A Bioware representative has told IGN that they have no plans to bring the Citadel or Reckoning Mass Effect 3 downloadable content to the Wii U. Both of these well-received packs were available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC at launch, but it looks as though EA and Bioware are ignoring Wii U owners. It now seems fairly unlikely that Wii U owners will get any future Mass Effect 3 DLC.
A BioWare representative tells IGN that “There are no plans to bring Citadel or Reckoning to the Wii U at this time.”
Bioware has confirmed that the upcoming Omega downloadable content for Mass Effect 3 will not be available for Wii U. The developer declined to give a reason why the downloadable content would be absent from the Wii U version of the game. When asked whether any other additional DLC that’s not included on the disc would arrive on Wii U, the rely was “never say never.”
Online gaming publication 1UP has gone hands-on with Mass Effect 3 and the results aren’t pretty. The site claims that the game suffers from a number of technical difficulties on Nintendo’s latest console. The Wii U version has problems with the frame rate and animation, amongst other things. Here’s a sample of what they had to say about Mass Effect 3 on Wii U.
Without question, it has a few issues. This version of ME3 seems a lot less visually stable than, say, the Xbox 360 version — the frame rate is choppier, the animation seems rougher. The audio suffers, too; while the music and sound effects have come over fine, all the dialogue has a hollow, echoing quality to it. The GamePad’s analog sticks aren’t as comfortable as the 360′s, and the placement of the face buttons relative to the right stick made me continually miss the melee and reload buttons. My headshot ratio has dropped precipitously. It’s tragic.
BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect 3: Special Edition launches alongside Nintendo’s upcoming console on November 18th in North America and November 30th in Europe. BioWare’s Melanie Faulknor says the game is not simply a port of the original version, Mass Effect 3, which released eight months ago for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Wii U’s version of the game is developed by Straight Right and includes bonus content and new features that utilize the Wii U GamePad.
Let’s hope that BioWare will eventually bring Mass Effect Trilogy to Wii U, too.
“The Mass Effect 3 Special Edition for Wii U is my first project as an External Producer, which means I work with both our internal teams and our external partner, in this case Straight Right from Australia. As this was the first time a Mass Effect game would be on a Nintendo console, we wanted to make sure we had a partner that really had a lot of experience working with Nintendo – and that’s what Straight Right delivered.”
“This was important because this was more than just a standard port project. We’ve added additional content and new features to fully utilize the Wii U GamePad. Our team in Edmonton and the team at Straight Right was working together constantly to create a feature set we think would enhance Mass Effect 3 and we’re proud of the results! You can control your squadmates, utilize both Shepard and your squad’s abilities and even play Mass Effect 3 all from the GamePad – something that comes in super handy if someone else in the house wants to watch or use the TV.”
Mass Effect 3 Wii U developer Straight Right has explained that his team are extremely conscious about messing up such an established franchise with the Wii U version. The developer acknowledges that the Wii U GamePad gives the team something new to bring to the series, but concedes that there is always the possibility that things might not go as planned. The team says it’s ultimately about enhancing the original experience.
“We’re very conscious of not wanting to mess up. Given the level of expectation and the fact that we’re taking something which, on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and PC, was exceptionally good.”
“You look at the game and think ‘how could I possibly make this better?’ The Wii U gives you that opportunity with the GamePad. But first and foremost you say, ‘well, I don’t want to screw this up’.
“You want to replicate the experience on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as sympathetically as possible. But then you say, ‘how can I enhance this experience?’. We tried to get the game looking great and singing on Wii U, and then use the GamePad to complement this.”
- Tom Crago, Straight Right
Wii U’s version of Mass Effect 3 is being developed by Australian studio Straight Right – not BioWare. Straight Right head Tom Crago has revealed that he and his team are working on two other titles for Nintendo’s forthcoming console. One of them is an original game, while the other is based on a “big franchise” that will be released in 2013. Mass Effect 3 is scheduled to launch alongside Wii U this holiday.
“It’s going to be a launch title, but of course we don’t know quite yet when the hardware will launch. We intend to be there that same day.”
“This is the biggest title we’ve worked on in a long time. There’s a significant technical challenge bringing the game from its original format to the Wii U. It’s a new, different and sophisticated piece of hardware, so there’s a good deal of technical energy that’s been expended making that happen.”
“We’ve made a number of bets on the Wii U, so we’re certainly hoping that the platform comes strongly out of the gate. We’ve got two other titles in development.”
“One of them is original, our own IP, and another is based on another big franchise that will come out in 2013. It’s a big title and you will have heard of it.”
Australian developer Straight Right who are handling the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 have confirmed that Mass Effect will will run at 720p. News broke yesterday from Nintendo Power stating that the game will run at 1080p, but this information appears to be incorrect.
Although Wii U launch games developed by Nintendo will run at 720p, third-party Wii U launch games will run natively at 1080p. The Wii U versions of Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition, Assassin’s Creed III and Mass Effect 3 are all confirmed to be running in full 1080p resolution.
Graphics technology company Umbra Software is an official middleware tools provider with Nintendo for the Wii U console. The company has announced that a customized version of Umbra’s latest rendering optimization middleware is available for evaluations for licensed Wii U developers. Wii U’s version of Mass Effect 3, for example, is a title that uses Umbra’s rendering optimization.
It has been announced that Tantalus Media will be the development team that will be bringing Mass Effect 3 across to Wii U. Tantalus Media’s most notable game is The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon for Nintendo DS in 2008. Mass Effect 3 on Wii U will come pre-loaded with the existing DLC, and a new interactive comic by Darkhorse.