHT! Show em AE!

  • tokai82

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned this but maybe this is what ONM was talking about. Could be the game that 'may not be relevant anymore'. It may be a 3rd party indie game. Hmmm…. just putting it out there.

    • Wow

      Nope cuz the way onm worded sound like a Indie port not a unannounced game and what this guys are working is know only by them.

  • http://playeressence.com Majoraspersona

    The tiniest ripple may eventually turn into a giant sweeping tsunami.

    The Rayman Legends delay was just the beginning. As all these horrible third party decisions have piled up against Nintendo, it is becoming clearer and clearer that all this is the fault of the third parties themselves.

    Nintendo fans have rallied. They have constantly decried the hypocrisy and utter stupidity of this behavior, yet everyone closed their ears and blamed us.

    Not anymore.

    The initial delay was just the beginning. That was the ripple. The wave is swelling, and this is proof. Nintendo fans will have their day, and they will, WILL, be treated fairly. Whether these third parties want to or not.

    • Nintendo Power

      Epic comment!!! Sounds like a Movie Trailer! Im pumped and ready for that time brother!

  • Wow

    Nintendo needs to release a wiiu with bigger memory and made the 32g wiiu standard the Indies deserve it!

    • Seiren

      Flash is in small quantities.

    • Mythosa

      Dude. I disagree. The ability to add an external HD is much better.

      Pick up 1TB for 80 bucks or a 2TB (like me) for 105. Putting a secondary HD and being charged proprietary price for it is dumb. 100 for 250 gigs as a decent price. I’ll take it this way thanks…

    • Furious Francis

      @WOW, go buy a HDD

  • gameflow

    Wow, those guys seem to be very young :) Even if you believe it that statement -what that guys might really do- you dont post stuff like that. Come on, In every business there are some politics involved and why offend possible business partners…especially if you are a young, unknown development studio. Let's see what those guys will deliver. Since this message was from the 23rd Jan they already missed their first deadline: "We will be revealing our very first game in development for the Wii U, this Friday!"…

    • Wow

      Their is no such thing has “business partners “in the gaming industry anymore.

    • http://nintimdoblog.wordpress.com NinTimdo

      I didn't realise it was from Jan 23rd. Looks like the already let us down ha!

      • http://nintimdoblog.wordpress.com NinTimdo

        I contacted them on twitter about the dates
        "Ah! That was a place-holder date on the post, should be showing up properly now. The press release was released today to sites."
        So it looks like they simply wrote the article earlier than they intended the statement for a press release. So they mean this Friday! 😛

        • gameflow

          Thanks for checking. Let us see on friday :)

      • BlackGold

        Not trying to be an ass but the news of ubisoft delaying Watchdogs in Wii U only came out yesterday on Feb 10. They clearly make reference to it so there is no way this was posted on Jan 23.

        • http://nintimdoblog.wordpress.com NinTimdo

          Not to be an ass but read my comment I left an hour before yours above

    • Gustaf89

      the curious thing is that, they mention, "cupid" and "love" refering to the friday's reveal, and well next friday is valentine's day so, yes kinda weird

      • Wow

        Could they working on a wiiu kid Icarus port most likely not but it would be cool.

      • hardensoul72

        Friday Feb 14 is valentines day, so there's a lot of possibilities! I have a feeling this is a fan made site to troll 3rd parties!

    • Mythosa

      They didn’t directly name anyone, and it’s also their direct competition. Not that different from Sega taking jabs at Nintendo back in the day, or Pepsi to Coke or even different car companies using Domestic vs Import or vice versa.

      They are trying to garner

      • Mythosa

        Cont.

        Nintendo fan support, and by looking at these replys they have done a good job so far.

        Best of luck to them, and hopefully their game is something we have been wanting and is good quality.

    • Nintendo Power

      They can't speak the truth in fear of a reaction? I think them being young has given them strength to stand against this BS we and Nintendo are going through… that's a good thing dude.

  • Kitty

    I hope their first game is something i can like atleast a little bit cuz i'd love to support them. Make a great game no matter what platform its on and you'll get results if you put heart and soul into it. Most 3rd Parties are looking for the next quick buck rather than make something they can be proud of.

