RUMOR: Impressive Colonial Marines Footage Was From the Wii U Version

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The controversial topic of Aliens: Colonial Marines has just taken an interesting turn. Most of the anger from consumers stems from the fact that the game itself has significantly less impressive graphics than previously released demos and trailers, yet Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford says he wasn’t lying when he referred to the videos as actual game footage.

According to one report, Pitchford may be telling the truth; the footage is an actual representation of the game…on the Wii U. The version of the the game that is currently available is rumored to have been largely outsourced and rushed to meet deadlines, but the Wii U version (which is still in development) has not suffered the same fate, and will be the definitive version of the game.

Randy Pitchford has stated multiple times in the past that the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines will be the best version of the game, particularly in the graphics department. If these recent rumors are correct, this is because the Wii U version has not gone through the same kind of development hell as the current, poorly-received rendition.

So far I think everyones in on this thing (fiasco) and not just by association but circumstance as well as a hell of alot of mis-communication.

From what I can gather this project has gone through that many restarts since it was announced its not funny – we all know this right?

However, what alot of people don’t identify (again because of general concensus) is that the Wii U version (still very much on the way), done exclusively by Demiurge studio’s, is the big version; the joint venture was banking on.

I know what you’re thinkin right? “WTF!?, how stupid, no ones adopting the Wii U, what were they thinking?” and you’d be right if it wasn’t for the fact that SEGA’s industry analysis favoured the U version, in fact the entire joint venture did.
This is because that version ports to the new consoles by Sony & MS (in the future) and thus has the tightest longevity of the product. Instead of a few months in the dying period of current gen systems, they favour a product that will last (potentally) 2-3yrs and allow for sequals.

Moving on, alot if not all the pre-production of the title was handled by Demiurge studio’s before they went onto work exclusively on the Wii U version from the ground up.

Post-production was then handed to Timegate studio’s and Nerve software; whilst Gearbox software completed Borderlands 2. Once assets there were completed Gearbox software retook up post-production to release candidacy of the campaign (sp or story, if you like) finalising with Fox and SEGA over the final shape of the product; and Timegate studio’s finalised thier assets for the multi-player/co-op campaign with Nerve software (if I’m not mistaken). Which I think is where everyones getting confused. Timegate studio’s finished thier work a coupla months back if I’m not mistaken?

Now heres where I have a hunch something behind the scenes went ass-up. Purely speculation of course – and the media is in on it in this scenario (boy I just won alot of cred. there..).

Somewhere around the time Timegate studio’s finished the PS3/360 version was canned. The last trailer released by Gearbox Software was the ‘Kick-Ass Trailer’ – this is actually Demiurge studio’s Wii U trailer. I believe that was shortly before the big 2hr IGN reveal, shortly before launch – which again, was the PC version – and why I believe SEGA canned the PS3/360 versions at this time; and the media knew about it.

During this time SEGA must’ve had a change of heart, possibly due to Wii U adoption looking less progressive (which the joint venture was banking on); and asked Gearbox Software to resurrect those versions at the 11th hour.
Now I know people aren’t ready to write off thier current consoles just yet, but from a buisiness perspective – not sinking money into the dying moments of the end of a system generation is a sane call.

So you might ask, “Why then was the PC version not en par with the IGN reveal either?” because its been dumbed down to maintain parity with the console releases. Its actually still quite alot better, the console releases were pretty ordinary.
In the next couple of weeks the Wii U version, the one with the greatest longevity, will be released; I suspect in all my speculation, you will see a magic patch that will bring the PC version up to date, if not surpassing the IGN reveal everyone was watching.

If this report turns out to be true, there may be more than just a few angry Sony and Microsoft fans. The endless development cycle that culminated in a subpar product leaves the reminds us of the bad taste Duke Nukem Forever left in our mouths, but this time around there may actually be a higher quality version of the game. The Wii U version is currently still slated for “launch window,” which puts its release sometime between now and March 31.

Source: TimeGate Forums via NeoGAF

  • emett

    Haha, No.

  • RestlessPoon

    If this is true, and the game is much, and I mean much, much better than the PS360 version, I’ll probably get it.

    • Brony With Sunglasses

      I’m hoping it’s true as well. I really planned on getting this game, honestly. But the poor reception has pushed me away. If the Wii U version gets praise for being the definitive version, I’ll still be on track to get the game.

  • Terrak

    Oh PLEASE be true i will get this day it comes out. With the motion tracker perfect for the gamepad this would be awesome!

    • http://justmagicthings.tumblr.com/ Skyfolk

      Too bad the gameplay is just awful and it’ll probably stay that way.

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    Leave a message…I love this story it gets better everytime I hear it!

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  • Samson

    If true I will definitely be picking this up for the Wii U. I actually can’t wait!

  • Aiddon

    I’m not getting my hopes up. It would be amusing if they pulled an NG3: RE on us though

  • Dfooster

    Dont get carried away most of the reviews said the gameplay wasn’t that great. Even if you were to remove the issues over the graphics and bugs you would still be left with a subpar game.

  • benbenkr

    Lol… if true, then why did SEGA not delay the game further on the PS360+PC? To get people to buy the dumbed down version so they could use the money to polish up the Wii U version?

    That’s like buying a Merc with 3 tyres only to know that Merc will be releasing a proper 4 tyre car later in the year. Then why the F*ck release the 3 tyres Merc in the first place?!

    • Erimgard

      They couldn’t delay the game any further because they didn’t have the money to do so. They were (reportedly) threatening Gearbox with a lawsuit over the delays already. SEGA is struggling financially. This game bombing doesn’t help.

      • benbenkr

        So releasing it now to a heap of bashing from gamers, fans and the media is a way to get money then? Just look at the sales…. If anything, I don’t think ther situation has gotten any better before release.

        • Shadao

          It’s not much, but it’s better than losing an entire budget for nothing. At the very least, SEGA could invest other projects that don’t take 6 years to make.

          • benbenkr

            And….? That very little amount of money they’re getting through this is worth the reputation bashing that will forever tarnish their image?

            Lol. I’m expecting the Wii U version to fail as bad too at this point.

  • redxavier

    *sigh* this isn’t a report of any kind, it’s a post on a forum (TimeGate’s I think) by someone speculating. The word from a recent AMA by a Sega tester is that the Wii-U version looks and plays even worse.

    • Erimgard

      And the AMA by a SEGA tester was also just a post on a forum (Reddit)
      Neither could give any proof of who they were (for obvious reasons) and both reports have the same chance of being valid: slim

      Also, the AMA didn’t say the Wii U version was worse. He just said the GamePad-related mini-games (kind of a misuse of the phrase) were sh*tty.

      • The_Hyphenator

        And I wouldn’t exactly give that guy much credence; you don’t exactly have to be Nostradamus to predict that the Wii U version will have mini-games in it. As for their quality, well, I’ve noticed that many “hardcore” gamers suddenly need a diaper change whenever a mini-game comes up in an action title, regardless of its quality.

  • The_Hyphenator

    This makes me somewhat hopeful, if it’s true. And it does make a degree of sense.

    However, I’m definitely not pre-ordering on the strength of a rumor. I’ll wait for the reviews to start coming in, and then I’ll decide what to do.

  • http://twitter.com/Knicks_psi EverythingIsRealLife

    The game sucks ass….Why would sony and MS get angry? You’re comparing a wiiu version to current gen versions, thats not something to brag about

  • Anonymoose

    Lies

  • Predatorz

    Fool me once, Shame on you, Fool me twice…

  • Dan

    PLEASE let this be true