There have been a few rumors that Need for Speed: Most Wanted could have made it out for the Wii U’s launch. Speculation indicated that publisher EA was simply holding onto the game, despite the fact that it was done.
Criterion Games’ Alex Ward has now offered his own reasoning for the wait. According to Ward, if Most Wanted was pushed for the Wii U’s launch, there could have been a strong chance that the game would have shipped without online plan. Ward noted that the team was unaware as to “how much we could do online or how it was going to be, because obviously Nintendo were making a lot of changes up until their run-up to launch.”
“The reason we didn’t do the game for launch is because the online side of it wasn’t very clear to us. We weren’t sure how much we could do online or how it was going to be, because obviously Nintendo were making a lot of changes up until their run-up to launch. So we didn’t want to bring the game out at launch on Wii U with no online play.”