Why Tomb Raider skipped Wii U

Creative director says upcoming action game not coming to Nintendo system due to ambition to deliver same experience across platforms.

Crystal Dynamics has explained why Tomb Raider is not coming to the Wii U. Creative director Noah Hughes told TrueGaming that the system's unique interface did not align with the company's goal to deliver the same experience across all versions.

"I'm always a fan of the Nintendo systems, in particular they really push interface design, and from a game design perspective it's fun to play with new interfaces," Hughes said. "Having said that, it's something that I think we would want to tailor the experience to if we were going to do it."

"All three [other console and PC versions] are really trying to deliver roughly the same experience, but delivered best on each platform, and I think something like the Wii U often asks you to do something unique based on a unique interface," Hughes added. "That's something as a gamer I love, but it's something you don't want to do half-heartedly as a developer."

Tomb Raider is due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC March 5. It is the first entry in the long-running franchise to feature a multiplayer component, which will include various game modes. No online pass, downloadable content season pass, or demo will be offered for the game.

Tomb Raider's main character--Lara Croft--is voiced by Camilla Luddington, whose previous credits include Californication and True Blood, among other shows. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Tomb Raider.

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BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Just having a menu and artifact interaction would have been just fine. It doesn't have to be some complex gimmick.

ttttttbrown
ttttttbrown

Dude,  the WiiU is Awesome.

The only Excuse is just politics.

The Controller works just like any game controller, so all those arguments are BS.

I'm waiting for 2 things from Nintendo.

1st Hi-Def Pokémon fighting game where you have an actual pokedex in your hand (the WiiU Touch Screen Controller).  That's gonna just be sick.

2nd,  a Hi-Def Super Smash Bros. Network Game.  The regular wii super smash bros. was one of the best games I ever played.  The New WiiU version would be epic.

And of course more Split Screen Sports Games.

I think Sony and Microsoft know they missed the boat a second time and are giving the game delevopers an ultimatium that it's either them or Nintendo.

They always copy all of Nintendo's ideas anyway.  Nintendo just does it first and does it better.

CowboyMac3
CowboyMac3

That really sucks! The Wii U can deliver the same experience as the other systems using the Wii U Pro Controller.  While I laud the developer's desire to fully utilize the GamePad, I'd rather they half-ass it and give the Wii U owners these top-tier games than to just skip the system altogether.  Next they'll say the Wii U underperforms and undersells and wonder why.  Why?  It's because a great system without great games isn't all that great.

blkgsr
blkgsr

Man i came close to buying a wii u have all the other current systems and a gaming pc, but there's not a damn game i want to play Mario is ok but ive seen it before zombie u looked cool until the reviews started coming out. Maybe when a new zelda or metroid or even a new mario galaxy comes out, but once the ps4 and 720 hit the market  nobody will want the weakest system with the least amount of media function and games

dz99ls
dz99ls

Lulz, you clearly have it backwards.

silvergol
silvergol

Why is almost everybody skipping nintendo?

silvergol
silvergol


Translation: game size is not support by Wii u.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

This is a dumb reason as the game could easily just be played without the added Wii U options. Simply play the game using the Gamepad as a controller and nothing else,  or use the Wii U Pro Controller. Problem solved. A developer does not have to take advantage of system options. That's why they are called options.

AzatiS
AzatiS

the only decent 2D castlevania , after the first games which were awesome ,was the one for PSone. After than..too generic

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

The problem is is that not everybody owns the gamepad controller. So about 3 million people own WiiU's? Okay, now reduce that to a few hundred thousand that own that one controller. They have to make the game work with the touchscreen because everyone owns that controller. 

slainta
slainta

Basically he said: we love the Wii U gamepad, but we can't bother to waste extra resources making Tomb Raider compatible with it. I imagine this could happen. Pray God Sony sticks with the DualShock!

tgwolf
tgwolf

Well even though the purported reason had nothing to do with sparing the younger audience the Tomb Raider 'experience' I guess they are safe by default so it works out in the end...

Romangelo
Romangelo

Wow, I love this guy's opinion... yes, if they made the Wii U version better than other versions, it will be unfair for users of the other platforms.

Shame on you! Nintendo! Wii U controller is unnecessary and it cost you a Tomb Rider game!!

OseiWar
OseiWar

I wish companies would take a chance but hey money is money

samedizombie
samedizombie

The reason is simple folks. The Wii U control system is too advanced for the game to cope with.

kisado87
kisado87

Say what you will about Nintendo, but if they bite the dust it'll be a real sad day for gaming.

danusty
danusty

if they really wanted this game to be on the wii u they could have used the hardcore gamer controller (or whatever it's called). he should have blatantly said: we did not feel like wasting money porting this game for the wii u, money we won't get back.

braqoon
braqoon

Well somehow Mass Effect 3 had no issues with porting. I bet it sold loads on WiiU with little changes . BLOBS 2 would not do a straight port if they thought it will not sell ? This is just a bs answer.

ArataWata
ArataWata

I'd laugh to the point of my sides splitting if this AAA port that Square Enix's planning on bringing to the WII U actually turned out to be Final Fantasy XIII Versus and it was turned to be an exclusive to WII U.

swamptick
swamptick

I can answer this without a long article:

Q: Why Tomb Raider skipped the WiiU

A: Because it sucks 

(Please note, I never read responses to my posts. Obsess away.)

