Watch Dogs, is still coming to the Wii U this November said Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot but Ubisoft is being much more careful with new projects. “We’ll have Watch Dogs in November and we have another couple of products that we are waiting to launch, specifically we have one game that we wait for the machine to be more mass market to launch.”
The decision to freeze completed games, especially coming from Ubisoft, is a stark reminder of the position Nintendo finds itself in. It was Ubisoft that has been for years Nintendo’s third-party champion. They supported the release of the Wii and its motion controls and the release of Wii U came at the same time as one of the console’s better third-party titles: Ubisoft’s ZombiU. But ZombiU didn’t sell as well as Ubisoft had hoped, in part because of the low console sales numbers. That franchise now appears to be dead in the water, even for other platforms.
Despite how low sales of the Wii U have seemingly impacted Ubisoft, Guillemot remains at least slightly upbeat about the possibility that the Wii U could turn around. “Nintendo is really coming up with fantastic games,” he said. “They could, with the right price and very good games, help the machine start selling.”
The Wii U version has been delayed supposedly because of the extra time Ubisoft wanted to take integrating the gamepad into the game but it has already been released for Sony’s PS4 and PS3, Microsoft’s Xbox One and 360, and PC, and now Ubisoft has the time to turn their attention to one final platform, Nintendo’s Wii U.
Will you still be picking up Watch Dogs on Wii U later this year, or have you already taken the plunge on another system?
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