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Frontier Would "Very Much Like" To Make Another LostWinds Game

Posted by Andy Green

Developer says mobile and console markets are becoming "blurred"

Frontier currently has a couple of games in development. First up there's Elite: Dangerous, which is coming to PC and Mac after amassing over $1.5 million in a Kickstarter campaign, and then there's Coaster Crazy Deluxe, which will soon be available on Wii U via the eShop.

Of course, Frontier has made games on Nintendo platforms before and is the studio behind the popular LostWinds titles on WiiWare. In an interview with Game Reactor, chief operating officer at Frontier David Walsh said the developer would "very much like to do another game" in the LostWinds series:

Obviously we all love LostWinds at Frontier and we would very much like to do another franchise, we're very much thinking about how we can move the franchise forward because we think it deserves a much grander and a more epic scale of setting because there's so many more stories to tell from that world. We're all very enthusiastic about it and we would very much like to do another game in the franchise.

Coaster Crazy Deluxe is in fact an adaptation of Frontier's popular mobile game, and Walsh said the video game market is changing and developers should look at releasing titles on both consoles and mobiles as the hardware is close to being the same:

The distinction between mobile and console is very blurred now because the mobile device performance is increasing every year very quickly, and I think it's got to the stage even now really when you need to stop thinking of segmenting the market as a mobile market and a console market because both things are basically the same hardware platform.

Frontier uses its in-house Cobra game engine, which it says has the capability to run on consoles and mobiles with no performance issues.

[Cobra] is ported across all different platforms so we use exactly the same game engine on an Xbox 360 or a Wii U as we would on an iPhone or some other device.

We really want to deliver console quality on mobiles - and actually also the reverse is true, a mobile game shouldn't be any less of an experience than a console game and equally a console game can have the same enjoyable, easy to play, pick up and play parameters as a mobile game.

What are your thoughts on all this? Would you like to see LostWinds make a return? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Shiryu said:

Funny, I would very much like they would make an "Elite" game for Wii U or 3DS. No necessary the new all conquering "Elite Dangerous", but something between the original and Frontier. Can you imagine playing something like that with 3D and touch controls on the 3DS? You listening, mister Braben?



Ultra64 said:

Though the Lost Winds titles were short due to Wiiware limitations, i believe they were some of the most well made games to come out on that platform. I'll get excited when they actually announce something solid other then just "wanting" to make a new grander scale Lost Winds.



WaveGhoul said:

LostWinds was awesome, another Wii memory I I absotootly' cherrish.
I really need to play the sequal sometime, I wouldn't want it to...whisp away. I kind of regret...Blowing it off.



WiiLovePeace said:

The LostWinds games are amazing! I would love to play LostWinds 3 Wasn't there supposed to be like 6 of them or something? I either read about it on NL, found out in LostWinds 1 or my imagination is playing tricks on me



citizenerased said:

I'd love another LostWinds title but this sounds like we certainly won't be getting one exclusively for the Wii U eshop.



Dpullam said:

I haven't gotten the chance to play one of the LostWinds series yet so I am not sure what they are about. I guess I'll have to check out some videos to get a decent idea.



antonvaltaz said:

Well it would be a start if they could just fix the problems in transferring the first one to the Wii U.... AFAIK it was the only WiiWare game that couldn't be transferred, and we're STILL waiting on a fix...



DarkEdi said:

Why not to ask them about transfer Lost Winds 1 to Wii U? All games are posible except that game.



Pikamoon said:

Please, Nintendo, give them some money and make it a Wii U exclusive. I would love to see a new LostWinds game.



MonsieurRosbif said:

@antonvaltaz - Agreed! Stop "thinking about how we can move the franchise forward" and start working on how to move Lostwinds from Wii to Wii U!! Enjoyed both games so much and would love more...



idork99 said:

I beg to differ. Yes, mobile phones as a gaming platform are becoming powerful every year. But they do differ from dedicative gaming platforms, whether portable or home console, because of UI. Phones are made with easy user interface: a touchscreen. While dedicative gaming devices cater to complex gaming with buttons as well as analog controls plus touchscreen. This is the way I see it.



NImH said:

Like half the people have already said, I just want my Lostwinds from Wii that never made the Pikmin-trek over to my Wii U. I love that game.



placidcasual said:

Coaster Crazy Deluxe eh? I don't see how they can base a whole game out of something you put a mug on so that you don't get tea rings on your table...



placidcasual said:

Oh yeah and joking aside I echo what everyone's said above. I don't think they'd find a very receptive audience on Wii U after not allowing anyone who bought their original games to transfer it over. I mean its literally the only game you can't transfer. Maybe there's a good reason but they should probably tell people why before they start to talk about a new one...

This isn't a big whinge, I don't expect to be able to have all my old games on a new console, its just that it stands out because its the only one that can't transfer. Plus to the best of my knowledge after the transfer I can't play it on my wii either- cheers!



HardToBe said:

Maybe if enough people say something they'll do something about it....




Tony_342 said:

Frontier Would "Very Much Like" To Make Another LostWinds Game.

And I would very much like to play a new LostWinds game. It's a 'Win-Win' situation! Seriously, the two LostWinds games are arguably the best thing on WiiWare (with only a couple possible exceptions). The style of gameplay would be a perfect fit for the GamePad's touchscreen, although I would hope they would also keep the Remote and Nunchuck option as well.



MakeMyBiscuit said:

I have both Lost Winds games on my Wii and love them! Takes talent to squeeze so much gaming goodness in such a small WiiWare file. Again 2 more reasons why I will hold onto my Wii and never let it go...well that sounds a little bad but you guys know what I mean

If they make a new Lost Winds game I would definitely get it!



Henmii said:

I would love a new Lost Winds! I prefer it to be big and on a disc, but as a download it's also okay!



Madotsuki said:

Never played the first one, but IIRC it was very good. As long as Frontier doesn't forget about my precious Elite: Dangerous we're good



iphys said:

I'm waiting to do my Wii to Wii U transfer specifically because of LostWinds. I hope they sort out the problem before my Wii fails and I lose everything. It's been nearly 6 months.



antonvaltaz said:

@iphys IIRC you can do a transfer now, and everything else will transfer except LostWinds. Then you can do a second transfer if/when LostWinds is fixed.

At least that's what I plan to do when my Wii U arrives this week...



kdognumba1 said:

I loved the LostWinds games. I really wish they'd find a solution for getting LostWinds on Wii U. Mine didn't transfer....

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