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Call of Duty: Ghosts May Not Appear On Wii U After All

Posted by Orla Madden

It's all very mysterious

Remember when Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Wii U was confirmed last week after Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin said PR wanted to keep things mysterious with the game? Well it's time to scrap that, as the story has now changed.

Speaking with Games Industry International to clarify on the topic, Rubin said he in fact doesn't know anything about the game arriving on the Wii U or even if it is in development for the console at all. He seems to have no idea about it:

Ha! You know that’s funny, because I don’t even know the answer to that. I swear to God, I don’t. I was trying to say in the interview [that] I really don’t know and I’m not supposed to talk about it. I’m not supposed to talk about the fact that I don’t know.

When asked if Call of Duty: Ghosts were to release on Nintendo's latest console, and how would it look in comparison to other platform releases, he reckons it could be in line with the Xbox 360 and PS3:

I imagine [it could], yeah. If you look at the hardware specs, I think it would be more in line with 360 and PS3, but I’m not sure. There could be some things [in the hardware] that bump it up a little higher than that. I haven’t played with it enough to know. I have one at home, and I think it’s cool; I can’t stop playing ZombiU.

It's all very mysterious indeed. Do you think it'll make a supernatural appearance on Wii U in the future, or will it be scared away? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

[via gamesindustry.biz]

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Hunter-D

#4

Hunter-D said:

I can definitely see it being released on the Wii U. It's just a bit... weird now :|

He should have just said no comment.

Grubdog

#5

Grubdog said:

He doesn't know, that's even worse. Imagine feeding your kids and you don't know if you have enough food for the last plate. Little Timmy sits down anyway, looking up. Waiting. He can smell the food.

TromboneGamer

#6

TromboneGamer said:

I think it's a definite maybe. All but one iteration came to the original wii so we can only see what happens with the games this gen.

NINTENBOY

#7

NINTENBOY said:

Even if this game does come to the Wii U NOBODY should buy it!! You should be tried of the DISRESPECT people, aren't you tried of them not announcing a Wii U version until the last 2 weeks?

They did the same crap on the old Wii and we still haven't even gotten DLC on top of NO patchs or updates after the first 3 months and getting completely IGNORED on their forums and Twitter!!

They deserve ZERO sales on the Wii U and if they don't bring it to the Wii U at all? Oh well GOODBYB I ain't gonna miss yea because at the end of the day COD has gotten very STALE and played out. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!

MEGAMAN_D

#8

MEGAMAN_D said:

@NINTENBOY

Thats stupid what you just said, if the sales are good then of course we will get dlc it makes perfect sense

So you think if nobody buys it then they will give us dlc and future COD games

Your logic baffles me

The-Chosen-one

#9

The-Chosen-one said:

I will buy it, even without dlc.

@nintendoboy
if there arent many peoples playing online, why would they bring dlc in the first place?
because of these kinda messages, people wont support the wiiU, people who say, dont buy this or that. just stop.
it doesnt make sense

MEGAMAN_D

#10

MEGAMAN_D said:

Well I only play COD games on nintendo consoles because I love using the wii-mote and nun chuck.

So if there is no wii u version then I wont be buying COD

ungibbed

#12

ungibbed said:

I may pick it up as I do enjoy the occasional shooter.

The largest part of the original Wii that I hated was the shovelware that should be buried out in the desert. Only to become relics of a era and console lifetime of mistakes that really killed the Wii.

I will support any third party that brings a quality game to the Wii U. Nobody's ranting will change my mind. Good developers bringing good games to the system taking the financial risk will get my money. I don't want the Wii U to become a companion console, it has much untapped potential and I really like the system despite its stumbles and hard nosed opinions on it.

banacheck

#14

banacheck said:

This doesn't surprise me, even if Ubisoft said thay cancelled Watch Dogs for the Wii U that wouldn't surprise either.

theperson

#17

theperson said:

@NINTENBOY YOU FAIL AT LOGIC!!! If no one bought the game, devs would think it was the console stop making games for it then nintndo would die.
please stop the insults. Don't make it personal.-k8smum

ungibbed

#19

ungibbed said:

If Watchdogs does get the axe which I doubt since its so far along in development, I'd be rather surprised and frustrated as that game does look like fun.

