The Wonderful 101 May Not be That Long
Upcoming Wii U-exclusive The Wonderful 101 may be quite short, if the game’s director is to be believed.
Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya took to Twitter to warn anyone planning on picking up the title that he wouldn’t be pressured into creating a bloated game just to satisfy consumers.
If u hate to finish a game the next day u buy it, u better not play TW101. I focus on how it is fun, not how long it lasts till the ending.
— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) April 27, 2013
After a bit of a kerfuffle from fans though, the game’s producer Atushi Inaba decided he should step into the fray to clear things up in a series of tweets (via Siliconera) before they escalated further.
“So it looks like @PG_Kamiya has caused another bit of controversy,” he wrote. “What he is saying is his basic approach to how he creates an action game. The idea is rooted in that you shouldn’t pad your game with content users won’t enjoy in order to control play time to the end of the game. It isn’t something he wants to do, or thinks you should do.
“@PG_Kamiya is the kind of game director who will pack as much content into the game as he can until he is satisfied. If we were to give in to all of his desires, the game we’d ship would probably be some super-long action game that no one would beat. I’ve been teamed up with @PG_Kamiya as his producer for a long time now, and game length is something I’ve never once worried about.
“That means both the length of a single play-through and the replayability of the game. Never worried once. Never. Actually, my job really is to be the one who says “This is too %^&* long! Cut it!””
Inaba went on to explain that fans shouldn’t jump to conclusions about the length of the game, and that more info on the anticipated title would be released soon.
“Let me make my own conclusion: TW101 will be so much fun you are going to wear out your Wii U GamePad. Actually, the Wii U GamePad is pretty sturdy, so you probably won’t wear it out…
“And I’m sorry I can’t explain to you in exact terms why I think you will have so much fun with TW101. I promise there will be plenty of news about the game in the days and weeks to come. But I will say this – Everyone here is working incredibly hard to make sure you say two things about TW101. One: I’m happy I bought a Wii U! — Two: I’m happy I bought The Wonderful 101!”
What do you reckon? Have your fears been allayed or are you still somewhat perturbed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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By Luke Karmali