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Ubisoft Confident Its Titles Will Attract Gamers To Wii U

Posted by Andy Green

"Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the Wii U is successful"

Publishing behemoth EA made the announcement this week that it currently has no games in the works for Wii U.

This was almost expected by many, what with the news that many of the company's upcoming sports games - including FIFA 14, Madden 14 and Tiger Woods 14 - would not be making it to Nintendo's latest home console.

Ubisoft on the other hand has been a staunch supporter of Wii U and has been providing plenty of titles for the system as it aims to work with Nintendo to grow the console's user base.

Despite slow sales Ubisoft has continued with this commitment and in a statement given to Games Industry International has once more reaffirmed its faith in the console:

As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base. Ubisoft has a varied and high-quality line-up for Wii U, with more big titles on the way including Rayman Legends, Watch_Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. We're confident that this will help in continuing to attract gamers to the Wii U system and that Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the Wii U is successful in the market.

Ubisoft appears to be behind Nintendo but still wants it to "take steps" in order to turn things around.

What are your thoughts on third party titles and the stark difference between Ubisoft's and EA's support? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

[via gamesindustry.biz]

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User Comments (64)

CrimsonFire

#2

CrimsonFire said:

Well Watch Dogs and Rayman Legends will be 2 games i buy from them.I just hope they do sell well on Wii U, so Ubisoft will continue supporting them.

Ernest_The_Crab

#3

Ernest_The_Crab said:

They probably have a more sustainable, long term approach to software sales than EA which is why they're sticking around.

Yellowgerbil

#4

Yellowgerbil said:

Ubisoft has won me back around after that ordeal in February and they appear to really be trying to help Nintendo. EA on the other hand has completely lost me because of their little hissy fit over Origin (if that is the problem) but they are also blaming the Wii U's sales of Mass Effect 3 and Fifa 14. Now I loved Mass Effect 3 on Wii U, but many people passed because of the Trilogy only a bit more expensive on other platforms. Regarding Fifa on the other hand... it was 12 with gamepad support. I am really pleased with Ubisoft though because they kept their promise to Nintendo.

MrWalkieTalkie

#5

MrWalkieTalkie said:

I don't see how it will attract a lot seeing as all their titles will be available on rival platforms. Hopefully they include really unique features only on the Wii U versions that will draw people in.

Either way, I'm really pumped for Ubi's titles and I plan on purchasing nearly every one on my Wii U!

mr_moobs

#6

mr_moobs said:

EA not being on Wii U just makes me even more glad I own one...
Cant wait for Splinter Cell and Watchdogs <img class=)" />

NINTENBOY

#8

NINTENBOY said:

EA dropping support for the system just opens the doors for other publishers to come in and make even more money!! Like I said B4 in the long run EA your only hurting yourself not us.

AJWolfTill

#9

AJWolfTill said:

@MrWalkieTalkie
I think it's more of a "well I would get a Wii U to play game X but then I wouldn't be able to play game Y" sort of attitude. Even if gamers are interested in the Wii U for it's exclusives, if it didn't have any of the games coming on other consoles it's going to be harder to justify the purchase. I know a lot of people buy multiple consoles but there are a great deal of gamers who only support one console a generation.

bouncer0304

#10

bouncer0304 said:

They seem to get the point that consoles take time to build it's user base. EA should have had faith and patience too.

C7_

#11

C7_ said:

They're all available on other platforms, so unless the WiiU version is consistently deemed the definitive and best version, these wont sell consoles to people who already have the others. They would've helped a lot if they hadn't delayed Rayman for a simultaneous release as well, so really what they're saying here is "We're not mean and know Nintendo will soon make this console sell, but we want to make money as well so we're gonna make sure to sell on as many consoles as possible."

Which is really the philosophy all major third-party developers should have, but EA's literally one collective idiotic money-grab, and I still think it's ridiculous that other major developers are still using the "We don't know what to do with the gamepad." Excuse

Collision_Cat

#13

Collision_Cat said:

Guys, you do know that if you'd kept Rayman Legends exclusive to Wii U it likely would've attracted gamers to it, right...?

