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Epic in talks with Nintendo

Gears dev considers options.

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Epic Games may be hard at work on Xbox 360 title Gears of War right now, but that doesn't mean they're not considering developing games for other next-gen consoles.

In an interview with Joystiq, lead designer Cliff Bleszinski said: "We're currently talking with Nintendo... You know what, Nintendo is zigging while everyone else is zagging and they'll be just for it. I give them props for doing something different."

He issued a warning for anyone thinking of developing an first-person shooter for the Wii, however: "Even though you have a new way to control and make a new FPS you still need a cool, compelling FPS underneath that. [Control] is only one of five things that you need. Give us a Half-Life 2 with those controls and I'll be first in line to buy it."

As for Sony's next-gen console, Bleszinski said he spent more time playing God of War 2 than anything on the PS3 at E3, but added: "Sony's in a position where they have what I think will be a great system... I like the whole tilt controller. I think we could do some cool stuff there. Possibly do some integration with the PSP."

When asked whether the PS3 packs more graphical power than the Xbox 360, Bleszinski replied: "I have what I call the 'mom test'. Take a game that's on 360 and on PS3, can your mom tell the difference in graphic quality? If she can't, is there that much of a difference?"

Gears of War was undoubtedly a star of the show at E3 - and though it's far too early for confirmation of a sequel, Bleszinski did say that it wouldn't take Epic too long to knock one up.

"I think once we ship Gears, if we wanted to ship Gears 2 in a year and a half we could, absolutely. That's why Unreal Tournament came together so quickly... Once you have that base for everything, painting over it with a new coat of paint and putting in new stuff is so much easier than starting from scratch."

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