Tantalus’ Secret Wii U Game: Need for Speed Rivals?
I think Need for Speed Rivals is the secret port Tantalus is working on for Wii U, hear my reasons below.
So let’s first revisit some details Tantalus gave us on this secret game.
- It’s from a top-notch publisher
- It’s not a mature or hardcore game like Mass Effect or Deus Ex (deep RPG mechanics and story)
Here are a few reasons why I think it’s Need for Speed Rivals for Wii U.
The game is from a top-notch publisher.
While many gamers don’t consider EA a top-notch publisher, their market cap and influence on the industry says otherwise. They are the largest 3rd party publisher in North America, and one of the most hated. However, Tantalus has worked with EA on Mass Effect 3 and did a good job. Tantalus would consider them a “top-notch” publisher, considering they have worked with them before.
Need for Speed Rivals is not a hardcore or Mature themed game.
Need for Speed Rivals is played by a lot of core gamers, but it doesn’t feature the grand story, intricate battle mechanics, and blood that Mass Effect and Deus Ex display. Need for Speed Rivals fits the mold of the game Tantalus is talking about.
Need for Speed Most Wanted U got a boost in sales, once there was a price drop.
Need for Speed Most Wanted U did not have the best start. It opened up to less than 7,000 units according to VGChartz. And things got progressively worse, as the game sold less than 26,000 units by the end of May 2013. However, it seems things picked up at some point. Because Need for Speed Most Wanted U is now over 110,000 units worldwide. While that might not be much in the grand scheme of sales, that is a whole lot better than Mass Effect 3, FIFA 13, and Madden 13 did on Wii U. VGChartz usually under-tracks as well, plus there would be no way for them to track sales from EA’s online store. While Need for Speed Most Wanted U wasn’t a blockbuster, it might have made enough money for EA to look into porting Rivals.
Tantalus has worked with EA before.
While I touched upon this in my first point, I think it’s important enough to mention it again. Tantalus worked with EA and Straight Right on Mass Effect 3 for Wii U. They did a really good job, I could see EA coming back to them for a clean port of Need for Speed Rivals. I think EA and Tantalus have a good relationship, considering how good the port of Mass Effect 3 turned out from a technical standpoint. Too bad EA didn’t give them more time to do the trilogy, or even port all the DLC into the game. Mass Effect 3 Special Edition on Wii U was still good, and EA might see there is money to be made with a fairly priced Rivals port.
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