The Wii U hasn't enjoyed particularly good support from third-party publishers but one company that has stuck with the machine longer than most is Ubisoft. Despite being vilified by some Nintendo fans for taking the early Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends multi-platform and delaying Watch Dogs on the console, the French firm stood by the failing system when its rivals have totally given up.
Has the Wii U's dismal commercial performance impacted Ubisoft's view of Nintendo? Not at all, according to CEO Yves Guillemot. Asked by Game Informer if his company will support NX at launch, he said:
You can expect we'll support Nintendo. Nintendo is one of the best partners in the world.
Guillemot went on to explain how the company's approach to supporting the Wii U evolved over time:
We could see it wasn't selling as fast as expected, so we reorganized around other platforms. With the Wii U, we were able to relaunch Rayman 2D. It was a good thing for the company and the brand and its fans. If you remember, it was supposed to be Wii U exclusive, but we made it multi-platform when we saw it wasn't selling fast enough. The Wii U has done quite well. It's still a Nintendo machine with lots of great franchises, and we've sold lots of copies of Just Dance on it.
Ubisoft has taken a lot of flak from the Nintendo community in recent years but it has at least continued to offer support to the Wii U (and even the original Wii) during difficult times. Do you think Guillemot's insistence that NX will get support is worth taking at face value, or do you believe that the firm could be a little more cautious before announcing any big exclusives for the system? Share your feelings with a comment.