Thursday, April 02, 2009

Resident Evil 5 Wii: Capcom has no excuse *Updated*

The Wii has Resident Evil 4 one of the highest rated games of all time, only with control unlike any of the previous versions. The Wii remote allowed for immersive control with aiming and interaction that was miles ahead of any other game like it. The graphics were a straight port from the Gamecube game and thank goodness since the PS2 version lacked many of the details the GC had.

Now we have Resident Evil 5 hopefully coming by the end of this year in Japan (2009 in the US) for Xbox 360, PS3 and......not the Wii.....yet. If you remember Capcom when asked if they would bring RE5 to the Wii, said that it would depend on how the sales of RE4 and Umbrella Chronicles performed on the system. Well here we are almost 10 months after the release of RE4 and 6 months since UC and both games have sold over 1 million copies each: Umbrella Chronicles sales and Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition sales

So both games seemed to have passed the "wait and see" test from Capcom. The question is now, when are we going to be getting Resident Evil 5 on the Wii? A version of the game should be coming out on the Wii sooner or later with all the support from fans and the overwhelming demand for this game that has been seen all through out the Internet. No doubt you've seen on forums the words "RE5 would be so awesome with the Wii remote" or "I wish Capcom would make RE5 for the Wii"......these have not been just a few requests, these are requests of literally thousands(almost 60,000 petition signatures) of people hoping to be able to have the freedom of aiming and control in RE5 like they could on RE4 Wii.

So is the graphics issue the only thing holding Capcom back? Is time and also resources an issue as well? Capcom is always making new game announcements so for it to be a resource issue is a bit of lame excuse. Now they do have many games they are working on with RE5 on the 360 and PS3 being a big one, so time might really be one of the hurdles for Capcom. So that leaves us with the actual development of the game for Wii. Would RE5 really be that hard to put on the Wii?

Lets compare the Gamecube version of RE4 with RE5 and see if there really is that huge of a difference in graphics that a Wii version couldn't be possible even though the Wii is about twice as powerful as Gamecube:



The top photo is the actual character model of Chris Redfield in RE5, with the bottom being Leon from the Gamecube version of RE4. I'm not really seeing a huge difference in detail. I'm sure that Chris has more polygons but not really a large amount more than Leon. The texture work will be better in RE5 than RE4 was on Gamecube, but then again so could the Wii version since it has about 3 times more memory than Gamecube that can be used for much more detailed textures.




Resident Evil 5 has great lighting, shadows and high resolution graphics. Resident Evil 4 on the Gamecube had many similar effects minus the high resolution 3 years ago. A Wii version would still not have the HD but it can improve on ever aspect of what the Gamecube was doing back then. All RE5 on the Wii has to do is look close to it's big brothers in Standard Def and thats something I'm positive that it can accomplish with the right amount of effort using the Wii's extra power, extra memory and the unique architecture that Factor 5 has said makes the Wii able to do almost all the effects of the PS3 and Xbox 360.



Resident Evil 5 just plain looks like Resident Evil 4. You've got the same behind the back and to the left third-person view, the main character holds and aims his gun in the same way in both games, and in all the videos that have been released for Resident Evil 5 even the animations have been almost exactly the same! An example of this is when an enemy is killed in RE5 he drops to one knee in the exact same animation as RE4 when the Ganados were killed. All these things really make the case for RE5 to be on the Wii in my opinion. Telling me that Capcom will never do it or that it is just to hard to port over is really just a lame excuse. It can be done and RE5 on the Wii can look extremely good if seeing what Capcom was able to accomplish on Gamecube is anything to go by. Take down some of the polygons on the enemies (you can hide missing polygons really good with nice textures), bring down some of the lighting effects if need be and run it in standard definition and call it day.

Did I mention that the Wii is currently the worlds top selling console? The fans want it and the fans will buy it if you bring it to them. What more reasons could you possibly need Capcom?

