We’re still a ways off from Nintendo firming up and announcing the Wii U launch titles a little later this year. In the meantime, a clearer picture is materializing of games that will and won’t make their way to Nintendo’s next-gen console.
First, the bad news. Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that the Tomb Raider reboot due for release this upcoming holiday season will not be released on Wii U. The confirmation came from an updated FAQ earlier this month and is spelled out clear as day.
“When we started developing the game [Tomb Raider] we made a conscious decision that it was all about building the game for a platform and making sure the game was specific to that platform,” said Crystal Dynamics studio community manager Meagan Marie. “Given that we have been working on the game quite a while before Wii U was announced I think it would not be right to try and port it across. If we started building a game for the Wii U we would build it very differently and we would build it with unique functionality.”
So Lara Croft will not be swinging, sliding and jumping around on Wii U this holiday season.
The good news is Need for Speed developer Slightly Mad Studios quietly updated the website for their Project Cars game and included the Wii U logo on the platforms the game will be available on in 2013. They have since removed all the platform logos from their website, but I think it’s safe to assume the cat is out of the bag. Hopefully no one was disciplined too heavily for the slip up.
Project Cars is a new take on the frankly burnt out racing genre that is being developed with ongoing feedback from community members being integrated into the game. Some features include a franchise mode that will cover multiple motorsports including Rally, Touring Cars, Open-Wheel, GT, Le Mans and more; the ability to play co-op with a friend as driver and navigator; manage a full racing team with friends; a new way to experience pit stops; a car radio that will offer an advantage; dynamic time of day and localized weather; 10+ game modes; a cloud-based social network; and user-generated content including events and tuning setups.
Learn more about Project Cars at its official website.
Wii U news should be heating up as E3 approaches in June, so be on the lookout for an increasing volume of Wii U-related updates in the months ahead.