Dead Island: Riptide publisher explains Wii U absence

UPDATE: Techland says the decision to not release Dead Island: Riptide on Wii U has nothing to do with the technical capabilities of the game's engine.

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Update: A Techland representative has told GameSpot that Dead Island: Riptide's engine would not need to be rewritten or adapted to run on the Wii U and that the decision to not release the game on the Wii U was not down to the engine's capabilities.

"Wii U compatibility was coded, created, and tested months ago, back in 2012. There's no 'rewriting' needed to make it work on Nintendo's latest console. So the bottom line is that there were no plans to create a Wii U version but that decision had nothing to do with Chrome Engine's inability to run on that platform," said Techland.

Original Story: Current-gen open-world FPS Dead Island: Riptide won't be coming to the Wii U, publisher Deep Silver has said.

Speaking in an interview with Digital Spy, creative producer Alexander Toplansky said the development team at Techland would have either rebuilt the engine to work on Nintendo's latest hardware or simply ported the game. "One of the opportunities we had for Riptide was to continue the development of the engine, and really improve it and make a lot of refinements," said Toplansky.

"The things that are required to bring something to a new platform, you need to either really get to be integrating it deep into the engine, or you've got to [do] a port."

"Neither one of those was a satisfactory outcome for us, so we decided to do what we got platform-wise and just make sure that we can deliver the best experience we can."

Toplansky also confirmed that the studio wasn't actively planning to support the Wii U in the future, but wouldn't rule out the idea completely. "It's not something I would categorically rule out, but it's not something that's planned," he said.

Dead Island: Riptide is being released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on April 26 in Europe and on April 23 in North America.

The original Dead Island has now sold over 5 million copies since its launch in 2011, Deep Silver parent company Koch Media announced in February.

"While others focus on ever-increasing development budgets and driving brand messages via ballooning marketing expenditures, Deep Silver stands for hitting the zeitgeist, innovation and fresh gameplay," said Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz at the time.

Discussion

419 comments
vinnypharmacist
vinnypharmacist

Because it will be a waste of money to publish on a failing console platform. Also it is not kid friendly.

Michformer
Michformer

With claims like that, you have to wonder why the Wii U was conceived in the first place.

ccgod
ccgod

why are devs so afraid to speak there minds?  just say it's already out dated and no one is going to buy it over ps4 and the new xbox  its already failed

franzito
franzito

I wouldn't play this even in the sytems I have.

the13stuff
the13stuff

I beat the first one and to be honest found it pretty monotonous and imagine any sequel will be the same.

HydePark1980
HydePark1980

LMAO......Damn these boys got caught with their pants down!!

Henninger
Henninger

Had no plans to buy it on any other system than the 360 anywayz. I enjoyed the first game despite the bugs. Now if they don't fix those bugs then thats a shame. This game could've easily been a 9 if the bugs didnt bring it down.

Ant-knEe
Ant-knEe

If only Dead Island was as awesome as the dramatic CGI trailers they put out...

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Considering the first Dead Island was mostly considered bad I dont think Wii U owners are missing much.

grin89
grin89

whoa this is a entirely new game? i thought it was just a little expansion to the original, im stoked for a new dead island hope they get better characters this go around though.

neoand12
neoand12

"Wii U compatibility was coded, created, and tested months ago, back in 2012. There's no 'rewriting' needed to make it work on Nintendo's latest console. So the bottom line is that there were no plans to create a Wii U version but that decision had nothing to do with Chrome Engine's inability to run on that platform," said Techland.


Faceplam.


So why not just release this game for it...

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

wii u is going down because it lacks 3rd party support and 3rd party support is lacking cause the wii u is going down. Nintendo has been too content with first party games that it forgot that more serious gamers prefer 3rd party games .,they thought that other publishers will rush towards their new console and therefore decided no to entice  other game publishers,  it is sad to see this new console fail  before it could learn to walk

da_chub
da_chub

i wonder if this dev can explain why this game isnt in my collection anyways, no matter the system.  o wait, its becaase l4d2 is the best zombie game out and anything else just isnt worth buying.

SolidSnakeTPF
SolidSnakeTPF

This game will suck, I am not a fan of this series at all but to each their own I guess.

leandrro
leandrro

official statement: "We do not release on platforms that suck."

saoe
saoe

Just make it clear...

Techland is a developing studio.

Deep Silver is a Publisher. 


You welcome.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

I would be getting this for my PC not Wii U anyway so it's no big deal really. Not that I'm getting it.

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

Looks like they just plain don't want to, perhaps because Wii-U doesn't have a very large userbase. But, who knows? Mr. Miyamoto, go work for Sony.

superbuuman
superbuuman

@HydePark1980 will come later if & when WiiU have a larger base..Deus Ex: Director's Cut is coming to WiiU apparently. :p

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@hatieshorrer 

Could you use "consider" some more in a single sentence?  FYI: Dead Island IS "considered" a good game.  Get your facts straight.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@hatieshorrer "mostly"? It's got a 7 which is a good score the problem it had was the start of the game was excelent but later stages of the game sucked compared to the island area

wyan_
wyan_

@neoand12 You missed the part where he says: "Neither one of those was a satisfactory outcome for us,"

That was in regards to porting the game. They weren't happy with what they could do for the Wii U, so they didn't bother.