*UPDATE* 7/23/08

Sega of America president Simon Jefferey in an interview concerning hardcore gaming on the Wii let slip that Resident Evil 5 was coming to the Wii. He said: "Resident Evil 5 (he then pauses for a moment) when that happens on the Wii it's going to help."

Jefferey tried to backpedal his statement after the interview but I've found more evidence:

Christian Svensson, Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development of Capcom had this to say when asked about the Resident Evil 5 Wii slip up in the "Ask Capcom forum":

"Simon's a friend of mine... but I don't think I've spoken to him about anything like that. Sealed

No comment beyond that really. Interesting clip that slip aside though. Simon's a really smart guy. I have a lot of respect for his work at Sega and his prior work at Lucasarts."

Link

Hey guys I don't know about you but that is looking like a very strong hint that RE5 is in development for the Wii. That is definitely not a denial, and usually when Sven talks like that it means something is happening concerning that subject (for the Wii in this case) and he can't say anymore about it or it will interfere with Capcom's future plans. If Resident Evil 5 was announced right now for the Wii, how many sales would that take away from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions which are almost finished? From a business standpoint I can understand if Capcom plays it quiet until after those versions are released, and then they may announce RE5 for the Wii.


There's a light at the end of the tunnel it seems....

*Update* 4/2/09

Reggie recently asked Capcom why Resident Evil 5 is on the Wii, here is the original question and response from Capcom:

Reggie:

“Why wasn’t ‘Resident Evil‘ and other key Capcom releases that are in the marketplace now… why wasn’t there a Wii execution?”

Capcom:

“Both ‘Resident Evil 5‘ and ‘Street Fighter IV‘ were designed for high-definition graphics systems using Capcom’s current in-house engine called MT Framework. To get ‘RE5′ or ‘Street Fighter IV’ out on the Wii, we would have to create all-new versions of both of these games, which is something we’re not opposed to doing. So the intention of both ‘RE5′ and ‘Street Fighter IV’ was to go for graphical showcases, which is not what the center of the bullseye Wii is aiming for. However, we do have a lot of ‘Resident Evil’ action happening on the Wii and hopefully we will have more in the future.” - Chris Kramer, communications director, Capcom

Link

Capcom clearly said they are not opposed to making "ground up" versions of Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV for the Wii. Does this mean that it will happen? I think that yes it will. Capcom should have been making Resident Evil 5: Wii Edition a long time ago if you ask me. It would probably be a lot better on the Wii (with the control alone) and if they made it from the ground up, they could easily take out the forced co-op missions that detracted from some of the experience of RE5 on the other systems. Make it work Capcom, or at least give us Resident Evil something with Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition controls.

Is this really so hard to ask?

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Anonymous said...

Ha, Ha, Ha. I love hearing babies whine about the games that you really want, but don't get. Face it, When you bought the WEE, you bought a toy, not a game system, and those are exactly the type of games you will be stuck with, toys. Go play mario party 103. When you want some REAL games with REAL power. Go buy a 360 or a PS3.

Anonymous said...

I am responding to a guy waaaaaaaaaay up the list. He said that Resident Evil 4 was the first RE game to not use pre-rendered backgrounds, this is incorrect. Actually the first RE game to not use pre-rendered graphics was Resident Evil: Code Veronica.

Anonymous said...

I say The Wii Is Better Because Of 1 Thing: The Wii Remote Alone Can Help U Exersize and The Ninchuck Is like The Second Weight So The Wii Gives U Something The 360 and SP3 Dont: A Workout! So For The Dude That Said The Wii Is A Toy I dont think so. i think the PS3 is not that good because u have to pay monthly for something u only use once (i.e. PS Shop) Wile the wii u just buy wii points with cash and there is no monthly Bull SH**!

Richard said...

yo there are no special graphics on the Wii that there is on the xbox360
so if ya asked me bout the matter id just tell ya it is insane. i know this might sound a little weird but why dosen't capcom just put re5 on Wii? Its so annoying how long will this pain last!? Capcom wwwwwwwhhhhhyyyy?????!!!!!This is so not fair at all.

