Square Enix talks 1080p for Murdered on Xbox One/PS4 and why there's no Wii U version

"We're trying to keep a consistency across all the platforms," Airtight Games says about native resolution; game is skipping Wii U because it "just doesn't fit" with developer's ambition for the game.

During a recent interview with GameSpot, representatives for Square Enix and Airtight Games explained why Murdered: Soul Suspect is 1080p on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and discussed the reasoning behind not releasing the upcoming action game for Nintendo's Wii U.

Explaining the decision to make both the Xbox One and PS4 versions output in 1080p, Airtight Games chief creative officer Matt Brunner said, "We're trying to keep a consistency across all the platforms." Square Enix producer Naoto Sugiyama confirmed that both versions output in native 1080p and are not upscaled to the higher resolution. Presumably, however, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will output in something less than 1080p.

We also quizzed Brunner about why Murdered: Soul Suspect is not coming to Wii U. According to Brunner, the best Wii U games are the ones designed from the ground up for the system.

"In all honesty, all the Wii U games I've ever played, the only good ones are the ones that are made specifically for [the Wii U]. And this just doesn't fit," Brunner said.

The Wii U also has a small install base, relative to consoles and PC. The Xbox 360 and PS3 have combined for more than 160 million sales to date, while the Xbox One and PS4 together total more than 8.3 million systems sold worldwide so far. As for the Wii U, that system has sold only 5.86 million units as of December 31.

Murdered: Soul Suspect launches this June for consoles and PC. The game is set in Salem, Massachusetts, the location of the Salem witch trials in 1692, which saw public executions of those convicted of witchcraft. The story begins with protagonist Ronan O'Connor's death at the hands of an unknown assailant. He must then interrogate the ghosts of Salem to learn more about his killer.

For more on the game, be sure to read GameSpot's just-published hands-on preview.

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xrizz1066
xrizz1066

TBH, trying to explain why I feel so bad for early adopters or anyone that buys the Xbox one at the moment. Is like trying to explain to a friend that their boyfriend is not a nice person and they should drop him.

You seem to get the “you don’t know him like I do” “you don’t see what he’s like when we’re alone” “he loves me really” Yet in reality he’s not, I sure a lot have been in this situation.

The reason I feel this is 1st off we all thought that the Xbox one was going to be big and cool. Even me and I am not a M£ fan. But then after the reveal we found out what was on offer, and I laughed and laughed. Finally got too say to many mates, told you so. Never wanted M$ in the gaming business as they treat their customers like. “Just drop your trousers, bend over this. Oh and you might want to bite down on something” Yes they had some amazing things, they improved on line gaming. The controller was streets ahead of the PS3’s and do you know what 360 owners loved rubbing that in PS3 owner’s faces. I took, I dint like it but it was true, over all the 360 was ahead of the curve for 4/5 years. But I still enjoyed my PS3 and didn’t really think I’d missed out especially as we had Uncharted and then finally Last of Us.

I believe M$ only look to make profit, not necessarily a good or great project. They buy up competition and crush those they can’t. I suggest you go look at the history books if you don’t know what I mean.

Then I see all that frustration and hatred come out of M$ fans because they don’t like the taste of their own medicine. I have a feeling a lot of the hated towards PS4 owners. Is Misplaced rage at Microsoft, but because either in some sort of Stockholm Syndrome or a battered partner they lash out anyone but those doing the hurting.

zato_number_one
zato_number_one

Wii U got lucky. This game looks absolutely awful IMO. I usually don't like to be negative but the character design just "murders" this one for me.


Shivatin
Shivatin

Funny how devs have to say whether their game is even in 1080p when this is the alleged "next gen." Consoles have a long way to go before they are considered "next gen." 

catsimboy
catsimboy

Wii U, so strong, much powerhouse

lazarius12
lazarius12

"In all honesty, all the Wii U games I've ever played, the only good ones are the ones that are made specifically for [the Wii U]. And this just doesn't fit," Brunner said.

Well apparently he doesn't play very many games on Nintendo platforms then. That or he loves having a terrible opinion. There are a few duds, but for the most part 3rd party games on Nintendo platforms are just fine.

petermavreas
petermavreas

xbox1 + ps4 = 8.3 mil


Wii U = 5.83 mil


Such a small install base the Wii U has...lol


hairdie
hairdie

i wish they would stop playing games with words why not just admit that last gen most stuff didnt even run at native 720p instead of saying something less than 1080p . infact if it isnt at least 720p then its misleading to say something less than 1080p they should be saying something less that 720p 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Wtf. I read this article to find out about a new game being developed, and read the comments to find yet another fanboy war. You people need a fucking hobby. I know, how about playing some friggin video games.

Nocturnal-Gamer
Nocturnal-Gamer

I have a feeling that Wii U owners won't be missing much on this one.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

This game remind of shadow of Destiny by Konami.

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

This game actually looked pretty good in the trailers. I'm hoping it's got some good puzzles though, like LA Noire, but more difficult - you have to actually decide what's a clue or not, not just have the protagonist tell you when he finds one. This game has some good potential, I think. It's certainly a bit different than most games out there.

