Latest Assassin's Creed Announcement Continues Doubts Over Wii U Inclusion
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Time will tell with second AC title due this year
Ubisoft, though not universally loved by Nintendo fans due to the delay and multi-platform release of Rayman Legends, among other reasons, has offered the most consistent third-party retail support of the Wii U. As recent figures indicate, however, that support has been rewarded with dreadfully low sales on the platform, with the limited userbase no doubt playing a part in Wii U contributing just 2% of Ubisoft's game sales in Q3 of this financial year.
It seems that the company's support, at least in some brands, is continuing to fade. Ubisoft has now confirmed Assassin's Creed: Unity, its "full vision for a next-gen only AC", set in Paris and coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC. As you may have read in rumours bouncing around the web, this looks set to be one of two Assassin's Creed games coming this Fall, with Kotaku reporting that another title is in the works for Xbox 360, PS3 and, again, PC; worryingly, the source — which correctly provided early screens of Unity — has said nothing of a Wii U version. If Wii U misses out it'd continue a steady decline in Ubisoft's support for the franchise on Nintendo hardware: Assassin's Creed III was a full release with DLC, while Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag arrived but without DLC. If you go further back, meanwhile, there were once plans for an AC game on 3DS that were dropped.
It's an issue with multiple issues and angles, as we've tackled in the past — if multi-platform ports on Wii U are notably inferior or lacking content gamers won't buy them; if gamers don't buy them, publishers are more inclined to walk. The issue for Nintendo's home console is ultimately poor hardware sales, which are exacerbated in part by limited third-party support. It's headache inducing, but Nintendo will still back itself — with huge upcoming releases such as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. — to boost hardware numbers; if more Wii U systems are out in the wild, third-parties may be more inclined to step back in.
At present the future of Assassin's Creed on Wii U is certainly a concern, though we suspect there's little doubt that the Just Dance series will continue on Nintendo hardware. Would you be disappointed if both Assassin's Creed games this year skip Wii U, or would you even be surprised? Sound off and let us know what you think below.