Pikachupwnage

#20

Pikachupwnage said:

Activision needs to stop pissing on Wii U owners. They didn't give us DLC for BLOPS2 and ignored every single inquiry about it. Oh and they said preorders on Wii U would get nuketown 2025 but nope didn't happen. And now they won't give us a straight answer on whether this is coming. Is it yes or no? Regardless I will be buying used. They won't get my money until they respect the fanbase,

And didn't they have a similar drama with Black ops 2?

Sir_JBizzle

#22

Sir_JBizzle said:

Oh just release it on Wii U. Work with Nintendo to provide a bundle maybe even throw in a Pro Controller. CoD fans will flock... Hopefully.

millarrp

#26

millarrp said:

I would also be surprised if the Wii U doesn't get a version. Considering all the ones that came out on the Wii towards the end of its life.

WiiWillRockU

#27

WiiWillRockU said:

Activision didn't advertise the CoD's on Wii. Why would this be any different? If Ghosts isn't on par with the other versions, then I don't want it.

Yodelman64

#32

Yodelman64 said:

I think that they are not workign on the wii u versio right now but they definetly ahve not totally crossed out that oppurtunity. If they were not goign to give the wii u ghosts then they would have just said it, it would have had aabsolutly no inpact on theri sales. i think that they are looking to see how popular the wii u gets this summer and fall adn then they will decide if they will release on teh wii u. That is the only circumsatnce where it would be harmful for there sales if they announced that they were not, because later they would change ti and people would still be bitter. So it defintly is not a no, but ti isn't a yes either. Just a maybe

element187

#34

element187 said:

How does this confirm that its not coming?

Sounds more like the suits at Activision told him to walk it back so they can announce it later... But he already dropped the beans and told it was coming. He sounded very confident at E3, which means he heard that its coming and repeated it, but the suits wanted to be the ones announcing it later so he is told to walk it back to "I have no idea, I was guessing"

Or maybe they are holding off on announcing it until they see what happens Aug-Nov to see if more Wii U's sell because of the small burst of 1st party titles .

honestly I really don't care if it comes or not. I picked up blops2, while fun for 2 weeks, the replay value was pretty tiny because nothing has changed in this game. Its just a reskin every year.

XFsWorld

#35

XFsWorld said:

@NINTENBOY Ya, I gotta agree with others. That would just be making it worst for us. Devs would be like "Damn, even the best selling shooter isn't doing good on Wii U, well guys back to just developing for PS4, X1, 360, & PS3."

element187

#36

element187 said:

@TreesenHauser I would be shocked too. BLOPS2 actually sold pretty good considering the small install base (200k'ish?) Thats still enough to more than turn a profit, and if the install base kicks up a bit in Sept/Oct/Nov, it would make for an even better idea to make sure a port is ready.

ILikeRead

#38

ILikeRead said:

lets put it this way, once the wii u picks up they'll get a real late release for it and then no one will want it except those kids just picking up a system late, and maybe not even then because they might have the game for something else. i would like to see it arrive for wii u along with other systems at the same time and i'll still get it, but now it all depends on the developer.

element187

#39

element187 said:

@NINTENBOY BLOPS2 on Wii U would have gotten DLC if the sales were big enough to warrant it.... At any given time only 2500-4000 players were online playing it. It would be stupid to put out dlc because it would have fragmented the tiny little community... When they start seeing 10k-20k people online playing it would be worth adding DLC.

ricklongo

#41

ricklongo said:

The CoD series doesn't appeal to me at all, but this would be an important one to have around.

TreesenHauser

#42

TreesenHauser said:

@element187 Unfortunately the player numbers really were that low though, so I could understand if they chose to skip the Wii U on those grounds... but I'd still be surprised.