G1ingy
G1ingy

Wait, so isn't this just an attempt at copying Ghost Trick, but without the charm and writing that made it so good?

mbounce88
mbounce88

poor WII U.. the name itself was a failure.. Ask anyone who is a casual game and they will say what what what???

dalua360
dalua360

Every time I read "developer explains why no version for WIIU" I wonder ..... Instead of lying, they could simply tell the truth, which is: WIIU sucks for these types of games! 

Nintendo needs its own exclusive developers and leave the adult gaming world apart from their projects ....

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

I wish wiiu had more install base then this game would've come to wiiu, as long as porting is considered i agree its not impossible but the profit is lesser when compared to  investment. Only if more units were sold till  date.

adambomb007
adambomb007

Titanfall X1: 60FPS

The order PS4: 30FPS
Infamous PS4: 30FPS


FPS affects gameplay. Resolution does NOT. 

domisbatman
domisbatman

I'll wait for games made for my console , the games are going to get downgraded because they want them on the old consoles ..

ricanick
ricanick

That game looks awesome !! Man I love next gen stuff 

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

It's funny PS4 fans were harping endlessly that Xbox one couldn't do 1080p and it was not next gen.. yet the fallowing games are 1080p on Xbox one right now:


Murder

Forza Motosport 5

Plants vs Zombies Guarden Warfare

Peggle 2

Tomb Raider Difinitive edition

Loco Cycle

Lego the Movie Video game

Lego Marvel SuperHeroes


It shows one thing that Xbox one games are getting higher resolution while PS4 games are going down in resolution... IE both Infamous, and The order run at 800p 30 frames... lower then what Titanfall will run at, and Ryse son of Rome, in fact too read the news the higher 1080p resolution on PS4 is causing problems for a lot of games COD Ghosts dips into single digits, and so dose Theif, BF4 runs at lower detail 900p compaired to higher detail 720p on Xbox one, and has more frame rate issues, on top of that the major problem I;m seeing is developers have already hit the RAW TF on the PS4s GPU and are already having to scale down their games, mean while Microsoft has upped the game and expanded what the dev kits can do and a lot of indi games, and Exclusives and third party developers are saying they can hit 1080p easier on Xbox one now then PS4... Tiled Resources and ESRAM are also coming to PC in the next few months and that will pout Sony back on it's heels because PS4 can't use ethier and are locked out of it thanks to Microsoft making it Windows 8.1 exclusive..


dajeffect
dajeffect

 thing is programming for the wii u they see it as waisted resources , they have to program both for the console and the controller and this takes time and money, the PS4 and Xbox1 they just have to program for the console also they are not that different from one another, but the wii u is a different underpowered beast, think about it a big studio can probably do it but they wont waist resources  and the smaller studio rather spend money on the better selling consoles.

FELOFLOW
FELOFLOW

because WII U is shit say IT
xbox 360 has better CPU the only that wii u has is 2gb of ram the 360 has 512 and still rocks solid that WII U garbage console

Vylsith
Vylsith

@lazarius12 He isn't putting the game out because it won't recoup the expense of putting it on the platform itself.  Granted he should just come out and admit it, but PR speak is PR speak.  Third party games on the Wii U don't sell well.  Be thankful that Ubisoft still supports it.  If Watch Dogs doesn't sell well on the Wii U, that'll probably be the end of it.

skidmarkmike11
skidmarkmike11

@lazarius12  He didn't say "Nintendo platforms", he was talking specically about the Wii U. And I mostly agree that some of the third party games feel a bit odd on the Wii U.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@petermavreas  well... Mario 3D world sales say it does. If mario flopped on sales on the Wii U what chance do the other games have? It seems the Wii U install base isn't interested in playing full budget games.

mbloof
mbloof

@canuckbiker Sometimes I like to think that these kids don't own ANY of the systems involved and just like to come talk trash about what others may own.


The game sounds interesting, I might pick it up for my gaming PC.

Drkoolbeanz
Drkoolbeanz

@dalua360  "In all honesty, all the Wii U games I've ever played, the only good ones are the ones that are made specifically for [the Wii U]. And this just doesn't fit," Brunner said.


Isn't that kind of like saying "We suck at making wii U games as a developer."?

mbloof
mbloof

@adambomb007 Resolution effects FPS. Higher resolution and lower FPS. Funny nobody was crying over upscaled 480P- 520P to 720P 24-30FPS in the prior generation of games/consoles.

hairdie
hairdie

@GunGriffin  this shows that xbox CAN do 1080p with less demanding games or exclusives but IT CANNOT run games at the SAME DETAIL LEVELS AT THE SAME SPEED AT THE SAME RESOLUTION HAS THE PS4 when the ps4 is being pushed hard

poster012
poster012

@GunGriffin  Speculate all you want, but so far, it's been shown that the PS4 is just plain better. Tomb Raider was an embarrassment for the Xbone. It was blatantly better on the PS4. Were you completely blind to that backlash?

