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No Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for Wii U

Posted by Damien McFerran

Fangs for nothing

Despite Nintendo's insistence that Wii U won't miss out on support from third party developers and will be getting key multiformat releases, it seems that developers are yet to be convinced.

As part of an upcoming interview with Konami's Dave Cox, it was confirmed that the forthcoming sequel to popular reboot Castlevania: Lords of Shadow would not be making its way to the Wii U. Cox told us:

We have no plans for a Wii U version. It’s a great console, but my team are focused on PS3 and Xbox 360 at the moment.

Note the words "at the moment". It's quite possible that once Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is released we could still see an enhanced version for the Wii U at a later date, but for the time being Konami's stance is clear: PS3 and 360 come first.

Look for our full interview about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate later today.

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User Comments (50)

BenAV

#1

BenAV said:

We can't really expect all multiplatform titles to hit the Wii U right away.
The system isn't even out yet so developers won't have completely worked out the hardware and it currently has an install base of zero.
As the system starts to gain momentum more developers will start developing for it I'd say.

Obvious78

#2

Obvious78 said:

Its harsh and painfull not to see any good news with great trailers from games on the Wii U! :(

WolfRamHeart

#4

WolfRamHeart said:

Uh oh, this definitely does not bode well when it comes to third party support for the Wii U. I have a feeling this trend is going to continue for a while. :(

ShellyDeKiller

#6

ShellyDeKiller said:

So far, I'm getting the impression that the Wii U is going to have exactly the same problems that the Wii had, only this time it's not even because of hardware limitations. No Dead Space 3, no Tomb Raider, no Far Cry 3, no Castlevania, no Dishonoured, no Hitman, no Metro: Dead Light, no Borderlands 2 (BOO!), no Crysis 3, I could go on (If anyone could confirm these games in case I didn't know about a Wii U port, thanks).

WaveWarlock

#8

WaveWarlock said:

Couldn't care less. The last thing i need is a 3D Western God of War clone.
The new 2D Castlevania hitting the 3DS looks bad enough as it is. :p
Why can't we get a proper sequal to SCIV, or something like The Adventure: ReBirth?

Koos

#9

Koos said:

It has no bearing on third party support. Games are being developed and Wii U is not out yet. One day it will be out it will have penetration in the market and then you can examine third party support. It is unrealistic yo think every game will appear on Wii U when it is not even out yet. It is in fact amazing that so many third party games ARE conning (AC, ME, Batman. Ninja Gaiden, Darksiders, Aliens, Tekken). HOw many do you need for a console launch??

hydeks

#10

hydeks said:

hey konami, if it wasn't for Nintendo franchises like CastleVania wouldn't be around :P Show some love to the company that helped make u...

RevolverLink

#11

RevolverLink said:

I'm not really into the Lords of Shadow sub-series, but this sucks for people that want it and don't have one of the other two systems, I guess.

Kifa

#12

Kifa said:

System's not out yet, so it's hard to expect from companies to start developing for it right away. Personally I still prefer to see more exclusive, unique titles than a mass of multiplatform ports that probably suffer from various technical reasons. Maybe there will be a 'collection' of both LoS Vanias later for the system, but as of now WiiU should have plenty of great games to get by the launch window. And as Koos already said - there is a ton of third party support out there already, far more than Wii had, so stop crying. ;)

luminalace

#13

luminalace said:

I hope Konami reconsider. While it's clear that most 3rd party games are going to have a similar struggle on the Wii U to Wii & GCN, games like Castlevania that have a strong Nintendo heritage are a risk worth taking in my opinion.

Lew3107

#14

Lew3107 said:

Couldn't care less, Castlevania is dead to me. I don't care for Tomb Raider either. The only 3rd party games I want to see confirmed are Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Dead or Alive 5 & Splinter Cell: Blacklist. I wouldn't mind if DmC and MGR: Revengeance are thrown in too.

WolfRamHeart

#15

WolfRamHeart said:

@Kifa: Those third party titles that Koos listed are mostly all ports of games that are already on or are coming to PS3 and Xbox 360. With each third party title that does not come to the Wii U it is a potential lost sale for Nintendo. I was planning on picking up Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 on the Wii U but now I am going to get it for my PS3 instead. This news is disappointing to me because I really would like to see the Wii U succeed but it is really starting to look like most third party developers are reluctant to commit support to the Wii U. For instance, Take-Two's President Strauss Zelnick, which is the parent company of 2K Games said that they "haven't announced anything for the Wii U yet" and that he is "skeptical" of the system. This company produces games such as Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and Borderlands. These are major franchises and not having them on the Wii U I believe is reason for concern. Nintendo will surely deliver with their first party games but they need all the third party support that they can get. I'm hoping that Nintendo has another hit on their hands with the Wii U but I too am skeptical.

