Rumour: Death's Apprentice Heading to Wii U in, wait for it... 2015
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Stop the press!
If there's one thing that unites Nintendo fans in their hopes for Wii U, it's that we want big games from third-parties to join the usual batch of Mario, Zelda and Metroid titles. Naturally, a new console is a long-term investment, so you'll be pleased to know that one title is apparently confirmed for release on the system in 2015. That's a heck of a pre-order.
The game in question is Death's Apprentice, which was apparently released for PC in February 2012. We say apparently, as despite it being widely reported around the web as a real game, we have some doubts. The basic story is that BGG Productions Media Company is planning to bring its 'well received' PC title to Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2013, in the form of a standard edition for $59.99 or the Limited Collector's Edition for $79.99, with the rather bizarre statement that it'll follow on Wii U in 2015. Despite this being available on PC for a while, good luck finding a review.
That said, the game's official website talks a good game, promising 2D pixel-based action inspired by JRPGs. The storyline refers to a world out of control due to Death going missing, meaning that the natural order of things has collapsed; that's where the apprentice comes in to save the day.
If it was April 1st, we'd call this one a prank, especially as the option to buy the game for PC seems to necessitate placing a purchase order to a P.O. Box. There's also the suggestion on emptylifebar.com that footage and screenshots seem to show that this was made in RPG Maker 2003 with some default assets, so this is either fake or an exceptionally low-budget indie game with pretensions way beyond its station. Also, is the developer even approved to develop for Wii U?
You can view the trailer, as it's called in a press release for this, below. In terms of strange tales of games on the way to Wii U, this project for 2015 is easily top of the list.