Tielo1
Tielo1

@GunGriffin Sure they run 1080p but it's not because the system is as good as the PS4 but because these games use less particles, volumetric lighting, AI, hair tessellation or whatever things game makers do to create a rich and vibrant world. Sure pacman can easily run on 1080p on the Xbox One but many, many games can't. Not because the developers don't want to, not because the lie MS told you about having the power of 10 Xbox One's in the cloud works to make up for lesser hardware but because it's not possible.
Maybe, after a few years and a lot of tweaking more games will also run 1080p on the Xbox but there will always be a pay off like lower frame rate, shorter viewing distance, or other things. Sorry to burst your bubble.

hairdie
hairdie

@FELOFLOW  actually the gpu in wiiu is way!!! better than 360 so if a game is less cpu intensive then the gpu will shine case in point compare black ops 2 with xbox run em side by side . i own a ps4 and 2 high end gaming pcs i care nothing for the WIIU but i like people to get there facts straight

xguardx
xguardx

@FELOFLOW  I'd recommend you doing your research in what determines a garbage console.  From my personal experience, the Wii U is awesome, stop hating!

streamline
streamline

@skidmarkmike11 That's right. Next gen is for complaining about how the new PS and MS consoles can't do 4k. =)

lazarius12
lazarius12

@skidmarkmike11 @lazarius12 I know he said Wii U, but I wanted to include all Nintendo platforms since it's been a common theme for the last 15+ years. There was nothing wrong with ME3 on the Wii U. Or Batman or AC 3 or 4, or Rayman Legends (which some would argue is the definitive version).

hairdie
hairdie

@PcGamingRig @adambomb007  agreed not only that both the other games he mentions are examples of just how much graphical detail can be thrown at the screen the physx are amazing too . its like comparing apples to oranges what he did

dalua360
dalua360

@tansei @adambomb007  Fanboys will always say stupid things, because the simple fact of one being "Fanboy" already denote the lack of intelligence of the person!

fricklemcgee
fricklemcgee

@poster012 @GunGriffin  It was a little better, but you have to remember PS4 is very easy to develop for and the dev kit has been out since Feb 2013, X1 is harder to develop for a dev kit only came out Sept 2013. Don't get me wrong the PS4 has some more juice but i think out of the two console the X1 has more improvement in it.  


Also if mid way through the cycle MS can get the cloud really working and taking the load off the X1 GPU with things like physics/AI the X1 may surpass the PS4, but for right now i'm with you, i buy my multiplay games on PS4.

adambomb007
adambomb007

@Tielo1 @GunGriffin  Lower frame rate? Now you realize that titanfall is 60fps but the big ps4 games are only 30fps, right? those ps4 games are the order and infamous. framerate actually affects gameplay too whereas resolution does not.

ferretshob
ferretshob

@Tielo1 @GunGriffin Not true. Tomb Raider on X1 had it all, lighting, particles tessellation the whole lot. So yes it is possible on the X1 to have it all.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@streamline I know right?  I'm sure the 1% of people who own 4k TVs are super pissed...

mbloof
mbloof

@fricklemcgee Sorry its not going to happen. For the "cloud" to do much of anything your player inputs need to be sent to a "server" which in turn will decode and paint an image to be sent to your console for display.


Sure, Netflix can stream 24FPS at 720P and 1080P (and its a compressed mess) and your expecting the magical "cloud" to serve up good looking game play with 60FPS at 1080P over an internet connection.


Somehow the same company that has served up countless mobile failures and the mess that is "Metro" and "WIN8" is somehow going to magically out do every MMO on the planet with single player games?


Ahh, it must be nice to be young and have foolish dreams.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

The problem with cloud and Microsofts vision of the online only future is many people like myself don't live in that world. I get only about 500kb/s on an average, usually a bit lower. The cloud seems to need at least 3mb/s to be actually useful. So either they are screwing over some people, or nobody gets it at all. Despite my bandwidth limits however, I have been playing battlefield 4 on the ps4 lag free.

fricklemcgee
fricklemcgee

@adambomb007 @Tielo1 @GunGriffin  Killzone single player also 30fps, it's steady for the most part but i would have rathered 900p/60fps in Killzone with stronger AA.

Tielo1
Tielo1

@ferretshob True but it was a last gen game. It was build to work on consoles with just a minimum amount of memory available (and looked great). Was the game truly developed with 8gb of ram in mind there would be a problem between the 2 consoles.


What I'm trying to say is that the resolution alone doesn't make the difference. It's taking everything in account. Take a game like Thief, the modules in the world all have a higher count then the world of TR. Sure that doesn't make it a better game but it makes it next gen and the MS console is struggling with that and the Sony console isn't or are you suggesting all designers do this just because they want to?


I don't want to say yours is better or worst then mine, I don't care. If you want to play Forza or Gears of Wars, Kinect games or whatever exclusives MS got you are going to buy the Xbox One, great. And if you want to play Uncharted, The Order 1886 or whatever PS4 exclusive and you like to see better multiplatform games for less money you need to buy a PS4.