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Activision Committed To Doing 'Everything It Can' To Support Wii U

Posted by Andy Green

Six titles are on the horizon

Activision Blizzard is now an independent company led by its CEO Bobby Kotick and co-chairman Brian Kelly after the pair formed an investment group to purchase 172 million shares in the firm.

The publisher is aiming to continue its presence as a company with a "best-in-class franchise portfolio" and has six Wii U games on the way, all of which are multiplatform.

Those titles are Call of Duty: Ghosts, Skylanders Swap Force, Angry Birds Trilogy, Angry Birds Star Wars, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge and Wipeout Create & Crash. Some of these titles will also be available on Wii, 3DS and even the DS in SpongeBob's case.

Upon the confirmation of the six titles, CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg said the company is still behind Nintendo's system:

As we have said before, we're committed to doing everything we can to support the Wii U, which is why we're excited to be bringing some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world to the platform this year.

The Call of Duty franchise continues to be one of the most powerful forces in gaming and Skylanders continues to enchant new fans around the world. Our studios have been hard at work creating brand new immersive experiences perfectly suited to the Wii U platform and our fall lineup has something for everyone.

It appears Wii U is still very much a part of Activision's strategy right now and these additions will be welcomed with open arms by many.

The biggest of these titles is undoubtedly Call of Duty: Ghosts, which will be the second game in the series to grace the Wii U, after Call of Duty: Black Ops II was released on the same day the console launched. Skylanders has proven popular in recent years and may sell well on the system, while the licenced games could do alright considering the brand power they carry.

Which of Activision's six upcoming titles are you most interested in. Are there any you'd rather have on Wii or 3DS? Let us know in the comment section below.

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TheHeroOfLegend said:

The only "hardcore" game is Call of Duty. Everything else is just casual and that's not gonna help the Wii U....well maybe Skylanders.




Skylanders!!! I knew it was happening but I'm still excited about it!! I've save all my holiday pay at work so I can have 4 weeks off with this release



Megumi said:

Don't care for their least they're not being like EA or whatever. >.>



TheHeroOfLegend said:

@C-Olimar I counted 3 because the only games that felt like Shovelware were Angry Birds (which you can get at a better price on the App Store) and Wipeout. Spongebob is kind of legit, and Skylanders and Call of Duty are completely out of the shovelware squad.



ACK said:

Activision owe Skylanders' success in no small part to the Wii. They have to hope that market migrates somewhat seamlessly with the generational shift. And releasing Call of Duty is no great risk; the indicator will be how (or, indeed, if) they leverage the strengths of the platform in any significant manner.

That said... Make no mistake, it does stand for something that an Infinity Ward production is launching simultaneously on a Nintendo. Even if it's being ported by Treyarch (not sure if confirmed, but widely assumed); who, in all fairness, probably understand the Wii U architecture as well as about anyone. (They were responsible for initially porting the COD 4 engine to Wii, remember. As well as every console release on Nintendo platforms--other than Finest Hour for GCN, I believe.)



Mrclaycoat said:

I am very thankful for Activision's decision. A lot of people chose the WiiU on the promise of thrid party support and got the short end of the stick with old ports and such. COD Ghosts is not only a game that these people really wanted, but it also adds some refief to those who may have been getting worried about the lack of titles and could have jumped ship.



Torchwood said:

Say what you want about Activision and their business practices, but they're helping out Nintendo when few major developers are, so they can't be all bad.



rjejr said:

Shouldn't there be a mention of Blizzard in here somewhere? I think they have a couple of games people might be interested in. 1 of which is coming out on PS3 and Xbox360 real soon, but not the WiiU.



unrandomsam said:

It is not doing everything it can. It is now private so it doesn't answer to shareholders. It could try to become the preferred 3rd party by taking risks with exclusives using new IP. If they were good enough it would sell consoles. They are making a useless token effort.



ACK said:

I should add to my above post that as a staunch supporter of the Call of Duty franchise on Wii U, I am ecstatic to be reassured of Ghosts' impending release. Given the controller options, dedicated splitscreen, and dual screen promise... The Wii U, to me, is the most synergistic current console with the COD brand.



