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System Faults Didn't Stop THQ From Bringing Metro: Last Light To Wii U

Posted by Orla Madden

Clarification incoming!

We reported last month that A4 Games - developer of Metro: Last Light - had found that the Wii U had a "horrible, slow CPU", with Huw Beynon of THQ elaborating that the console wasn't "worth pursuing at this time". The end result is that Wii U owners aren't going to see the first person shooter on their consoles next year.

However, it has now emerged that faults with the system weren't to blame for the title not coming to Wii U. Here's a small section taken from Benyon's interview with SPOnG:

SPOnG: The Wii U version is obviously not being worked on anymore. How far did you guys get on it before you cancelled it? Did you guys have an opportunity to use the GamePad?

Huw Benyon: Our look at the Wii U extended to a very early look at some very early kits. We...we did some work on it, but we made a decision fairly early on that we weren’t going to commit further resource to it. So yeah, we didn’t go too far. Take any of the comments you’ve seen attributed with a pinch of salt - it’s certainly not been based on any kind of analysis of final hardware.


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GameLord08 said:

I honestly don't see how this title is misleading, but that may be attributed to the fact that I'm used to ambiguity.

OT: I would've guessed as much for THQ anyway. They're in a dire financial crisis, and now is not the most certain time to make huge investments in the Wii U. Being a new console, there's no guarantee that it'll pay off as well as would be required to be considered a financial success.

However, this attitude will almost certainly change not too far down the line, when the Wii U has been adequately... familiarised.



MAB said:

More like they were too scared to go up against ZombiU, NSMBU, COD, AC3, DS2 and Batman at launch



XCWarrior said:

Metro 2033 was just offered free on Steam through Facebook by THQ. So I'll try it out and see if I'll even care that this isn't coming to Wii U.



Nintenjoe64 said:

I don't care how hard they try to patch things up, Nintendo should definitely not send them an xmas card this year.




@1 & 2 the title is not misleading. To me it's quite clear!

It is always good when the truth comes out about these things. I'd have loved to see the game on Wii U, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it's lack of appearance.



fortius54 said:

THQ most likely did not have the resources to fund it. I am worried about what the future hold for their upcoming games. If they do not have financial success with their upcoming titles, they may not be around in 2014.



AVahne said:

If you read the original damaging quote again, he DID say he had an EARLY look at the console.
Look people, 4A looked at an early devkit for Wii U and decided not to work on it. They never even touched the final devkit or even glanced at it. So like this SponG person says, take past comments with a grain of salt. Of course the fanboys around the Internet won't. Hating on Nintendo for whatever reason is pure FUN for them.
And if people think these guys are technical wizards, the PC version of Metro 2033 runs like a cow tied to a wheel-less truck. Yes, I am exaggerating, but it isn't well optimized for PCs.



Bulbousaur said:

From what I'm getting, THQ got A4 to start development on the Wii U version, ran into financial difficulties, so cancelled a bunch of stuff that only just started development and/or weren't even announced yet. Then the A4 games representative was told to talk crap and over-exaggerate the bad points about about the Wii U to try and hide the extent of THQ's financial difficulties.



krunchykhaos said:

4A: the wiiu's cpu sucks.
4A: thats based off an earlier dev kit.

Why even respect a developer with reasoning like that? Releasing an interview bashing an earlier cpu is like eating a raw egg and saying the cake sucks. Come on 4A...really?



Yellowgerbil said:

krunchykhaos, I know right they just bashed the earlier dev kit and even though the new CPU is a bit slow it is obviously not as bad as they described it.



Void said:

I actually respected their first reason for not putting the game on the Wii U more, I don't imagine it would be easy to go over and change most, if not all, the functions from CPU run to GPU (Or GPGPU?) run, and the fact that they are having financial difficulties, which would make that time spent all that much worse if it didn't sell.
But they actually didn't want to work on the Wii U because they didn't like the early dev kit. :/



Azikira said:

THQ is in a financial hardspot so it's understandable they don't want to stray too far out of the safety zone, but giving up before really even trying? I do not respect that.



krunchykhaos said:

A lot of people are jumping on the speed bandwagon but what many dont realize is that speed nowadays means nothing. Its about what it can maintain. Kinda like (i know this is a weird analogy) ascended super saiyan before ssj2 is very slow but can dish out a lot of power. Its all about architecture. From what ive read the build is fairly beast.



mikeyman64 said:

Typical. Jumpin' the gun and dissing Nintendo's hardware before you even try it out fully.

Haters gonna hate, I suppose.



Kage_88 said:

I guess the lack of a port had more to do with THQ's financial woes - rather than anything to do with the Wii U's power.

At least we got Darksiders II.



FarukoSH said:

I loved Metro 2033 one of the finest games of this generation but.... 4A its such a bad developer when its about optimization (they worked on the STALKER games too), 2033 was one of the worst optimized games EVER (yeah, that counts Crysis and GTA4 PC), you need a NASA PC to actually put SOME AA/AF in it... let alone extreme shadows, god what an awful optimization, the 360 version was even worse, awful graphics and frame rates. I was amazed by how 4A manage to get a game with such poor FPS and graphics, blows my mind

its a loss for WiiU, but this games NEEDS to be played on PC, and not because the superior graphics and all that stuff, but (imn pretty sure) you will need an amazing PC just to get it run "decent".



cdude said:

I like how all the no-name developers that say nothing but how terrible the wii u is, have never made or accomplished anything worthwhile where consoles are concerned. Theyve made like ONE GAME that reviewed OKAY and sold DECENT and theyre quoted like theyve made hit after hit.

Im not saying that the wii u is above reproach, but all the developers weve heard of, that make games we buy and want more from have nothing but good things to say...theres no clicks in that, though.



deathdonkey said:

Short and sweet THQ will never get another penny from me for any of your games PROMISE YOU THAT<F>>>>>>>> A>>>>>>>

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