THQ's global brand manager Mark Madsen has said Metro: Last Light is not currently in development for Wii U, but that a port of 4A Games' post-apocalyptic shooter "could" still happen.
Madsen told Digital Spy the game is "not in development" and that "if it does happen, it won't sim-ship with the other SKUs."
Metro: Last Light was one of the core game franchises shown off in a third-party sizzle reel during the initial Wii U reveal at E3 last year.
Madsen insisted that Metro: Last Light's appearance during Nintendo's conference wasn't premature, perhaps suggesting the project was abandoned due to THQ's recent financial woes. In April, the publisher was forced to cut 118 jobs across Darksiders 2 studio Vigil and Company of Heroes dev Relic.
Following the cuts THQ confirmed it was in discussions to pass on publishing duties for Devil's Third, the third-person shooter from Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki, and also delayed Obsidian's South Park RPG into next year.
"No I don't think it was a bit too early [to show Metro: Last Light at E3]," Madsen said. "As we got along in the development process, we just really wanted to focus on what we knew, focus on PS3, 360 and PC."
Madsen didn't completely rule out a Metro: Last Light release on Wii U though, instead saying it would be considered if "the opportunity arises".
"The verdict is out on what we can do to maximise the code for the Wii U, and we'll see [what happens]."