FonistofCruxis

#16

FonistofCruxis said:

@Kifa Of course, just with the group of third party games confirmed for the Wii U's first few months, it already has better third party support than the Wii has had in all those years its been out. People really exaggerate how bad the Wii's third party support is, compare it to the N64 or even the Gamecube's third party support and you'll see how much better the Wii's third party support was. The third party line-up for the Wii U doesn't look interesting at all to me apart from Rayman legends and Project P-100.

rjejr

#18

rjejr said:

Having played this on the PS3 I think you are all missing a good argument on why this ISN'T being announced for the Wii U. DLC. This game had 2 non-free add-on packs and since nobody seems to know what the Wii U storage situation is I don't blame 3rd parties for not making a game for the system.
I also agree w/ everyone else - why make a game for a system that doesn't even have a price or release date yet?

Rapadash6

#19

Rapadash6 said:

No surprise there, really. I fully expect this to be the situation for most multiplatform games in the future.

arrmixer

#20

arrmixer said:

well I'm not surprise with this outcome... Honestly I'm buying the Wii U for nintendo franchises and any other third party games will be a bonus for me... though I wish I had lots of time to play games.... for me at least that is not the case...

looking forward to this holiday season.. :)

amri_rizqi

#21

amri_rizqi said:

@EvansLegends they just too lame for something new like Wii U ... they just sitting duck waiting for Wii U outsells another console first ... i wish they could support Wii U, since Wii U is Far Better system than Xbox 360 and PS3 ...

gojiguy

#22

gojiguy said:

Thats ok. If this game is anything like Lords of Shadow it will be a crummy God of War rip off.

Cyrso

#23

Cyrso said:

And so it begins, Wii U is going to be like Wii (concerning 3rd part support), if even a lot of current-gen games aren't coming to Wii, what does this mean when the next PlayStation/Xbox comes out? No 3rd party support at all, again because of the lack of power?

If Wii U is successful we might see some more ports that will have been available months ago on other platforms, but that's it....

And of course some narrow-minded Nintendo fans keep saying they aren't caring. >.<

I'm not saying you have to like every game, but writing this game off, just because it's not a nostalgic Castlevania game - when you haven't even played the game - is just plain narrow-minded stubbornity. And uhmmmm God of War isn't the only hack and slash......... Wouldn't there be a lot of clones if you couldn't have different games in a specific genre, and yes games in the same genre can look a bit similar...... Look at shooters, fighting games, action-adventure games.

Cyrso

#25

Cyrso said:

Are you really going to spend about €300-400 for Wii U for just a few Nintendo games? To be honest, Wii never had an astonishing amount of great Nintendo games. I'd say like 15 (SMG, SMG2, DKCR, Xenoblade, Last Story, Zelda: SS; Zelda: TP, Metroid Prime 3, SSBB, NSMBW, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Mario Kart Wii and if you had that console since 2006 only for Nintendo games.

retro_player_22

#27

retro_player_22 said:

Lords of Shadow wasn't that great of a game and I don't really expect its sequel to be any better either. I rather prefer Castlevania Judgment 2 for Wii U instead, I love the original on the Wii (I enjoy that game more than Soul Calibur IV).

Kifa

#28

Kifa said:

@FonistofCruxis - I've meant that WiiU has better 3rd party support than Wii had within it's launch window. I thought that I've made that clear with the context, but seems I thought wrong. Yea, Wii had great 3rd party support, I agree with you on that. I also agree that those games presented for the WiiU are ports, but still there are more of them than there were on Wii for it's start. That was ALL I wanted to say. :|

MasterGraveheart

#30

MasterGraveheart said:

Let's see... first, SquareEnix abandons Nintendo fans (though I understand why they did it), then Capcom abandons Nintendo fans, now Konami is abandoning Nintendo fans. What's next? Seriously, what other legendary company that stood with Nintendo in the golden days is going to jump ship next? And what ludicrous reason are they going to give out?

SquareEnix, Nintendo is using a disc-based platform like you always wanted. Costs are down. Where are the goods?

Capcom, Nintendo's fans want those legacy-driven series' that you thump so much. Don't cancel them! Nintendo is where they'll sell!

Konami... your logic just makes no sense and is a bad business decision. You've got the most ridiculous reason of the three! You're not hurting for money like Square was and Castlevania is still a strong seller unlike Capcom's view of Mega Man! Besides, wouldn't you want to get that brand install base for a new platform early, or are your tech jockeys too lazy to try the new toy?

Shake. My. Head.

Pixel-Perfect

#32

Pixel-Perfect said:

Since I haven't played the series before, I wouldn't really care unless it came with the first game too.

Mandoble

#34

Mandoble said:

Might be the problem is that devs know pretty well that users interested on these games live as far away as possible from Nintendo, and that typical Nintendo users will not care at all about them.

Nintendoro

#35

Nintendoro said:

Lets wait till Wii U start sell first millions, that's when every developer will decide to work on it. Right now I'm happy with titles that have been already announced.Shame Resident evil 6, Dead space 3, Bioshock are not among them. Will have to play them on PS3 instead :(

TooManyToasters

#36

TooManyToasters said:

Alright, take a moment and look at this situation: any time a game is missing from a catalog for a new system, fans get angry, thereby supporting Reggie's statement of being insatiable even further.

Look, you want every game in the whole damn world buy all three consoles. Just don't come crying to me if want to cut yourself every time there's an iPad exclusive.

