Ubisoft Reveals Its Drawsome Wii Graphics Tablet
Posted by James Newton
A work of art?
After the success of THQ's uDraw, Ubisoft's the next company to muscle in on some of the Wii touch screen tablet action with its own peripheral Drawsome.
The tablet — set for release exclusively in the United States on 6th December — boasts a 6.5" x 5" screen, slightly larger than the Wii U's 6.2" surface. Drawsome also features a transparency layer, letting you trace pictures, and includes a wireless stylus too.
Of course it's no good without software, and Ubisoft is throwing in Drawsome Artist and Drawsome Sketch Quest, an art package and adventure game respectively. The latter even offers multiplayer, where one player uses the tablet and three use Wii Remotes: sound familiar?
Here's the first trailer. What do you make of it?
UBISOFT® INTRODUCES DRAWSOME TABLET
New Drawing Peripheral for Nintendo’s Wii™ System Bundled with Two Games
SAN FRANCISCO — November 8, 2011 — Today, Ubisoft® announced the development of the DrawsomeTM Tablet, a new drawing peripheral for the Wii™. Set to release exclusively in the United States on December 6, 2011, the video game tablet allows the entire family to show off their artistic creativity through an intuitive and engaging device. The Drawsome Tablet comes with two games, DrawsomeTM Artist and Drawsome Sketch QuestTM. Both games encourage players to unleash their creativity as well as challenge players to embark on fun family-friendly gaming adventures.
“Ubisoft is always looking for new ways to marry quality family time with a quality gaming experience,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft North America. “With the Drawsome Tablet, Ubisoft is bringing to the market a peripheral that will allow families to sit down together and create their own unique works of art while participating in fun, creative adventures.”
The Drawsome Tablet features a large 6.5x5-inch screen that allows for unrestricted drawing movements and features an innovative transparency layer that covers the drawing area, so players can trace their favorite images. The tablet comes with a wireless stylus which means players movements will not be limited by a tether; the size, shape, and feel of the pen also allows for a user-friendly experience for children. Everything drawn on the tablet will be displayed in real time on a home television. Using an SD card, users will be able to easily share their masterpieces with friends and family.
In Drawsome Artist, players can draw, paint and color by sketching on their own or learning advanced art techniques step by step. They even can interact with their favorite characters from The Smurfs, the world renowned animated brand, and learn how to draw and color them thanks to a huge gallery of predefined models. Also included is Drawsome Sketch Quest, in which players embark on an adventure to help a variety of cute animals race through their world by drawing bridges, trampolines and more. With 40 characters and 80 levels there is never a dull moment in either solo play or family-friendly four person co-op.