Midnight3DS

#14

Midnight3DS said:

@JFug

+1... Sweet game, overlooked in it's time. Last I heard, they teased a sequel relatively recently. Don't know what platforms.

As for Ubi, I'll be getting Watchdogs for PS4. I'm not sure Ubi has any showcase attractions to lure people to Wii-U. The enthusiastic support from them is nice, though.

Dm9982

#15

Dm9982 said:

Truthfully, I won't be adopting the next Xbox or Ps4 at launch. I learned my lesson last gen with all my systems, except the Wii, overheating and failing. So I'll just stick with Wii U and 3DS for now. As for Ubisoft, I applaud them for having faith in Nintendo, and will most likely buy Watch_Dogs, Rayman, and AC4 this fall on the Wii U. I'll support any third party that supports my favorite game company.

nik1470

#16

nik1470 said:

I have Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs on pre-order for the WiiU I would also pre-order the new rainbow six if they announced it was coming to the console. I probably own close to 20 Ubisoft games so yes I am both an Ubisoft and a WiiU fan so I'm happy they are supporting the WiiU. I love Nintendo games but variety is the spice of life.

Wolfgabe

#17

Wolfgabe said:

Ya know I once imagined Nintendo and Third Parties as Wreck it Ralph characters.
Vanellope I would consider Ubisoft because even when everybody else like EA (Nicelanders) was shunning Nintendo(Ralph) Ubisoft was their one true friend

evanescent_hero

#18

evanescent_hero said:

@Midnight3DS
Not interested in the GamePad features they'll put in on Wii U? If they do it right, that should really make the Wii U version the definitive one, and that's why I'll be picking it up for the U.

Sinister

#19

Sinister said:

Ubisoft got some really interesting titles. I am glad they stick with Nintendo.

HisSvt2

#20

HisSvt2 said:

Ubisoft is showing how its done right now as long as they deliver the promised games. EA has no original ideas and not a single game worth buying new. You can buy a .99 cent copy of Madden or Tiger Woods and get the same play.

Spuratis

#21

Spuratis said:

I'm glad to see that Ubisoft has faith in Wii U, not a condescending bunch of donkeyhats like some other companies.. Hopefully they'll release Rainbow 6: Patriots for Wii U, because frankly, that looks amazing. I'll probably pick up Watch_Dogs and I will most definitely pick up Rayman Legends, considering Origins was one of the funnest multiplayer experiences I've had since n64.

..First, I need to get a Wii U.

Midnight3DS

#23

Midnight3DS said:

@evanescent_hero

It could very well be, but I don't own a Wii-U. If anything, I could check it out on a friend's, but she probably won't be interested. She tried Zombie-U, but she is mainly 100%, grade A Mario 4 life. Drives me crazy sometimes.

seronja

#24

seronja said:

well i will get watch dogs and rayman legends for wii u, but AC4 is a ps3 buy for me simply because i have every other AC game for ps3... But i'm still glad to see that of all western publishers, Ubisoft still support's Nintendo with new content and great games, great job Ubisoft.

Jayvir

#25

Jayvir said:

See EA? This is how you address these matters. And guess what? I'll be supporting Ubisoft by buying Rayman and Watch Dogs... but mostly because they are poop games. Jus' saying.

Dpishere

#26

Dpishere said:

Ubisoft has some of my favorite titles and seeing them be so supportive of the Wii U makes me glad to purchase their games. Hopefully EA will have a reason to change their tune if the sales pick up this holiday season.

Tony_342

#27

Tony_342 said:

I appreciate that Ubisoft has enough sense to understand that you must first establish a user base by supporting a system before expecting that user base to support your software. A fanbase must be earned and created. You can't just put out a couple halfhearted ports and expect big sales, then immediately pull the plug when things don't go your way.

NMH-TRI

#28

NMH-TRI said:

The money just has to be there, so don't hold out for just Mario/Zelda! Platinum has my money, Ubi has my money (mostly), and Capcom has my money. Grasshopper: do you want my money? I have some to give and want to give to you.