Mortz_88
Mortz_88

Kick in the teeth for Nintendo

martindosantos
martindosantos

The fact is wii u does not support a single porting. You have to develop some functions to the gamepad (I have the pro controller, but the main controller is the wii u gamepad) So, they have to make something with the gamepad and they dont make any ideas for that screen. 

Thats the main reason.

itchyflop
itchyflop

all joking aside and not having a wii u, do you HAVE to use the ipad look a like controller ??? cant u just use the nun chucks???

tlaranjo
tlaranjo

I completely agree with DarkReign2552 think sometimes developers forget to keep it simple when tailoring a specific game to a console like the Wii U and end up making additions to the game that feel tacked on, gimmicky or poorly constructed. If they wanted to develop this game it should be the same as any other console with the exception of having the controller screen act as a map and weapon selection menu. Or  for onscreen buttons.

itchyflop
itchyflop

ahaha another "quality" piece of software dodging the digital "bullet" of the curse that is so far wii u !! man i had massive reasons to buy one, hurry up Nintendo b4 its too late and the big boys are here to play and watering gamers mouths into emptying their pockets of hard earned currency !!!

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

While I would normally agree with him that unique consoles deserve unique games, and I still do, in the particular case of the Wii and Wii U, they already have so much trouble getting 3rd party support as it is that it would be a financially smart move just to release anything at all. With the Wii U launch consisting of ZombiU, a bunch of games that have already been out on other consoles for over a year, and a bunch of crap like Jeopardy, fans will take that same experience and apply it to their Wii U. All they would really have to do is add a map to the Wii U's Gamepad screen and the ability to swap between the two screens. In fact, I find the primary strength in the Wii U is going to be NOT using the Gamepad controller for special features so that players can pop it onto the controller on a whim and wander their house with it (It's a great replacement for the iPhone/Android for restroom breaks.)

Araknie
Araknie

I'm actually glad the Wii U is skipping a lot of games, it's cutting all the bullshit. I've played really all the Tomb Raiders and i can already tell this is no TR.

I wouldn't buy the game even if the Wii U didn't existed for what matters.

cubachino
cubachino

Are developers aware that the LCD controller can be used as a regular controller? Function of the LCD is not needed. The controller has as many button as any other controller on the market. So game creators can be lazy. They don't have to come up with any creative uses for the LCD screen nor do they have to tack on any use of the LCD. I thought development teams have to be smart? I guess now-a-days carrying an Iphone is good enough to make you genius.

Triton
Triton

Can't blame them, I skipped this system too.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@AzatiS Wrong. Your belief is in the minority in a major way. Symphony of the Night is fantastic, and maybe the best, but plenty of the other Metroidvania games are absolutely fantastic. You, sir, are missing out.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@JDWolfie The thing is a developer could design a game that only uses the Gamepad as a controller. Nobody is forcing developers to use the touchscreen, or even put a display on it.

silvergol
silvergol


@Romangelo Nintendo are losing only shit games franchises i don´t remember Tomb Raider franchise was broked a lot after a  Tomb Raider where Lara were pretty weak and constantly were in abuses tries cutscene then Tomb Raider sucked a little.

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

@Yams1980 You know what I love about that screenie? Lara doesn't look like she's fighting it at all. Not at all. Naughty minx.

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

@kisado87 They wouldn't bite the dust. They'd do a Sega, but they'd do it right. Become a 3rd party dev/pub and put all their resources into creating amazing multiplat games.

danusty
danusty

@kisado87 I want zelda on my PS3 although I do own plenty of nintendo products like the nes, snes + super gb, original gb, original gba, dsl, gc with gb player, old wii and I'm planning on buying a 3ds. I also own zelda games for those consoles except the snes and dsl.


the closest thing to zelda I have on a sony console is alundra 1. I bought dark cloud 2 for the ps2 thinking it was going to be like zelda but it wasnt.

with that being said, I want zelda on my ps3 hahaaaaaaaaa!

sev2010
sev2010

@kisado87 companies like Nintendo MUST remain till the end cuz if they dont, then companies like MS will eat the flesh of every consumers, i mean literally man 

btw i'm not a fan of Nintendo's consoles 

but respects for this company

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

@danusty You don't bite the hand that might possibly be feeding you in the future. Although it's fairly unlikely Crystal D would *need* Nintendo.
The big N are probably in talks trying to offer incentive to Crystal D for a port in the near future.

danusty
danusty

@ArataWata with enough money from nintendo to buy the exclusivity, anything is possible. I doubt it though for as far as I've heard squaresoft is using the PS3 cell engine or whatever it's engine is called. I'm not a techie guy

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

@Araknie The way I see it is that they are making a new spinoff IP called Lara Croft.

danusty
danusty

@Araknie I've never played a single tomb rider, just the demo of TR2, and even though I've never played an uncharted game this looks more like uncharted with a sexy young girl that also doesn't look a thing like Lara. but what do I know?

ferval100
ferval100

@silvergol @Romangelo I love when a game skips the Wii U it was a shit game anyway, the Wii U is better off. Then when it does come it's the best version yay!!!!