Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has hailed Nintendo's Game Pad as "the best controller" the console manufacturer has made.
Although confidentiality agreements prevented the Gearbox boss from discussing the ins and outs of Wii U development, Pitchford told Gamasutra that the Game Pad is ideal for the types of games he likes to play..
"When I play with the controller, I immediately realize that for the types of games I like to play and make, this is the best controller I've ever had from Nintendo," he said.
He went on to detail what the Game Pad's large screen could be used for in Alien's: Colonial Marines.
"For Aliens: Colonial Marines, it's really exciting to have that screen there because I can do things that are very unique to this universe. For instance, we have a motion tracker in this universe. Now our motion tracker can literally be in our hands and we can see and hear it -and scan the room in 360 degrees, since it's a motion device."
He also revealed "roughly 80 percent of the work on Colonial Marines is being done in-house at Gearbox, with the rest being done by outside developers".
Demiurge Studios has "spent nine months on the prototype and is now overseeing the Wii U version" along with Nerve Software, the studio founded by former id staffer employee Brandon James and Section 8 dev Timegate Studios.
Earlier this year the launch of Aliens: Colonial Marines was pushed into 2013, with the game now set for a worldwide release on February 12.