The developers of the Tomb Raider reboot - Crystal Dynamics - will be releasing their game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. But wait...no Wii U? Sadly, it seems Lara Croft's new guardians have decided against making a port of the game for Nintendo's new home console, and with valid reason. Were Crystal Dynamics to bring Tomb Raider to Wii U, they would want to make it much more than a simple port. Considering the console's unique interface. In a recent interview with the Arabic website True Gaming, the game's creative director Noah Hughes shed some light on this very matter:
"I'm always a fan of the Nintendo systems," Hughes said. "in particular they really push interface design, and from a game design perspective it's fun to play with new interfaces. Having said that it's something that I think we would want to tailor the experience to if we were going to do it."
That's all well and good, but why not just release a different version of the game for Wii U like other third-party developers have been doing? Hughes covered that by explaining that Crystal Dynamics has been working to give players the same experience on PS3, 360, and PC versions of the game. By bringing Tomb Raider to Wii U, the developer would be too inclined to do more than simply port the game, changing up the control scheme and whatnot to accommodate the console's unique GamePad. And by doing so, they'd be giving one console a different version of the game, which would be going against their plans on making each version equal.
In the same interview with True Gaming, Hughes said that "all three [other console versions] are really trying to deliver roughly the same experience but delivered best on each platform, and I think something like the Wii U often asks you to do something unique based on a unique interface." Hughes went on to say, "that's something as a gamer I love but it's something you don't want to do half-heartedly as a developer." You can check out the full interview in the video below:
Would you have liked a Wii U version of Tomb Raider? How do you feel about the game in general?