Ubisoft hopes Red Steel sequel won’t stink as much with WiiMotion Plus controls

We knew the sequel to Ubisoft’s promising, but sub-par, Wii first-person shooter Red Steel was on the way. What we didn’t know, but could have guessed, is that it will indeed take advantage of Nintendo’s recently announced WiiMotion Plus technology.

Red Steel 2 has been in development for many months now,” Ubisoft’s Alain Corre says speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, “and this new device will help us be even more precise in what we do with the product. The Red Steel brand is strong — I think we released it on year one, and that people understand that it was a first try on new technology, technology that wasn’t completely finished yet.”

That last statement is an interesting one, and although it’s not completely clarified by Corre in the interview, mirrors some feedback I heard from a lot of developers at E3: why wasn’t this 1:1 technology included right out of box when the Wii launched? Doesn’t anyone seem to get the impression that Nintendo are “finishing” or perfecting an unfinished product by introducing the WiiMotion Plus?

Whatever the case, the confirmation of both a sequel and the inclusion of MotionPlus should be good news for fans (or wannabe-fans) of Red Steel. WiiMotion Plus along with Wii Sports Resort won’t launch until next spring, so Red Steel 2 looks to be a ways off.

Nick Chester