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Submitted by nassour 642d ago | article

Monolith Soft: Challenging the US With Next-Gen Wii U Title

Today, one bold statement was made. One so bold that it can said that one Japanese developing team are aiming to make difference in the video game industry. The company of which I am speaking of is none other but Monolith Soft. (Dev, Industry, Monolith Soft, Next-Gen, Nintendo, Wii U)

nassour  +   643d ago
Looking forward to see what Japan has in store. They really need to wake up considering how this current gen went. If they want to get back in the game, they'll need to deliver AAA content that matches up to the current game western developers are doing
Kingofwiiu  +   642d ago
Monolith will squeeze some juice out of the wiiu and make a game that wakes the industry up :). One that will be so good , a ton of people will rush out and buy a wiiu for it and change their tune lol...
Wakes the industry up? Ps4 will be out by then.
Army_of_Darkness  +   642d ago
" Our goal is to become something like the developers of the Fallout series, Bethesda Softworks.”

So we gonna get low res, glitchy games?! LOL! Not something I'm looking forward too...
Kingofwiiu  +   642d ago
@commenters below.

No , I mean Monolith soft will deliver a game that will single handedly re invigorate JRPG's. That's actually what Xenoblade Chrociles has already done. But this time with the Amazing graphics of the wiiu being pushed and the awesome Convenience and Remote play that the Gamepad brings.

BTW - Remote Play on the gamepad is why everyone needs to own a wiiu. It feels like owning the most powerfull handheld of all time LOL!
deafdani  +   641d ago
What the... remote play isn't possible with the Wii U gamepad, dude. You need to stay in close range to the console in order for the gamepad to work.
Ranma1  +   642d ago
I heard goods things about Xenoblade, havent played it yet.

Lets hope Monolith soft becomes another Level 5 or Squaresoft producing games like Dark Cloud 3 and Xenogears
PopRocks359  +   642d ago
Great game with a great story. Looked beautiful, even when compared to some low to mid end 360/PS3 games. Would have looked even better on a stronger platform.
3-4-5  +   642d ago
At least Japan still embraces colorful and good art styles.

"Art style" in western games is a matter or more grey or more brown.
ChickeyCantor  +   642d ago
The reason Japan needs to redeem themselves is because they are trying to keep up way too hard with the western developers to begin with.

Why do you think they keep pushing off ips to the west ? ( Castlavania, DMC)
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Septic  +   643d ago
It seems to me that in this generation, a lot of bold statements are made by developers, almost on a weekly basis, so much so that they've diluted the impact such statements used to have in the past when their words were at least backed up by actions.

Although saying that, I remember I was stupid enough to fall for the hype for The Matrix videogame and how it would change gaming forever. I felt like such a fool for believing the hype the developers made when the reviews came out and when I eventually played the game.

Saying that you want to "wow players" is a pretty generic statement but here's hoping that there is substance to that. Nonetheless, it's good to know that a Japanese developer acknowledges the failings of the Japanese industry and feels pressured and driven to deliver a new HD experience on the Wii U.
Wolfbiker  +   642d ago
I agree but I will note that Monolith is generally very quiet.
Nodoze  +   642d ago
What do you mean. I WAS wow'd by the Matrix game. It was the single worst piece of software I have ever interacted with. I said WOW out loud wondering where all those development funds ended up going (cause they certainly were not spent on developing a quality piece of software).

I think the dev team smoked the funds...

:)
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ahronith  +   642d ago
Were talking about Monolith Soft in Japan not Monolith in Seattle...
PopRocks359  +   642d ago
Everyone has a bad game. The Monolith you're speaking of is not the same as this one.

That said the Monolith you refer to also helped give us F.E.A.R., which in my opinion was a fantastic horror-action shooter.
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kesvalk  +   642d ago
"Our goal is to become something like the developers of the Fallout series, Bethesda Softworks."

so their next game will have a lot bugs eh?

jokes aside, they made xenoblade, i expect great things from them.
Wolfbiker  +   642d ago
They made Xenosaga and Beaten Kaitos, both great games. And lets not forget Xenogears.
Zhipp  +   642d ago
I've never actually played any of Bethesda's games, but they're renowned for their massive scale and non-linearity, right? I imagine that's the aspect he wants to duplicate--not the bugs, or lack of "artistic flair."