Capcom clearly does not have their head straight oh and just because Capcom wants to work on more advanced graphics does not mean this is fair at all.It's actually almost like Capcom is forcing people too buy the xbox360 and spend at least $200 for it. Also the ps3 for at least $300.
Gotta say love Capcom but not so happy with them right now.

Anonymous said...

Nintendo should stop selling Wii Sports and start spending some money on producing new titles for wii.We need some great games with great graphics.Give some money to serious developers...see the list of games made for gamecube and then check the one for wii.And finally if graphics is the problem FIX IT with an external graphic card (ATI) or a new HD wii.We know that you have the money.


NINTENDO give us all the great games we used to have.Give us the Resident Series And many more!

Anonymous said...

Well... Darkside Chronicles sales failed + many thought RE5 is a dissappointment + the whole fact that it should be modified a lot to make Wii able to run it = highly unlikely to get RE5 for Wii

Anonymous said...

RESIDENT EVIL 5 FOR Wii, end of story. The fans want it, its more then possable, its more than worth it... Let's all just wait and see. I give it to christmas time. if it doesn't come out by then we are going to have problems.

Anonymous said...

RE5 sucks anyhow, why would anyone want it on Wii?

Anonymous said...

hey

I am a big fan of RE.
I have RE1,RE2 and RE4 on ps2.
Very disappointed with Capcom for not making RE5 on a ps2. I also have RE4 on WII. Can anyone confirm if Capcom will be releasing RE5 on ps2 or Wii?
thanks

Paolo pace said...

I NEED THIS GAME FOR THE WII THE CONTROLS FOR THIS KIND OF GAME IS ALSO PERFECT FOR THE WII JUST LIKE THE OTHER CONSOLES. It's just that I don't want to buy a new console just for that game and I definately don't wANT IT FOR PC! Downgrades graphically? WHO GIVES A SHIT! Please capcom:( Why not make millions of wii re fans happy and plus, MAKE SOME MONEY!

Anonymous said...

Please Capcom why not make some money. The controls for resident evil 4 were amazing and it was so much more fun and realistic. Downgrades? I personally don't care if it even had the same graphics as resident evil 4. All I want is the awesome gameplay and story line. I don't want to buy a new console JUST for that game it's a complete waste of money! Please capcom millions of re wii fans want this game just like me.

Anonymous said...

NEVER! never give up... NEVER GIVE UP THE FIGHT!
What are they waiting for Wii60?

Anonymous said...

I KNOW SERIOUSLY! Just give it for the wii please!

Anonymous said...

I KNOW! Please capcom, why wait? it's litteratly mai 3rd and I'm runing out of hope!

Anonymous said...

I haven't really read any of your posts. I just have this to say. Resident Evil 4:Wii edition is the best game for Wii to date. Everyone who owns a Wii is willing to make a graphics sacrifice for the addition of FUN. Also.. They made RE 4 a long time before it came out for wii, so just be patient and have faith.
NINTENDO RULES

Anonymous said...

ok we already know that umbrella chronicles, and re4 have been selling like crazy for the wii i mean come on.... a zapper with a classic on-rails arcade shooting style? who could resist? but its an on-rails game thats 800 times better than a litteral arcade game, nothing like house of the dead.Then you get beat it and go to re4 a milestone marker for the Resident Evil series wich is a third person shooter with a customizable, effeciant, and pretty much revolutionary inventory not to mention the "off-rails" fully in-control gameplay and decision making, and then it just stops for the wii. Dark side Chronicals was awesome but after that it was it for the wii. Zero was a complete abomination. Great cut scene graphics but terrible gameplay no offense. Now its resident evil five witch i think in all due respect is better than the 4th one. i played it for the xbox 360 and the ps2 and for lack of a better word it was amazing. still working on professional mode because i dont have an xbox or a ps2. i have a wii and i dont plan on spending a large amopunt of money on a system for one game. the wii is made for a shooting game hint the zapper. dont like the wii remote? plug in a game cube controller. Capcop the bottom line is people want re5 for the wii really badly. you guys sold so many titiles already, just make it. the graphics should be no problem due to the other games ive played. definetly make a gold edition where you can be jill and chris in the mantion but for God sakes make the game for the wii, everybody wants it.

