Wright: Spore Confirmed for Wii, Wii Only True "Next Gen" Console, PC Will Never Die

By Chris Faylor, Oct 26, 2007 10:18am PDT A Wii edition of Maxis' heralded evolution simulator Spore has been confirmed by designer Will Wright, who is responsible for both Spore and the massively successful Sims series.

"We're doing Spore on the Wii," Wright mentioned offhandedly in a talk with Guardian Unlimited. A Wii version has long been speculated since Wright declared last year that Spore would arrive "on all platforms," though it was never specifically confirmed until now.

Earlier this week, the renowned designer claimed that the PC version of Spore was "roughly" six months away. A Nintendo DS edition is said to be in development, with a PSP iteration rumored as well, though no information has surfaced on either project in some time.

Wright also noted his belief that the Wii is the only true "next generation" console on the market. "The PS3 and the Xbox 360 feel like better versions of the last, but pretty much the same game with incremental improvement," he said. "But the Wii feels like a major jump--not that the graphics are more powerful, but that it hits a completely different demographic."

"In some sense I see the Wii as the most significant thing that's happened, at least on the console side, in quite a while," he continued.

As for the PC market, Wright expressed his continued optimism for the platform. "Every generation it's like 'the PC's dead! The PC's dead!'," he said. But it carries on growing when consoles are flat for five years. At the moment I can get better graphics on my PC than I can on the PS3."

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  • I agree with Wright.

    I mean really, I don't believe we've had a "new generation" of console since the original playstation. The gameplay completely changed... we were playing 2-D for the better part of two decades then all of a sudden we made the leap into 3D.

    But since then, we've done some interesting things in 3D but nothing much has changed in the last 8 years or so. In fact, I sometimes think that it's very sad that we moved to 3D. There was much more variety in games when we were 2D only. But that's beside the point.

    When we made the move to 3D it made us play games in a whole new way (not just the same games be better looking), THAT is my definition of next gen. And that is exactly what the Wii is.