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Ubisoft: Red Steel 2 will use Wii Motion Plus

Ubisoft: Red Steel 2 will use Wii Motion Plus

Red Steel 2 will make use of the new Wii Motion Plus attachment from Nintendo.

Ubisoft's Alain Corre has explained that, just as Red Steel was one of the first games out to take advantage of the Nintendo Wii (for better or worse), the sequel to that game will be one of the first games to take advantage of the new Wii hardware - the Wii Motion Plus.

The Wii Motion Plus is a new plugin attachment for the Wii Remote which contain extra accelerometers which should help improve response and bring the Wii closer to 1:1 motion control response.

The Motion Plus was first announced back at E3 2008 but, while many developers seem to have been kept in the dark about the device and are therefore unable to support it, Ubisoft seems to have been well prepared.

Speaking to GI.biz, Ubisoft's Alain Corre admitted that the original Red Steel was a bit hit and miss, but promised that the next game will be much better.

"Red Steel 2 has been in development for many months now, and this new device will help us be even more precise in what we do with the product. The Red Steel brand is strong — I think we released it on year one, and that people understood that it was a first try on new technology, technology that wasn't completely finished," said Corre.

"And our game tried to grab the best out of it, and was a bit rushed to be sure to offer something in year one to Wii consumers. But Red Steel is still selling well — at a lower price of course, but still it's in the top 30 or 40 in every country on Wii...What was missing from Red Steel though was the preciseness of the sabre and with this new device I think it will change the experience."

What say you? Prepared to give Red Steel another spin, or is that it for the franchise as far as you are concerned? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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ChaosDefinesOrder 28th July 2008, 14:57 Quote
"still it's in the top 30 or 40 in every country on Wii"

Isn't that because there's only that many games available on the Wii? ;-)
Krikkit 28th July 2008, 15:11 Quote
Perhaps with a less-clumsy control system it'll be better next time.
Timmy_the_tortoise 28th July 2008, 15:33 Quote
As long as it has good Online play with dedicated servers and NO friend codes.. I'll be getting it.
The Infamous Mr D 28th July 2008, 15:38 Quote
Does that mean Red Steel 2 will *require* the Wii Motion Plus? Or that it's an optional extra not required to play the game but means you'll instead wield your sword like an epileptic gimp wielding a broken chair leg?

Historically, optional add-ons for consoles never tend to sell very well, usually it reeks of squeezing consumers for extra cash. Unless Ubisoft plan on bundling the Wii Motion Plus with Red Steel 2, or Nintendo slap a Wii Motion Plus in with every new Wii Remote, then that would at least allow a foot in the door. Your average punter having to splash out an extra £20 or so per Wii Motion Plus just to play Red Steel 2 could easily stick in the craw and leave a very bitter aftertaste.

Of course, I shouldn't think Ubisoft are that naive to make Red Steel 2 a Wii Motion Plus only game, it potentially reduces their effective sales based on how well Nintendo sell the Wii Motion Plus to their established user base. It could all goes boobies up with Nintendo selling bugger all, and that wouldn't be good for Ubisoft trying to peddle their Wii Motion-only game.
Timmy_the_tortoise 28th July 2008, 16:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Infamous Mr D
Does that mean Red Steel 2 will *require* the Wii Motion Plus? Or that it's an optional extra not required to play the game but means you'll instead wield your sword like an epileptic gimp wielding a broken chair leg?

Historically, optional add-ons for consoles never tend to sell very well, usually it reeks of squeezing consumers for extra cash. Unless Ubisoft plan on bundling the Wii Motion Plus with Red Steel 2, or Nintendo slap a Wii Motion Plus in with every new Wii Remote, then that would at least allow a foot in the door. Your average punter having to splash out an extra £20 or so per Wii Motion Plus just to play Red Steel 2 could easily stick in the craw and leave a very bitter aftertaste.

Of course, I shouldn't think Ubisoft are that naive to make Red Steel 2 a Wii Motion Plus only game, it potentially reduces their effective sales based on how well Nintendo sell the Wii Motion Plus to their established user base. It could all goes boobies up with Nintendo selling bugger all, and that wouldn't be good for Ubisoft trying to peddle their Wii Motion-only game.

Then again.. Making the WMP optional isn't going to do nintendo any favours, since I think most people aren't going to see the benefits as worth an extra £20 aside from the game... And then, I'm not sure the Devs would be happy with their userbase not getting the full experience out of the game.

Best course of action, that I can see, would be to make it mandatory, but bundle it with the game for a small extra fee.
mclean007 28th July 2008, 16:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
"still it's in the top 30 or 40 in every country on Wii"

Isn't that because there's only that many games available on the Wii? ;-)

My thoughts exactly - it's like saying this is one of the top ten funniest posts in this thread so far - not much of a feat when there's less than 10 posts here!
zimbloggy 28th July 2008, 17:16 Quote
I hated that game. The only reason (I think) it was popular was because it was the only first person shooter for a long time for the wii.
Furymouse 28th July 2008, 19:00 Quote
Bundling it with a game does seem the rational route to go. The rumble pack was the only reason I bought Starfox 64. Go figure.
pendragon 28th July 2008, 19:27 Quote
very cool. i hope this does well. i'm quite interested how the wii motion plus ends up working.
DXR_13KE 29th July 2008, 02:10 Quote
i hope they stick with one sword and use the nunchuck for other functions, like punching and other stuff....
Timmy_the_tortoise 29th July 2008, 13:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Furymouse
Bundling it with a game does seem the rational route to go. The rumble pack was the only reason I bought Starfox 64. Go figure.

You bought it for the rumble pack, and stayed for the incredible gameplay, yes?

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