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Square-Enix Outsourced a Wii U Port of a Triple-A Game

Australian game developer Straight Right seems to be getting around with Wii U ports. We already knew they’re working on Mass Effect 3: Special Edition, but now we’ve got word from a current employee’s Linkedin resume that they’re porting one of Square-Enix’s AAA games to Wii U as well. While it’s vaguely possible that this could be the already-known port of Dragon Quest X, we haven’t yet had any confirmation that the game’s coming West. Could it be one of their more recent projects?

Note: the entry on the Linkedin page has been removed, further suggesting that the game we’re getting is one we weren’t supposed to know about. You can still see the line about the Square-Enix game in a cache of the page.

UPDATE: Straight Right says one of their secret Wii U projects “will be announced soon.”

Read on for some of the other candidates that come to mind.

The first game that comes to mind is the Tomb Raider reboot. It’s one of the strongest brands due to hit HD systems in the coming months, got a lot of attention at E3, and seems like a good fit for the Wii U GamePad for Lara’s equipment.

The second is Final Fantasy XIV, a stronger brand to push in the U.S. than Dragon Quest and thus more likely for localization as the company’s first online game on a Nintendo platform.

Of course, it’s also possible that Lightning Returns will make it to the third of the three HD platforms.

Another possibility occurred to me while I was in the shower (of all places!): Could this game be a port of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix? It’s a game that we already know has solid representation on Nintendo platforms.

I’m not entirely sure which of these prospects sounds best, but I think it’s about time a major Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts game landed on a Nintendo home platform, so I’m rooting for one of the latter options.

What do you think Square-Enix is porting to Wii U?

Source: Chris Slater on Linkedin via Joystiq

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.solimene Dan Solimene

    They just said that Tomb Raider isn’t coming to Wii U, so my guess is that it’s either Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy X HD, or Final Fantasy Versus 13