In an interview with the CEO of Gearbox games, Randy Pitchford, it has been revealed that the Wii U will make use of its touch screen controller to offer new gameplay elements, unique to the console. Mr Pitchford also claimed that this would allow the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines on the Wii U to be the definitive version, something people might even buy the console for.
"The Wii U version has so much more to offer ... no other platform can do what the Wii U can do," he said. "If you love [Xbox] 360 games, you are not used to being in a world where you have this new interface. But once you get used to that, you imagine the possibilities; there are some opportunities that are just not possible on any platform that does not have that device."
While never mentioned specifically, we can presume he's talking about the touch screen controller much touted by Nintendo. While not that much is known about the device at present, it's been hinted that it'll allow for a new type of split screen style gaming. Player one takes the main TV/display with a standard controller, while the second player has an alternative play-style and viewpoint with the tablet like device.
In an Aliens setting, perhaps the second player will have a interpretation of the Marines' motion tracker, so useful for building suspense in the second movie of the Aliens anthology.
"I don't want to give spoilers away on some of things we are thinking of or things we have actually implemented already," Pitchford continued, "but [there are] a lot of cool opportunities with that device that are going to make a very unique and compelling experience on that platform. We have given it a lot of attention."
When asked further about the game, he wasn't willing to disclose any more details, but did say that competitive multiplayer would be part of the game, as well as the previously announced cooperative experience.
Source: The Verge