Karl Slatoff, Take-Two Interactive’s COO, has told Venture Beat that the publisher and developer behind acclaimed titles such as LA Noire, Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto would prefer to make a completely original game for the Wii U rather than just rushing out to bring an HD port of one of its existing franchises. What would you most like to see them bring to the Wii U?
“We haven’t announced any specific support for Wii U at this point but anytime you’ve got a new platform that could garner a significant audience, then we would be interested,” he said. “It is an HD platform that has the processing power to develop a compelling triple experience. If it takes hold of the market, that is good for us. So from that perspective, we are very excited about that. Again we haven’t announced any support for it but obviously we have a great relationship with Nintendo and we will be looking at the Wii U.
“I think there is always going to be a certain amount of synergy. Let’s just assume that everyone is at the same quality level in terms of the high-definition piece. Art work is a significant part of development costs. But we are not interesting in the ability to just do straight ports. We are not a big believer in straight ports in general. I mean for us it’s more about developing for the specific capability of each machine. We focus on what the platform brings to bear and that is the best way to do it.
“For us, if you are really going to do good job, look at the platform itself, analyze the capabilities and develop your game to take advantage of those capabilities and that is the best way to address that audience. So whether it is three or four, there is some synergy. But for us we don’t mind, it’s the audience that makes sense, we look at each decision individually, makes economic sense to do it.”