Levine: “No plans” to develop for WiiU currently

By on July 12, 2011

An Irrational game may not happen any time soon, but it’s not ruled out entirely.

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Irrational Games’ Ken Levine had shown interest in the Playstation Vita, coming up on stage at the Sony E3 conference, swiping out the Vita out of his pocket and instantly making the handheld even more inciting. However, he is not too lovely about developing for the WiiU, Nintendo’s upcoming home console. Reason? Well, it’s not really clear, but at least he doesn’t rule it out entirely.

“Just to be clear, there are no plans. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but we have no plans to do any games for that platform,” he told IGN.

“We’re now getting to a place with Vita and what Nintendo’s doing where that’s not necessarily going to be the case, where you can play full-on hardcore games in bed with the lights out while your wife’s asleep. I like that a lot. That means a lot to me. On the airplane? That means a lot to me as a core gamer, that you’ve got two sticks.

“That’s so important to me. The fact that the Wii U has got two sticks… I feel it’s like… It’s a great year for the core coming back and saying, ‘okay, have your touch screens, have your motion control, we’ll try to make that work, and if you can pull that off it’ll be really good.’”

How about mobile platforms like the iOS? Yeah, not really.

“That’s not the kind of game I’m going to make,” he said.

“It is a core game. I love my iPad. The games that I play — Civ Revolution on my iPad, I play 100 Rogues on my iPad — I tend to play core games. I’m not a huge Fruit Ninja guy, it just doesn’t interest me.

“I respect what those guys do, and obviously they’re able to tap into a kind of zeitgeist that is outside what I do, and I respect that a lot, but it’s just not me. I’m a core gamer. If you’re looking at me to make a game like that, you’re probably hiring the wrong dude.”

Levine is busy working on Bioshock Infinite at the moment, which is due for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime next year.


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