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Ubisoft Ready for Digital Content Blitz on Wii U

Posted by James Newton

"We'll absolutely take advantage"

Ubisoft's always a big day-one supporter of any console — it launched six games with 3DS a year ago — and it's one of the few publishers to have announced multiple Wii U projects in the forms of Assassin's Creed III, Killer Freaks from Outer Space and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online. It's not just retail games Ubi's keen to get behind though, stating its support for Nintendo's digital services too.

Ubisoft digital manager Chris Early spoke to Eurogamer.net about the company's plans for online, though only in the vaguest sense, stating the company will "absolutely take advantage" of whatever digital policies are put in place with regards to add-on DLC and downloading games:

Nintendo has not announced a lot of their digital programs at this point of time. Our key is, as you see from us from a content perspective in supporting the platform, is we're going to be there like we were with the Vita, and support the policy side of it as well. With the Vita all of our games are available digitally, and they're even optimised from that standpoint because that was a policy in place we were able to design to.

So from the same standpoint, I expect when the Wii U comes out and there are digital policies that are there, we will be in support of them as well.

We would be extremely surprised if Nintendo followed Sony's lead and insisted publishers released their games digitally as well as physically, but as Nintendo is considering retail downloads on Wii U — and 3DS, for that matter — who knows what the Kyoto company may do? Either way, Ubisoft is ready to take up the torch with plenty of digital support from the start.

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (22)

CerealKiller528

#1

CerealKiller528 said:

"Nintendo has not announced alot of their digital programs"
I wonder what Nintendo is hiding from us.

motang

#3

motang said:

I sure hope their online would be on par with PSN. eShop is a very good step in the right direction.

Alienfish

#5

Alienfish said:

E3 is going to be a nuclear explosion of Nintendo information. I'll be wearing a lead suit during the presentation.

Mathieu_W

#6

Mathieu_W said:

If Nintendo decides to start selling retail games through the Nintendo eShop on both 3DS and Wii U, I hope they won't make the same mistakes as Sony with PS3 and Vita.

For me, if a retail game is sold digitally, the digital price must be largely lower (at least 33%) than the retail price because there is no box, no disc or cartridge, no instruction booklet or things like that to consider into the price. When I see in the PlayStation Store that PS3 games are more expensive than on shelves or Vita games are just between 0 and 5€ cheaper, I don't understand and I'm not interested in buying retail games digitally...

Dorkvader

#7

Dorkvader said:

With Nintendo "IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYONE". but it's going to be amazing when they show it :D

SkywardLink98

#8

SkywardLink98 said:

If Nintendo offers digital retail games, than they will have to make it cheaper, because theirs always sales, trade-ins, etc and you can't trade in a virtual product so it will have to be significantly cheaper.

Myx

#9

Myx said:

as poor as the eshop is i doubt nintendo will learn. one year 3ds and still no retail games for download. i guess nintendo just does not know what they are doing.

but: no trophies/achievements on wii u == not much sales revenue. it is as easy as that. no one buys dlc just because the game was so wondertastic. nop. the majority of dlc gets bought because of the 100%.

but i guess ubi$oft needs to learn it the hard way :P

LittleIrves

#10

LittleIrves said:

Boy do I not care about DLC or 100% "gamerscore." But demos are nice, and an online store that's pleasant to browse (as the eShop is) should be good enough for me.
Notice how on 360 the dashboard is silent? I like the little bkgd tune that Nintendo, on the 3DS or even on the Wii, always employs, either on their shop or just on the main home page. Makes it feel more like an experience just "being" there. Microsoft's feels more functional, pragmatic. A bit colder. Hope WiiU doesn't try to "Play it Loud" too much and lose that charm.

Sir_Deadly

#11

Sir_Deadly said:

@motang I hope it would be on par with 360, minus the "paying for multiplayer" thing they do. PSN gets hacked way to much!

lanabanana

#14

lanabanana said:

How about "Imagine Fashion Designer " for Wii U. Don't forget, girls are buying this console too!! :P

BenAV

#15

BenAV said:

I really couldn't care less if Nintendo decide to release their retail games digitally or not.
I'll always opt for the physical option.

DarkLloyd

#16

DarkLloyd said:

to the people saying it should be cheaper digitally while that is true it wont happen, you'll end up making retailers refusing to sell hardcopies

grimbldoo

#18

grimbldoo said:

Read this: When you download a game, you don't actually buy it, you are only buying the license to play it on your PC/Console. So if they have any reason, they can take away your game with no refund just like that.
I would rather fork over another $5 (or in some cases, the same price) to actually own the game.

MAB

#19

MAB said:

Janett has just confirmed imagine fashion designer complete with wifi co-op mode and NFC credit card for online shopping capability. Yes I would play this with you Janett. Seriously. No joke.

abINC4L

#20

abINC4L said:

@Mathieu_W
The thing is, cost of producing the box, manual and disc are very minimal so if those were taken to account, I would say it would lower the price no more than $1 or $2. For the most part, the price of the game is mostly due to royalties like $20 goes to the company selling while $30 goes to the publisher, something like that. Also, if purchasing games digitally were to be marginally cheaper, it would seriously hurt retail purchases of hard copies. Buying retail games online, from what I'm aware of, is mainly for gamers who either don't care for hard copies or do not have access to stores that carry games or the game they want.

Kage_88

#21

Kage_88 said:

Assassin's Creed III, Killer Freaks from Outer Space and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online...those sound like great titles...but I'm still waiting for the deluge of that crappy Ubisoft shovelware we all know and love!

Come on guys, I'm craving a 23rd version of Rayman 2!

nfzeta007

#22

nfzeta007 said:

@Kage_88 It seems only Nintendo has the talent for constantly fueling a series without people outright getting bored of it, i know their games are not the same and as a big Nintendo fan who has played a lot of them that goes for something, but when most people see the same character the immediately associate them A LOT and therefore sometimes write them off as outright copies.
For some reason after playing a bunch of Zelda, Mario or Metroid games i still have no qualms about playing another, i wonder what they do to achieve that, its like a little Nintendo magic they sprinkle on each game of a series, make it just interesting enough to the first glance that you play it and the game quality takes it from there i guess.

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