  • Wow

    The only developers who could bash the wiiu are only the ones that have given their all. If slightly mad studios decided to bash the wiiu after project cars get released they have all the rights cuz they have been giving their all( for now it looks like it) no body else can.

  • *NormalGamer*

    I applaud this.

    Great to see a newcomer developer like AE Games call out the hypocrisy in this industry; the truth about the industry, whether it’s the old third-parties, flip-floppers, analysts, etc., really needs to be exposed naked for all to see.

  • tokai82

    Its like someone coming along and helping out the new kid at school who is getting bullied. Surely someone has to step up. Now can other studios follow? I sure hope so.

  • https://miiverse.nintendo.net/users/PaPierre PaPierre

    I can already smell the rotting carcasses of Sony drones and XBot fatboys staggering onto the scene, ready and raring to tear this budding new company a new one.

    How dare they speak the truth?! Off with AE's head! Off with Nintendo's head!! Let the corporate injustice continue!!!

    S A R C A S M

    • Dazzla84

      Nah, they'll only come running when AE games ends up making a game so good, they'll begin the port begging crusades

  • NGX159

    Wow right here at home too, I live in North Carolina near Greensboro and man they hit the nail on the head. It makes you wonder if the 2nd crash were to happen tomorrow and killed off both the PS and Xbox brand, will all the fanboys and trolls go down with em too and find another hobby? Cuz remember if you touch a Nintendo product, you will get AIDS *sarcasm

  • akasheo

    Thats some real talk right there. love it

  • UncannyOmninaut

    AE is EA spelled backwards! Should I take that as a positive sign?

    • King_Sparkticle

      It basically means that Microsoft, and the third parties will be kicked in the balls.

    • titangamecube

      I just realized that….lol

    • Wow

      Take it has their evil twins lol.

    • Liquid-Sun

      A**hole Extermination coming right up! XD

  • Dredamanfoo2

    AE Games…. Quite literally the opposite of EA games in both policy and name. I like it, whether its a coincidence or not! I eagerly anticipate the reveal of their first game on Friday. With all the Indie devs on the Wii U, plus the first party content that is coming out this year, this will be an INCREDIBLE year for the Wii U fans! Anyone failing to relish in all that we have in store will be in for quite a loss when the portfolio at the end of this year is presented in its entirety. Congrats on your studio AE Games! I wish you success in your ventures.

  • MortyF1

    I like them already 😀

    I think more studios and developers needs to call out big third party companies on their bullshit. Sooner or later, Nintendo's support will be bigger than the likes of EA, Ubisoft and Square Enix. I hope more developers stand up for Nintendo 😀

  • GeneralBrown178

    Man…3rd parties just got Bitch slaped by this one guy.

    • JTurner82

      If anything, it's almost like the indies are embarrassing these big 3rd parties big time. (I'd like to think it would be to embarrass them into reconsidering WiiU.)

  • King_Sparkticle

    Hey look, a developer with common sense for whom I see a greater future than EA, Ubisoft and Activision combined. This studio might seem all "new" and helpless now, but give it a few years, and you'll be surprised just how much such studios will grow.

    Like I said before, we live in a crashing age of gaming, and the two columns that definitely will NOT crash are Nintendo and Indie parties.

    Both are obvious 'foreshadows' of the brighter future. Those indie parties will grow, and become much better at making games than the major third parties ever had.

    And I completely agree with what he had to say.

    Also, Francis, would you mind posting the game that they will reveal on Friday? I'm now very interested to see what they have to offer. THIS is how you market your first-time company.

  • Shadao

    Damn, these are some tough (and true) words anyone could say to the third-parties. I'm curious of what games they are going to have, because I will support these kinds of studios.

    • Liquid-Sun

      There will be some blood draw all right! ^_^

  • JTurner82

    Now THIS is a studio to keep an eye out for.

  • Bay2OnWiiU4Life

    AE Games (oh HELL YEAH!!!!)… and the third party publishers are scared already. They're too chicken to develop games on the U… especially Ubisoft.

    • King_Sparkticle

      "Absolute Epicness" vs "Eternal Assholes"….hmmm….I know which one I'm going to pick…

    • TheNGamer

      Kombat Has Begun..