Broken Rules, developer of upcoming Wii U indie game Chasing Aurora, revealed to Official Nintendo Magazine UK that we can expect stronger support for indie developers and smaller studios.
While Wii’s WiiWare service was created to fulfill this purpose and did provide some great games initially, it has essentially lost all support and is now considerably laughable next to Xbox Live Arcade and PSN due to very restrictive file size limits and enforced policies.
Developer Martin Pichlmair says:
“I can not talk about the new eShop in detail. What I do know is that Nintendo is doing everything to make this console much more open, social and indie-friendly than the Wii ever was.”
“There are people at Nintendo who know where innovative games come from. And if you look at the launch lineup you can clearly see that those people have had a say in it. At the same time, the Wii U with its various controller configurations calls for experimental games of all kinds and Nintendo is always eager to have games make good use of its console’s innovations.”
This does indeed seem to be the case, with Nintendo responsible for making Bayonetta 2 possible, a sequel to a great but poor-selling game.
So that’s good news in terms of the games we can expect. For the actual eShop that they will be available through, recently Trine 2 developer Frozenbyte shared that they were very pleased with the service.
Chasing Aurora is an intriguing eShop game which allows players to fly a bird and navigate through the Alps. It has a clean and simple yet effective aesthetic and will hopefully be a good indicator of the GamePad’s touch and tilt capabilities. Broken Rules is aiming to release the game for the Wii U launch day.
[Source: Official Nintendo Magazine UK]