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Vigil: Wii U hardware “on par” with current-gen tech

Monday, 26 March 2012 10:21 GMT By Johnny Cullen

The hardware for Wii U is currently “on par” with that of PS3 or 360, Darksiders II director Marvin Donald has said.

Donald admitted in a GameReactor interview (via EG) developer Vigil wouldn’t “up-rez” the game, but instead look at the unique capabilities of the tablet controller.

“We have limitations based on Nintendo’s progress,” he admitted. “But the only problem that’s been for us is not having an actual release date.

“But once we know when Nintendo has committed to a firm date, we will be able to commit to a date for Darksiders 2, but we’re planning on it being a launch title, and so far everything’s been smooth sailing.”

Donald continued: “We got the game running on their hardware pretty quickly, and the controller’s been great to work with. Now it’s just down to deciding what we really want to do to make it a unique experience on the Wii U; taking advantage of the extra screen and the touch capability and all that. So, we’ll have a few new features for sure, but I think visually, for the most part, it’ll be pretty much the same.

“So far the hardware’s been on par with what we have with the current generations. Based on what I understand, the resolution and textures and polycounts and all that stuff, we’re not going to being doing anything to up-rez the game, but we’ll take advantage of the controller for sure.”

As confirmed last week, and reiterated in the GameReactor interview by Donald, Darksiders II will be a launch title for Wii U. A specific launch date for the system hasn’t been confirmed, but it will be out in major regions by Christmas.

It’ll launch on PS3, 360 and PC beforehand on June 26 in the US and June 29 in the UK. Get new footage of it here.

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19 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Makes sense. They did the same thing last gen and it worked for them. Six year old graphics mean cheaper launch price.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    Well i think is because they have the kit number 4, and not the new one number five, and that one is still not the final one, therefore i think it is room from improvement.

    If i dont recall wrong epic told the the wii U could run the Unreal Engine 3.9 version, that means it is at least more powerful than current gen, of course if rumors are to be believed at this point.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Clupula

    This isn’t news. Everything everyone outside of the internet Nintendo fanbase (who will insist that the Wii U is six times more powerful than a PS3) has been saying marks the Wii U as just another current gen system.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @2,

    “If i dont recall wrong epic told the the wii U could run the Unreal Engine 3.9 version”

    Where he said that?

    3.9 version is even powerful for current gen videocards.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    http://www.zeldainformer.com/2012/03/rumor-nintendo-wii-u-tweaked-to-run-unreal-engine-4.html

    I don’t believe it. 3.9 could only be ran with 3x 580s I doubt Nintendo is running that much power under the hood because that would be leaps and bounds better than current consoles.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Just because a piece of hardware can run an engine it doesn’t mean it can use all it’s features in a practical way. 3x 580s was to run Samaritan – a particular demo on the engine – not the engine itself. A piece of hardware running an engine does not necessarily mean it can use all the features of the engine either.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. xxJPRACERxx

    UE 3.9 don’t need 3x 580s. The Samaritain demo did. Big difference. And after optimisation it can run on one 680, wich is still less powerfull than 3x 580s.

    edit: What DrDamn said.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    @7

    My point still stands though since Wii U is using current gen card on par with the 360 and PS3.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    @8
    My point is that UE 4.0 could run on a 360/PS3 though. They wouldn’t support all the features but I reckon they could stretch to a single cube spinning round couldn’t they? :) Therefore they can run it. Therefore WiiU could run it. It could well be WiiU supports more features in hardware but raw power wise can still be on par with 360/PS3 too.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @6,7, have you seen effects in Samaritan demo?

    If it is going to use that power than it is leaps and bounds better than current gen consoles for about X5-6 times.

    Samaritan demo is almost Unreal Engine 4 which is a 3.975 version. There is APEX clothing for sake. Try to launch it with 360 or PS3, they won’t even launch a game with it… LOL

    Also, 680 GTX is almost like 3 580 GTX and it’s faster and have better sync. It’s made on the KEPLER technology. There is a big difference between 580 and 680 arhitecture so comparison is ridiculous here.

    If Wii U have a similar cards to 360 or PS3, saying stuff like “Wii U supports UE 4.0 is stupid.”

    Ahh, you know guys, i have GTX 580 and it will definitely support UE 4.0 oh yeah.
    My grandma’s PC with 6 series geforce will support it with drivers too. She is going to play Samaritan on her sexy PC. I just hope that her PC won’t burn by just launching something with UE 4. :D

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    @10
    The Samaritan demo is there to show off all the new features UE4 supports though, for something to run UE4 it doesn’t necessarily have to support all the features. You need a clear understanding of what an engine is, what a feature of the engine is and what “runs” means.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @11, i know what is the engine, but we are speaking not just about numbers like 4.0 . We are speaking about it’s power.

    Even Flash can run UE 3.0 right now. But that does not mean that it uses the full potential of that old engine.
    Epic even said in GDC 2012 that they want to launch Samaritan demo in Flash but that does not mean it will use it’s full potential.

    We are talking about it’s potential and if WII U uses the same cards like on the 360 and Ps3, there is no way it will be the true next gen system that can show the full potential of Ue 3.9 at least, not to mention about 4.0

    As i said before, my Grandma 6 series can run UE 4.0 too you know.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Maximum Payne

    @10 GTX 680 is hardly 3 580
    Its roughly faster 20 frames according to benchmarks but its lot more cooler/efficient.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @12
    No, we were talking about whether it can run it or not.

    “If i dont recall wrong epic told the the wii U could run the Unreal Engine 3.9 version”

    “I don’t believe it. 3.9 could only be ran with 3x 580s”

    “My point is that UE 4.0 could run on a 360/PS3 though.”

    What does the “power” of an engine actually mean? You can talk about the power of a chipset, what features it supports and how well it supports them as power. But and engine? How is an engine powerful? The engine is about features, it’s the hardware which runs it that has the power.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    @13, of course it’s not 3x 580. No way.

    But it is based on a new technology “Codename: Kepler” which will be used in future series of Geforce.

    780 GTX alone will run Samaritan demo in 50-55-60 frames per second, no doubt.

    @Drdamn, We are talking about that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDlZh7u3K38

    from 0:56 seconds.

    If Wii U can’t support Bokeh and other great next gen stuff than there is no reason to brag about.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    Funny, millions of fans, including myself won’t care. All I wanna do is play some Nintendo games. And I can’t wait to get my hands on that controler.

    Scince when do the best graphics make the most fun games?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. manamana

    ^ this, a reasonable price and nintendo is back on top.

    The graphical progress will be left to Sony and Microsoft, hoping that their next systems will support all that jazz and really makes the samaritan demo look like “a piece of crap”!

    #17 3 years ago
  18. xxJPRACERxx

    Erthazus, we were talking different things. Like DrDamn I was talking whether Wii U could run the engine, not about its power. Of course Wii U is an underpowered console. And like you, when someone is saying it’s “next-gen” I think it’s almost a joke. The Wii is “last-gen” and the Wii U will be “current-gen”, ~8 years too late.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Hybridpsycho

    If they want go completely casual this is a good thing.

    If they want to keep any of their more “hardcore” fans this is a bad move and I hate Nintendo. Anyone saying it’s a good move for anything but casual is stupid, end of discussion.

    #19 3 years ago

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    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]