On another note, when was the last time a buggy first(second?) party game was released on a Nintendo, Sony, or M$ console?
Venox2008  +   642d ago
actually there were two games with small bug game breaking buggs:

Zelda: skyward sword
Metroid other M

but if you wont encounter it by special conditions at special place, you'll get to the end :) but none the less I love Ninty :) I think there were some bugs on other consoles too.. other thing I love both games that I mentioned :)
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Zhipp  +   642d ago
@Venox2008
Yeah, I know pretty much all games have SOME of bugs, but first party games are usually a whole lot more well polished than third party ones. You don't really see "bugs galore" like you do with games like Skyrim.
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daclynk  +   642d ago
i know that i will be Wowed! by the next gen game Monolith studio makes. i mean after playing Xenoblade Chronicles.With Wii U power and Gamepad the possibilities are endless.
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AlucardFury  +   642d ago
Next-Gen technology..... that's the thing though, Wii U ain't next-gen....
NNID: AlucardFury
Kingofwiiu  +   642d ago
Why are you people so threatened by the wiiu ? You do know the wiiu is a real 8th Generation console right ? You guys are the same IDIOTS who try to proclaim the Ouya is a next gen console , even though it runs an Nvidia Tegra chip , similar to those found in Brick Nokia's lol.

The wiiu has a much more advanced GPU , More Graphics RAM which means it can have much more higher quality effects and detail and fit more of them on the screen that Last gen consoles.

''ooooooo But the CPU is a bottleneck'' - You don't know that. You just idiots looking at Clock speed and trying to make Judgments , even though people like RANDY PITCHFORD have said it's a next gen console and it''s very powerfull.

Rayman Legends is Native 1080p 60FPS with advanced lighting and textures with 2 screens running Assymetrically. In other words something that is entirely impoissible on a ps3 or xbox 360.

God Knows how good the wiiu can look at full potential , and NO , NONE of it's launch games even show us 50% of the system's capabilities.
AlucardFury  +   642d ago
Go ahead and cash-in your check.

Threatened? Why? I don't work for MS nor Sony and I actually have a WiiU. Its OS is slow, voice chat is game to game, ports look worse and ZombiU looks ugly and that's me being nice. Before someone says " oh but they didn't have time" well that's Nintendo's fault for not handing out dev kits sooner. A very capable GPU yet we're getting Game and Wario and Pikmin doesn't look next-gen to me. More Ram yet a GB of it is for the OS and its slower RAM. GamePad with a resistive touch panel pumping out sub-HD resolutions with a 3-4 hour battery life. How is playing from my controller instead of a 40 plus inch fully capable HDTV a good idea? Its not future proof a term which I prefer to Next-Gen, don't fool yourself.
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AO1JMM  +   642d ago
@Alucard,

Lmao @ you expecting Game and Wario to ever look next gen.
RFornillos4  +   642d ago
actually sugiura mentioned that he believes "today’s Japanese gaming industry has lost its touch", and that they (Monolith) would want to change that.

and inaba said that they want to show that "...Japan can still keep up with the US when it comes to next gen technology".

i don't believe it was a "challenge" to the US per se, but rather more of an encouragement on their own part.

as for following Bethesda, i believe he meant the visual flair as opposed to the bugs and glitches. but bugs/glitches aside for Bethesda, i played Dishonored for the PC, and i personally loved it.

nevertheless, it sounds like what they're cooking will really be awesome.
Chidori  +   642d ago
Bathesda didn't make Dishonored, they published it.
Evidently....as it works on the Ps3.
SAE  +   642d ago
We will see , we will see....

But i doubt it , next generation for wii u is black ops 2 right now ..
AlucardFury  +   642d ago
LoL, its "dramatically better"
DaPrintz  +   642d ago
Yeah. It's an odd statement considering they haven't made a title for this generation of hardware yet.
SAE  +   642d ago
im not trolling , if it does i will be the first one who defend it , but this is reality ...

show me one game that feels it's something near to next generation games in wii u , i cant find one , demos doesnt count and we all know that ...
ZeekQuattro  +   642d ago
If the first thing you write is that you are not something in this case a troll you probably are. Guilty conscience much? Black Ops 2 is a multiplat game on the 360,PC,PS3, & Wii U. Far from next gen.
cleft5  +   642d ago
This is the sort of bold talk we need from Japanese developers. They aren't trash talking Western developers, but saying they will make an amazing game that will rival anything gamers have currently seen. If anyone can pull it off then Monolith can, they did amazing things with Xenoblade Chronicles. They created a huge game with no loading, an amazing technical feat considering how underpowered the Wii is and was. Can't wait for this new title, hopefully Nintendo brings it to the West without gamers having to gravel for it.
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legend911  +   642d ago
I just hope they make one kickass hardcore AAA exclusive and power through it like there is no tomorrow.
djslimzz  +   642d ago
Interesting! They do have a pretty interesting resume! However, it is a very bold statement indeed. But if they have a sick idea, I say they should go for it, the industry does need some new stuff.
stuntman_mike  +   642d ago
good for monolith they don't want to rest on their laurels, they want to improve which can only be a good thing all round.
tehpees3  +   642d ago
Xenoblade was great. And don't worry Monolith. I believe Bethesda are seriously overrated. They make such bugged games but get praised as if it is the best thing since sliced bread.

