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Irrational Has No Plans for Wii U Games Yet

Posted by James Newton

Just likes the machine

Ken Levine of Irrational Games appeared in the Wii U third party software video at E3 to wax lyrical about the console, but don't take that as a sign that the BioShock developer has something in the works for Wii U.

Speaking to IGN, Levine was quick to explain that the team has no plans for anything on Wii U. While he didn't rule out a future appearance from Irrational, it seems pretty cut-and-dried that Levine isn't actively pursuing Wii U at the moment:

Just to be clear, there are no plans. I'm not saying it can't happen, but we have no plans to do any games for that platform.

Levine certainly believes in the Wii U's stance as a core gamers' console, though:

The fact that the Wii U has got two sticks... I feel it's like... It's a great year for the core coming back and saying, okay, have your touch screens, have your motion control, we'll try to make that work, and if you can pull that off it'll be really good.

Will Levine decide to bring his team's talents to bear on Wii U? Time will tell.

[via uk.wii.ign.com]

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User Comments (23)

Sylverstone

#2

Sylverstone said:

Yet Irrational's making a BioShock for PlayStation Vita?

I say they'll have something for Wii U within 2 years.

sgotsch

#3

sgotsch said:

This guy prevers Vita, because he likes playing hardcore his hardcore hardcore games lying in bed. Read the full hardcore interview and this guy looses every bit of credibility.

Xkhaoz

#5

Xkhaoz said:

@sgotsch the edit button is your friend. Don't feel shy, introduce yourself, I'm sure he'll be happy to help you.

Anyways... well, I hope they come on the bandwagon later ;)

Retro_Gamer

#7

Retro_Gamer said:

Reading the interview it sounds like he thinks the Wii U is a good idea, but that's about it. He seems to be more on the Vita side of things, even making a new Bioshock for it.

siavm

#8

siavm said:

Just like I said on another site. Read the article. I think he is talking about the Ipad/iphone. I think IGN put the wrong question right there. They have been known to do that.

Mandoble

#9

Mandoble said:

He was quite clear. He likes to lie on a sofa/bed and play a game with minimal effort and he is designing games that purse that experience. He is implying that typical WiiU users will be mostly these that want to rely on the gimmicky characteristics of the controller (same user base or user type as for the Wii), so, he is also implying that Biosock (and smilar games) would sell bad for the WiiU. And more than probably he is 100% right.

Omarzuqo

#11

Omarzuqo said:

So, apparently not only us gamers got discouraged buy the WiiU, the developers too.

MasterGraveheart

#12

MasterGraveheart said:

Irrational is right. Maybe they wanna send the other companies in first and see how it works for them before they do the same?

@Sylverstone: I'll do you one better. I'll say six months. :)

47drift

#13

47drift said:

Ridiculous. I'd get BioShock Infinite on Wii U. Imagine looking around the environment for tears? Come on now.

Ben_Rage_V2

#14

Ben_Rage_V2 said:

This is disappointing and confusing news. Why would he even bother to make a video for E3 if he wasn't interested in making games for the Wii U?

BJQ1972

#15

BJQ1972 said:

@8. I think you are right. IGN have put the question in the wrong place in the article. It certainly looks like he is talking about games like Fruit Ninja - very simple iPad games. He seems to discuss the pros of the WiiU and Vita as being the same - that is being able to play a full console style title with two analogue sticks while sitting in bed etc.

MrDanger88

#16

MrDanger88 said:

Fun fact: a bunch a devs said nice things about the Wii when it was first released and look at all the games that system didn't get.

LeasTwanteD

#17

LeasTwanteD said:

At least he seems to be honest about his company not having plans to release a game on the system. I can't help but think that some of the other devs positive about the Wii U are just big talkers. Though i do see some potential in the system.
Good Irrational games on the system would be cool though.

Mukkinese

#18

Mukkinese said:

We know that porting to the Wii u is very economical; THQ ported Darksiders 2 to the Wii U in five weeks with only three programmers, so ignoring the Wii U would seem to be a silly business decision. For those that doubt there will be a market for mature hardcore titles, such a market has to be built with a steady supply of that kind of game. I'm betting irrational announce something for the Wii U, within a year of the machines launch, even if it is only a port with exclusive controls.

sinalefa

#19

sinalefa said:

At MrDanger88

Thankfully, these developers cannot use the excuse that the system is underpowered and lacks HD and competent online capabilities.

Gery

#20

Gery said:

@sinalefa:

No, they're going to say it's Nintendo, whose demographic isn't theirs and then ALL the 3rd party developers are going to sit back on the arses waiting for someone else to make a hardcore game; no one will, so they'll all nod their heads sagely and say, "See? We were right. No one of importance is developing for the Wii-U so we made the right decision not to support it either."

Because they don't know what to DO with the hardware, and because it's far easier to keep churning out the same games with various tweaks to the same clamouring masses wanting the same games, with various tweaks ad nauseum. Plus, the controller is stupid, like the Wiimote was stupid, and the Game Cube controller was gay, and the N-64 controller had a stupid AND gay analog joystick and yadda yadda, blah, blah, yadda blah, and so on and so forth.

That, and they have no vision except for more iterations of Bioshock, and Final Fantasy, and Call of Duty, and Tomb Raider, and Halo, and Dragonquest, and Elder Scrolls, and Mass Effect, and Assasians Creed, and Devil May Cry, and Ninja Gaiden, and Ghost Recon, and Fallout and Gears of War, and God of War and War of War between Warring Clans Who Even War Amongst Themselves While They War with other Warring Warriors from Warlike Clans Who War and etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum.

And people kvetch about Nintendo "milking" THEIR IPs... what inane hypocrisy.

Mukkinese

#22

Mukkinese said:

Thinking about this, Ken Levine, and others who publically take a "wait and see" approach, are actively sabotaging the chances of the Wii u building a mature games market. If you are thinking of buying a games machine, and want to play mature games on it, you would be more reluctant to buy a console for which developers of some of the biggest mature titles have said they have no plans. If they are too cowardly to risk building a mature games market for the Wii U, then it would be far better to have said "no comment" than virtually nailing the coffin lid down before the thing is born.

I'm disappointed in Irrational, Crytek and ID, they must know what effect such comments will have?

TheGreenSpiny

#23

TheGreenSpiny said:

Who cares? If this idiot is too stupid to realize that Wii Remote and nunchuk are far supior for FPS he's go no right to develop for the Wii U. No way would I ever play Bioshock with dual analog. Get with the times dude. And pay attention: the Wii also has something called a "Classic Controller."

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