Crytek, the company behind upcoming technical powerhouse Crysis 3 not only develops games, but licenses it’s impressive game engine to other developers. In an interview with CVG, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli says that although his company thinks very highly of the Wii U, his company doesn’t have any plans to develop any games for the console at the time. That doesn’t
“My opinion of the Wii U is very high, it’s just that we didn’t have a business case unfortunately that justifies us making a game for it” says Yerli. “It doesn’t mean that CryEngine 3 doesn’t run on Wii U, it actually runs beautifully. In fact, there actually is a game in development from a respected developer that we will be announcing. I’ve seen the game running and it looks really great.”
Going on, Yerli expresses that he does not understand the concerns that Wii U is weaker than the current crop of consoles. “From my perspective I do not understand the public’s concerns that the Wii U is weaker than PS3 and 360. That I cannot see. From my perspective the Wii U is minimum as powerful as Xbox 360.”
While this may not mean that the Wii U will push the boundaries when it comes to the graphics department, it is at least reassuring to know that it can run a newer engine designed to push the limits of Xbox 360 and PS3, and run it well. Third party support will be the first step into getting Wii U to penetrate into households that may no longer contain a Wii console. The easier it is to create games for Wii U, the better off Nintendo will be in the long run with their next-gen console.
I for one can’t wait to see what creative projects spring up on the Wii U. Even if it is lacking in power compared to what Microsoft and Sony have up their sleeves for their respective Xbox Next and Playstation 4, the gameplay possibilities of Wii U will be compelling enough for me to take the plunge into what Nintendo has to offer for the next gen. Here’s to hoping that it isn’t just Nintendo swinging the knockout punches on Wii U this time around.