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.