Bethesda Softworks will make their mark on the Wii this year. Bethesda Europe managing director Sean Brennan recently spoke with GamesIndustry.biz, who asked how the Fallout 3 developer's adult-oriented focus for games development would ever make sense on Nintendo's console.
"Is there space in the Wii market for [adult games]?," proposed Brennan. "I think there is, but again, it' all about finding out how big that is. Is it 5 per cent? If it's five per cent of the market and you can own that space it's worth doing because you can achieve volume. If you can't own it at five per cent, it's not worth doing, quite frankly. We are going to make an announcement on a really big Wii game this year, we've got a couple of other things in the pipeline, and it's a format we're really looking at with the right approach."
Brennan doesn't provide much insight into what Bethesda is planning for Wii, but we'd be hard pressed to expect it's coming from the same teams who made Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls a reality, given remarks in the past from Fallout 3 executive producer Todd Howard about his views towards the Wii.
"I mean, this will sound bad, like I’m not threatened by the Wii because unfortunately, I actually view it like I view Teddy Ruxpin or Cabbage Patch Kids [laughs] — it’s a toy," he told a laughing audience during a New York Comic Con panel hosted by my former editor, ex-MTV News writer Stephen Totilo. "It’s a great toy. I think Nintendo does really amazing things on it, but there’s a toy value. When you talk about video games to people who don’t play a lot of games, I think they break into two camps: they think of the Wii, if they’re parents and their kids have one, and that’s a kid’s toy. And then maybe they have friends or an older teenager, twenty-something, who plays Xbox 360 and that’s for evil kill-fests. I don’t think there’s a lot of middle ground right now, so the kind of games we make..."
Bethesda develops many of its releases, but it's not new to the publishing business, either. Later this year it will publish WET.
With Howard's thoughts in mind, what do you think Bethesda is planning?