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Skyrim studio: Wii U is 'a possibility'

Bethesda to look at any platform that will support their games

The studio behind The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one of this year's big Christmas blockbusters, have told Official Nintendo Magazine that it is possible that they will work on Wii U in the future.

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When asked about Wii U, Bethesda's Pete Hines said: "It's definitely a possibility for the future. We'll look at any platform that will support that games we're trying to make, but that's the key thing - the console has to support the game as it is designed."

Yet before you start jumping to the conclusion that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to Wii U in 2012, a word a caution. Hines said that creating games for multiple platforms is a lot of work.

"The more changes we have to make to a game the less and less palatable it becomes because making a game is an enormous process. Just doing 360, PS3 and PC - I don't think people understand the amount of work that goes into that. All of the localisation you have to do... all of the testing you have to do... on every platform in every language... It's a pretty huge undertaking.

"So you aren't just supporting the Wii U; You're supporting it in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish."

Still, the Vice President of PR at Bethesda did offer ONM a word of hope when he concluded: "We'll see. It's definitely a possibility."

More leading developers discuss Wii U in the latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine.

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  1. JamieRIOT Friday 23rd Sep 2011 at 11:31

    It would be nice to see Bethesda developing for the Wii U in the future.

  2. rickfallout Friday 23rd Sep 2011 at 12:21

    i just pre ordered pc skyrim to work on my alienware and would love to get it for the wii u aswell, bethesda you have answered my prayers! good work people

  3. rayboi Friday 23rd Sep 2011 at 12:43

    this is a good sign for nintendo. it shows that there third party support has the potential to become even better, which is great!

  4. olrodlegacy Friday 23rd Sep 2011 at 13:34

    Any 3rd party hardcore support is fantastic after the abysmal Wii era...

  5. Oxo64 Friday 23rd Sep 2011 at 14:46

    Testing? Bethesda? That's a laugh! :lol:

    Nevertheless, it would be nice to see a title from them on WiiU.

  6. TomMc92 Friday 23rd Sep 2011 at 17:13

    Alright good news all round. Id love to see a new Fallout on Wii U.

  7. andrea987 Friday 23rd Sep 2011 at 17:54

    Well, as Wii U is more powerful than x360 and ps3 (equal less scaling down from pc), and apparently also very easy to develop for (certainly more than ps3), I don't see why they should develop for the other consoles and not the Wii U. Someone knows if they did get a developer kit? I'll be surprised if they didn't.

  8. retrotoad Sunday 25th Sep 2011 at 21:08

    Please make this happen, It would be an essiental purchase should it come out for Wii U.

    Well, as Wii U is more powerful than x360 and ps3 (equal less scaling down from pc), and apparently also very easy to develop for (certainly more than ps3), I don't see why they should develop for the other consoles and not the Wii U. Someone knows if they did get a developer kit? I'll be surprised if they didn't.

    I think in some ways the Wii U is a harder format to develop for. Dev's need to add new features in for the Wii U controller, if they didn't then I'm sure a lot of disapointment would follow. So as well as porting the game over to 3 platforms, they would also need to port it onto Wii U with added functions. Also, some of the developers (certainly the smaller ones) are put off by the production values, as the Wii U has 2 HD screens and a lot of advanced tech.

  9. Davesoh Monday 26th Sep 2011 at 15:48

    God yes, if they make any game for the Wii U it would be amazing.

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