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Fallout 3/Oblivion Developer Bethesda Softworks Making Mature Wii Games

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Those ever so talented folks behind post apocalyptic epic Fallout 3 and the equally well received fantasy RPG series The Elder Scrolls, have revealed that they are in fact in the process of creating ‘mature’ games for Nintendo’s shovelware beleaguered console.

According to Sean Brennan, the European boss at Bethesda said it would be ‘churlish’ to ignore the huge 50 million plus userbase that the Wii enjoys, whilst ensuring that they are ‘not going to establish a new range and call it ‘My Girly Game Range’ or whatever these other companies are doing, it’s so me-too and boring’, he added.

Specifically when talking about the market share that Bethesda would be aiming at for an adult orientated title, Brennan had this to say:

“I’ve got consoles at home but I wouldn’t sit and play an 18-rated game with my family on the Wii. Is there space in the Wii market for that? I think there is, but again, it’s all about finding out how big that is. Is it five per cent? If it’s five per cent of the market and you can own that space it’s worth doing because you can achieve volume. If you can’t own it at five per cent, it’s not worth doing, quite frankly”.

So with 5% of 50 million being some 2.5 million Wii users, Bethesda would certainly have their work cut out for them. This is especially true given the fact that Sega who somewhat bravely released two mature themed titles early this year, namely House Of The Dead: Overkill and Madworld, is not even breaking 300,000 sales with those titles.

Combined.

As always, i’ll be very interested to see any mature offerings for the Wii just due to the simple fact that ‘mature’ for the Wii is also a byword for ‘different’. Amusingly, this is a somewhat ironic predicament given the fact that when ‘mature’ approaches are taken on titles for the 360 and PS3 these days, the relative saturation on the market of mature titles means that they are invariably met with the same justified groans and cynical murmurings of disinterested familiarity if they don’t bring something new or incredible to the table.

Well maybe in the Wii’s case, games absolutely cannot be mature in order to sell units and serve the bottom line.

I hope i’m wrong.

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May 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

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Fallout 3/Oblivion Developer Bethesda Softworks Making Mature Wii Games

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Those ever so talented folks behind post apocalyptic epic Fallout 3 and the equally well received fantasy RPG series The Elder Scrolls, have revealed that they are in fact in the process of creating ‘mature’ games for Nintendo’s shovelware beleaguered console.

According to Sean Brennan, the European boss at Bethesda said it would be ‘churlish’ to ignore the huge 50 million plus userbase that the Wii enjoys, whilst ensuring that they are ‘not going to establish a new range and call it ‘My Girly Game Range’ or whatever these other companies are doing, it’s so me-too and boring’, he added.

Specifically when talking about the market share that Bethesda would be aiming at for an adult orientated title, Brennan had this to say:

“I’ve got consoles at home but I wouldn’t sit and play an 18-rated game with my family on the Wii. Is there space in the Wii market for that? I think there is, but again, it’s all about finding out how big that is. Is it five per cent? If it’s five per cent of the market and you can own that space it’s worth doing because you can achieve volume. If you can’t own it at five per cent, it’s not worth doing, quite frankly”.

So with 5% of 50 million being some 2.5 million Wii users, Bethesda would certainly have their work cut out for them. This is especially true given the fact that Sega who somewhat bravely released two mature themed titles early this year, namely House Of The Dead: Overkill and Madworld, is not even breaking 300,000 sales with those titles.

Combined.

As always, i’ll be very interested to see any mature offerings for the Wii just due to the simple fact that ‘mature’ for the Wii is also a byword for ‘different’. Amusingly, this is a somewhat ironic predicament given the fact that when ‘mature’ approaches are taken on titles for the 360 and PS3 these days, the relative saturation on the market of mature titles means that they are invariably met with the same justified groans and cynical murmurings of disinterested familiarity if they don’t bring something new or incredible to the table.

Well maybe in the Wii’s case, games absolutely cannot be mature in order to sell units and serve the bottom line.

I hope i’m wrong.

Written by bitsnark

May 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

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