There was an interesting morsel in the Infendo tip box this morning that I just couldn’t pass up. Seems 1UP.com, the soon be be sold and/or defunct Ziff Davis gaming site, picked up on something from a Game Informer interview with John Lee, Hudson Entertainment’s director of marketing.
Near the end of the interview, Lee is asked point-blank about whether Hudson might be considering developing a new Bonk game for release over the Wii’s VC. Here’s the response, verbatim:
“Well, the VC was specifically designed to bring back classic games, not to introduce new content. So to answer your question specifically: No. However, in the future, you should rephrase that question to: Are there any plans to launch original content on some downloadable service on the Wii, and you might get a different answer.”
So — obviously Hudson Entertainment knows something we don’t here.
Do they? Small budget indie games always seemed to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue before the Wii launch, but it’s died down considerably as of late. However, news like this goes to the heart of the “Publishers wary of Wii” post from yesterday because it would mean indie developers (think Geometry Wars, Flow) would have another inroads to the industry. Cheap, innovative games? Sign me up.
UPDATE: In response to the rumor created by Lee’s statement, CVG asked Nintendo to comment on the situation. Nintendo said “We cannot confirm at this time in what format the new content will be delivered, but in the future there will be original games available for download through the Wii Shop.”