by David Sanchez on September 7, 2012 @ 11:53 am
As much as a lot of potential Wii U owners would love for Bethesda to currently have some cool projects in line for Nintendo’s upcoming platform, that’s not exactly the case. A report on Videogamer recently surfaced indicating that the publisher behind the wildly successful Elder Scrolls series had no current plans for the console. Speaking to MCV, Bethesda PR and Marketing VP Pete Hines stated that the company will release games on “platforms that will support them. So far the Wii hasn’t fitted into that. Whether Wii U does down the road is TBD.”
“For me the problems with new consoles are two-fold,” continued Hines. “The developers are trying to hit a moving technical target, because the platforms are being built. A new console doesn’t just show up a year before launch and is exactly what it will be when it comes out.”It moves and iterates along the way. And introducing something like that to games that are in development is always a bit tricky. And that is obviously an element of risk.”
The Bethesda PR rep said that it’s tough to develop for brand new platforms due to the fresh install base, which is much lower than that of a console that’s been around for some time. “The second point is that your install base always starts at zero. Then it comes out and suddenly a certain number of people buy it but it won’t be the same number as the current gen. So you have divided your audience.”
Hines also explained that it’s challenging for a company to decide if it’s going to release a game for just the next-gen platforms or for both next-gen and current-gen hardware. I suppose he makes some good points, but at the same time, I’m not too sure if the Wii U is entirely next-gen per se. Sure, it’s the next console for Nintendo, but graphically it appears to be on par with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Could it be that Bethesda would rather not release content for the Wii U until it actually sees how strong of a following it gathers?
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