So you’ve got a new video game console coming out in a few months. Fans, industry pundits, and game designers are all bagging on your new machine, questioning the logic behind its wacky tablet controller and its raw graphical horsepower compared to other hardware makers. It ain’t always easy being Nintendo. How do you silence the naysayers and doubters? Start working with a development studio known for pushing technological boundaries.
Far Cry and Crysis creator Crytek told Computer and Video Games UK on Thursday that they are working with Nintendo. While it can’t say for sure whether it’s latest game, Crysis 3, will make it to the Nintendo Wii U, it’s also not impossible.
“I wouldn’t say there’s no chance,” said producer Mike Read, “I wouldn’t say no chance. I mean the Wii U still doesn’t have any kind of release [date] attached to it at this point. Who knows what the future will being with it. I can definitely say that we are working with Nintendo, and that’s about all I can say on that front. I wouldn’t rule it out, but there has really been no official releases associated with the Wii U yet, and given that we’re releasing Crysis in an eight month time period in February of 2013, we can’t play off of what their schedules are. I wouldn’t rule it out, but you know, it is a possibility.”
Crytek’s publishing partner for Crysis 3, Electronic Arts, has already thrown its weight behind Nintendo’s Wii U. It’s also demonstrated that it has no problem bringing a game to the new console well after its initial release. EA announced a Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 during E3 2012. Even if a Wii U version of Crysis 3 doesn’t release alongside the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 versions, that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
Wii U Crysis 3 has been a point of contention recently though. Director of creative development Rasmus Hojengaard told CVG in May, “We’re not really talking about it right now.” That sort of cagey response typically implies something is in the works. That came just weeks after Hojengaard told Destructoid that there was “not a fat chance” that Crysis 3 will make it to Wii U.
Like everything else involving the Wii U at this point, nothing is clear. We’ll know more when Nintendo becomes a bit more forthcoming about its mysterious machine. So, you know, never.