Mass Effect 3 on Wii U will be same as on other platforms

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Australian developer studio Tantalus is primarily working as a conversion studio for hire, porting games from the Sega Saturn days until even today, with Mass Effect 3, their biggest project yet. As it is not a simple porting job, since new features (namely the GamePad) have to be included, company CEO Tom Cargo told Gamasutra that it’s no easy task.

“In terms of design challenges, the biggest challenge, to be honest, was not screwing it up. It’s a great game on its original formats and we needed to ensure we didn’t break anything.”

“We handled the thing gently, and I feel like the stuff we’ve implemented gels extremely well. We made the power wheel interactive along with the level maps, and you can give orders to squad mates via the map on the GamePad.”

“With Mass Effect 3 on Wii U, we’re heavily leveraging the work done by BioWare. We’re very proud of the Wii U-specific features that will ship with the game, but a large part of our assignment is to replicate the ME3 experience on Nintendo’s new console.”

The company didn’t want to change the design or add a bunch of new touch screen-exclusive content to BioWare’s already successful game. Instead, the team chose to take a more cautious approach and fine-tune things so players using the GamePad got a slightly more convenient experience, but not an altogether different one.

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Author: Christos Chatzisavvas View all posts by
Gaming lover, web developing graduate, founder and developer at Starblind Entertainment. Keep your eye out for news, reviews, previews and opinion articles, as well as game projects. Follow me on Twitter @CrashOkami.

7 Comments on "Mass Effect 3 on Wii U will be same as on other platforms"

  1. narwall14 October 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm -

    this is funny

  2. TheGrimOfDeath October 28, 2012 at 3:42 am -

    ^Narwall you high?

  3. narwall14 October 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm -

    nooooo uhhh what makes you say that? O_O

  4. TheGrimOfDeath October 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm -

    How is it funny?

  5. halos superman October 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm -

    Yes how is it funny?

  6. Christos Chatzisavvas October 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm -

    I suppose he says it’s funny because the Wii U is next-gen, and still, has not yet demonstrated any next-gen tech. Mass Effect 3 being “the same as on other platforms” just reinforces the fears that it might not be all that more powerful.

    Or he’s high :P

  7. TheGrimOfDeath October 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm -

    There are many next-gen games that are coming on the Wii U! Just let me list some……um……well crap.

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