SEGA confirmed today that Aliens: Colonial Marines is no longer heading to Nintendo’s latest console. In a statement provided to IGN, the publisher said the Wii U version of the first-person shooter has been canceled and it’s development has been ceased. When it was released in February for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines received very negative reviews. The Wii U edition of the game was said to be even worse than the other versions, but now we’ll never be able to confirm whether that rumor is true or false.
“SEGA can confirm that the Wii U sku of Aliens: Colonial Marines is no longer in development.”
Although it’s supposed to be released by the end of this month, Gearbox Software is unsure of whether Aliens: Colonial Marines will arrive on Wii U. Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford told GameSpot that while he thinks Demiurge Studios, the developer behind the Wii U console’s version of the game, did an amazing job, it’s up to the game’s publisher, Sega, to decide when – or if – it will hit Nintendo’s latest console. Earlier this week, both Sega and Demiurge Studios declined to comment on the Wii U version of the game.
“We’ll see. That’s not our call. I think [developer Demiurge Studios] did amazing work. I think it’s really cool, but Sega’s got to figure that out. We’re doing the best we can.”
-Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford
According to a video game tester who claims to have played Aliens: Colonial Marines on the Wii U console, the Wii U version of the first-person shooter is even worse than Aliens: Colonial Marines for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which was released last week and received largely negative reviews. Apparently, the Wii U version suffers from frame rate issues, poor texture loading, and it supposedly includes random minigames. The Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines is scheduled to launch next month. Here’s what the tester had to say based on his or her experience with Wii U’s version of the game:
“Oh wow. Yes okay. I was hoping someone would ask this. I have played the WiiU version. The one that is supposedly the best of all of them? It is not. It is the worst. It is a bit of a joke. The WiiU is basically the same game as the console version but with framerate issues, worse texture loading, and horrendously misguided minigames thrown in. You get a ‘scanner’ to scan enemies and get bonus points that aid your harming them. When you cut open doors (which happens a lot in the game) you have a game where you have to keep the heat ‘optimal’. They just add frustration, and take away even more from the fun. We don’t know if it will come out, Sega are conisdering canceling it, but right now its still going.”
According to a rumor posted in an IGN board, Half-Life developer Gearbox Software is working on a new first-person shooter, which may be a new IP and is supposedly being developed for Wii U as well as for unannounced next-generation consoles. The rumored game is said to be in its first stages of development, and it is apparently being developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, which is a game engine that Nintendo’s Wii U is capable of running.