John Carmack On the Wii UBy Alex Co | July 3, 2011 | News | No comments | Share
John Carmack, the outspoken developer and co-founder of id Software, broke into the limelight in the early 90′s with iconic games such as the Doom and Quake franchises. So naturally, when he talks about games and hardware, he definitely knows what he’s talking about.
If his recent comments regarding the Wii U are to be read between the lines, I’m guessing we shall soon see an id Software game on Nintendo’s upcoming console in the future.
Speaking to IndustryGamers, Carmack commented on how the Wii U’s power makes it very easy to make Tech 5 (id Software tech) games on Nintendo’s Wii successor.
It should be a slam dunk to move over to Tech 5 games on there. We haven’t had that discussion yet as a company, but it seems technically like it’s a valid target, so I’m always happy to go ahead and get a new box in and see what it takes to bring it up and see the pros and cons of the choices they made. I think they probably made a fairly intelligent decision with the Wii U.
He also refers to the Wii U’s tablet like controller and how he thinks there are more uses for it than Microsoft’s Kinect or Sony’s Move motion-controllers.
I think there may be more good uses of that (Wii U tablet) than (there are for) the current generation with Kinect and Move... there’s clearly a subset of games for which things like that are appropriate for.
Carmack also adds in that they’ve been going on with how they can use motion controllers with Rage but that it’s hard to take a game that’s “fundamentally designed” around a controller “get value out of doing some of those other things.” But adding touch control/interface is something he thinks is something “almost every game could make some use of.”
Should we expect Carmack’s upcoming game – Rage, on Wii U? I wouldn’t bet against it, or at the very least, an id Software game on Wii U.