By now, we're used to publishers being coy when it comes to showing off their Wii U versions of multiplatform games. More often than not, we won't actually get to see Wii U-specific footage or screenshots until the day of launch, when the community gets its hands on the game. Silence is deafening, as they say, and when a company withholds this kind of media, it's usually for a good reason: such as their port being something of a stinker.
Thankfully, that doesn't seem to be the case with Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag. Again, Ubisoft have been rather tight-lipped on the whole affair, instead choosing to showcase the PlayStation 4 and PC versions. We've even seen plenty of footage from the now-technically-last-gen consoles. But what of the Wii U version? Is it going to be another sloppy port like Assassin's Creed III was? We wouldn't be so sure.
These screenshots, uploaded by NeoGAF user Bizubani, were taken in-game using the Wii U's Home button, and uploaded via the console's Internet Browser. They show off some neat texture detail, and, seemingly, some impressive anti-aliasing results.
Also of noteworthiness are the file sizes for the different versions of the game. The digital version of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games each take up around 9.6-10GB, whereas the Wii U eShop download sails in at a whopping 14GB. Could this disparity in file size be a case of improved textures in the Wii U version? We're not entirely sure, but nonetheless, it looks like Ubisoft may have been taking this port seriously after all.