Ubisoft is one of a few major publishers — right behind EA — that often incurs the wrath of Nintendo gamers for its sketchy support of the Wii U, in particular. It's partly a result of companies like these making silly promises in the past, some unrealistic expectations from gamers and cruel market realities. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is unsurprisingly keen to emphasize the latter as cause for Ubisoft's current level of support for Nintendo's home console.
In an interview with Game Informer, Guillemot explained why both of the next entries — current-gen and last-gen — in the Assassin's Creed series are skipping Wii U, while reaffirming the fact that Watch Dogs is still coming to the system.
It’s very simple. What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.
What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games. So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in.
[Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U. It will be the only mature game we publish on it.
There's plenty of logic behind these comments, uncomfortable as they may be; the sales contribution of Nintendo systems to Ubisoft's profits are typically below 5% in the case of Wii U, and have only been higher on Wii off the back of Just Dance sales in recent years. Ubisoft doesn't always help its relationship with Nintendo gamers, however, with examples such as skipping Wii U with Tetris Ultimate — it is coming to 3DS — and holding back a finished game for the system.
Is the absence of more mature content on Wii U from Ubisoft a major loss? Let us know what you think.
Thanks to Ryan Millar for the heads up.