Aliens: Colonial Marines Developer Praises Wii U


Several developers have recently lavished praise on Nintendo’s next generation of home consoles, Wii U. First Team Ninja developers Yosuke Hayashi and Fumihiko Yasuda discussed how easy it is to develop for Wii U. Next Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada spoke on Wii U’s impressive latency test results and innovative controller. More recently, Epic vice president Mark Rein discussed the amazing things being done with Unreal Engine 3 on Wii U, and how he’d “be shocked if it doesn’t do well.”

Now Gearbox co-founder Randy Pitchford is adding his name to the list of publishers excited about Wii U’s potential. In an interview with Vox Games, Pitchford stated that Aliens: Colonial Marines on Wii U will be the definitive version of the game thanks to the system’s innovative new controller.

“The Wii U version has so much more to offer… no other platform can do what the Wii U can do,” he said. “If you love [Xbox] 360 games, you are not used to being in a world where you have this new interface. But once you get used to that, you imagine the possibilities. There are some opportunities that are just not possible on any platform that does not have that device.”

Pitchford also confirmed that the Wii U version will boast a number of new features. Though he kept mum on specific details, he hinted that using the Wii U tablet as a motion tracker, or in other ways that evoke signature moments from the Aliens films, will entice gamers to the Wii U version.

“I don’t want to give spoilers away on some of the things we are thinking of or things we have actually implemented already, but there are a lot of cool opportunities with that device that are going to make a very unique and compelling experience on that platform,” he said. “We have given it a lot of attention. I think it will not be too long [before] Nintendo opens up their kimono a little bit more about that platform and where it is going, and we will be there right with them talking about how Aliens is using it.”

Nintendo has confirmed it will fully reveal Wii U at this year’s E3 press conference, and the console is set to release globally by the end of 2012.

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