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Bethesda not ruling out Wii U or PS Vita support

Bethesda's long line of serious games for the machines powerful enough to handle them may soon expand to the Wii U and handheld consoles, says the company's Pete Hines. “To whatever extent new consoles fit with the kind of games we are making and support them technologically,” said the Bethesda marketing VP in an interview with MCV, “we would certainly do that.” Prospective good news for Nintendo fans long locked out of franchises, like the Elder Scrolls, and also for handheld players eyeing Sony’s PlayStation Vita.

While Hines insists that the company's focus has always been on making its titles “available to the widest audience possible on whatever platforms that will support the game,” few would deny that that's a somewhat exclusive list. “The Wii wasn't even an option” for Bethesda tent poles like Oblivion, says Hines: “we would have to make wholesale changes to the games we were making on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC to make them work.” He says it's too early to say anything definite, but that the Wii U and PlayStation Vita may present a new platform for high-powered upcoming Bethesda titles like Skyrim, Rage and Prey 2: “If [the consoles] 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.”


Above: At the risk of insulting your internet-savvy, it's impossible to overstate just how Photoshopped this is

Hines' sentiments may be less of a “just you wait” and more of a “we'll see,” but for prospective Wii U or PS Vita owners anxious to keep up with the hype over Skyrim or Rage, that alone seems more than enough to keep hope alive. What does the suggestion do for you?

Jun 30, 2011

[Source: CVGMCV]

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8 comments

  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - July 1, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    I'm not holding my breath. Bethesda promised a version of Oblivion for the PSP and showed screen shots etc. but it was quietly killed off.
  • ollyn - July 1, 2011 12:51 p.m.

    @planetheads Not quite sure what you are getting at with the variety thing seeing as most of the titles you mention are already on the 360/PS3 along with a fair amount of others, I think the main problem Nintendo had the last generation was lack of variety but that's certainly not something the Xbox or PS3 has a problem with. Flower, Limbo, Heavy Rain to name a few of the 100s of different titles to be released on these consoles. I am starting to come round to the WiiU a bit after early scepticism and if developers like bethesda throw their weight behind it I might be convinced to take the plunge.
  • planetheads - July 1, 2011 5:39 a.m.

    now i can hav a console that has mario,zelda,mass effect,skyrim,metriod,battlefield,mii games,donkey kong,Smash bros,tekken,streetfighter,splintercell,batman,sin and punishment,bioshock,epic mickey,final fantasy and a whole lot...then count me in.this console will have alot of variety.not like xbox and PS3(only shooters).
  • WarWasp - July 1, 2011 4:49 a.m.

    Yeaaaaaahhhhh...
  • lawman2593733 - July 1, 2011 2:49 a.m.

    Isn't the only reason the cartridges loaded faster is that they had to load less?
  • UsernameLoser - July 1, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    I don't know shit about game consoles, but shouldn't they be able to read cartridges by now? They load faster than discs (disks?), and they would probably make consoles smaller. Mark my words, the ninth generation game consoles will probably be either cartridge or download ONLY. But then that would be a stupid move, because we wouldn't be able to play our old disc games.
  • WarWasp - July 1, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    Skyrim? Battlefield 3? If these games come through,sign me up for a Wii U,retarded name aside.I can get all the games I want without having to pay for Xbox Live...
  • mmmmaaaatttthhhheeeewwww - July 1, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    FIRST!!!!!!!

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