Despite earlier talk of Mercenaries 2 possible coming to Nintendo’s Wii, it is now looking increasingly unlikely that Pandemic’s eagerly awaited game will ever happen due to the technical limitations of the innovative platform when compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Speaking with Video Gamer recently, the developer’s Cory Lewis went against what Cameron Brown, Creative Director at Pandemic, had previously stated, saying Mercenaries 2 would be a tough fit for the Wii. This is despite the fact that he first of all goes on about just how much has been packed into the PlayStation 2 edition and how amazing it is just what could be pulled off on the far older, much weaker platform:
VideoGamer.com: Apart from the 360, PS3 and PC versions there’s a PS2 version. Is that being developed by another company?
Cory Lewis, Pandemic: Yes. It’s in a sense being ported almost to PS2. There is an outside studio that we’re partnering with to bring that code base to the PS2. Honestly it’s surprising to me as I’ve seen the PS2 version how much they’re able to do with that system. I honestly can’t even believe the vast majority of the game is in there. I can’t think of what’s not in there other than just the graphical fidelity. Content wise it’s going to be a very similar experience. It’s great because there’s so many PS2 owners out there who haven’t made the jump yet. It’s just amazing to see what you’re able to squeeze out of that system.
VideoGamer.com: But no Wii version?
Cory Lewis, Pandemic: No Wii yet unfortunately. I think the Wii would be a tough fit for that product. Not to say it won’t ever happen. But just porting it over to the Wii feels wrong. I know the guys, the senior leaders at Pandemic, like Josh (Resnick) and Greg (Borrud) and Andrew (Goldman), they’re very committed to when we come out with a Wii product it’s going to be created for the Wii. It’s going to really take advantage of what it offers, not just grabbing this and throwing it over there kind of thing.
Be sure to check out the full interview on aspects of the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC editions, which launch in Europe on 5th September, by following this link, and stick around on Nintendic for further updates…