GamerJunkie

#43

GamerJunkie said:

I don't think they should waste resources to put this game out no WIi U. The PS4, PC and XBox1 versions will all look better and have way more people playing them.

Wii U players have made it clear so far they only support games for 13 and younger crowd or 1st party titles other than that.

hydeks

#45

hydeks said:

Make up your d@mn mind and release it, or not :P I personally don't care, shooters are for losers, but someone will probably want it.

Araknie

#46

Araknie said:

Soooooo, we won't have 6 year olds swearing on the Wii U...it's still a bad thing if it won't be there. A game that it's the same and annual since 2007, it's so bad to not have CoD?
This site is nitpicking so much lately, really return to be gamers and talk about gamer stuff, it there isn't too much to talk about don't talk too much.

Too much of a fuss over everything just for funzies is ruining this site.
The same site that says that Nintendo first party Wii U titles are the more of the same and says that Bayonetta 2 is very much different from the first...tsktsk.

GamerJunkie

#47

GamerJunkie said:

@Araknie Its funny you calling people that play a certain game a 6 year old? If you don't like a game its fine, but many adults do like it as well as kids and teens im sure.

I mean Nintendo is the one that releases a ton of games really aimed at 12 and under, how can you use age to try to insult something and then defend nintendo in the same sentence?

MrCharles77

#48

MrCharles77 said:

Well...guess I'll only buy: Wonderfull101, Pikmin3, Mario3d land, Donkey kong, Spliter cell, assassin's creed4, batman origins, deusx, super luigi U,rayman ledgends,watchdogs,lego marvel...

And I still havent played legocity, monster hunter3, resident evil,nfsmw...

We got games...stop the doomsday profecy's, and have fun with your WiiU. Dont let this type of news affect you, WiiU has got a nice set of games available to play right now.

Why not consider buying a PS3 for the games you skipped...very soon ps3 will be like 129$...

Metaknight_3Raw

#49

Metaknight_3Raw said:

I don't think people are simply worrying that we don't have games but are worrying about the objective fact that the Wii U's third party support could do with some improvements.

MrCharles77

#50

MrCharles77 said:

@Metaknight_3Raw

What if there was no 3rd party support?? That's a risk we all took when we pickup gamecube, wii, wiiu...everyone knows why we bought those consoles.

Like someone said a few days ago, "I'm with a wii u for the 1st party content, everything else is a bonus"

Zellybeanie

#51

Zellybeanie said:

"There could be some things [in the hardware] that bump it up a little higher than that. I haven’t played with it enough to know."

"...and I don't really care to know since I doubt I could make money off the thing anyway. I mean, everything about it is so mysterious. I heard Nintendo used the hearts of unicorns to power the factory that manufactures the Wii U. Everyone knows the 'bruh' consoles are PS4 and Xbox One, so I've been sleeping with the manuals."

Best_

#53

Best_ said:

I think if Activision would have announced DLC, I think that would have driven better sales. But, since they did not, people flocked to the other consoles that did.

psychoshamoo

#55

psychoshamoo said:

Infinity Ward needs a new executive producer if this one has no clue what games are coming to a system. His name will be one of the first in the credits because of his position. Well this helps explain why COD has gone downhill.

Dater100

#56

Dater100 said:

First FIFA , PES, NBA2k, now actvivision and later Ubisoft
so why NINTENDO made a Wii u Pro controller?
Well if COD doesnt come to WII U
I''ll sell my WII U
NINTENDO YOU ARE A JOKE GAMES IN 2014!

SpriteKing

#57

SpriteKing said:

Does anyone even care?
The further the CoD fanbase stays from the Wii U, the better (at least in my opinion).

GN004Nadleeh

#58

GN004Nadleeh said:

blame nintendo. they decided for us that we only get more ports of wii games (mario and donkey kong) wont even get gta 5. and they even think they are worth $300

Phatosaurus

#59

Phatosaurus said:

@SpriteKing I can't help but agree.

