Although Murdered: Soul Suspect is headed to last-generation consoles as well as newly released systems, the action-adventure title will not be coming to Wii U. Airtight Games chief creative officer Matt Brunner recently explained to GameSpot why the game is skipping Nintendo’s platform. According to Brunner, the title wouldn’t be a good fit for Wii U. Murdered: Soul Suspect will be available in June for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
“In all honesty, all the Wii U games I’ve ever played, the only good ones are the ones that are made specifically for [the Wii U],” Brunner said. “And this just doesn’t fit.”
A listing on GameFly has revealed that Cabela’s Big Game Hunter: Pro Hunts is coming to Wii U. The hunting title is scheduled to release on Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on March 25th.
Mercury, Batman Arkham Origins community manager, has announced on the Warner Bros community forums that the development team has no plans to release another patch for the fragile game and is focussing its efforts on the forthcoming downloadable content which is due out on other platforms. Mercury says if they do eventually get around to creating another patch it will be to target the progression blocking bugs and not the glitches.
“The team is currently working hard on the upcoming story DLC and there currently are no plans for releasing another patch to address the issues that have been reported on the forums.”
“If we do move forward with creating a new patch, it will try to address the progression blocking bugs for players, not the minor glitches that do not prevent one from continuing to play. The issues that are not progression blockers will unfortunately no longer be addressed.”
“We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused for some of you, and want to thank you for having been patient.”
A product schedule by Ubisoft has indicated that the publisher is still planning to release Watch Dogs on Wii U. Despite rumors suggesting the title will skip Nintendo’s console, the document lists the Wii U version of the upcoming open-world game alongside the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions. Watch Dogs is scheduled to launch in the spring.
Information has emerged that the reasonably well received Splinter Cell: Blacklist only sold 2 million copies across all formats. The company apparently expected it to sell around 5 million, but that clearly didn’t happen. Interestingly, it was revealed that the Wii U version of the game only accounted for around 2% of sales in the US.
Respected technology enthusiasts Digital Foundry have taken a look at Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The publication says that native 720p resolution is standard, and the same in-house post-process anti-aliasing solution is also in effect, delivering similar results to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 . However, where the Wii U version falls down is the framerate which falls 6-10fps behind the 360 and PS3 releases, resulting in a jerky experience on the platform.
“The Wii U version consistently falls 6-10fps behind the 360 and PS3 releases, resulting in a jerky, often uneven update and a profound, unsatisfying reduction in controller response. Combined with the GamePad’s twitchy analogue sticks, the low frame-rate makes frantically running across rooftops and chasing down targets a frustrating affair, the net result being that we’d often have to repeat some missions multiple times – something that wasn’t much of a problem on 360, and with no issues at all when playing at 60fps on the PC version of the game.”
Platinum Games creative director JP Kellams has revealed on Twitter that he is fed up with Microsoft and Sony gamers requesting that Bayonetta 2 be ported to the Xbox and the PlayStation. Kellams says that anything he posts on the Bayonetta 2 Facebook page turns into requests to port the Wii U exclusive to the Xbox and the PlayStation. Here’s what he had to say on Twitter.
“I hate posting anything Bayonetta 2 on our Facebook. Not because I hate Bayonetta 2, but because I hate the pedantic port-begging.”
“It’s been over a year since we announced. We heard you. We get it. We are just happy that we get to make Bayonetta 2 for the patient fans.”
This year’s Spike VGX award nominations are available to view online and it’s your chance to vote for which game you think deserves Game of the Year. There’s five games you can choose from including Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Super Mario 3D World, The Last of Us and Tomb Raider. It’s completely up to you which game you vote for, but it’s certainly a difficult choice as there’s been some great games released this year. The Spike VGX takes place on December 7th, so be sure to vote.
Respected tech site Digital Foundry is reporting that Wii U version of Warner Bros’ recently released Batman Arkham Origins runs considerably worse on the Wii U compared to both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The publication says that the Wii U version is blighted by an extremely poor frame-rate throughout. Digital Foundry says that the sheer number of enemies and the inclusion of a weaker CPU seems to be the cause for this. The concluded by saying that gameplay is heavily compromised to the point where they found the experience far less enjoyable as a result.
“The situation is considerably worse on the Wii U. On the plus side, screen-tearing is completely eliminated due to the inclusion of a locked v-synced presentation, but disappointingly the result of this is a frame-rate that fluctuates somewhere in the mid-twenties on a regular basis, producing constant judder and a serious reduction in the responsiveness of the controls. The number of enemies and the inclusion of a weaker CPU seems to be the cause for this on Nintendo’s system – perhaps the console simply can’t keep up with handling all of the AI and physics routines under load. The result is that gameplay is heavily compromised to the point where we found the experience far less enjoyable as a result. At times the PS3 version suffers to a similar degree, but this happens far less frequently compared to the Nintendo platform. Given the major frame-rate issues it’s hard to recommend the Wii U game at all unless you have no other option.”
IGN has made a video that compares the graphics of the PlayStation 4′s version of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag to the Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the open-world game. Based on the website’s recording, the game looks pretty good on Nintendo’s latest console, especially compared to the two last-gen consoles’ versions. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is available now for all the aforementioned platforms, as well as PC and Xbox One.