According to VG247
, a scan of French Nintendo Magazine reveals that Red Steel 3
is in production. Not only that, but it will use the Wii Vitality Sensor. Remember the Vitality Sensor? It was a bizarre little peripheral announced at Nintendo's E3 09 press conference, and Nintendo has revealed absolutely zippo about it since--no release date, software, or even what it'll be used for.
Supposedly, this information was revealed in an interview with Red Steel 2
's art director Jason Vandenberghe. If this is true, not only is it great news but it turns the Vitality Sensor from Nintendo's latest facepalm generator into a really cool peripheral. Satoru Iwata has made some vague comments about relaxation games using the sensor, but a pulse-pounding application in Red Steel 3? after what Ubi Paris did with WiiMotion Plus in Red Steel 2, I can only imagine the creative uses they could find for the Vitality Sensor.
Regardless of any Vitality Sensor features, it's great to get even a rumor that Red Steel 3 is happening. Red Steel 2 was the most fun I've had gaming in years, and if Jason Vandenberghe is on board to helm a third entry, I'm already excited. Jason's enthusiasm and vision were a big part of the last game's defining artistic direction and gameplay, so if he's involved a third game is almost guaranteed to be good. Keep your eyes peeled for more news--hopefully we'll get confirmation on this soon, and a first look at E3 this year.