In what can only be described as a predictable fit of focused business minded rationality, it appears that Bethesda is interested in bringing their games to the widest audience possible. Makes sense to us but what does it mean for the Wii U and Vita? It’s simple: If the new consoles can support the games Bethesda is putting out, they’re all in.
Marketing VP Pete Hines explained the Bethesda philosophy: “Our motto has always been: We want to make our games available to the widest audience possible on whatever platforms that will support the game, so to whatever extent new consoles fit with the kind of games we are making and support them technologically, we would certainly do that.”
He went onto explain why the original Wii wasn’t even in consideration due to the amount of compromises they would have had to make: “The Wii wasn’t even an option – we would have to make wholesale changes to the games we were making on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC to make them work on Wii.”
In regards to the new Wii U and PS Vita, Mr. Hines wasn’t inclined to commit to a Bethesda presence on those new consoles but was willing to give some insight on the subject.
“I honestly know nothing about the tech specs of the new platforms and whether or not they are a good fit for what we are making with say Rage and Skyrim and Prey 2. If they are a good fit for the kind of games we are making then absolutely, we would look to put them out for those. But beyond that I can’t get into specifics.”