Platinum Games has confirmed The Wonderful 101: Remastered will not be released for the Xbox One. Back when the Kickstarter for the remaster first came about, fans were hopeful that more platforms were in the cards. Everyone expected the Switch for example, but some remained hopeful that the Xbox One would get a port.
“We did plan and want to release on Xbox One,” creative director Hideki Kamiya told Gematsu during PAX East in Boston when they were asked about the Xbox One as a potential platform. There’s also the possibility that the game just wouldn’t do well on the Xbox One compared to the Switch or PS4, which could have contributed to this decision. Kamiya said that the original engine for the game would have taken a lot more work to port than the team had anticipated, so the call was made to scrap the console port.
“But the fact of the matter was that the original engine for the game and the engine for the Xbox One are very different, and it’s not easy to port like the other systems,” he added. “So as a result of that, unfortunately and regrettably, we had to relinquish the Xbox One release.”
So while it’s sad to hear, there’s just not much the team can do. As Kamiya admitted, there was hope for the project to make the jump to the Microsoft console, but “it’s just a very costly thing to do and we don’t have the ability to do it in-house. If the right things come together and we get enough money, it might be possible, but it’s just an expensive thing to do. We did want to do it—it’s purely for that reason that we couldn’t.”
PlatinumGames has also been working on a variety of other projects. Project G.G. is one of their new games coming out of the Platinum 4 Initiative. And with all of these things on their plate, it makes sense that the teams within the company would prioritize their product launches for the most successful SKUs.
The Wonderful 101: Remastered is releasing in May for PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.