Sure, Call of Duty is a big franchise, arguably the biggest. However the fanbase is already well rooted into Microsoft and Sony's consoles. No CoD player is going to buy a Wii U to play Call of Duty on.

Lunapplebloom

#60

Lunapplebloom said:

This seems to remind me of another title we all had heard about flip flopping back and forth that it was, then not, coming to Wii U for a while... (Cough Alien Colonel Marines Cough)

Someone in the company should know wherever they are or not. Just say it already.

Drobotic

#61

Drobotic said:

First no DLC for Black Ops II,and now the possibility of there being no new CoD game on Wii U.Activision is ridiculous.

hydeks

#63

hydeks said:

@Ralizah how the heck is that the only reason to buy a Wii U?!?! It's on ever system under the sun, but since Wii U isn't getting it, that's your reason not to get it? Wow....I can think of 20+ reasons to get a Wii U, but no Ghosts! Well damn, all hope is lost! ¬¬

MisterRJ45

#64

MisterRJ45 said:

It's been a rough year for Nintendo's home console. While COD means nothing to me as I have all the consoles and a gaming PC and I only play the campaigns on COD once and then I'm done.. it means something to a lot of gamers and it sucks for people who only own the Wii U and can't afford any other console or just a loyal Nintendo fan. This would be a huge blow to Wii U owners if they can't even get the seemingly 998th installment of Call of Duty for it. Hate to say it guys but it looks like Nintendo is going this generation almost alone. On the bright side, I still am looking forward to the first party games coming out for it, especially Super Smash Bros. Nintendo almost always delivers when it comes to their own games, which is why I got a Wii U on launch date and still satisfied with my purchase.

retro_player_22

#65

retro_player_22 said:

I don't really give a damn if COD: Ghost is coming to Wii U or not. If it is, good, if not, then Deus Ex ftw.

SheldonRandoms

#67

SheldonRandoms said:

I bought the Wii U version of black ops 2, and I liked playing it on the gamepad, hopefully this ghost can come to the Wii U, because online..........well my friend list keeps growing and sometimes shrinks.

MrWalkieTalkie

#69

MrWalkieTalkie said:

I might actually buy this however for I've never played a CoD game before and I'm trying to show as much support as possible for 3rd Parties on Wii U.
Who knows, I might actually like this. I've been getting into all kinds of 3rd party titles since Wii U. I'm a huge fan of the Batman Arkham series now thanks to the Wii U version of Arkham City, Assassin's Creed has never been so interesting to me, Need For Speed is awesome, and Watch_Dogs & Splinter Cell have truely captured my attention, and I like LEGO games now!

SkywardLink98

#70

SkywardLink98 said:

Despite our mixed feelings for CoD (judging from the comments), this is actually quite the blow as even a slimmed down version of it was available for the Wii.

psyguy

#71

psyguy said:

Can't help but think it would sell decent as long as its released alongside the 360/PS3 versions, instead of being a week late.

FineLerv

#72

FineLerv said:

@theperson And, as in the case of the previous Call of Duty, it can still be on the Wii U and not be on the e-shop. Which, as someone who has gone purely digital with the Wii U, is basically ammounts to it not being on the Wii U.

GoombaJMR

#73

GoombaJMR said:

Since there are so many COD fans, if this gets to the Wii U, the hardware sales will definitely get increased....because there are also other games on the Wii u too

Araknie

#74

Araknie said:

@GamerJunkie Sorry but a colorful world doesn't mean the game is kiddish.
Most kids can't even finish Nintendo games because are to difficult for in the later parts of it.
I don't know of any 6 years old finishing all the S worlds in Super Mario 3D Land or finishing the main game of DKCR.
You: "OMG IT'S COLORFUL HAS FANTASY AND NO GORE, MUST BE KIDDISH."

Please.

