January 13, 2017

News: Wii U Version of The Next Penelope Cancelled

Developer Aurélien Regard has announced that the Wii U version of The Next Penelope has been cancelled. Released for PC, Mac, and Linux in 2015, the developer had been working with another company to port the game to Wii U, but that company has been unsuccessful in doing so, due to the difficulties in converting the HTML5 code (generated from Construct 2) to the new platform. Bringing the game to Wii U would involve recreating it from scratch. There is some small hope that the game may be converted to run on Nintendo's new Switch console, but nothing has been determined for sure at this point.

Aurélien Regard is the co-founder of Arkedo, and developed such titles as Nervous Brickdown, Big Bang Mini, the Arkedo Series, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit. Following the studio’s closure in 2013, Aurélien set out to make games on his own. His first project was The Next Penelope, and it stars Penelope, the wife of Ulysses (a.k.a. Odysseus) from the classic Greek tale The Odyssey, but this game takes place far in the future. As in the original epic poem, Ulysses has left for a grand adventure and struggles to return home to his wife. However, in this game, Penelope takes a more active role and sets out on a quest to find him. The game is a futuristic top-down racer, along the lines of F-Zero. Penelope sets out across the galaxy to explore worlds and gain new permanent abilities by racing against classic Greek characters like the Sirens, and defeating bosses like the Minotaur. Abilities include shooting, boosting, dropping mines, and Velocity-style teleportation.



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