Studio not thinking about bringing the latest title in the Metal Gear franchise to Nintendo’s dual-screen console.
Kojima Productions is well aware of the popularity of its Metal Gear brand, but that has done little to make it consider a version of its upcoming action game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for the Wii U.
During a recent interview with Eurogamer, Kojima Productions producer Yuji Korekado conceded that while the studio is considering a PC port of the game, the chances of the game coming out for Nintendo’s first-ever HD console is very dim.
According to him, the studio is not even considering a Wii U port of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance at the moment as the game has been constructed keeping the traditional game controllers in mind and therefore may not exhibit an excellent synergy with Nintendo’s new console’s tablet-inspired controller, the GamePad.
“We aren’t currently thinking about that,” Korekado said. “One of the strongest appeals of the Wii U is the GamePad. However, we’ve constructed Metal Gear Rising so you can fully enjoy the game on the controllers whether it’s on the PS3 or the Xbox. So, currently we aren’t thinking about Metal Gear Rising on the Wii U.”
The concern voiced by the Kojima Productions producer regarding the game’s potential compatibility with the Wii U and particularly the GamePad are quite similar to the ones that studios making first-person shooters had expressed for most part of the year.
The perception that certain types of games may not work too well with the GamePad has already been proven wrong by Nintendo, which has released a traditional controller for its new console anyway to appease developers that were finding it hard to get over their scepticism regarding the tablet-inspired controller.
Companies such as Ubisoft has helped Nintendo in proving that the GamePad is an excellent choice of controller for playing games regardless of what genre they belong to.
Unfortunately for the Wii U owners who were hoping to see Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance being developed for the next-generation console Kojima Productions and Konami are not yet convinced about the console’s capabilities and therefore not considering a Wii U port as yet.
It is still too soon to start mourning though, as the studio has not ruled out the possibility of the gaming coming to Nintendo’s new console completely and has instead stated that a Wii U port is not being considered “currently.”
The Metal Gear franchise is not the first renowned series to be skipping the Wii U, with BioShock Infinite, Dead Space 3, Resident Evil 6, Metro: Last Light and Borderlands 2 being some of the other titles that will not arrive on the console.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is slated for release on February 19, 2013, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.