id Software: “We’re Not Doing a Crappy Version of RAGE on the Wii”

The headline is the basically the whole story, but here’s a little more.

Activision recently announced that there would be a crappy version of Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii (developed by Treyarch). I’m not one to begrudge a Wii-owner his enjoyment of the next Call of Duty game, but it seems like kind of a torturous thing to do to the Wii. Like dragging your out-of-shape buddy on a marathon run.

Anyway, id Software is having absolutely none of this sh#$. When asked about the possibility of seeing RAGE on the Wii, id Software’s President Todd Hollenshead had this to say. It’s almost like he had it saved up for a while. Enjoy it:

For Rage, as much as Nintendo might not like to hear this, id Tech 5 is too much tech for the Wii. We’re not doing a crappy version of Rage on the Wii. If you play the PC, the PS3, the 360 version, you get all of it. All the media’s the same. We didn’t make the crippled version that somebody wishes they had some other platform to play on.

Phew! That one had some heat on it, and you almost get the sense that last part could be directed at Modern Warfare 3.

I think I agree with Hollenshead here, though. Look, graphics are important for a game like RAGE, which seeks to immerse you in a believable post-apocalyptic world. Why create an inferior version of that world?

IGN has the whole story. There are a couple of other quotes by Hollenshead, where he talks about maybe seeing id Software games on the Wii-U, as long as John Carmack thinks it’s a good idea.

[via IGN]

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8 Comments on id Software: “We’re Not Doing a Crappy Version of RAGE on the Wii”

Zach

On August 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Thank god! if you want to play a real hardcore game like Rage go buy a real
console not some kid console that is designed for wii tennis.

Russell

On August 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

The wii is a joke anyways with xbox kinect and playstation move out. Why even bother with a gamecube with motion controls that came out like 10 years ago, and people are too dumb to realize it.

f

On August 6, 2011 at 12:17 am

realize the wii had its time patented ideas that are great and copied on to other platforms

the wii is a good console i has good games just because it isnt HD or fat gamer compatible get over it or even better get a real thing like a pc and see what rage is like then

Computica

On August 6, 2011 at 2:56 am

“…fat gamer compatible…”
LMAO!

Earnest

On August 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

When I was a kid, our computer games had 16 colors, and we liked it!

beckerist

On August 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

id Tech 5 is on the iPhone…I haven’t compared the hardware specs of both but I can’t imagine the Wii is worse…this seems more like flamebait (wrong) or maybe preference of the programmers (fine) but I don’t see how they can blame anything but their own desires.

youallloose

On August 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm

“Activision recently announced that there would be a crappy version of Modern Warfare 3 on the Wii (developed by Treyarch).”

Rofl now that is something a PC dev can probably handle, based on BLOPS.

redmagpie

On August 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm

BlOps on Wii was a solid game… no doubt not a looker like the PS3/360 version (I’ve extensively played all 3 versions) but no doubt the Wii version had all the same elements of gameplay that allowed it to be an enjoyable game…. btw “beckerist”: id Tech IS on iPhone but I (could be wrong) don’t think its the 5th iteration of id Tech on the iPhone rather a mobile version of it…