Henmii

#37

Henmii said:

This basically confirms that Mirror of faith is just a alternative version! Remember that Nintendo always gets the alternative versions and never the REAL deal? Sad, isn't it!

To it's defense: It could still be fun, but I don't have gigantic hopes!

WaxxyOne

#38

WaxxyOne said:

It's going to take developers time to shift gears and begin supporting Nintendo's new console, ironically in large part because Nintendo refuses to conform and continues to innovate. It'd be easy enough if Nintendo just released a carbon-copy of the 360, but they had to go and add that wonderful controller with it's unique touch screen, and now those 3rd-party developers have to figure out something to do with it.

I'm frankly glad that we're not yet seeing them just go "Oh, OK, we'll stick a map on there or something and ignore it otherwise" just to get their game ported over. I'd rather they put some thought into things. So, take your time, Konami, and once the game is released on other systems don't forget to take a look at how the Wii U can make it even better.

FluttershyGuy

#39

FluttershyGuy said:

I wasn't going to get LoS 2 anyway, but this worries me from the angle of it being another major franchise that a publisher has no "current" plans of bringing to Wii U, despite the fact that the system is (depending on who you believe) marginally more powerful than PS3 & X360.

From a third-party stand, I'd hoped this would be a return to the SNES glory days, which saw every developer under the sun putting games and franchises on the system. Instead, it's looking like the 4th straight console generation of the Nintendo First Party show.

Sucks for me as a gamer, because I know I'll have to get PS4 & X720 if I'm going to play certain franchises I love. Just as I've had to since PSOne, when the third-party exodus from Nintendo consoles began.

JTurner

#40

JTurner said:

Is this news disappointing? Yes.

Is it an indication on how 3rd party support will be on WiiU? No.

Does it mean we won't see this game ever on WiiU? No. They said "not at the moment", not "never".

Does it mean we won't see any games from Konami on WiiU, or even a new CastleVania? No again.

Honestly, why do we have to jump to such conclusions after hearing news like this? Why don't we just wait and see how things will work out instead? (I personally think we MAY see this game on WiiU someday; after all, Castlevania has been quite popular on Nintendo systems, and it would be a shame for Konami to bypass it for WiiU.)

JTurner

#41

JTurner said:

@Koos I think Koos' way of speaking is much healthier than many other comments that I'm seeing in this thread (no offense).

CommanderAudio

#42

CommanderAudio said:

Although I do understand why they are not bringing it to Wii U. The launch of the 3DS was an absolute flipping shambles, and therefore it had godawful sales before the price cut came along. So I think developers are worried that it may happen with Wii U, and therefore the game won't sell as much. So really, it's understandable. They'll proably release the game later on in the console's lifespan, depending of the sales of Wii U for the first year or so

Yasume

#43

Yasume said:

I was optimistic at first and actually planned on buying the Wii U on day 1, but I've heard nothing but bad news lately. Cancellations, pathetic launch line-up, Miiverse etc. etc. I made up my mind and will only purchase the system once it provides at least 5 must have titles. Yeah, that might take a few years.

Lew3107

#44

Lew3107 said:

@Yasume I can't get it day one because I'm really far behind on the Wii games I want to get but for me there are already 8 must have titles! Did you just not like anything you've seen so far?

Yasume

#45

Yasume said:

@Lew3107 I only consider Pikmin 3 as a must have. The other decent titles are games that are already or will be available on other platforms. They are certainly not worth buying a €300,- + console for.

JTurner

#46

JTurner said:

@PikminMonster Yeah, that's a more likely scenario. Not EVERYONE is going to jump on the WiiU bandwagon right away; it takes time. I mean, we didn't get CASTLEVANIA at the launch of N64, GC, and Wii and we eventually got it for N64 and Wii (as well as WiiWare). Don't see why this won't happen again for WiiU.

Rawk_Hawk

#47

Rawk_Hawk said:

Major bummer... Oh well if I had to pick a new Castlevania game I would pick up Mirro of Fate anyway. So I guess its not a big thing for me.

hydeks

#48

hydeks said:

It's kinda weird how they release games like Castlevania on a different system when it's obvious that on a Nintendo system, it would do well just because ppl expect nostalgia games on a Nintendo system. Same thing with other companies like Sonic4 episode 2 being on everything BUT wii (even PHONES, come on...) What about the love for the people that help make you who you are today?

BRAINFOX

#49

BRAINFOX said:

What is a system? A miserable little pile of machinery! But enough talk... Let's play!

Gamer83

#50

Gamer83 said:

Honestly, not a big deal, Castlevania is popular but not nearly as much as some other franchises and the truth is, Lords of Shadow is slightly above average at best. I know people probably don't want to hear this, but get back to me when 'real' versions of Madden and Call of Duty aren't showing up on Wii U. That's when there will be a real issue. I look at it as, maybe Lords of Shadow 2 isn't on the way to Wii U, but Mass Effect 3 is. Now which of those is the bigger story? To me, it's obviously Mass Effect 3 showing up on the system because those are more often than not the kind of games Nintendo consoles have missed out on in the past few gens.

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