WiiU

Hive Jump Multiplayer Offline Only On Wii U

by Donald Theriault - March 18, 2016, 9:49 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Fragments of Silicon

Developer cites strength of Wii U as "party platform"

Hive Jump is confirmed for amiibo support, but its multiplayer will be a party event.

The indie game, which is coming to both PC and Wii U, will have online and local play on the PC but only local play on Wii U. In an interview on the Fragoments of Silicon podcast, Matt Raither described the reason as follows: "That's something where we felt the platform certainly is kind of a party platform. We love playing games on Wii U in kind of party mode. So we don't have online in the plans for Wii U, but it will be for PC."

The game will feature the GamePad functioning as an always-on minimap for the action shooter, plus possible off-TV play and confirmed amiibo support. Hive Jump will release on Wii U later this year.

Talkback

EnnerMarch 18, 2016

Given how I've near-exclusively played multiplayer Helldivers and Diablo 3 on the PS3 locally, the lack of online multiplayer is not much of a disappointment for me. Sorry for those that would have relied on the feature.

ejamerMarch 18, 2016

Quote from: Enner

Given how I've near-exclusively played multiplayer Helldivers and Diablo 3 on the PS3 locally, the lack of online multiplayer is not much of a disappointment for me. Sorry for those that would have relied on the feature.

Clearly this is not good news, but I'm in the same boat as Enner.

SorenMarch 18, 2016

So it's cool to skip then.

kokumakerMarch 19, 2016

It's gonna cost them sales. Too many developers, including Nintendo themselves, truly underestimate how much Wii U gamers enjoy playing online.

EnnerMarch 19, 2016

I'm betting that they have more number than we do, and whatever Excel magic they do shows implementing online multiplayer isn't cost-effective.

Of course, that's no excuse to not be disappointed.

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