Explained: How Assassin’s Creed 3 will Work with Nintendo Wii U’s Touchscreen Controller
Ubisoft’s forthcoming title Assassin’s Creed 3 will interact with the Nintendo Wii U’s touchscreen controller in several intuitive ways, Gadget Helpline has learned.
The title will land on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC on October 30th this year, while a version for the Wii U has been confirmed but without a release date, as Nintendo hasn’t confirmed exactly when the console will launch.
Nintendo Gamer magazine will publish an article on the Wii U version of the game in its next issue, but ahead of the release Nintengen.com has gotten hold of the article and spilled the beans. The Wii U’s interesting touchscreen controller can be used for several different features in the game, although its primary duty is to display the game’s map for quick-look navigation.
We’re also told that the game’s Animus (the information database) will link to the controller in some way, although exactly how hasn’t been confirmed. It’s likely that messages and notifications from the Animus will pop-up on the controller’s touchscreen display.
The Animus will be expanded upon in Assassin’s Creed 3, offering an encyclopaedia-like database of information on characters and various other aspects of the game. We’re told that Wii U users will be able to exclusively read through this away from the game using the console’s controller – an aspect that sounds very exciting indeed.
The screen on the Wii U controller isn’t simply for reading – Ubisoft aims to utilise the touch aspect for combat situations in the game. Quick weapon changes can be achieved by swiping across the screen or tapping, and swapping from dual-wield weaponry to single can be done with a quick tap.
Finally, the touchscreen will integrate with Eagle Vision; the awesome look-around view style that can be used when you’re atop a high building. The controller’s built-in accelerometer will allow the gamer to tilt it in order to control where the game’s character looks – think of the controller as an extension of your character’s head.
All of this certainly sounds promising, and is sure to offer the Wii U version an edge over its established rivals; the Xbox 360 and PS3.