According to a concept artist for a developer studio associated with Electronic Arts, there are plans that Visceral Games, the company behind the Dead Space games, to make a new installment of Dead Space, and that will be coming to Wii U and other consoles. No Dead Space game will be shown at this year’s E3. Another game from Electronic Arts that I was told will receive the Wii U treatment is Overstrike, which is developed by Insomniac games. Insomniac has received Wii U development kits. Insomniac are known for franchises such as Resistance and Ratchet & Clank for Sony’s consoles.
And the last interesting tidbit of news that I am hearing involves Crytek, who is a partner with Electronic Arts. Crytek might be giving Electronic Arts the publishing duties for TimeSplitters 4 for the Wii U. Coincidentally, before Free Radical became part of Crytek, Electronic Arts published Timesplitters: Future Perfect. TimeSplitters 4 will be announced at E3 this year for the Wii U and other consoles. I’m hearing that there is over 150-200 Wii U games currently in development. Nintendo is planning to announce numerous partnerships and collaborations regarding the Wii U at this E3
My friend told me that when Electronic Arts received the first and second versions of Wii U development kits, Nintendo wasn’t sure how powerful the console was going to be. All they cared about at that point was making a console that was easy to port 360/PS3 games. They had to keep the dev kits at 360/PS3 level in the beginning because it’s easy to start low on specs and go up in power, but it’s impossible to create a super powerful development kit and then downgrade it in power. I hear that the 5th and 6th versions of this development kit are pretty powerful, and Frostbite 2 has been seen running on the Wii U with very smooth results and a higher frame rate than the 360 version of Battlefield 3, that are superior to any PS3/360 game running Frostbite 2.
Again, take all of this as a grain of salt/rumor until its confirmed, but I felt the need to share some of this since people seem to want Wii U news.