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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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    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]