Last month there’s was word from Emily Rogers, a trusted source for Nintendo insider news, that Ubisoft was about to drop Wii U support over poor sales. While shocking, the news seemed plausible as they previously reduced support for the underperforming console by ceasing Wii U-exclusives. Wii U game sales were also disappointing for Ubisoft, as evidence by this Q1 2013/2014 chart provided by Kotaku. What was supposedly the final push for Ubisoft was Wii U sales for “Splinter Cell: Blacklist,” which only accounted for 2 percent.
However, when asked by Eskimo Press about the rumor, Ubisoft issued this statement.
Ubisoft has a long-standing relationship with Nintendo. Most recently this has been reinforced by our varied and high-quality line-up for Wii U, with big titles including Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Just Dance 2014, Rayman Legends, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist already released and Watch Dogs on the way.
Even though Ubisoft said their relationship with Nintendo remains unchanged, there’s still skepticism surrounding their Wii U support as:
- Ubisoft’s E3 2013 presenter, Aisha Tyler, said the reason why there was no new Wii U games from the publisher is because the system is seen as an “abandoned platform”
- “Watch_Dogs” and “Child of Light” are the few Ubisoft titles Wii U owners can look forward to in 2014, with the former only making the list due to its recent delay
- The Wii U version of “Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag” won’t receive DLC support
Hopefully for Wii U owners, Ubisoft will continue to support the system next year. For now, it’s safe to say the Wii U won’t receive as many titles from Ubisoft in comparison to other platforms.