The Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed III may not be hitting shelves at the same time as its brethren, but information from Assassincreed3.org suggests that any who choose to wait that indeterminate length for the game to release on Nintendo‘s upcoming console may actually be playing the stronger version of the game.
The reason for this is the Wii U’s tablet controller, and it’s crisp, shiny touchscreen. Apparently, developer Ubisoft has decided that the best use of this extra screen for the game would be to have it display the player’s map and inventory at all times. This means that, in the middle of a fight, you can navigate easily throughout the environment you’re in, or change weapons without having to break away from the action. It may not sound like much, but the Assassin’s Creed series has always been about flow, and this use of the tablet controller will ensure that said flow is broken as little as possible.
Consider being able to place way points on your map without having to pause the game. I know that, personally, I was always one for searching out the hidden corners of each of the Assassin’s Creed games. Flags, data fragments, chests, bird’s eye views, side missions, I did them all. When heading for one of the high towers or side missions, the first thing I would do was mark it on my map. That meant pausing, finding the location I wanted, setting the way point, and unpausing. Granted, that’s the work of about five seconds, but being able to glance at your controller and know exactly where you’re headed without having to pause (yes, there’s a minimap, but it’s not always the easiest thing to read) is something I would definitely enjoy.
Only time will tell if such a small addition to the Wii U version of the game will ultimately sway us in favour of the new machine. Of course, since there’s no release date on the game yet, and we’re still not completely sure that the Wii U will be able to match the graphical capabilities of the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, there probably aren’t too many gamers out there who would wait to see. Maybe I’ll be that guy.