HandheldGuru97

#32

HandheldGuru97 said:

Nice to see Ubisoft taking a stand like this, if they are successful others will follow. I may still give Rayman a chance and Watch_Dogs looks fantastic.

NMH-TRI

#33

NMH-TRI said:

I would definitely pick up a copy of Red Steel 3 crosses fingers. The only Ubi title that I might not pick up right away is the next AC. I hope Splinter Cell Online turns out great though!

scrubbyscum999

#34

scrubbyscum999 said:

I don't know if I'll get Rayman just because by the time it comes out now there will probably be something I want more.

Dpullam

#35

Dpullam said:

I'm definitely much more willing to get a Wii U since Ubisoft is supporting the system. They make some of my favorite games and I will end up buying at least 4 of their titles that are coming out this year.

Linkmaster9

#36

Linkmaster9 said:

I think it would be halarious if Nintendo has an amaizing lineup for the wii u after e3 and then EA starts to say that they thought the wii u was innovating and impressive all along.

SanderEvers

#37

SanderEvers said:

I'm going to re-support Ubisoft, however I still don't forgive them for delaying a finished game...

Mizore

#38

Mizore said:

I still hate Ubisoft for delaying Legends one week before release, but at least they're still supporting Nintendo. >.>

skjia

#40

skjia said:

I imagine PC will still be the definitive version of those games but I want to support Ubisoft's support of Nintendo so I will get the Wii U versions. Other than Assassin's Creed (I love the games but sadly 4 just looks like more of the same) all of those games look great.
And I do think those games could help move Wii Us because, as others have noted, not everyone can buy every console they want. And if they can have a console with Mario and Zelda AND some popular third party games they might be more prone to get a Wii U.

Buzzthebatgirl

#41

Buzzthebatgirl said:

Er what's the point when all the mentioned games are already on the consoles non-Wii U owners have? Where's the encouragement for players to buy the console when they can enjoy pretty much the same game on their older console?

Neram

#43

Neram said:

"[Ubisoft] has been providing plenty of titles for the system as it aims to work with Nintendo to grow the console's user base."

That's exactly what it takes, and how other third-parties need to look at new platforms. Instead of playing the blame game, like those other guys, Ubisoft actually understands the role that both first and third-party publishers need to take to ensure a platforms success. If a platform has no support, people won't buy it. How are third-party games supposed to sell on a system, when there aren't any on it?

+1 for Ubisoft.

doctor_doak

#44

doctor_doak said:

I think Ubisoft have some awful business practices that rival EA and Activision. Though they do have some talented people creating the games, and those four games you mentioned are all promising. They'll port the games properly and they'll support them after launch, which you have to give them credit for i guess, and is more than can be said for certain other publishers.

banacheck

#45

banacheck said:

I'm sorry Nintendo, if Ubisoft hadn't already said the definitive the best version of Watch Dogs is on the PS4, i might got it for U. I think Ubisoft are for now not saying nothing, which is the best thing to do.

S7eventhHeaven

#46

S7eventhHeaven said:

the footage ive seen of the wii-u version i couldnt tell the difference between the same game on the ps4. on the other hand the 360 and ps3 versions had noticable pop in and the ps3s frame rate was a bit touch and go compared to the 360 with the same sort of freezes that occured on need for speed most wanted when more than 5 police cars were ramming into you. they are still optimising the frame rate and draw distance on the ps3 so they might have it fixed by the time its released on 22nd november.

CaPPa

#47

CaPPa said:

I was ticked off by the Legends delay and I'm still not sure if I'll get it at release (as there's The Wonderful 101, Windwaker HD etc around that time too), but the free Legends challenge mode and release line up have placated me somewhat.

Definitely looking at Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell as Wii U purchases.

shonenjump86

#48

shonenjump86 said:

That's a nice line up of games, but I can get those games on 360. This will not make me get a Wii U. Bayonetta 2, 3D Mario and the next Smash Bros game may do the trick though.

