American retailers Best Buy and Walmart have both listed Xenoblade for Wii U. Could this mean that Xenoblade Chronicles is being remade for Nintendo’s first HD console? Perhaps not, as the game’s only released last year in North America. But it is, however, probably referring to Monolith Soft’s first Wii U game, which is code-named ‘X.’ Let’s hope this means that the studio’s upcoming Wii U role-playing game will be released sooner rather than later.
The development team behind the critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii U have taken part in an internal interview, during which they talk about their blossoming relationship with Nintendo. Monolith Soft Director, Yasuyuki Honne, says that the firm is on a recruitment drive to massively increase the amount of personnel at Monolith Soft. The Monolith Soft team also stated that the number of meetings between Nintendo and Monolith Soft has increased greatly. Both companies are now working together and Nintendo has been providing the company will valuable feedback and tweaks to help improve their games. Here’s a detailed summary.
- Mission is to massively increase the amount of personnel at Monolith Soft
- Looking for designers with skills in 3DCG, effects and motion
- Monolith Soft have realized just how important it is for a team to work closely together
- The number of meetings between Nintendo and Monolith Soft has increased greatly
- Nintendo have been actively consulting on their work and providing feedback
- Monolith Soft say they’re amazed by Nintendo’s ability to work and think together
- They believe it’s a major asset to producing quality products
- This has inspired Monolith Soft to do the same with their studio
- The team is making people feel included by asking programmers who aren’t often in talks with designers, for ideas
- Concerns some of the staff had about the idea of moving to Kyoto is now a thing of the past
- The devs are working closely the together, almost as a family, to make great games
We know that Nintendo subsidiary Monolith Soft is working on at least two new projects – one for Nintendo 3DS and one for the Wii U console. The debut trailer for its first HD game was showcased during last month’s Wii U-focused Nintendo Direct online presentation, although it was not given an official name. The picture above, which was posted on Monolith Soft’s Facebook page, is supposedly a piece of concept art for the developer’s upcoming Nintendo 3DS game.
Nintendo announced that Monolith Soft has a new RPG project in the works for Wii U. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata wouldn’t give a release date for the game, but I suspect we will hear plenty more about the game at E3. You can watch the HD trailer for the game, above.
Monolith Soft’s first Wii U project will be a challenging game that will bring people together, according to the developer, and consumers can expect it to be both very flashy and addicting.
The developer’s executive producer, Hirohide Sugira, says he and his team want to recuperate the Japanese gaming industry by showing what they can do with their first HD, Wii U game.
Michihiko Inaba of Monolith Soft says he wants the forthcoming game to show that Japan can keep up with developers in the U.S., in terms of technology. Inaba also says Monolith Soft’s goal is to become like Bethesda Softworks, the developer of the Fallout series.
Inaba: “I’d like to make an HD game that will wow the players. I want to show that Japan can still keep up with the USA when it comes next gen technology. Our goal is to become something like the developers of the Fallout series, Bethesda Softworks.”
Sugiura: “I believe that today’s Japanese gaming industry has lost its touch, and we’d like to do something to change that.”
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has explained that the company wanted to see just how well both Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story sold in Europe before committing resources to either game. Fils-Aime also said that there’s a lot of buzz related to Monolith Soft’s forthcoming Wii U game in Japan. He said that Nintendo of America would love to publish it dependant on the level of marketing support, how many copy’s it will sell, and whether it will be a profitable venture for Nintendo America.
“We know that they’re working on a game. I personally haven’t seen it, but I know there’s a lot of excitement in Japan and Kyoto about what they’re working on, so I look forward to seeing it. In the end, if it’s a game that we decide to publish from… what would be a second-party standpoint, certainly we’d love to bring it here to the US. The way we look at the opportunity is, given a level of marketing support, how much are we gonna sell and is it gonna be a profitable venture?”
Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft has taken to Twitter to tell fans that they should watch the Tokyo Game Show. We already know that Monolith Soft is working on a brand new project for Wii U, but we’ve yet to hear any new information. It sounds plausible that the development team will use the Tokyo Game Show to debut their new title.
Monolith Soft, the Nintendo-owned development studio behind the fantastic Xenoblade Chronicles, is helping develop Sega, Namco and Capcom’s Nintendo 3DS exclusive Project X Zone. The game is a 2D beat-em-up which features famous characters from the three aforementioned game studios. Fan favourites such as Ken, Ryu and Mega Man will all be making an appearance.
Monolith Soft, the developer behind the fantastic Xenoblade Chronicles, is currently recruiting staff for a brand new Nintendo 3DS game. The developer is looking for effect designers, motion designers and 3DCG designers. We already know that Monolith Soft is hard at work developing a game for Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U console.