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Wii U eShop Title Cubemen 2 Will Bring Cross-Platform Multiplayer Gaming with PC, Mac and iOS Versions

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Over 4000 user-generated levels, too

As part of today's European Nintendo Direct presentation Nintendo showed a rather impressive Wii U eShop sizzle reel of upcoming releases. Some were already known, but quite a few made their debut and therefore came as surprise announcement. One of these is Cubemen 2, which is being published by Australian studio, Nnooo; it's promising a first for the Wii U, with cross-platform multiplayer to greatly increase the player base and user-created content.

The game itself is an fast-paced strategy action game, where two sides of coloured Cubemen (Red vs Blue) duke it out. It can be played in single player — of course — in various modes battling CPU AI, but can also be played online with up to six players either in solo each-for-their-own battles or team equivalents. On top of that there'll be online leaderboards and, most impressively, level-building and sharing; you'll be able to play in user-generated stages.

The big first for this title, however, and something we'll hopefully see in more Wii U eShop titles, is that all online modes and content — including multiplayer — will be cross-platform; Wii U players will also be able to play with and access user-generated levels from the PC, Mac, Linux and iOS versions. There are apparently over 4000 user-generated levels already, and the pleasing thing for Nintendo gamers is that, from day one, there'll be an established online community to join and play with or against. Here's what Nnooo's Creative Director Nic Watt has said:

I'm really proud to be able to announce this. We've spent the last few months working with both Nintendo and 3 Sprockets, the game's developer, to make this a reality. Cubemen 2 is an amazing game and a great fit for Nintendo players. We can't wait to see how creative they are, whether in tactical multiplayer online or in the new levels they build.

As for developer 3 Sprockets, its Director Seon Rozenblum added the following:

We're excited to be working closely with Nnooo and Nintendo to bring a new dynamic to a Nintendo platform. We're bringing the gaming community together, offering true cross-platform play and user generated content across multiple platforms and devices and we are ecstatic to be including the Wii U in our lineup for Cubemen 2.

Below is a trailer from the other platform's releases earlier in the year, along with some screenshots; the target date for this one on Wii U is currently "late 2013 / early 2014" worldwide. What do you think of this game and its cross-platform online features?

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User Comments (23)

WiiLovePeace

#1

WiiLovePeace said:

I had no idea what was going on but for the few seconds I saw this game in the Nintendo Direct but I just knew I had to have this game :D It looks really awesome, & cross-platform play?! Amazing! :D Can't wait to see more of this game.

THENAMESNORM

#2

THENAMESNORM said:

I really want to know more about this game, I love the art style and I hope it plays as good as it sounds!

Emblem

#4

Emblem said:

I have the first one on PC via a steam sale. I may pick this up on Wii U when its released if the price is right.

AMR

#5

AMR said:

I'll be picking it up for sure, today's direct had so much great content! :)

steveex

#6

steveex said:

I'm more hyped for the indie games shown than most of the other Wii U releases.

element187

#9

element187 said:

I don't see why more multiplayer aren't cross platform.

CoD would be excellent if you could play with PS3, PS4, x360, xBone, Wii U, and PC players...

Oh well. But I'm glad this game is coming. It looks so interesting.

Shambo

#11

Shambo said:

It most definitely caught my attention during the eshop reel. And cross-platform is impressive! Can't wait to experience what it actually plays like.

bitemykite

#12

bitemykite said:

Wii U really needs more cross platform, I've spent ages tonight just trying to try out AC3 online, seriously, it's so lonely in there

Kagamine

#16

Kagamine said:

Nice to see support for the console but I really don't like this game. I think it's very dull. Won't be getting on WiiU. Even if I hadn't bought it it is a much better value on Steam. Sales, achievements, Steam integration, and of course trading cards. Much better value to buy through steam

shuis

#18

shuis said:

Is this the beholden value of developing using Unity? Cross-platform play, if this catches on with Cubemen it will be little time before many other devs are doing it also.

MAB

#19

MAB said:

This goes out to all those lazy developers... Aussies in da house ;)

MegaWattsAdmin

#20

MegaWatts said:

My only concern with the cross-platform play at the moment is that there are very few people actually playing the game (or at least that was the case when I played last night and this morning). It's a shame because it's a great title, and offers quite a different experience from your usual tower-defence malarkey.

HeatBombastic

#21

HeatBombastic said:

I really liked the first Cubemen, now knowing it has cross-platform play, I wanna get it for Wii U even more now.

ThumperUK

#22

ThumperUK said:

@steveex Same here, its perhaps time for Nintendo to concentrate its TV adverts (few as they are) as the WiiU being a natural home for indie games.

jarreboum

#23

jarreboum said:

@element187 except gamepad players would be destroyed by mouse and wiimote players. The only game that tried it was Shadowrun in 2007 and the multiplayer was ruined because of this (not that the single player was much better tbh).

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