Best_

#50

Best_ said:

Once upon a time people were very upset with Ubisoft for delaying Rayman Legends. People were committed to not supporting them by not buying the game. Suddenly, Ubisoft appears to be the hero now! I was still gonna buy Rayman Legends regardless of the delay, but now I will buy every title that Ubisoft puts out, just for being one of the few companies that release quality 3rd party games for the Wii U. Don't let us Wii U owners down Ubi. We're counting on you!

Daz-brum

#56

Daz-brum said:

I just checked my games the last EA game i bought was on the original Xbox so losing EA no big Deal but i do have Ubisoft a load in fact, go Ubisoft.

Laxeybobby

#57

Laxeybobby said:

Its all well and good stating that Ubisoft will be different, but if I was a betting man I would put even odds on Ubisoft following in EA's footsteps. Have we not forgotten that Ubisoft's Rayman was meant to be a WiiU Launch exclusive title and now its delayed to play second or third fiddle to a multi platform release some time in the near future. How is Rayman going to attract more users to the WiiU when they can choose to buy it on the other consoles with 70% of the gaming industry publicly declaring the WiiU is destined to follow the future that befell the Sega Dreamcast !
Just look at the post relating to Ubisofts Ghost Recon Online, WiiU version on hold (translated to WiiU version cancelled but we haven't the balls to say it publicly yet because of the EA announcement or Nintendo have asked us not too!)

DarkNinja9

#58

DarkNinja9 said:

yeah as someone mention i dont see how it will attract more if these games are basically coming to all consoles(im like seriously debating on some of these games on what console to preorder) which is good but unless they have unique controls set for the wii u and its gamepad i dont see how it will attract more o.O but true EA should take notes not just cuz of what they did but cuz ubisoft is at least trying and trying to make that $$ while bring gamers games win win for everyone

but one thing ubisoft did wrong was not releasing raymans early like it should of or tons of ppl would of gone out to get more wii u consoles so eh kinda hypocritical if you look at it

Fudgewhizzle

#59

Fudgewhizzle said:

I will most probably get all these games from Ubisoft. Even though there was a little time where I hated them for making Rayman a multi-platform game. But I understand their decision now.

Midnight3DS

#60

Midnight3DS said:

@banacheck

The devs for Watch Dogs said graphics and AI are better on PS4, but I can see the argument from the gamepad perspective. How big a deal that will be to most people, who knows.

D2Dahaka

#61

D2Dahaka said:

Good to see someone (ubi) talking sense. I wont be getting Watchdogs on wii u, but there will be other b i games indefinitely will get on wii u.

QuickSilver88

#62

QuickSilver88 said:

People are soooo funny bemoaning lack of 3rd party support and then say well if Wii-U gets same games as everyone else then that won't sell systems. In itself you are likely right, but seeing there will be lots of Wii-U exclusives out in the next year, and being able to get multiplatform 3rd party, and the fact U will likely cost 1/2 as much, and gamepad features, and off TV play.....all this can't hurt. Now I do expect Legends to be the definitive version on Wii-U because it was developed for U and is known to have some interesting gamepad play mechanics. Watchdogs is a game about hacking and controlling cameras and such and even though Ubi has been vague about gamepad features the gamepad fits so well in the concept of the game it could be very unique. They have already also stated splinter cell will heavily use gamepad features and that it is a natural. So chill people and lets just seen what they come up with.....Plus they are rumored to be working in a Zombie U sequel and that is an exclusive. I am grateful for their support and if these upcoming games review well I will definitely by them on U because I don't plan on buying a Ps4 until 2014.

ccanfield1

#63

ccanfield1 said:

This thinking makes no sense. Why would anyone go out of there way to purchase a Wii U for games that are all cross platform releases. Maybe if Rayman Legends was still an exclusive that might have helped sell a few systems but since it is coming to 360 and PS3 most people will likely get it for those platforms they probably already own.

Volmun

#64

Volmun said:

EA hasn't bean good for years.. they ocashonly release 1 or 2 good games like Dead Space or Kingdom's of Amalure Reconning but ther no where near as good as thay were back when thay were Electronic Arts (ik ther still that but thay use to actually be titled as it aposed to just EA) thats my view and opinion on it eniway.

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