No Metro: Last Light for the Wii U - Report

4A Games CTO Oles Shishkovtsov says Nintendo's next-generation console has a "horrible, slow CPU"; confirms there will be no Wii U version of Metro 2033 sequel.

Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games has confirmed that it will not be bringing the sequel to Nintendo's next-generation console due to technical limitations.

Speaking to Now Gamer, 4A Games chief technical officer Oles Shishkovtsov told the publication that the Wii U has a "horrible, slow CPU".

His colleague Huw Beynon reiterated the sentiment, telling the publication there would not be a Wii U version of Metro: Last Light, because the studio "couldn't justify the effort required".

"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," Beynon said in the interview. "It's something we might return to. I really couldn't make any promises, though.

"Given the size of the team, and compared to where we were last time, just developing for the PlayStation 3 is a significant addition."

Metro: Last Light, which is published by THQ, was initially shown on a Wii U sizzle reel during the console's unveiling at E3 2011. It later also appeared in a leaked Blockbuster Wii U database listing.

Metro: Last Light is slated for release in early 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Sk8rlink
Sk8rlink

Too bad, for those saying another FPS, you couldn't me more mistaken, if it is anything like Metro 2033 it'll be all about immersion, kinda like a survival horror, with stellar visual, tight controls, and great animation. For the Nintendo Haters, what do you gain if a game doesn't arrive to another system, it'd be awesome if Nintendo fans could get something different  than 1st party games, this is a game that they will sorely miss. Looking forward to this beauty

TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

I feel bad for Wii U fanboys. There has been a lot of these stories going around. How many games are going to skip Wii U before you admit Wii U is not next gen? PC for life!

TacticalTimbo
TacticalTimbo

I'm confused, it's already up for pre-order!?

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

lies ,  this company just makes bad games ,  ill pass on any metro title ,   give me a top gear  or a well deserved sequal to zombies ate my neighbors or rock n roll racing then you can run your can about a system that you did not give half a chance  that its got a slower processor  ,    i call b/s on this one ,  its got more ram and thats whats in the wiius favor ,  and newer hardware ,    i bet this same company wouldnt say the same thing if ps4 and 720 become the casual systems that rumors have speculated it to be infact 720/xbox  ,is said to be only 20 -30 percent more powerful which isnt that big of a jump lol 

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Regardless of what specs Nintendo 'claim' this thing has, ultimately all will become clear when its released, although given Nintendo's track record, i really would'nt be so optomistic in hoping for a massively powerful console, and anyway it doesnt need to be comaparible to the 360/PS3, its a Nintendo Console afterall.

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www.geek.com/articles/games/nintendo-admits-wii-u-footage-was-from-ps3360-games-2011068/

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

oh the joy of WII U owners when they hear that awesome games like metro last light ain't gonna come to their 350$ console...

that's what you get for sticking to gimicks (i'm talking to you nintendo)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Not willing to jump on board yet for the amount it would cost, that's fair enough really.

 

I'm still not all that convinced on the WiiU, personally I think this console will be make or break for Nintendo.  The fact they've released it a year or two before the next big hitters come out seems a strange market move, I know a LOT of people are just going to wait.

 

I'm not going to buy a Wii U because I can get pretty much all the same games on my PS3, as others can on their 360's.  I just don't really see the 'gap' in the market that they're aiming for :/

 

If 140,000,000 PS3's/360's have been sold worldwide and sales are depleting why would customers consider buying a console with the same library of games?  Just doesn't make sense..

 

Unless you're a solitary Wii owner obviously.. in which case go for it!

alrepairs
alrepairs

Odd,

 

Assassins Creed 3 requires a quad core processor to run at decent speeds.  I have Metro 2033 on my PC, and the game uses less physics than the protagonist's athletic abilities found in any Assassins Creed game.

 

I really don't know about this one, folks.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Let's just hope more third party companies don't follow suit, and avoid the WiiU, like they did with the Wii, and GameCube.

Araknie
Araknie

No wait a second, some good user replied to me listin the requirments for the PC of this Metro Last Light and the only good AMD i'm seeing in the list is AMD Radeon HD.

 

But Wii U has AMD Radeon HD. 

Are they bullshitting us?

theKSMM
theKSMM

Translation: We ain't portin' nothin' until Nintendo shows up with the bags of cash...

 

Actually, my guess is that whatever hardware Nintendo is using is different enough that unoptimized ports will probably suffer.  That already seems to be the case with some of the ports that have comprised the Wii U launch games.  I suspect that developers who start with the Wii U in mind will have better results.  But I'm just guessing.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Anyone know the actually CPU the wii u is using - specs? thank you

 

Also - I played the mass effect trilogy on xbox and got to half way play ME3 with kinect and it was a blast, calling out abilities and even choosing dialogue while walking to the kitchen-.  What is it like with the wii u - what does the tablet do, anyone and thank you. 

baxwam
baxwam

*Face palm* Well at least I can enjoy this on pc. 

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

Ah well better luck next time, I really do not know what to say, sorry for your loss.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

meh just another point and shooter get off the fps nutz aready

Martyr77
Martyr77

So much for the "powerful" Wii U.....

Fursnake
Fursnake

Metro 2033 was the kind of game that made all but the most awe-inspiring of PC's question the meaning of their existence. Hopefully Metro Last Light will be better optimized. I enjoyed the heck out of Metro 2033 on en Eyefinity setup back in the day and looking forward to Metro Last Light even if it does make my PC cry tears of performance shame.