Tylr said:

Glad to see Activision getting serious about Wii U and offering us some new titles when others are hesitant, my respect for them just bumped up a bit.



ricklongo said:

This is important support and I'm thankful for it, even if none of these games are for me.



jorgem696 said:

I hope CoD Ghost turn's out to be like the PS3 and Xbox 360 because online multyplayer was poopiedoodledoo on the Wii U
Please watch the language — TBD



Yodelman64 said:

the only games that are not shovel ware is call of duty and skylanders. Angry birds is not popular at all on consoles because ti is ridiculously priced and all the others are casual games. they need to bring better games to the wii u



TromboneGamer said:

Here's a few shovelware titles. Good news: Call of Duty Ghosts is coming to Wii U just like BO2 did. Guess what? We won't port any DLC over because you're only worth the initial buy in. -Activision every year.



Macarony64 said:

@ngamer155 it is a better line up than EA has for wiiu and the way games are being announced late I bet destiny will show more close to his released date.



S7eventhHeaven said:

i have been calling ghosts on wii-u for months now since every game info site and store i know of has been saying it wasnt gonna happen. well it is



Shambo said:

@Jazzer94 Skylanders is a lot of fun, to play and to collect. And this is coming from a man over halfway his twenties. It has a great co-op and the figurines are well crafted.



Dpullam said:

I am most looking forward to playing Call of Duty Ghosts honestly. I really like the direction they are going in and the online could be a fun distraction when I'm bored.



gaby_gabito said:

I'm very happy with this decision. I'm not the biggest COD fan, but I'm glad it will be something more that I'll be able can play online with my nephews and nieces. I'm moving to the other side of the country soon, and video games are one of the very few things in common that we all enjoy.



Yrreiht said:

When all else fails, turn to ... Activision?
Well, at least they are helping more than Ubi and EA even if their lineup isn't that great...



XFsWorld said:

Nintendo needa thank Ubisoft, Warner Bros, Activision, and Capcom for their support.

@takyon98 Ya Rockstar need to get on board.



Dpishere said:

I am looking forward to playing the online in Call of Duty Ghosts for the Wii U. I am hoping we can both play online with one person using the TV screen and the other using the gamepad. The fact that I can do so whenever I want without paying for online "privilege" definitely makes me more likely to pick it up.



XFsWorld said:

@Yrreiht Dude, Ubisoft iz helping [Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Rayman Legends, Assassin's Creed Blackflag, Just Dance 2014 & Watch Dogs] o.o



nik1470 said:

Nice family line up for a family console this is what the U needs some 3rd party support to back up the epic 1st party titles on the way. Ubi titles are more aimed at mature gamers so acti are giving younger audiences some titles. Throw in the Indies and the WiiU feels like a complete package



Meaty-cheeky said:

If Activision can offer Destiny for Wii U, now that would truly be committed support for Wii U.



arrmixer said:

Well I see myself supporting 3rd parties more than ever now... Maybe I'll give COD a try...



triforcepower73 said:

@DefHalan It does have a "U" in the logo. When I saw the "preorder now!" advertisements and saw that logo I immediately thought, "Destiny U!? Is that the Wii U version of the game!!???!"



Yrreiht said:

@X-Factor I never said Ubi wasn't. I'm just still pissed that Ubi first announced Rayman Legends as a Wii U exclusive, to a semi-exclusive (with the touch-screen levels), to a regular multiplatform. At least Activision didn't say the Wii U would have an exclusive game and then change it 1 month before release.



triforcepower73 said:

@Yrreiht Dude, if you're still pissed about that you need to grow up. You've had 6 months to get over that! Compared to other 3rd parties, Ubi has more than made up for that stupid mistake.



brucelebnd said:

I'm not really interested in any of those games but it's good to see some games coming to the Wii U.

fanboys will hate on those games but COD is a huge franchise and all the kids games make total sense.

this Christmas someone might buy a Wii U for their kid, picking up Skylanders or Sponge Bob for the kids and maybe COD for someone older in the house or for themselves.

people who buys those games don't really comment on sites like this nor do they follow every tid bit of Nintendo news. for buyers like brand recognition means a lot more than anything else.



ikki5 said:

I hope they make nothing for the Wii, People need to move on and they don't need to waste resources on the Wii U.



TwilightV said:

I'd have been interested had they announced TMNT for Wii U, but I guess they blew the budget on Cashcow Moneypants.



