Irrational creative director Ken Levine says the BioShock
developer currently has "no plans" to make games for Nintendo's upcoming Wii U, despite his appearance in a sizzle reel promoting the system at E3.
In an interview with IGN
, Levine clarified that he was "not saying it can't happen, but we have no plans to do any games for that platform."
An E3 promo video
accompanying the Wii U's official unveiling
featured Levine saying it "seems like Nintendo sort of hears the voices of the hardcore gamer" with the system.
The video also shows Levine calling the ability to stream a "full console experience" to a smaller screen while lying in bed "a really revolutionary thing for me as a gamer," a sentiment he echoed in the IGN interview.
Elsewhere in the interview, Levine praised both the Wii U and Sony's upcoming PlayStation Vita portable for including dual analog sticks that enable the kind of deep, hardcore game experience he craves away from a TV.
"It's a great year for the core coming back and saying, okay, have your touch screens, have your motion control, we'll try to make that work, and if you can pull that off it'll be really good," he said. "But I want to have my cake and eat it too. I think these experiences are starting to allow that to happen."
Levine also praised the Vita's rear touchpad interface, and said that a planned BioShock
title for that system would be an entirely new game rather than a direct port of any existing Bioshock
Attracting third-party support to the Wii U has been a major focus for Nintendo, with company president Satoru Iwata repeatedly saying he hoped features like HD graphics
and a more conventional controller
will help bring developers and core gamers to the system.