 

They would probably have to neuter Metro Last Light to get it on the WiiU...

lekzero
lekzero

As far followed the wii u has a better gpu, more ram (despite the bandwith being slower) and a CPU slower than the ps3 and xbox360's, Metro is a game that requires a lot of cpu and gpu then I think the wii u will not run well this kind of games and other games that use the real potential of the ps3 and xbox360 cpus

HydePark1980
HydePark1980

This is complaint from a developer of just another FPS......*yawn*

Marcusraitor
Marcusraitor

Im a Xbox 360 and Ps3 player. I Have my Wii just to decorate my room. But the developers have to be Honest. Is not because the cpu for wii u is weak or something, the developers dont like tthe rules that nintendo have, about if youre game is glitchy on release, you cant fix it with a lot of  updates like in the xbox 360 or ps3, dont release a game with half the content on disc and the other half on DLC, Please dont include Microtransactions on games, thats nintendo rules. Thats why The new developers dont like the new Nintendo Console, in terms of power i have no doubt that is the most powerfull console right now. Im not a nintendo fanboy, i like more the xbox 360 and ps3 what i dont like is that this gen is having a lot of dlc and microtransactions on games that i dont support. What i like about nintendo is that Nintendo dont want that developers charge more for games that the gamers buys, and thats why im going to support Nintendo. The next Xbox and Playstation is going to be worse youll see... You buy the game at 69.99 dollars and for 49.99 dollars you download the other parts of the game youll see. 

ANNOiNT3D_ON3
ANNOiNT3D_ON3

I hope nintendo flops so hard they will wake the F-Up & get back in the game next launch 7 years down the road for real this time.

Supabul
Supabul

Not really interested in Metro Last light for my Wii U, bring Monster Hunter Tri unlimate, Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101 out already

josecer
josecer

Obiously, there will be issues! The console has just launched and it's new to developers!

josecer
josecer

Fanboys and Haters are coming!

params7
params7

Metro Last Light is looking to be the most immersive atmospheric survival FPS. Honestly can't wait for it.

params7
params7

Nintendo you are 6 years late to this generation.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Glad to hear this. Others should follow suit so Nintendo realizes that people want games, not gimmicks, on their stupid paper weight consoles.

axlroselm
axlroselm

I wonder how many stupid ppl will eventually buy this crap console!

ggregd
ggregd

The beginning of any console's life span sees developers who don't know how to code for it yet.  The problem isn't the WiiU's CPU being slow, it that it's slow when you use the code written for a different type of CPU without optimizing it.  Seeing as other developers have made statement's that directly contradict this guy, I chalk this up to ignorance.

 

Developers are just people with biases, pre- and misconceptions and lack of information guiding bad decisions like everyone else.  Just read the comments here for proof of that.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

A horrible slow CPU. Well Nintendo did make some consessions to reach the $299.99 price point. But it should be at least 1.5 the strength of PS3 and Xbox 360. It sounds like he is mad at Reggie?

leeko_link
leeko_link

No Metro for Wii U. Why??? Oh wait it's just another 1st person shooter, we had lots of those so no worry.

BigAl519
BigAl519

lol Why would anyone be disappointed by this junk not being on the Wii U. All that Metro had going for it was pretty graphics that put high end PC's to their knees. Other than that it was a mediocre shooter than no one could give a rats ass about. 

Araknie
Araknie

I guess most PCs will explode with this game. LOL

ztron370
ztron370

The Wii U will explode if Metro:Last Light is ever played on it.

cheamo
cheamo

I can't say I'm terribly surprised, and I expect to see more articles like this one.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

The rumor is the Wii U clock speed of the CPU is supposed to be slower than the PS3/360 but it has a better GPU. But THQ is saying horrible slow? I'd really like to know the clock speed of the Wii U.

vader501st
vader501st

This is the kind of game that's clearly meant for the PC. I'm surprised this is coming out for the PS3/X360, at a great cost to graphics and performance, no doubt.

Halloll
Halloll

by looking at THQ I say that we will be lucky if the game even come out on PC

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

Nintendo hasn't revealed clock rates, the amount of cores and the cache size. Why? Probably because it's going to sound cheap and may hurt the sales. We'll see more of this, devs turning down a Wii U port because of the hardware. 

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

I highly doubt that this is the case. If it was officially revealed to be coming to the system back in 2011, then why can't the console run it? Plus, it's a fact that everything in the Wii U is at least marginally better than current gen. The CPU may have a different architecture but that does not equal bad CPU...that equals bad developer.

esk1m00k
esk1m00k

Damn shame thats another platform i won't be buying another metro game on,kudos on free ad though.

TTDog
TTDog

Pretty funny seeing as they used footage of the game (later admitting this was not running on Nintendo hardware) when they revealed the console.

Nexozable
Nexozable

I thought the game was actually canceled all together. I was about to cry.

meconate
meconate

And this is just a first for more to come problems for developing on the Nintendo Wii U.

o0squishy0o
o0squishy0o

Maybe its just me, but I find publicly slamming a console which brings itself a huge market, incredibly unprofessional. I would have plainly said "we are currently focusing our efforts towards the current gen systems and PC" or something similiar. There is no need to put down another company like that, especially if these guys find themselves in financial trouble, if I were nintendo I would demand crippling percentages just so they learn their lesson, or fire the guy who made the remark.