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Codemasters Producer: Wii U is "The Future"

Posted by Andy Green

Clive Moody has high-praise for Nintendo's new system

UK-based developer Codemasters' only announced Wii U offering so far is the upcoming port of F1 Race Stars, but that doesn't mean the new system hasn't caught its eye.

In a recent interview with, senior producer at Codemasters Clive Moody said he had played the Wii U, and that so far he liked what he saw:

It works brilliantly, having played it. I think it is the future. I mean, you've only got to look at what's happening in the world of mobile, you've got iPads, Surface just came out from Microsoft. I think you're going to see a lot more of that cross-over, that sort of multi-platform, multi-component experience.

He also spoke a little about the future of gaming in general, saying that although the disc still has a role to play in the gaming industry the downloading of video games through digital channels is something that cannot be ignored. He believes that as soon as the internet's global infrastructure can handle it, we'll be downloading all of our video game — and possibly DVD — purchases through digital stores:

I think ultimately we'll be fully digital, it'll get there.

It's nice to see developers that aren't currently producing anything for Wii U still getting to grips with the new system, and are enjoying what it offers to the industry.

Are you convinced multi-platform, multi-component gaming is the future, or is it all about the power under the hood? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section below.


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User Comments (41)



WingedSnagret said:

Seeing as how Sony and MS are pretty much following in Nintendo's footsteps (AGAIN), yes, I do believe that two-screened consoles will be the next trend.



Lyndexer said:

Nintendo should purposely make their systems last and see what Sony and Microsoft can make.



MAB said:

Yeah they all like to play WiiU but just want to sit on the fence and see how the sales go before maybe committing something... Back in the 90's they would release a game on SNES & Genesis no matter how terrible it was



Yoshi3DS said:

is it true that gamecube games will be available on wii u at some point??



Ryno said:

Phew! We should all feel better now that Clive Moody "thinks it [Wii U] is the future."



lebad said:

Yes I can now share the TV with my wife and children
When I want to see more details (i.e trine2) I use the Gamepad screen.
The distance between my hands to use the sticks and button is great (too close in PS360 gamepads)
Using the gamepad screen to modify/check game options/menus
The use of the gamepad screen is pleasant and brings more to the legibility (especially the text to be read)
The touch pad is a new way of playing (I'm wayting a FPS which let us uses the touch pad as in Metroid Hunter in NDS it was like using a mouse on a compter if not better) ...
The best way to feel that is using a wii u with its gamepad ^___^



Shanksta said:

I wish they would make another Overlord game and bring it to WiiU. They were similar in concept to Pikmin, but I loved the good/evil paradigm choices as well as the dark humor. Who doesn't want to pillage a town using minions? Until then I will play Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3



FritzFrapp said:

Every Nintendo post-launch the same devs are interviewed, say the same things, but continue to put 99.9% of their efforts on Microsoft and Sony consoles throughout that generation. See you again in 5 years, Codemasters.



New_3DaSh_XL said:

Of course Wii U is the future. Microsoft will unveil Smart Glass Plus or whatever with the next Xbox, and Sony will unveil the PS4, with the GameScreen or something unoriginal like that, and it'll look a hell of a lot like the Wii U GamePad, except it'll have a glowing orb on the top.



Bankai said:

It might be the future, but only if it becomes worth developing on.

Codemasters of all companies should realise that.



AltDotNerd said:

@Yoshi3DS Nintendo hasn't confirmed anything yet, but the definitely haven't denied it either. They're always quick to shoot down rumors that aren't true.



drunkenmaster76 said:

I also think wii u is the future, it was 420 time earlier on today and i started dreaming about a 3D super mario bros game with two screen multiplayer where one could be mario and one could be luigi, where both could be in the same world but doing seperate things, this would be amazing and would knock anything fony or micropuff do off the planet, but maybe im a dreamer



Yoshi3DS said:

Id love to see a new starfox on the wii u, but i very much doubt it will happen. still, mariokart will be awesome



drunkenmaster76 said:

Hopefully Starfox is being developed? Nintendo needs to bring everything they have to survive this time round.



Gigagator said:

@ngamer155 Gotta echo that statement. All the hate on Wii U the past week has been ridiculous. Great to break the chain and get some positive comments.

@NintenU As a big F1 fan, I'd love a proper F1 racing game too, but Codemasters are not the developers to bring it to us, sadly. I played F1 2010 and had to give up on it due to game-breaking bugs - usually AI and weather related which F1 fans will know are massively important aspects. They released one patch which didn't fix it then abandoned the game to focus on F1 2011.

I gave them the benefit of the doubt and bought F1 2011 on release expecting so much more but it was exactly the same. Game-breaking bugs and broken AI. Totally lost trust in them so I don't bother buying their games anymore.

Rant over.

EDIT: Actually rant not over. People should boycott their games, as much as I like the fact that they've given kind words to Wii U. They do effectively the same as the developers of Call of Duty do - recycle the same thing barely changed every year just to pocket a load of fast cash. Very little in the way of creativity and innovation and quite frankly, it represents a pretty lazy, greedy industry right now really rather well.



triforcepower73 said:

@Anvil They would just make their upgraded ps/xbox and then make some kind of add on, mimicking Nintendo. Same way they did with kinect and move.



dizzy_boy said:

I just want them to give us their NES games on the VC, especially micro machines.



SpaceApe said:

The let Codemasters make a good game for the Wii U. Until then it is all a bunch of hot air.



Ian_Daemon said:

Dual screen gameplay had a lot of potential years ago when Sega did it with the Dreamcast & VMU. Too bad the public didn't support the Dreamcast. (Considering the SegaCD, 32X, and Saturn...can you really blame them?)



Farmboy74 said:

I can't believe it (falls of chair), a third party dev that has some thing good to say about the Wii U



CrissCross87 said:

According to a recent article I read on the rumored power of Durango, one person compared the graphical leap as in xbox's Halo 2 to a high end pc running Crysis.

Last time I checked, Codemasters was never top-tier, so I doubt they could afford to take risks in doing Orbis/Durango games... Well, at least pushing the hardware graphically with a big budget. So yea, to stay afloat in case of a sales flop, Wii U may be the future.



Kohaku said:

The Wii U is the future, I agree.
The only thing we need now, are games.....



luminalace said:

I have a lot of respect for Codemasters talent and I hope they finally bring their serious driving games to Wii U.



FullbringIchigo said:

at last a third party developer that isn't kissing Sony or Microsofts A** (cough EA cough) and some good news for the big N

off topic anyway we all know why Wii U third party support has dried up as of late it's because Sony and MS said they will be announcing their next consoles soon so they are all waiting for those to be shown and what's the betting that the leap isn't going to be as great as everyone thinks it will because i reckon that the PS4 and Nextbox wont be much different to the Wii U tech wise (an no i'm not taking any notice of the rumours that are going around i'll wait for the official word thanks)

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