Xenoblade >>>>> Skyrim.
Thepcz  +   642d ago
xenoblade is SUBLIME
xenoblade is one of the best games ever, in my opinion. certainly in my top 5.

so, im waiting for monoliths next project with baited breath.

its going to be EPIC
WiigotU  +   642d ago
I think everyone who is taking the negative approach is missing the point. So far today no one has been given enough time with the the machine to make games that show a difference. Look at it any way you can but until next years E3 you probably will not see a game on the wii u that says anything you can do I can do better. Lets face it right now is the experimentation phase. Developers hear all the talk but there theory is ok takes a million to port to the wii u and make back 5 million in profets it's a win. So to us people that want to see Nintendo succeed as well as sony and microsoft, can't we all just get along?
exfatal  +   642d ago
This is pretty great news, hopefully Monolith pulls through and gives us a beautiful game for the Wii U. Always loved the story behind Xeno Sagas so maybe this will be just as goood
MegaLagann  +   642d ago
Xenoblade, to me, is the best game this generation. So I am excited as hell for their Wii U game. Look at Xenoblade, look at the large detailed worlds that put many PS360 games to shame, and this was made on the Wii's hardware, an overclocked Gamecube. No imagine what they can do on hardware more powerful than the PS3 or 360 built from the ground up. Yeah, this game is going to be huge and look gorgeous. Hope we can see a trailer at E3 next year.
chadboban  +   642d ago
Hope they can get another all-star team to do the soundtrack. Yoko Shimomura, ACE+, Manami Kiyota and Yasunori Mitsuda created one of the greatest soundtracks of all time with Xenoblade Chronicles.
MegaLagann  +   642d ago
Xenoblade may have my all time favorite soundtrack in a video game, next to Chrono Cross and NieR. Whatever game they're working on I hope they bring back ACE+ and everyone else that worked on Xenoblade. Hell bring in Uematsu!
kalkano  +   642d ago
I just hope we don't get a bunch of japanese developers making western games. The industry already lacks diversity. Keep creating your own games, Japan. Just work on increasing the quality of those games.
nassour  +   642d ago
its not a matter of making western games per se but more on the angle of making games as successful as the western RPGs aka Elder Scrolls, Fallout, etc
JaggedCarpet  +   642d ago
If they can make something as impressive as Xenoblade on the underpowered Wii, I can only imagine what they can do on the Wii U...
wastedcells  +   642d ago
Developers need to let their games speak for themselves. If you want to make bold statements show some gameplay.
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animegamingnerd  +   642d ago
xneoblade >>>>>>>&g t;> skyrim
Drainage  +   642d ago
bullshit

" I want to show that Japan can still keep up with the USA when it comes next gen technology. "

doesnt sound like a challenge to me
rainslacker  +   642d ago
I wouldn't mind being challenged to the last 3 episodes of Xenosaga. Couldn't care less what platform they are on.
scissor_runner  +   642d ago
Looking forward to this. They could use current tech and still do very well.

Now we wait for the last story developers, retro, suda51, HVS, platinum, an advanced wars on the wiiu would be nice.
CaptainN  +   642d ago
Monolith is deff one of the studio's that know how to push a systems specs to the extreme and Xenoblade was proof of that on the Wii. Not only was it graphically one of the best looking games on the console, but also one of the best RPG's this generation hands down. I have a lot of faith in the future (title)s for the Wii-U. And now since they are fully owned by Nintendo, you know that the games that come out will be of the highest quality since Nintendo is very strict when it comes to that.

On a side note other companies that will push the Wii-U will be Retro Studio's (Metroid Prime) and Mistwalker (The Last Story) as they have also shown they know how to exploit all the resouces of a console with their use of the Wii. Personally, The Last Story was my fav RPG this gen, and Metroid Prime 3 looks amazing even today and it controlled exceptionally well without even using motion plus! Its the companies like these that produce great games that will eventually show the true power of the Wii-U, and all the doubters need to have patience and wait until these companies are ready to show off their work. You can't expect gems during the consoles launch, let the system breathe a little and let the developers really learn the hardware and learn how to fully incorporate all its features.
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