Aperion Cyberstorm is a colourful twin-stick shooter that's on the way to the Wii U eShop this year, and will be the debut of UK studio aPriori Digital. We say twin-stick shooter as that's the way we've played it; you move with the left stick and aim / shoot with the right stick. Yet as it's a title that's keen for players to enjoy multiplayer and co-op for up to five gamers, it'll utilise more control schemes than you might think.
The developer's been in touch to explain how it'll be possible to play with a Wii Remote and Nunchuk, or even just the Wii Remote; naturally the Classic Controller and Wii U Pro Controller are supported. We'll let the developer explain how a single Wii Remote will work in its own words.
Regarding controllers, we've tried to support every official option as far as possible -- sorry, no balance board...
As we said last year, the game will support a Wii Remote without an attached Nunchuk. We figured there are a lot lying around or cheap to buy, so getting five players together should be simpler than other options. When we got down to it, we realised the logistics of mapping a twin stick shooter to that device.
How it works is something like a golf grip. Players point with the IR sensor in the direction they want to shoot, and use the D-pad to move. Abilities sit on the 1 and 2 buttons. It might take some players a bit of time to get used to that, so we've included an autofire option as well. The plug-in classic controllers work, too!
Wii Remote and Nunchuk is supported, and this too uses either IR or autofire, and lefty-flip on the ability activating buttons.
Pro controllers can be used with a lefty flip on the ability triggers and control sticks. It's my recommended option!
Because the game might be played at a show or with people who play in a certain way, we've popped the above options into a secondary menu in the ship select screen. That lets the player customise the controller to suit them -- no more playing with inverted controls if you don't want to!
There's certainly a lot of flexibility, which will be welcome as not many have five Classic / Pro controllers lying around. The idea of auto-firing with the Wii Remote option isn't unheard of, either, as some shmups on smart devices have similar features.
You can see trailers of the game below. Is this on your radar?