Sega to stop making mature games?
Source - Greg Howson Sega to stop publishing "mature" games on the Wii? | Technology | guardian.co.uk
If you are over 18, own a Wii and fancy something a little harder than Mario or Wii Sports then you may be out of luck in the future. Thanks to slow sales of its Madworld and The Conduit games, Sega are apparently scaling back development of more "mature" Wii games. Speaking to 1UP Sega US studio director Constantine Hantzopoulos candidly admitted that similar titles were unlikely in the future.
Are we going to do more mature titles for the Wii? Probably not. I have to say that it was a space that was open and we took a gamble on it. It's like, 'Wow, there's no mature games on the Wii. Is there an audience out there?' We did some research, it said there was an audience out there.
Hantzaopoulos has plenty more to say on the subject. Perhaps most interesting were his thoughts on Dead Space Extraction, the recent Wii title from EA.
Look at Dead Space Extraction. We were stunned. That was my litmus test. Basically, it's like, okay, you got EA, who can put all the marketing muscle behind this, an established franchise that scored quite well on 360 and PS3. They should be able to actually hit this out of the park, right? We get numbers, real numbers aside from NPD, and I'm like, 'Woah.'
Leaving aside the variable quality of all the games mentioned - Madworld and Dead Space Extraction are both fine, although the Conduit is a mess - a glance at the Wii sales chart shows that "core" games are rarely seen. Is the Wii simply not built for hardcore gaming? Do the motion controller and underpowered (and SD-only) graphics put gamers off? Or are gamers just too conservative and stuck in their ways when it comes to what they play and how they play it.
I thought that the conduit was the best out of the three games mentioned, on the upside, more sonic :)