During Nintendo’s announcement of their new console, which they’ve named Wii U, the firm focused on the machine’s new controller, rather than the ‘box‘ itself, but if Reggie isn’t going to big up the machine’s real capabilities anytime soon, the developers will.
When talking to Game Informer, Darksiders developer Vigil Games expressed their excitement for taking their upcoming title to the system, while at the same time giving a bit more information, regarding the system’s true potential.
General Manager of Vigil, David Adams has always been a big fan of Nintendo, which is no surprise when you see how many gameplay elements Darksiders borrows from Zelda.
“For me personally, I love Nintendo I love Zelda. I love Mario, and I’ve never actually made a game that’s gone on a Nintendo platform, so for me that’s just awesome. I think that if you look at the Darksiders franchise, it’s a little more mature, but it has that similar aesthetic to a Nintendo game. I feel like it’s a natural fit from a gameplay and platform perspective.” Adams said.
Vigil told Game Informer that they did have plans to utilize the unique features of the Wii U’s controller, although it wouldn’t involve any gimmicky actions, like jabbing at the air to swing a sword. Instead, Vigil Games are toying with new ideas such as the ability to browse the in-game inventory on the controller’s touch screen. “I think the new system is better than the Wii controller in that it has a couple features that core games like ours can leverage and make use of.” explained Vigil’s tech director, Colin Bonstead.
When questioned on the possibility of WiiU playing host to the best version of Darksiders II, Bonstead seemed to think it was a real possibility. “”Yeah, just because the hardware is more powerful and it will have some extra features that I think will actually be useful to people playing the game. With it’s controller, [the Wii U version of Darksiders II] might be the best version of the game.” the tech director replied.
Vigil Games seem to be the first third-party developer that have genuinely put our minds at ease regarding the Wii U’s controller. It sounds like they have some great plans for the system and we can’t wait to see what other developers have up their sleeves.
Darksiders II is expected to release in 2012, presumably around the same time as Nintendo’s Wii U, and will also be available for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.