MadAdam81 said:

These are important titles as they cover a wide variety of demographics - CoD, Skylanders & Angry Birds are all different demographics, and it will help families make the choice to buy a Wii U.



millarrp said:

I may not be a fan of those series, but the more publishers that support the Wii U means more choices for games...and in the words of Martha Stewart "It's a good thing..."



GamerZack87 said:

GamerZack7 predicts Activision Blizzard's possible future...
World of Warcraft for Wii U

In the current schedule, though, I'd have to opt for Skylanders SWAP Force. It looks like a refreshing change from the traditional formula.



The-Chosen-one said:

people complain there arent many games or 3rd party support, and first they complained that Ghost wasnt coming, and now when it comes people still complain, that is why there is little support, because of the spoiled whining babies.



GoombaSlayer said:

Well then, where´s Deadpool? Destiny? Out of the Shadows?
This is just the ordinary shovelware they throw out every year to every platform.. not true support. Even though better then nothing.



cdude said:

As it happen, activision, i hate you. Not because youre not releasing quality games for wiiu, tho. Im sure all the stuff will be great in their own right. But, as much as i can appreciate cod along with your more casual titles, none of that crap youre talking about matters to me...

Why the F isnt ninja turtles coming to wiiu? Wii and 360 only. No ps3. No wiiu.




ajcismo said:

Thats great and all, but I have no interest in any of the games you're coming out with. In fact, I think I would rather play your games from the 2600 than COD or Angry Birds.



Quickman said:

Love some of the replies on here, moaning there's no 3rd party support, then Activision announces one of the biggest 3rd party games for the Wii U and some are turning your noses up at it...

Whether you like CoD or not, surely you understand it's value? The Wii U needs this game right now, the more choice you've got on the platform the better chance that it's got of selling and besides, it's not like the Wii U is awash with FPS games anyway..



wombatkidd said:

@TromboneGamer "Good news: Call of Duty Ghosts is coming to Wii U just like BO2 did. Guess what? We won't port any DLC over because you're only worth the initial buy in. -Activision every year. ... Been the same story since Wii."

You do know that large DLC wasn't actually possible on the Wii, right? BO2 is the only game where they've done this deliberately. Still crappy, but have some perspective, it's one game.



hYdeks said:

There is definitely a great selection of games coming out from them, for grown-ups and kids!

I got more interested in COD since they support Wii U, and I am looking forward to TMNT for Wii/3DS, Skylanders looks interesting as always, and Spongebob game is interesting from what I seen so far.

Keep supporting Wii U, ActiVision and people will buy your games! (just, no more doodoopoo games like Fast & Furious, ok?)



ULTRA-64 said:

@rjejr good call man, where does this leave us with warcraft, Diablo,dungeon keeper etc.... All of there would work better with Wii u than other consoles due to the touch controls!?!
I'm not sure of legal rights but it's got to be more likely now?!?



element187 said:

Thanks Activision for the support, but none of those are my cup of tea... I'm a consumer not a charity. I wish them luck. I bought call of duty back on launch day on Wii U but I became bored of it in 2 weeks. I don't feel like I got my $60 worth, so I won't be purchasing the sequel that doesn't seem to be at all different from Black Ops2



Davidiam007 said:

@element187 You bought black ops 2 for $60? It was $39 when I purchased it which was in December 2012. I think it's great that we're getting Cod: Ghost and sponge bob. Ghost is modern warfare and not the sequel black ops. Treyarch developed black ops and infintyward did ghost.



ungibbed said:

@jorgem696 just how bad was your online experience? I have 50Mb downstream and 20Mb upstream all over WiFi. I tried the USB dongle for a wired connection to my router and performance suffered greatly than simply using the built in WiFi on the Wii U.

This is one example where I wish there was a Cat 5 jack in the back of the system and just a single USB port. Still, one major helper was putting my Wii U in DMZ status on my router. Great speeds (not as fast as my hard wired PS3), but still have issues with the awful Netflix App. When I do get lucky enough for it to not crash on the black screen of doom, it stays in low/SD quality.

I expected much better than this kind of issue at launch.

As for other games with online, I've had little issues if at all. The slight hiccup or two even happens on XBL and PSN.



FJOJR said:

Activision will have my attention if they ever try to get a MLB, NHL or NBA license.



BestBuck15 said:

Out of all the big publishers Activision are definitely my least favourite in fact it would be fair to say I hate them.
Having Activision on board is no big deal just means there will be more shovelware.

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