From the Source: Nintendo reveals... Devil's Third will NOT be a Wii U exclusive. Say what?!

July 21, 2015 01:00 UTC

Nintendo News: Tomonobu Itagaki’s Devil’s Third Heads to Wii U in the Americas in Q4

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Devil’s Third, an upcoming shooter game with melee combat from Valhalla Game Studios Co., Ltd. and renowned game developer Tomonobu Itagaki, will launch for the Wii U console in retail locations and in the Nintendo eShop in Q4 of this year. The game is an over-the-top, third-person action shooter that combines modern military weaponry with ninja-style swordplay and melee combat.
Devil’s Third delivers a unique combination of shooting and melee combat to provide Wii U owners with a fresh action-oriented experience,” said Valhalla Game Studios founder Tomonobu Itagaki. “We’ve been working hard on the game and can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it later this year.”
While the Wii U version of the game will be published by Nintendo in the Americas, Valhalla Game Studios will release a standalone version of the game for PC. The Wii U version will feature a full multiplayer mode as well as an exciting single-player story mode, while the free-to-start PC version will offer a multiplayer experience tailored for the platform.

As you see... from the source, Nintendo's Wii U will not have exclusivity of "Devil's Third" multiplayer

Does that matter? Heck no... but it should include cross-play for Wii U & PC owners. The thing that will be missing from the PC version... is the story mode (which stinks), but Nintendo required that out of Valhalla in order to receive Nintendo's publishing of the game in the Americas.

The multiplayer free-to-start experience on PC is a good idea if it has a lot to offer. If the contract didn't prevent them from making this move... then more power to them, but with this, there should really be cross-play so that Wii U & PC owners have more people to play with online.

We will contact Nintendo & Valhalla about cross-play this week!