Speculator: Touch fuzzy, get dizzy, touch fuzzy again

December 18, 2012

This week in the Speculator, we take a studio’s name literally, hope for the return of Yoshi and tally up some results!

Rocksteady working on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game

Rocksteady revitalized the Batman franchise in games with the acclaimed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. There’s been talk for some time about where Rocksteady would go next, but recently rumors have focused on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.


I think Rocksteady’s next game is going to be another Batman title based on what we heard about a while ago, so the chances of it actually making this seems very slim. It would be cool to see it tackle a different license though.


I think that Warner Bros. will keep Rocksteady on Batman for another game or two, but I’d love to see the studio, or someone else, give the Turtles an Arkham Asylum-style game. I just don’t think it’s in the cards for the moment, at least at Rocksteady.


Rocksteady, a Warner Bros. studio, has already talked about its next Batman project, and all signs point to the TMNT license residing with Activision. Pack it up, guys. Show’s over.


I would love for this to happen, but I don’t really see it happening. I’m hoping though. Considering the success of the Batman franchise, I could only imagine the direction it’d go with the Turtles. Considering each turtle has his own strengths and features, Rocksteady could definitely revolve a game around that while dipping into their rather lengthy storyline.

Legacy of Kain getting a reboot announcement by the end of 2013

Next year will mark ten years since the last entry in the Legacy of Kain series, despite it being a profitable and generally well-received series for Eidos. Rumors are starting to surface that Square Enix is planning a reboot of the series, a strategy it seems to be focusing on with one Eidos franchise after another. What better series to be next for this treatment than Legacy of Kain?


Legacy of Kain is one of my favorite game series, and it would be great to see Square Enix revive it. And while the last game in the series, Defiance, wasn’t a huge success for Eidos back then, there is a lot about this franchise that could really attract both old fans and newcomers if it is handled well. The rich lore, wealth of characters and giant world would make for a great reboot, assuming they followed the formula from the originals. There is potential here, I just wonder if SE sees it as a franchise that can still be profitable.


I was honestly surprised when I found out that this series used to be moderately popular and well-received. After Tomb Raider is released, I could definitely see SE trying to rejuvenate this series. It’s yet another once-promising series that Eidos managed to kill in the early 2000s that has a lot of present-day potential.


Square Enix bought Eidos largely as a foothold in the Western market, and Legacy of Kain is the largest Eidos franchise it hasn’t been working to revive. The problem: many of its recent Western-style attempts (like Dungeon Siege III, Heroes of Ruin and Front Mission Evolved) have backfired, so its current path seems to be focusing on surer bets. Tomb Raider is a cultural phenomenon. Legacy of Kain isn’t.


It would be nice, but unlikely. I mean Square Enix could probably focus its efforts on other games it’s responsible for. *cough*Type-0*cough*

New Yoshi’s Island game announced for Wii U by end of 2013

During the launch of the Wii U, a debug menu of questionable reliability seemed to mention that a new Yoshi’s Island game was destined for the Wii U. That alone would have been enough to stoke the fires of the rumor mill, but then a couple weeks later, a listing for it appeared on Best Buy Canada’s website, though it has since been removed.


I can see Yoshi’s Island being a perfect fit for the Wii U. I consider the original to be one of the best on the SNES, and while the DS sequel is not too good, it was definitely cool to see a follow-up to what many consider a classic. With the Wii U GamePad, I can imagine this being a great choice for the system, especially if it followed the formula of the DS game (and actually made it fun).


A new Yoshi’s Island would definitely work well on the Wii U, and Nintendo’s current fan base would certainly eat it up. That said, Nintendo already has Mario and Donkey Kong side-scrolling platformers right now. I’m not sure it wants or needs a third series like that. That said, it makes too much sense to make a new game to just dismiss it.


The listing, for “Yoshi’s Land,” is an intriguing one, and the corresponding chatter that Kirby’s Epic Yarn developer Good-Feel is behind it is even more exciting. That’s exactly the game it should be following Epic Yarn with, as a hand-drawn aesthetic and transformation-based platforming fits right in with our buddy Yoshi.


I could see it happening. It’s been a while since we’ve had Yoshi’s Island game. Taking the power of the Wii U, the creative possibilities of Game Pad and the charm of the Yoshis, you could definitely make something that would make this a must-have for the system.

Current 2012-13 Season standings:


Starting this season, scores are centered on a zero point to account for occasional panelist changes.
PSP digital rental service: disproved. Andrew 50, Graham 20, Shawn 100
Logitech to offer UMD accessory for PSP Go: disproved. Andrew 10, Graham 5, Shawn 60
Sony readying yet another PSP redesign: disproved. Andrew 85, Graham 70, Shawn 95
Next Nintendo console to be more powerful than the PS3: confirmed. Andrew 50, Graham 75, Shawn 65
Windows 8 to be able to play Xbox 360 games: disproved. Andrew 5, Graham 5, Shawn 10
Dragon Warrior (Quest) VII to get a 3DS remake: confirmed. Andrew 85, Graham 70, Shawn 95, Eric 35
Valve working on a console: confirmed (technically). Andrew 15, Graham 5, Shawn 25


Shawn Vermette December 18, 2012 at 10:15 am

I must have been smoking something when all those PSP rumors went out. What made me go so high on all of those?

Graham Russell December 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm


WesFX December 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

“Next Nintendo console to be more powerful than the PS3: confirmed.”

Is this really confirmed, yet? I’m a happy Wii U owner, and I understand the large consensus that the GPU is stronger and more modern in the Wii U, but I’d say there aren’t really any examples to say the Wii U is definitely capable of more graphics wise.

“More powerful” is a vague idea, though.

Graham Russell December 19, 2012 at 6:49 am

I’ve been working with Shawn about more strict parameters and end dates for these items, but there are still a few of these hanging out from the early days, For this one, we resolved it the only way we could: from a purely technical standpoint. Whether games will let it use this to a fuller extent is yet to be seen, though it’s probably important to remember that some of it’s mitigated by the second screen it also has to render.

Shawn Vermette December 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm

What Graham said, basically. Right now there’s nothing taking full advantage of the Wii U’s hardware(though I swear the opening of TTT2 is better on Wii U than PS3), but independent analysis and testing of the parts do confirm it to hold an edge in potential power.

That said, we all know how much that’s actually worth, since the 360 is weaker than it and regularly looks as good or better than PS3 versions of most games.