Jul 8, 2013

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EA and Ubisoft comment on Wii U

EA and Ubisoft comment on Wii U

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With the sales of the Wii U in a not so good position, publishers and consumers alike aren’t that interested in the system. It’s an unfortunate cycle of no one wanting to make games for the system because there’s not a large install base, but the install base won’t get larger unless there are games for the system. Two of the largest publishers in the world, Ubisoft and EA, recently chimed in on their thoughts on the status of the Wii U. Ubisoft, in particular, was a large supporter for the system at launch, even having a Wii U exclusive, ZombiU. According to My Nintendo News, “Yves Guillemot, Chairman and CEO of Ubisoft, has revealed that… ZombiU wasn’t profitable for the company.” He later on said that that was in fact the reason why Rayman Origins, a former Wii U exclusive, will be going multi-platform. The low sales of ZombiU has also caused Ubisoft to not even consider a sequel to the game.

EA also had some words to say about the Wii U’s current situation. Chief Operating Officer, Peter Moore, believes that the Wii U is an “offline experience.” EA says that at launch they had 4 games on the Wii U, but currently have no titles in development due to the online nature of the system. EA is a very online-focused company with games mostly built to be online. Until there is a larger install base so that there are actually people playing their games online, then EA will not develop any titles for the system.

But with games like Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, and Super Mario 3D World coming to the Wii U later this year and 2014 shaping up to be a good year for the console, could we see that install base grow to a standard that publishers like EA or Ubisoft will want to make games and exclusives for it? Or is the Wii U better off being a system full of first party games and a haven for indie developers? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[Source: My Nintendo News]