Two Tribes Founder: Wii U Could Become A "Casual Haven"
Posted by Damien McFerran
Twitter mistake creates storm in a teacup
Twitter can be a valuable tool when it comes to connecting with the world around you, but it can also prove to be a curse - as Two Tribes co-founder Collin van Ginkel found recently.
Here's how it went down:
@Emi1yRogers: They are planting the seeds for third party relationships now so when Xbox 720/PS4 come out, they won't be left high and dry.
@TwoTribesGames: I think they will be once the publishers again discover it's a haven for casual oriented titles and it costs extra to downscale.
It didn't take long for an explanation to appear, however:
I'm Collin from Two Tribes and I f***** up. To be clear: That tweet was my personal opinion, and wasn't supposed to be sent out from the Two Tribes account.
This is apparently what happens when you send out a tweet on the wrong account and take the day off to hand out balloons at a fundraiser.
Aside from the tweet coming from the wrong account, the 140 character limit of a tweet also didn't give enough context to fully express my opinion, so I thought I'd elaborate on it in this forum post.
Again: This is my personal opinion, Two Tribes doesn't have an opinion since it's a company
What I meant to say was that I expect the bigger developers/publishers to get power hungry again after a while. Even though the difference will probably be smaller this generation, Nintendo's machine is still likely going to have less horsepower than the next machines from Microsoft and Sony. This is what I expect to happen, I have no inside knowledge on this, it just makes sense to me. If this happens, it's also likely that they will not always want to downscale their game's assets, I think in part because of their ego, but also because of the cost involved.
What I meant with the casual reference, is that I think the Wii U will be home to more casual titles than other platforms. The look and feel of Nintendo's own games, combined with the habits of publishers putting out more casually oriented titles on Nintendo platforms, will probably result in the machine having a more family friendly reputation. Nothing wrong with it from my perspective, but that kind of games are not being made by larger developers/publishers generally.
Then to close it off: My tweet was not intended to sound negative about the Wii U's prospects. I expect it to do well and I'm definitely doing to grab one at launch.
Feel free to continue the discussion, it's been interesting to read everyone's opinions in this thread.
What are your thoughts on Collin's comments? Does he have a point? Let us know in the comments section.