Anonymous said...

COOOOOOME ON!!! Lol I'm so impatient! Please capcom... come on guys!!! don't be dicks! I want this game so badly. GRRRRRR this is irritating

Anonymous said...

I'm starting to hate Capcom for not releasing a Wii version of RE5. Grr! But I'm not giving up my hope.

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Anonymous said...

Resident Evil 5 for Wii would be AWESOME!!! IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN! STOP LAGGING CAPCOM AND AT LEAST COME UP WITH A RELEASE DATE!
Just thought id add in that Wii for Netflix was effin Brilliant! ahaha but yes...RE5 FOR WII!

Anonymous said...

it still has a laser sight if it was for wii it would be no laser sight because for wii it gots a white circle with no laser.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sad. I need to play RE5, but I refuse to buy a whole new game console. My comfort lays in the wiimote. It is now 2011, Fuck you capcom.

ray said...

well, i've played re 1 on the gamecube, and it's graphics where terrific, mainly because of the two discs system, so what i dont understand is... why cant we make a 2 disc version of resident evil 5 on wii?

Anonymous said...

why dont they just make a 2 disc thing like they did with re 1 on gamecube. 2 discs on Wii? that would be astoundiong graphics. I would so pay 100 dollars for that.

Anonymous said...

People shoul;d stop buying capcom products until they give us RE5.Inteastead we are foolish enough to buy other capcom games just to play a different game. RE has a following and they should continue
it on wII as I am not going to purchase anoher game system when they said in the early stages that wII would have all the same games

ninja assassin said...

well i think we've all seen what the GameCube was capable of with 2 discs with resident evil, and resident evil 4. And im pretty sure that we all know the wii is way stronger in comparison to graphics.

So why can't they just make a 2 disc wii version. Swap disc's halfway through the game. i don't see a problem with that. heck. i was excited when i got to the second disc of resident evil one. If it's what has to be done then go ahead Capcom.

And if it turns out that you cant end up releasing it on wii (which is at the moment looking highly unlikely) Then you better think next time before you make resident evil 6.

because if you don't release RE6 on the wii, then by no doubt, Capcom it's self --(WILL)-- loose heaps of fans.

Capcom really does have no excuse to release resident evil 5 on the wii.


(by the way, bring the merchant back. I loved it how when everything looked really bad, you'd turn around the corner and he'd be standing there with a grin on his face.) Whadya buying?

Anonymous said...

RE 4 for the wii was my intro to the RE world and I love it. I have been hoping for ages for RE 5 so I can play co-op with my friend and fight some actual zombies. The stupidity of what surrounds RE 5 is quickly frustrating me to the point of ditching the wii altogether. Nintendo, listen to your customer base or you are going to lose them!

Anonymous said...

Two disk? Brilliant! I drop more than $100 today if there was a RE 5 for the wii.

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Anonymous said...

WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!I THOUGHT THE ONLY REASON u WERE MAKING RE5 IS BECAUSE RE4 WAS A GREAT HIT!!!!!!!!!!!! I MEAN WHATS UP WITH THAT!!!U COULD DO IT CAPCOM.WELL LET ME SLOW IT DOWN.HMP!I just don't know why u didn't do it to begin with.Any way u would make more $$$$$$$$$$$$$!Well,i have to get in the shower.:<

Anonymous said...

! IM 42 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I DO HAVE A X360 PS3 WII 3DS DSI PS2 ALL OF IT

Anonymous said...

I GET U MAN F THEM IM DRUNK

Anonymous said...

WHY DONT CAPCOM MAKE THERE OWN SWSTEM O THATS RIGHT THEY DO SORRY CAPO

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