Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 not coming to Wii U due to budget constraints

Konami explains it would have to add another 20 developers at Mercury Steam to port game to Wii U, which is not feasible.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will not come to the Wii U due to budget constraints. Speaking to Eurogamer, Konami producer Dave Cox said the publisher does not have the resources to create the necessary jobs at developer Mercury Steam to make the game possible.

"The reason why we are developing it on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 is simply because that's the amount of people we got," Cox said. "If we want to do a Wii U conversion, that's another 20 people. We just don't have the resources or the budget to do it."

Cox made clear that it's not for lack of interest, but adding a new format this late in development would not be wise, he said.

"It's not to say we wouldn't do it, it's to say at this point we don't want to lose focus on what we're doing," he said. "We've got a certain way down the line, and it would be a distraction to have to do a port to another system at this point."

Even if Konami had the resources to bring on the necessary developers to make a Wii U version of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 possible, the Mercury Steam office space may not be big enough to accommodate them.

"Also, the Mercury Steam office is at breaking point right now. It's rammed," Cox said. "They bought the office for 60 people, and there are 110 now. People are sitting on each other's laps almost. It's all these kind of logistical issues about the development."

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is currently in development for the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3. The 3DS game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate launches March 5. A demo for that game is available to download through the 3DS eShop today.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

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beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

im a nintendo fan but seriously Wii U is crap right now. it has the same power as a ps3 only with a tablet controller

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Oh you mean, a totally re-deone game to specifically accomendate Nintendo's gimmicky hardware won't be released at the same time as all the other consoles? DUH!

vinardo
vinardo

I read "Nintendo didn't pay konami to port the game"

Crossel777
Crossel777

They're on a budget..  Does that explain why Mirror of Fate sucks?  I think not.   The developers are just god awful at this lolz.

kbaily
kbaily

Seriously devs now you're just making up excuses.  You complained the Wii had no HD so you couldn't port. The WiiU has HD, and hardrive space for all that DLC you want to nickel and dime us for and it even has an optional traditional controller so now you're just making up lame ass excuses.  It can't be that hard to port your "God of Castlevania" game.  Third party devs want Nintendo to fail so they don't have to compete with their first party games and they only way to do that is to not support their consoles.

WiiU fans, if you want third party devs to make WiiU games, do what the Mass Effect 3 fans did, send emails to these devs, scream and cry and demand support because if ME3 taught us anything, it's that if you scream and yell loud enough, companies will cave to your demands.

blackothh
blackothh

just say it, the wii was never made to handle good games.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I'm getting sick of all this Wii U negativity in the gaming community and lack of support by developers. I realize much of this is Nintendo's fault, but it is a FANTASTIC system and has tons of gaming potential. It has WAY more potential than the Wii ever did, even if that's not saying much.

The controller is NOT just a gimmick, despite what haters (which are mostly people who haven't even given the system a go) are saying. I am not a Nintendo fanboy by any means, but I am more excited about what Nintendo has to offer this go around than I have been since the 64. 

Gaming would not be the same without Nintendo, folks. Your most beloved franchises owe something to Nintendo, and I personally would say that globally among ALL games. Nintendo is good for the market. They inspire change and growth, which are always good for business in the gaming world.

bannermanner
bannermanner

So Wii U owners can't experience the kinda decent gameplay, nice visuals, and terrible Portal references.  Okay.

Lords of Shadow was okay, but I don't think it should have been released as a Castlevania game.

Benny_a
Benny_a

Sony and MS has none, they doing allright.

Today if you buiy xbox or PS3 you can play every new game that comes out and backlog of thousands of games.

If you buy WiiU you stuck with shitty 10 games or so, if you buy Wii then your crazy nutjob.

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

Does anyone think that the extra 20 people required to develop this game for the Wii-U are just so that the game can be played on that little controller?

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Now this is the correct way to explain to the press why your development team cannot support the WiiU at this time, unlike what Randy Pitchford over at Gearbox who bungled up why borderlands 2 wouldn't come to WiiU. 

Blame everything you can  think of as to why you cannot port to the Wii U besides the truth. Not enough developers, not enough time, no room, lack of equipment, Obama, Katrina, 911 - just make sure to say your team really really wants to but for reasons beyond your control..... cough WiiU not selling, cough.... you cannot at this time. 

makoreactors
makoreactors

I really feel nintendo needs to cut the gimmeck controllers and wii sports-like crap things out. Or they will fall behind even more. I don't care what sales say, i don't see nintendo as a serious gaming company like i did when i owned a SNES

wyan_
wyan_

It's just a polite way to say: "We know we wouldn't make a dime if we produced a Wii U version."

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Note to Nintendo: Your console is not a priority for developers.

nami_the_mage
nami_the_mage

If MercurySteam had the Wii U dev kits when they started production on this game, they would have allotted the necessary resources to developing a Wii U version I'm sure.  I've already pre-ordered this game for PS3, but I bet the Wii U version would've had a map, or weapon and item equipment menu ready at my fingertips.  Oh well, whatever.

wickdawg01
wickdawg01

And this is the EXACT reason why I opted to NOT buy a Wii U. Lack of developer support. Heck you could see it in the later years of the Wii. Everytime I go into the store there were two cases filled to the max with Wii games that no one has ever heard of before and no one was buying.

