What Happened to the Wii Version of Civilization Revolution?
Speaking from an outsiders’ point of view, it simply doesn’t make sense to cancel a game that’s in development for Wii given the system’s tremendous success, which translates into more potential customers. Civilization Revolution was canned on Wii and MTV Multiplayer set out to discover what happened.
Progress on the title was well behind the other versions due in part to the necessity to create a new interface for the game, as well as new art assets as there is no PlayStation 2 or PlayStation Portable version of the game to leech off of.
Firaxis’ Scott Lewis told Multiplayer, “CivRev was originally a 360/PS3 project and was in development for over a year before the Wii/DS platforms were added, largely because we saw the success of those platforms and a lot of people (including myself) were very excited about them.
“All of our assets were originally created with the 360/PS3 in mind. In order to bring them to the Wii, a great deal of work would have to go into making those assets look appropriate on Nintendo’s system. If we had started the project with all four platforms in mind, it is far more likely that we would not have put the Wii version of CivRev on hold.”
So if anyone out there was holding their breath for a Wii version of CivRev, you should probably get working on your will.