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Darksiders II Wii U graphics “at least as good” as PS3, Xbox 360

Wednesday, 23rd May 2012 16:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Vigil has said graphics in the Wii U version of Darksiders II will be “at least as good” as PS3 and Xbox 360.

Speaking with Eurogamer, associate producer Jay Fitzloff said while it’s “still a work in progress,” the visuals will be the same.

“[It's] is not as challenging as you might think,” Fitzloff said. “Getting it working was not any issue on the Wii U. It’s just the control scheme. It’s new territory. It’s a new frontier.

“The Wii, after a while, there’s a lot you could have done with the Wii controls, but everybody kind of got into a groove, and it became, here’s how you handle this or here’s how you handle this. Now it’s the wild frontier. There’s no set system. You’ve got to think outside the box because there’s no precedence.

“It’s not getting the game working on the system. It’s getting a cool control system that feels correct. And that’s where we’re at now.”

Using the Wii U controller, players will be able to stream gameplay from the console, and it wasn’t as hard to implement as it sounds, according to Fitzloff.

“It took a programmer two lines of code and five minutes. Working with it is not difficult,” he said. “Any game would have their inventory on the controller screen, but even that little simple thing is a big difference because you never have to stop the game on the main screen. That will change people’s perceptions because you’ve never had a game where you didn’t have to.

“They take you out [of the experience], whereas this just goes. And you’re talking about the low hanging fruit. You’re talking about the easy stuff. The rest of it is where the challenge comes in.”

Vigil told VG247 at a pre- E3 event in London Darksiders II will last over 25 hours when playing through the core campaign.

Darksiders II launches on August 14 in the US and August 17 in the UK for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. The Wii U version will release as a launch title for the console.

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  1. _LarZen_

    I was expecting to read that the gfx would be slightly better…not “at least as good”….

    Am I the only one?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    “at least as good as…” sounds quite negative. A bit defensive maybe.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Cozzy

    I hope every other game on the Wii U has better graphics than “at least as good” as PS3 and 360.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    They should said something like ”on pair with PC version”…
    Or give it 60 frames ?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    I read a moment ago that the Wii U version of the aliens games by gearbox will be the best looking game out of the three versions, so who knows at this moment,lets play the waiting game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Anders

    Meaning converted from Xbox 360 to Wii U.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Cozzy

    Also, graphics aren’t everything so as long as the games are fun (which is pretty much every exclusive series Nintendo has) then I’m not too bothered about the graphics being incredible.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    For what it is worth, unless the game was 100% built from the ground up for WiiU, it is going to hard to nail the systems graphic abilities down. After all this is just a port.

    I remember the PS2 used to hold back xbox one graphics all of the time. Because multi platform games will always be made for the lowest common denominator. You can also see it today on PC. Some games are drasticly held back due to the being fast ports of console games.

    Want something to take away from that, its not about the multiplatform version being at LEST(btw that also means it could be better) as good as other systems. Instead it should be this:

    “It took a programmer two lines of code and five minutes. Working with it is not difficult,” he said. “Any game would have their inventory on the controller screen, but even that little simple thing is a big difference because you never have to stop the game on the main screen. That will change people’s perceptions because you’ve never had a game where you didn’t have to.

    “They take you out [of the experience], whereas this just goes. And you’re talking about the low hanging fruit. You’re talking about the easy stuff. The rest of it is where the challenge comes in.”

    Why? Because being different, and offering gamers a different experience that they haven’t already played to death, that other companies don’t offer, is what makes todays Nintendo so damn good.

    Think about it: do you really need another PS360 system?

    I don’t. I want to see what else can be done. What fun things things Nintendo and creative devs can do using the WiiU controler.

    Also, mark my words(I have already seen some screen shots), the next gen Sony and MS systems won’t blow you away graphicly either. They will be more about services then just games. The tech they use is already dated. No one is going to blow the lid off of graphics. Thats not where the market/focus is at anymore. Expect nicer, smoother, faster. Think evolution, not revolution.

    And just think, you can have the same ole experiences on them new systems as your having now.

    Or you could play something presented in a new and interesting way on WiiU.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    Seeing as Nintendo doesn’t exactly have 3rd party support I doubt there will be a lot of 3rd party coming in droves to make a game specifically for the system especially if its multiplatform. Xbox 360 will still be the standard and I doubt they will be doing much with the WiiU controller except for the seeing minimap on it or inventory management. Nintendo will be once again the only developer utilizing these features which will once again make the WIIU another paper weight just like the Wii.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    @8
    “And just think, you can have the same ole experiences on them new systems as your having now.”

    Whilst you play Mario Kart 8 with a mini-map on the control in your hand instead of on the edge of the screen where it’s easier to see?

    I don’t believe the statement above but as an example it’s just as crass a generalisation as you have made with your post.

    All platform holders provided new experiences and innovation this generation in different ways. What way you go is down to personal preference but innovation isn’t something Nintendo have some magical monopoly on and they aren’t averse to milking the odd cash cow either.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. daytripper

    Would not surprise me if they had the cheek to sell this at around £280 and probably get away with it too.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. HeavyD-Love

    “at least as good as…” does not say to me invest money in a new system.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Phillip

    It’s almost like human, perfectly right that suits the taste of every nintendo fanatic and even can be considered as one of those highly competitive gadget that’s invading most of the people. It doesn’t require your fall time but what matters most is your chance to be entertain and play the game that eventually eliminates the feeling of being bored.
    Wii U

    #13 2 years ago