Nintendo has a handful of flagship great games but honestly if you want to know the real reason their systems keep selling, its because of the loyal Nintendo fanbase that will buy their new systems regardless of what games are released. Ill admit I've owned 2 different Wii's. I kept getting sucked back in by a couple of games. But i'm not falling for it a second time. Bottom line: Nintendo is going the way of Sega.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

I wasn't even aware this game was being made. Plus, wasn't the previous Lords of Shadow game just a God of War+Shadow of the Colossus ripoff?

boredom_kills
boredom_kills

This kind of story, "Game x not coming to Wii-U for reason y" is becoming a bit too common of late. Nintendo are going to end up mainly a developer/publisher at this rate.

ZomDie420
ZomDie420

well i guess i'm not wasting my money on this game then.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Frankly, it is a good business move. I don't see why they would waste the resources, money, or time. The Wii U isn't selling well. It would ultimately be a waste.

Metronoid
Metronoid

Who cares, Castlevania under Mercury System isn t Castlevania anymore. :´(

DarthLod
DarthLod

Budget constraints or not, this is a good move. Don't waste your time. Nintendo needs to learn a hard lesson.

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

a lot of why wii-u isnt selling is because it hasnt been advertised enough and isnt getting shown off in pods in retail shops. 1 unknown FACT is it stays true to nintendos unblemished reputation for making award winning handsets.  I have my wii-u in my car.  Yes my car.  With the help of a 3 pin adapter i can plug the console into the lighter port of my car and when i am out and about and stop for a rest or to have lunch i can use the controler and games in the car.  I can also browse the internet using wifi hotspots available from macdonalds, burger king and kfc.  The console can be plugged in anywhere.  Took my friends young ones out for the day while he was in hospital and was able to plug the unit in at a JD Weatherspoons Pub and the Wii-U kept them entertained while we had dinner out.  The controler also has a massive range and i can play games anywhere in my house including the toilet.  As a comparison my friends son brought his Playstation Vita along fully charged and it ran out of battery before we got home but the Wii-U controler had 20 percent left.  

printice21
printice21

woohoo its coming to PC!, now I just want the original on pc at a discount price!

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

zelda 2014 will make it up for nintendo.

gregbmil
gregbmil

I'm sure the real reason is lack of Wii U consoles in peoples homes

chrislatchford
chrislatchford

quite confusing that Nintendo brings a 3DS version on, yet they lose out on their brand new console? what the hell Nintendo.

unless you own a WII U you don't really have a worth while opinion, sorry that' s my opinion!!!.

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

if for wiiu day 1. if for ps3 prob-not.

redness19
redness19

Does it really matter? Few people are buying into the WiiU and the majority that have own a PS3/360 or PC.

Wii sold because it was a new gimmick that was never seen before. Them gamer realized the controls are only beneficial for a handful of sports games or party games. Core gamers moved on. That's why Microsoft would have to be insane to bet the console race on Kinect 2.0. Sony's focus on core gaming is the way to go.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

this is konami's polite way of saying, "sorry nintendo but your system sucks and we dont feel like wasting money porting one of our flagship titles to your crap system".

swamptick
swamptick

Lol. Typical. The WiiU was dead on arrival. Nintendo has lost touch.

Mr_Q12elve
Mr_Q12elve

thats what you get for stealing our Bayonetta lol

CTR360
CTR360

bad news foe WII-U gamers i buy the PS3 version

carolino
carolino

Just change the name to :

Mario : lord of shadow

nintendo will pay no metter what

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

Good! At least Dave Cox is honest regarding the reasons why there is no C:LoS2.

The last thing any console needs is another uninteresting/bad/rush/shoehorn port. Plus, Konami has dedicated resources for the 3DS version of the game.

On top of that, maybe if the game sells wells (in the other systems), then there could be WiiU port later on.

Benny_a
Benny_a

GOOD NEWS, another nail in WiiU coffin

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

i cant believe Nintendo didnt bring out a tablet based phone or just a tablet .  it would have took a giant shit on APPLE

Shenmue_Jehuty
Shenmue_Jehuty

Love how people are assuming that Nintendo is doomed if the Wii U fails; aside from the Virtual Boy, Nintendo has never had a console that was not profitable for them, they are a very, very healthy company financially. They could probably afford to release 3 or 4 failed consoles on a row before they started to smell trouble. Trust is, they will likely pump money into the WiiU for several years, even if it's not selling well, and during that time it's sure to see a spike in sales when a new Zelda or Mario is announced. 

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

we may be losing games by the ton but theres light at the end of the tunnel (LEGO GTA)  aka lego city undercover is out EXCLUSIVELY to Wii-U in 25 days

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

more proof that nintendos new next gen console is far too complex to program.  FACT the wii-u is the best console out there right now but its too early for developers to get to grips with and REQUIRES NINTENDOS OWN BRAINBOXES to get AAA first party games out there to win the public over.  

CaptainKrunch10
CaptainKrunch10

Because we are lazy to think about Wii U and those people have enough Mario games to keep them busy so yeah.

deadruler08
deadruler08

Anybody's comment page all messed up.  Oh btw RIP NINTENDO

deeshht
deeshht

Come on man  nintendo need some love 2

emptycow
emptycow

nintendo is incompetent  never got there shit together ... nintendo been doing this  video game thing for more then 25 years  and sony  made them look stupid and keep making them look stupid .. nintendo should have  made some phone calls and used some of that wii money .........at this point in time nintendo is doing a shit job selling this system  its no shock the wiiu sales are in the shit can  and nobdy wants to bring anything to the wiiu system

xolivierx
xolivierx

Yet, another game not coming to WiiU. What a lovely dustware you have bought!

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

What turned the 3DS around? A good price drop and games. That's what the Wii U needs. The tech can't be too expensive, it's about as fast as a 360/ps3. The 360 with no HD is $200. Nintendo needs a massive price drop and more games.