DESS-M-8

#75

DESS-M-8 said:

It'll be there. What he has said is exactly what he said he was going to say after E3. He confirmed it at E3 and also stated they want to keep it mysterious, denying any knowledge whatsoever after confirming it certainly creates that mystery. He doesn't retract the confirmation or confirm that it's not being released, he merely "creates" mystery.
Activision ARE still developing for Wii U hence Skylanders and what will be CoD:Ghosts.
Now more than ever it is sound business sense to release CoD this year after they're direct competition stupidly removed the self from the contest, all activision have to do is offer an improved experience over Black Ops II and they will get a significant return on sales as they are the only game of that kind releasing on a format for gamers that are literally staved for this kind of title.
Games such as alien trilogy, crysis 3 and wolfenstein are specialist shooters aimed at a relative smaller audience so not worth releasing on Wii U yet. A big hitter general FPS + online multiplayer has more of a chance at making a profit, escpecially if it is the ONLY one and it is the biggest franchise in that genre.

For my personal taste I would rather have had Battlefield 4, but as that's not possible I am more than happy with Ghosts and would definitely buy it.
Now if I think that, others wii u owners will and that's not including the genuine CoD fans that would buy no matter the situation

Monkeyofthefunk

#77

Monkeyofthefunk said:

I can imagine that Activision will be watching the console and games sales up until about August before burning those discs. I don't think it will make it because of the massive pre-order sales for PS4 and Xbone.

YChung

#78

YChung said:

Too bad nintendo and too bad wii u. I was going to buy this but guess not

SteveW

#79

SteveW said:

It will be there, you just may have to use an EMF detector to find it...

Shambo

#80

Shambo said:

@Maestr0 3ds has barely a shooting game, and vita has barely a... game. last cod on vita was apparently so bad even ign didn't like it (go figure!). vita is at full sea and has nothing keeping it above water. wii u hasn't fully left the docks yet.
i hope one day playing dementium 3d, now that'd be a great 'fps' for 3ds!

theperson

#81

theperson said:

@FineLerv yeah but the article is about it not being on wii u, so there is no way it could be on eshop without being on wii u. thats all i'm saying

Dogpigfish

#82

Dogpigfish said:

Not mysterious, just being coerced by the other big two. Lets face it, if you put the hottest shooter on the wii u, there isn't a reason for a consumer to buy anything but a wii u this Christmas. Activision supporting Nindi is a thorn in MS and Sony's side. They will continue to buy out third party to get them to cooperate with them and crush the competition. Expect Sony and MS to throw sand as we get closer to their mediocre rehash consoles.

element187

#83

element187 said:

@TreesenHauser They made roughly $5m on the Wii U version ($30 * 180k copies sold). I do not see them leaving that on the table.. that would be a really dumb business decision...even to the largest of companies that is a healthy chunk of change. Heck I work for one of the largest banks in the USA and they flip out if people take their pens.

Caryslan

#84

Caryslan said:

@Dogpigfish People are really, really overestimating how much COD: Ghosts will push next-gen sales. Will it sell well on new systems? Of course, but the results this year will be the same as they have always been. The top sales for Ghosts will be on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Call of Duty alone is not going to motivate people to go buy a Wii U, PS4, or Xbox One. Most people are going to buy Ghosts on the systems that they already own, and most people own either a PS3 or 360.

Plus, there is no gurantee Ghosts will be the top shooter this year. Battlefield 4 look poised to make a major impact, and BF3 did a good job of taking a portion of COD's market. And this might hurt Nintendo, since BF4 is skipping a Wii U port.

Even if the Wii U get Ghosts, why do you think the Wii U version will be the one that everyone has to own?

Laxeybobby

#85

Laxeybobby said:

It wont come to the WiiU and it wont be missed either. I think Nintendo owners are fed up with Activision and the COD franchise for short changing us on each of the previous releases. So I say if you can give it to us in its entirety, DLC and all, then don't bother giving it us at all.

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