Aliens: Colonial Marines is one of the big-name multi-platform titles confirmed for Wii U, and it just became more intriguing. Firstly, Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford has spoken to Gamespot and talked up the Wii U's capabilities, as well as confirming that it will be the best looking version of the title.
The Wii U is a next-generation system. It hasn't even come out yet and we've had our 360s and PS3s for a while now so it's natural that it's a very powerful system. Now, it's up to Nintendo to talk about their system and they haven't revealed all of their details yet, but so far we're thrilled with it. It's pretty clear to us that the best-looking console version of Aliens: Colonial Marines is going to be on the Wii U.
It does have the added advantage of this new controller, and that gives us some interface options that are just not possible on the other platforms. The most obvious one of course is a motion tracker. So, like, I'm playing the game and maybe I'm in one of those suspenseful sections, and all of a sudden... WAWUM, WAWUM, and I realise the sound is coming from the controller. And I look down and it's a motion tracker in my hand, in the actual controller. And it's motion-sensitive too so I can scan the room by moving the controller. It's pretty cool and that's just one of the many uses of this device.
I'll tell you what's kinda cool too. When I'm playing competitively, sometimes I like to look at the score when I'm playing but I hate having to cover the screen with an overlay. Well guess what? I can look down at the Wii U screen and if I want to keep the score there or whatever and just have a glance I can keep it down there and not have to worry about overlays or anything like that, and that's kinda neat.
It was stressed that the campaign and multiplayer will be the same content on all platforms, but it's encouraging that the controller is being used in interesting ways. Another interesting piece of news is that while the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will be released on 12th February 2013, the Wii U date is still unconfirmed. One speculative idea doing the rounds is that Wii U will get an exclusive earlier release to tie-in with the system's launch. We can only hope.
To top it all off there's a new trailer below for the launch date on the other systems, and considering the comments from Randy Pitchford we can assume that it will look at least this good on Wii U. There's some strong language and violence, so be warned.