Oles Shishkovtsov, 4 A Games' chief technical officer, reveals why Metro: Last Light won't be making it's way to Nintendo's new Wii U console: “The Wii U has a horrible, slow CPU."
Despite it's overwhelmingly positive critical reception throughout many professional gaming sites, Nintendo's new Wii U system has been the subject of disdain and disappointment from both developers and consumers alike.
With reports of system malfunctions, massive operating system updates, consoles bricking, and of course the surprisingly unimpressive current-gen technology, the Wii U has had a less than stellar launch record so far.
What's worse is that many games that were planned to release on the Wii U have been canceled, including 4 A Games' sequel Metro: Last Light. 4 A's chief technical officer, Oles Shishkovtsov, gives an explanation as to why the the game won't be released for the Wii U:
“The Wii U has a horrible, slow CPU,” Shishkovtsov told NowGamer.
Shishkovtsov's colleague at 4 A Games, Huw Beynon, also confirmed that Metro; Last Light wouldn't be released for the console and had this to say:
“We had an early look at it, we thought we could probably do it, but in terms of the impact we would make on the overall quality of the game – potentially to its detriment – we just figured it wasn’t worth pursuing at this time.
It’s something we might return to. I really couldn’t make any promises, though.
We had an initial look at the Wii U, but given the size of the team and compared to where we were last time, just developing for the Playstation 3 is a significant addition.”
Developers are complaining that the system just isn't fast enough and that it constricts gameplay as a whole, making the Wii U a challenging medium and platform to develop games for. Hopefully we won't see many games canceled due to the Wii U's lack of processing power, and many cross-platform titles will most likely deliver a different experience on the Wii U.
I'm personally curious to see how well Mass Effect 3 runs on Nintendo's new system, and if it's processing limitations will making gameplay insufferable. Let's just hope that the big AAA titles play well, considering many Wii U owners are looking forward to playing their favorite console games on-the-go.
Metro: Last Light from 4 A Games is currently scheduled for a release sometime in 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. For more information please visit the game's official website.