The existence of Red Steel 2 was only announced a little over two weeks ago. Since, we’ve been privy to a trailer and now an important announcement about the game has come our way.
According to an interview with creative director of Red Steel 2, Jason Vandenberghe, the game will require Wii Remote MotionPlus in order to be played. Here’s the direct quote from Nintendo Power (via: Nintendo Dpad)…“Itâ€™s a huge risk. We have no idea what the penetration rate for Wii MotionPlus will be. We assume high. We would like it to be high. I would love to say to you that itâ€™ll be compatible with just a regular controller, but the gameplay simply isnâ€™t there without MotionPlus. That core experience just isnâ€™t there without it.”
After pondering over the news, it’s quite an interesting position that Ubisoft has put themselves in. It’s definitely risky, but sometimes the big gambles pay off. In essence, Ubisoft is banking on the notion that MotionPlus is going to take off and reach Wii Balance Board like numbers. I’d say that the odds are in their favor, but to make it completely exclusive?
I think this adds even more hype to Red Steel 2. The original game was bragged about as allowing insanely realistic sword fighting gameplay. It didn’t quite live up to that standard. Now they’ve created a game that can’t be played without the 1:1 peripheral. This does nothing but show that Ubisoft might be living up to their promises this time around. Hopefully there’s a slew of footage shown off at E3.