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Updated: 'Dead Island: Riptide' Wii U omission explained by Deep Silver

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The team of survivors take on more hordes of zombies in Dead Island: Riptide

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Updated story: Developer Techland has disputed Deep Silver's comments on why Dead Island: Riptide isn't coming to Wii U.

International brand manager Blazej Krakowiak told Digital Spy that the reason is nothing to do with the game engine.

"Chrome Engine runs on Wii U without any problems," he said. "We tested and confirmed that long time ago, back in 2012.

"While it's true that Nintendo's latest console would be a new platform for us, there were simply no plans to develop a Wii U version, but that decision has nothing to do with a need to rewrite our engine."

Krakowiak would not clarify further on why a Wii U version is not in the works, saying it was "up to Deep Silver to discuss if they so choose".

Original story: Deep Silver has explained why there will be no Wii U version of Dead Island: Riptide.

Creative producer Alexander Toplansky said that the team would have had to build the engine to work with the system or do a port in order for the game to work on Nintendo's platform.

Dead Island Riptide screenshot

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"One of the opportunities we had for Riptide was to continue the development of the engine, and really improve it and make a lot of refinements," he told Digital Spy.

"The things that are required to bring something to a new platform, you need to either really get to be integrating it deep into the engine, or you've got to [do] a port.

"Neither one of those was a satisfactory outcome for us, so we decided to do what we got platform-wise and just make sure that we can deliver the best experience we can."

Asked whether the franchise could appear on Wii U in future, Toplansky replied: "There are no plans for the moment.

"It's not something I would categorically rule out, but it's not something that's planned."

Gallery: Images of Dead Island Riptide:
A nine-minute video of Dead Island: Riptide recently showcased a zombie defence mission.

The game will continue directly where the original Dead Island left off, and adds a new playable character and a new island under siege by a monsoon.

It will be available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC from April 23 in North America and April 26 in Europe, alongside a number of special editions.

A controversial Zombie Bait Edition, including a mutilated statue of a female survivor, has been regretted by the publisher.

> Digital Spy's preview of Dead Island Riptide: Bring a paddle and some landmines

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