Wed, Apr 21, 2010 | 07:50 BST
Sega not finished with mature Wii titles after all – just more casual-focused
No mature games on the Wii? Puh-leeease. Sega catered to your every limb-severing whim with The Conduit, Madworld, and House of the Dead: Overkill, but you were too busy petting Poniez and partying with Babiez to notice.
So Sega cleaned up its blood-spattered act and swore off mature Wii games forever.
Except that, turns out, it actually didn’t. Well, kinda.
“To be blunt, there were some erroneous quotes that went out,” Sega West President Mike Hayes told IndustryGamers. “They did come from Sega personnel but they weren’t appropriate or accurate. I did speak to a lot of the European press, saying ‘Please ignore all that.’”
“With Tournament of Legends we’ve definitely brought that down to more like a T-rated level. So there’s a viable market there. Is it going to be as big as the Teen or Mature market that exists on the Xbox 360 or PS3 platforms? Certainly not. Is it viable, because the cost of development on the Wii is significantly less than those other platforms? Then, potentially the answer is yes.”
Sega has eaten from the tree of lucrative and casual with Just Dance, however, and the publisher definitely plans on going back for seconds and thirds.
“Just Dance has been absolutely phenomenal. Most of what Sega does on the Wii is more in that field, but I still say there’s an opportunity for titles in that more edgy genre. You’re right that Wii is such a phenomenon that it caught many people off guard when it first came out, and I still think it continues to surprise with the software numbers it can notch up on appropriate titles,” he said.
So can Jack from Madworld be an unlockable character in Project Rub 2 or something? We’re willing to compromise here!