Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford Has a Crush on the Wii U GamePad
With the launch of Nintendo’s Wii U a little more than two weeks away, it’s impossible not to feel excited about the possibilities the new console will bring—for those of us who’ve preordered it, at least. But one of the people who’s really digging the Wii U’s touchscreen GamePad controller? Gearbox Software’s president and CEO, Randy Pitchford.
A few days ago, Joystiq posted an interview with Pitchford covering all the ways the GamePad will make Gearbox’s Wii U version of next year’s Aliens: Colonial Marines one of the most exciting and intriguing ports in some time.
Simply put, Pitchford loves the thing:
“This is the best controller Nintendo’s ever made for making an FPS. This is the best controller Nintendo has ever given us for playing hardcore games.”
Apparently, the GamePad will come in handy in terms of recreating the film franchise’s motion tracking device, as well as offering players the in-game map. As for whether or not the game will be able to match these functions in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions—utilizing the SmartGlass app and PS Vita crossplay functions, respectively—Pitchford is blunt in explaining that the Wii U is really the only system that’ll be able to pull off the immersive second-screen gameplay:
“With the Wii U they (Nintendo) committed themselves to this promise. So the link is direct, fast and immediate. Things like SmartGlass and Vita, they appreciate the value of the promise so they’re making the promise. But they’re not in with such commitment.
Conceivably there’s things you can do on all three without negative impact but because of Nintendo’s commitment to it there are something’s that could work there that just wouldn’t work as well with SmartGlass or with the crossplay between PS3 and Vita.”
While Aliens: Colonial Marines will come out for the Xbox and PlayStation platforms in February, the Wii U release date is a bit cloudy. It’s scheduled to come out during the Wii U’s “launch window,” which extends all the way to March—but as of now, there’s no vague date other than that. Even still, this one interview has me pumped. I’ve been wanting to get this game since I’ve seen the trailers that have come out this year, and now that I see how cool it’ll be for the Wii U, I think I’m really interested in waiting for that version. Although, I do admit that multiplayer will be a factor here. If the Wii U version can’t handle multiplayer in the ways that the other systems can, that may change my mind for me…but we’ll see, won’t we?
What do you think of Pitchford’s claims of the GamePad’s potential benefits for hardcore FPS gaming?