Jason VandenBerghe, creative director of Red Steel 2 for Ubisoft Paris, believes that his game can help bring core gamers back to the Wii.
VandenBerghe told CVG, “If any game can do it, we can. I think we’ve got a great chance of bringing people back to Wii. If you haven’t played on your Wii for a while we’ve got the game for you.
“Personally, I call this the great hardcore Wii Jihad,” he added. “I don’t really care about the religious war! Some developers who are making hardcore games for the Wii made a big deal about the separation of church and state, saying (puts on deep voice) ‘there’s hardcore and there’s family friendly.’
“Fuck those guys! I don’t feel that way. I think there are gamers and there are gamers of different opinions and different tastes so the goal was to create games that gamers want and to see how many people like it.”
Similarly, VandenBerghe believes that the MadWorld approach to attracting a core audience is also flawed. “If you make an ultra violent game where you’re shoving signposts through people’s heads as a core mechanic,” said VanderBerghe, “you’re going to sell 10%. You’re cutting out 90% of your sales because that offends 90% of gamers.
Red Steel 2 is scheduled for release on Mar. 23 in North America and Mar. 26 in Europe.