Add Bethesda to the list of developers interested in Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console. In a new interview, Bethesda VP Pete Hines said that they're considering a Wii U version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
"It's definitely a possibility for the future," Hines told the Official Nintendo Magazine UK. "We'll look at any platform that will support that games we're trying to make, but that's the key thing - the console has to support the game as it is designed."
The decision may come down to development costs. Hines notes that bringing a game to a new platform is actually a very costly and time-consuming process.
"The more changes we have to make to a game the less and less palatable it becomes because making a game is an enormous process. Just doing 360, PS3 and PC - I don't think people understand the amount of work that goes into that. All of the localisation you have to do... all of the testing you have to do... on every platform in every language... It's a pretty huge undertaking."
"So you aren't just supporting the Wii U; You're supporting it in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. We'll see. It's definitely a possibility."
The Wii U is expected to arrive next year. Skyrim hits the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 on November 11th. The fact that Skyrim may be about a year old by the time Wii U launches might lower the chances of a Wii U Skyrim. Bethesda might figure that by this time next year, everyone who wanted Skyrim already has it and it's not worth it to port the game to a new platform.
Still, Hines says they're looking into it so that's the key takeaway. Even if Skyrim doesn't end up on the Wii U, Bethesda's interest in the platform means that perhaps the next Elder Scrolls (or Fallout) could end up on that console.