ManpontheMedic
ManpontheMedic

@da_chub But the "zombies" in left 4 dead are not really zombies are they? as they do not consume flesh and its more like they want to beat the crap out of you not eat you. Sooo thats not really a zombie game now is it? Sorta like how 28 days later is an "outbreak" Movie not a "zombie" Movie

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@ELMuurrrrrr 

apparently someone didn't get any attention growing up...you'll get no digital love from me

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @badwedgie00 Don't you mean Microsoft. It's a well established fact Sony IP'S just don't sell!

ManpontheMedic
ManpontheMedic

@wyan_ @neoand12 And the fact that they'd have to water it down so wiitards could try and follow the story and the wii sucks at multiplayer anyway

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

@wcwj26 It would be alot easier for Miyamoto-san to change allegiances to Sony. For one thing, Sony's headquarters is just down the block from Nintendo.  Two, native Japanese won't often work for a foreign company, but are more likely to work with their own people.  Third, Sony Playstations have dominated the game market since the PS1.  If you have a PC, there's really no need for an Xbox.

96augment
96augment

@Bl4KD37H But it'll do better when Legend of Zelda or Super Smash Bros. comes out. 

wcwj26
wcwj26

@Bl4KD37H I have my facts and I'll be sure to copy & paste your obvious lies here when you try your sad little ploy saying you own a Wii U on the next Nintendo thread you troll.

Laters......

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @Bl4KD37H I would say put up or shut up but your to busy lying to shut up. You spam EVERY Nintendo article with your BS and you don't even own the console to back it up. Get a life little boy instead of trolling Nintendo threads all day!

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @Bl4KD37H How can I spam you on a console you ain't got? You could just prove a point and inbox me then block me but we both know your a lying troll!

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @Bl4KD37H My FC is 'THEMIGHTYDOOVDE'. Send me an inbox if your on Miiverse. Im not going to hold my breath because we both know your lying!

frylock616
frylock616

@Kaobasa @badwedgie00 The 360 is popular in America over the PS3.....where in Japan, the 360 all but died 3 years ago, while Sony and Nintendo made a lot of profit.

frylock616
frylock616

@wcwj26 the original Xbox and the 360 bombed in Japan. Nobody in Japan wants an  American made consoles because they are shit.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

@badwedgie00 @wcwj26 Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, Miyamoto works for Nintendo because he wants to and not because he must strictly do it? I don't think Sony's vision would offer anything to Miyamoto for what he wants to accomplish in a developer perspective. Nintendo is the organization that makes more sense for him to be with, not to mention all the years he has devoted there.

mario113
mario113

@badwedgie00 @wcwj26 I think if miyamoto retires I don't think he would join any other game company after all sony and microsoft will limit his creativity to mostly graphics, and most of his franchises would be shels of thier former selves, just look at Rare

flyingdutchdog3
flyingdutchdog3

@badwedgie00 @wcwj26 Not true ... Sony did not dominate this generation ... the Wii outsold it by a large margin. And it you have a PC, there's really "no" need for a PS3 ... how's that for logic?

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @badwedgie00 Nintendo and Miyamoto are synonymous. The fact is if Miyamoto went to Sony his vision would be reduced to graphics over innovation. It's not going to happen anyway and I think gaming is richer for it.

Kaobasa
Kaobasa

@badwedgie00  What do you mean it depends on personal preference?  Yes, you can think a game is great while others don't, but that's not the point being made.  He's talking about financially successful.  It's absolutely no mystery that the Xbox is far more popular than the PS3 which would naturally mean that its exclusives will sell far better.  I think you know that but are being blissfully ignorant of it.

Thankfully the PS4 is shaping up to be a nifty console.  However with the bad rep they've earned during the PS3 generation they have a lot to come back from.

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

@wcwj26 Some might dislike Nintendo, but that is the company, not the person of Miyamoto. Miyamoto joining Sony would be a victory because it would welcome a creative genius that could help develop a greater variety of first-party titles for Sony.

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @badwedgie00 M$ does have more successful IP's. The sales speak for themselves. As for Miyamoto joining Sony,I doubt Sony fans would want that! They make it pretty obvious they HATE Nintendo!

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

@wcwj26 I don't know about M$ having more successful IPs, that depends on one's own personal preferences.  However, in this case, a born-and-bred Japanese like Miyamoto-san would choose his own ethnic group to that of "foreigners". Race-based preferences would overrule other factors.

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @badwedgie00 Sure, because PS3 and Vita are the dominant force right now! Sony headquarters may be in Japan, but im sure Miyamoto would rather go to a company that has successful IP's that people BUY!

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @96augment Sure, it's a good number, but compared to the other big sellers this gen, it should of sold better.

When Mario Kart Wii is selling 33.6m units, you have to admit it's a bit of an alarming gap!

96augment
96augment

@wcwj26 8.7 million units is not impressive? Dude, that was just a stupid thing to say. 

frylock616
frylock616

@wcwj26 wow......I guess you forgot about the PS1 and the PS2 and the BIllions of dollars those two consoles brought in during a 20 year span? fucking retards these days.

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @Jecoh Halo and GoW ALONE have pretty much outsold every Sony IP put together! Regardless whether you like them or not, money talks and these two have made plenty!

Jecoh
Jecoh

@wcwj26 Exactly what worthwhile Microsoft first party games are there?

wcwj26
wcwj26

 @danmanpro Sony's biggest selling IP is GT5 with 8.7m units!

Hardly impressive with all the Sony fans out there!