It was during a video presentation at Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference that Irrational Games’ creative director Ken Levine spoke about the power and appeal of developing games for the Wii U. Many took that as confirmation that Irrational Games was creating a title for Nintendo’s new console, be it a port of BioShock Infinite or something completely brand new. Unfortunately, that’s not the case as of right now.
“Just to be clear, there are no plans. I'm not saying it can't happen, but we have no plans to do any games for [the Wii U].” Levine announced.
However, hope is not lost forever. Levine mentions in the same interview that he loves where the future of gaming is headed for the “core” audience with systems such as the PlayStation Vita and Wii U.
“There are some things, as a core gamer, as a guy who likes lying in bed playing… I've always had to sacrifice that core gaming experience when I lie in bed playing games. We're now getting to a place with Vita and what Nintendo's doing where that's not necessarily going to be the case, where you can play full-on hardcore games in bed with the lights out while your wife's asleep. I like that a lot,” explained Levine.
“That's so important to me. The fact that the Wii U has got two sticks… I feel it's like… It's a great year for the core coming back and saying, okay, have your touch screens, have your motion control, we'll try to make that work, and if you can pull that off it'll be really good. But I want to have my cake and eat it too. I think these experiences are starting to allow that to happen,” he concluded.
So it might be a while before we see an Irrational project on the Wii U, but at least Levine is interested in the potential of the console. As for the PS Vita, Ken Levine made a surprise appearance at Sony’s E3 press conference to announce a new BioShock title for the powerful handheld. While details are still scarce, Levine did confirm that the project will not be a port of a previous BioShock entry, but will in fact be a completely new title developed from the ground up.