Ubisoft holding back completed Wii U titles

Written by David Hing

June 10, 2014 | 10:37

Tags: #wii-u #yves-guillemot

Companies: #ubisoft

Ubisoft is holding back from releasing at least one completed title for the Wii U and is waiting for the struggling Nintendo console to obtain a larger install base before it lets the game out of the door.

Talking to Polygon, Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot said that the company needs Wii U sales to increase before it can justify the investment required for marketing new titles dedicated to the system. He declined to state how many more consoles Nintendo needs to sell.

The game in question is an unannounced project that has been completed for six month and is ’on the shelf, waiting for more families to have the console’.

This policy does not appear to affect multi-platform releases and Guillemot confirmed that a Wii U version of Watch Dogs is still heading to the console in November and the developer is releasing a new entry to the Just Dance series for the Wii U as well.

Guillemot ventures the suggestion that Ubisoft will have to wait until the new Smash Bros. game is released and that this could be the tipping point for the console which encourages Nintendo fans to invest.

Ubisoft was previously keen to support the Wii U and provided the well received ZombiU as a launch title for the console. Due to poor sales of the game however, Guillemot said that it was unlikely that the franchise will survive.

Last year, Ubisoft took a similar stance surrounding the launch of Rayman Legends. The game was originally supposed to be a Wii U exclusive but the finished title was delayed by six months so that the studio could issue it as a multi-platform release instead, bringing it to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 as well.

During Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, the company gave further details on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, driving game The Crew, massively multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division and World War I puzzle adventure title Valiant Hearts: The Great War. None of these have a planned release on the Wii U.
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