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Trine 2 Developer: Nintendo is Reaching Out to Indies

Posted by Damien McFerran

Exclusive interview reveals information about Wii U patching process

Trine 2: Director's Cut developer Frozenbyte has spoken to us in an exclusive interview about working on Wii U, and has continued the current trend for positive comments about Nintendo's attitude towards smaller studios.

Contrary to the perception that Nintendo is aloof and disconnected from the indie community, Frozenbyte's Mikael Haveri revealed that his company was actually approached by Nintendo, and not the other way around. He also praised Nintendo's choice to demo Trine 2 at recent expos, including the Eurogamer Expo in the UK.

Another interesting revelation relates to the process of patching existing games. Software patches are a major part of both physical and download gaming these days, as any Xbox 360 or PS3 fan will readily admit. When handled badly, they can be an incredibly frustrating experience for the end user, but judging from Haveri's comments, prospective Wii U owners should have little to worry about:

We don't know actual details, so it's really hard to say anything. But every time I express my concern to Nintendo, they are all like 'oh, you shouldn't worry too much'. The things I've been hearing sound very good. And just the fact that they are reaching out to the indie community means that they are taking this into consideration.

Our full interview with Frozenbyte goes live later today. Keep an eye out for it.

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OorWullie

#1

OorWullie said:

Never played it before but it really does look amazing.I wish Nintendo themselves would take this graphical approach with 1 of their IP's.

19Robb92

#3

19Robb92 said:

Kind words are good and all, but I really need to see everything to believe Nintendo is actually doing it.

All I've heard for the last two months is 'don't worry about it', 'it's going to be great' etc.

OorWullie

#5

OorWullie said:

@Void Being more open with how its going to look would help.Its only just over a month away from release and there's still too much we don't know about.Surely showing off all its features with regular videos and info in the run up could only benefit them.

3dbrains

#6

3dbrains said:

@void
19rob92 has a point. Nintendo have a bad habbit,of claiming everything will be great and then turning around and saying "we're doing it the Nintendo way" which normally turns out to be less than half what you expected and payed for.

3dbrains

#7

3dbrains said:

I must also add that I played Trine on PS3. It looks lovely and plays ok but is not really action packed. It is a slow paced multiplayer (although loads easier in single player) puzzle game.

V8_Ninja

#8

V8_Ninja said:

I'm not going to lie; "Oh, you shouldn't worry too much," aren't exactly words of confidence.

Void

#9

Void said:

@wiiwii Thats assuming they are finished and aren't going to change anything, and what would you expect them to say in said videos? I would imagine they would be dull and uninteresting, possibly changing peoples minds about buying it, which isn't that spectacular of an idea for a company.
@3dbrains I never said that he didn't, I was just asking a question about how he suggest that Nintendo 'show him.'

aaronsullivan

#10

aaronsullivan said:

@V8_Ninja The words could be taken in a negative light except that the developer felt good about the way it was said apparently. So, you shouldn't worry too much. ;)

@wiiwii
Metroid pls. :)

19Robb92

#12

19Robb92 said:

@Void
I want to see their eShop WiiU layout, how easy/hard it is to add friends with their online system, how the patch system works, if we'll get achievements or not etc. etc. etc.

They've keept quiet on everything except Miiverse for now. That's not good enough for me.

OorWullie

#13

OorWullie said:

@Void As Robb says above.How could showing off the new Eshop,UI and what if any apps will be installed or can be from the start be boring in any way unless it really is nothing special?It would surely help convince all those on the fence that it is worth investing in rather than dissuade them?Yeah TVii looks great but its only for the US so other than Miiverse I don't really know about any other additional features.What about the browser?Is Skype possible? They could be showing us the cool ways you can interact with the browser like they briefly showed off at E3 11 or going more into the panoramic app,which looks amazing.

I just don't understand why they are telling us so little when its obvious there is and is going to be many cool features that will change the way we use our console.

Void

#14

Void said:

@19Robb92 Ok, thank you for the clarification, If Nintendo wouldn't be able to do that, I would be worried, except I think they already said no overarching achievement system.

@wiiwii It might not be anything special, which could be why they don't want to explain and have peoples sky high expectations shattered, I don't see what more they could say about the web browser, since there really isn't much to say about it in the first place, Skype is owned by Microsoft, so that wouldn't be possible, but they have confirmed that you can talk to people through a similar program.
I don't really think they havr much more to explain about the panoramic app, I think they explained all it could do at E3.

Maybe you need to follow it a little more closely, since most of what you are asking they already explained, and I doubt it will have any features beyond what they have shown, and I think the 'E3 channel' is still up so you can look back and see for your self.

19Robb92

#15

19Robb92 said:

@Void
No problems. Yeah, but that's also the point. They 'say' a lot of things, I feel as if it's time to show these sayings by now.

Hopefully we'll get a Nintendo Direct sometime before the NA release about the online system. They did say they were going to mention more about it closer to launch.

FonistofCruxis

#16

FonistofCruxis said:

@Void We don't know what sort of software the Panoramic view is. It could be pre-installed or it could be a download. The former seems more likely to me but we don't know as Nintendo haven't said what it is yet.

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