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Electronic Arts has no games in development for the Wii U
Diablo III promises to be a whole new game on the PS4
If that’s a thing you care about, here’s a quick snippet of some wireframe development work being done on Call of Duty: Ghosts at Infinity Ward.
We’ll learn more about the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise this Tuesday, May 21, at Microsoft’s “Next Xbox Reveal.” In addition to the Xbox 720/Durango version, Call of Duty: Ghosts is also in development for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Versions of the game for the PS4 and Wii U are also expected to be announced soon.
No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…
The “big three” (Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo) are positioning their pieces for next month’s E3 Expo. With Microsoft and Sony launching new consoles and Nintendo shifting into phase two of the Wii U’s launch, it’s likely going to be one of the most competitive shows ever.
Nintendo took over Friday and posted another Nintendo Direct video for all the world to see. During the half-hour presentation, the consolemaker confirmed that Sonic: Lost World will be released exclusively on the Wii U and the 3DS, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is in development, New Super Luigi U will be available as a DLC expansion and a boxed game, and that The Wonderful 101 will be released on September 15. Though Electronic Arts did rain on their parade a bit and confirmed that they have no Wii U games in development.
Third-party publishers are even getting in on the act. Konami announced their “Pre-E3 Show” lineup, which includes Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.
Microsoft stayed quiet in preparation for next week’s “Next Xbox Reveal.”
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This week’s might seem a bit familiar to you, and that’s because we’ve seen most of them before.
Resident Evil Revelations gets the full HD treatment on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. The game will also be available for the PC through your favorite digital download services, including Steam. In addition to the Wii U-exclusive features included with Resident Evil Revelations, three of this week’s re-releases are specifically targeting Nintendo platforms including Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on the 3DS and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Sniper Elite V2 on the Wii U. This week’s last re-release, Worms Collection for the PS3 and Xbox 360, brings together three games (and six DLC expansions) previously only available as downloads: Worms, Worms 2: Armageddon, and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem.
If you’re looking for something new, Activision has taken the sixth Fast and the Furious film and turned it into a video game. Fast & Furious: Showdown will be available for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. A portable version is also coming to the 3DS.
Finally this week, Ubisoft and Techland have come together again to release a new game in the Call of Juarez series. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a downloadable title that’ll be available for the PC, as well as from the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
A day before Nintendo revealed a massive new partnership with Sega, an Electronic Arts spokesman told Kotaku that the company is currently not supporting Nintendo’s newest console. In fact, that was company spokesperson Jeff Brown’s complete statement: “We have no games in development for the Wii U currently.”
EA’s then-CEO, John Riccitiello, shared the E3 2011 stage with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata to help promote the Wii U. Riccitiello promised to support the system with “great EA content” and, to date, the publisher has released four games on the Wii U: Mass Effect 3, Madden NFL 13, FIFA Soccer 13, and Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
This isn’t the first time EA has withheld support from a system. The publisher famously kept its games away from the Dreamcast. Many have speculated that this move lead to the Dreamcast’s early demise. EA also refused to add online play to their Xbox titles for two years after the launch of the Xbox Live service.
While Brown’s comment to Kotaku were of the “It’s just business” variety, a Software Engineers at EA Canada got personal. Bob Summerwill used his personal Twitter account to call the Wii U “crap” and state that it’s “Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet.” Twisting the knife deeper, Summerwill also wrote, “Nintendo are walking dead at this point” and “It is an utterly intentional decision to focus our resources on markets which actually matter.”
The tweets have since disappeared (but have been preserved at Kotaku), but it’s an interesting window into the thoughts of one EA employee. If he’s still an EA employee come Monday morning remains to be seen.
Blizzard has said all along that they didn’t want the console version of Diablo III to be some slapped together cash grab and their appearance on the most recent episode of “Conversations With Creators” reinforces that notion. Production Director John Hight, Lead Console Designer Josh Mosqueira, and Senior System Designer Jason Bender each took turns talking about how Diablo III benefits from the PS4 and why it was the perfect choice for Blizzard’s first console game in decades.
According to Mosqueira, Blizzard wanted to create an “intimate connection between the player and the character” with Diablo III on the PS4 and, to the end, the developer believes “the Controller is king” in this new version. He concludes by saying, “What we didn’t want to do is simplify the experience. [...] What we wanted to do is streamline the experience.”
Lofty goals are great, but direct examples are better and John Hight confirmed that the PS4′s touchpad will be used for inventory management: “One of the things we’re excited about the controller is the touchpad. We think the touchpad’s gonna give a lot of opportunity to make that interface easier.”
I’m still not sure how that little touchpad will work with a DualShock 4 in my hand, but Blizzard’s “Conversations With Creators” episode is definitely worth a watch.
During this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation, the publisher announced that Platinum Games’ superheroic Wii U title, The Wonderful 101, will be released on September 15. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata didn’t have anything else to say about the game today, but he did promise that we’d learn more about The Wonderful 101 after this year’s E3 Expo.
Platinum Games is also hard at work on another Wii U exclusive, Bayonetta 2. It wasn’t mentioned during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.
Are you looking for a new hunting game for your Xbox 360? How about Hunter’s Trophy 2: America, which is available today on the Xbox Live Arcade. Priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10), Hunter’s Trophy 2 even includes the option to play as a hunting dog:
Experience all the excitement of the hunt in America! From brown bear to elk, track 25 different preys in this hunting simulation set in the most beautiful countryside of the USA. Complete 30 hunting plans, play as your hunting dog during tracking phases and take on a friend in Ball-Trap mode!
Serious question, was there ever a Hunter’s Trophy 1?
Mario and Sonic are going to go for the gold once more as Nintendo and Sega announced Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games this morning. The Wii U game will pit Mario and Sonic and all their friends against each other in a wide variety of events such as curling, skiing, figure skating pairs, and snowboard slopestyle. Like the Mario & Sonic titles released for the Wii, Mario & Sonic 2014 will include “Dream Events” that take regular Olympic sports and add a Mario/Sonic twist to them.
Interestingly, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will make use of both of the Wii U’s input methods. Some events will require the Wii U GamePad while others will require a Wii RemotePlus. But some, such as the skiing/shooting hybrid known as the biathlon, will require both controllers.
A release date for Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be announced “at a later date,” but I imagine it’ll be in stores well before the first medals are awarded in February.