Ubisoft has confirmed that the visually attractive and conceptually interesting Child of Light will be coming to the Wii U, a welcome inclusion despite a couple of disappointing exclusions elsewhere. One aspect of the early footage and screenshots that shines through is the presence of Igniculus, a blue ball of energy that can be controlled by the second player on screen — in principle this character seems perfect for the Wii Remote pointer or the GamePad screen.
The role of Igniculus is that of an assist character, with abilities such as slowing down and disrupting enemies, or using energy from the environment to heal the player. The project's creative director, Patrick Plourde, has spoken to Polygon about this character and explained the importance of its role in bringing gamers together, whether with friends or family. Co-operation between parents and children seems to be a key motivator, with Plourde citing Super Mario Galaxy as a source of inspiration, even if this title will aim to give greater power to the second player.
I'm a father, and fairy tales are about parents telling their children stories that carry values. So one day our marketing director said, 'Why don't you make a game where you can play with your son?' and I was like, 'Ah! That's so true!'
...So I had the idea of what if we took the Super Mario Galaxy approach where you have a character that helps? What if he could move around on the screen and it's not a nuisance for the parent?
But the thing I felt was missing in Super Mario Galaxy was the second character is not really helping. You just collect coins. It's not a collaboration — you're more of a spectator.
...Watching sports with a child, when the team scores a goal then daddy's happy and the kid is happy, then we're giving each other high-fives. You should have those moments with games. It's good to share moments and it can be with a child or it can be with anybody.
You can see the trailer again below, but does the idea of a more involved co-op option like this appeal to you? Would you like to play a game like this through with a friend or relative, or do you prefer to play adventure games alone? Let us know your thoughts below.