Wii U’s already strong third-party line-up won’t be bolstered by the likes of Grand Theft Auto, L.A. Noire or Red Dead Redemption. Owner of these IPs is Take-Two, a company that has stated it has “no interest” in simply porting games over to Nintendo’s new system.
Speaking to VentureBeat (via), Take-Two CEO Karl Slatoff said: “Let’s just assume that everyone is at the same quality level in terms of the high-definition piece. Art work is a significant part of development costs. But we are not interested in the ability to just do straight ports.
“We are not a big believer in straight ports in general. For us it’s more about developing for the specific capability of each machine. We focus on what the platform brings to bear.” Could that mean we’ll see Rockstar games that take full advantage of the Wii U’s unique controller? How might that work in a GTA game?
“For us, if you are really going to do good job, look at the platform itself, analyze the capabilities and develop your game to take advantage of those capabilities and that is the best way to address that audience,” Slatoff concluded.
While we weren’t expecting ports of older games, it would be nice to get confirmation that future Rockstar releases will show up on Wii U.