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Ubisoft has decided to close the door on the Wii U when concerning mature rated games as many of those titles have struggled sell.
Watch Dogs will be Ubisoft’s final mature Wii U game, according to company boss Yves Guillemot. Ubisoft has yet to announce a release date for hacking game, even after it arrived months on other platforms.
Ubisoft has been a strong supporter of the Wii U since launch in November 2012 and knowing that they’ll be cutting out any future mature titles from the Wii U means less support and less selection to choose from. It’s not as if Ubisoft hasn’t tried to provide their franchise to Wii U as they’ve released Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and the exclusive ZombiU.
On top of that, they’ve also released a number of family-friendly titles like four iterations of its Just Dance, Rabbids Land, Your Shape, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth and Rayman Legends.
But Wii U software sales only accounted for three percent of Ubisoft’s total for the last financial year – down from four per cent the year before.
Guillermot explained Game Informer:
“[Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U… It will be the only mature game we publish on it. What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.
“[Nintendo fans] 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.”
Gaming After Hours perspective:
I realize that many will call foul and call for Ubisoft’s head for betrayal but understand that all development cost money and if a title for a specific platform doesn’t justify the cost it take to develop a game. It doesn’t make sense to keep releasing titles that have a very low percentage of people who will purchase them.
But don’t despair too much, Ubisoft will still support the Wii U, just not when it comes to mature rated games. This also does not mean that we’ll never see a mature rated game for Wii U in the future. Once the install-base becomes bigger, it’s possible Ubisoft will reconsider releasing more mature titles.
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