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Ubisoft Strikes Back at Wii U Criticism, Pledges Support

The "U" stands for "Ubisoft"

By Tynan Muddle

Ubisoft have reaffirmed confidence in Nintendo’s latest home console,Wii U, following a very public rant by an EA Sports employee.

Saturday, we reported a story of how Senior Engineer at EA Games, stationed in Cananda, lashed out at Nintendo and the Wii U, calling it “crap” and pointing out how only Nintendo’s own games can possibly make money.

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Root1672d ago

Oh yeah because pushing back Rayman Legends shows great support...

weekev151672d ago

They are a business at the end of the day. A combined install base of 163 million vs 3 million, makes it a clever decision. Bringing watch dogs, ac4 and splinter cell more than makes up for it.

Also the Rayman challenge app is a great apology. Long may their support continue.

Root1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

It's the way they hyped Rayman up though for the Wii U as being that exclusive "spring" hit, I mean I don't own one but I'm not going to be selfish and no see why fans were p***** off....it was a horrible thing to do, so close to the game actually releasing aswell

"Oh sorry we realised we could get more money off other consoles so were pushing it back...even though it's practically done on the Wii U"

It's the way they executed it to be honest

Oh_Yeah1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

Yeah, but they could have released Rayman Legends on Wii U already...its finished, then release it later for ps3/360. Problem is Microsofts policy, which states that they can deny any game if it's released at a later date then an other console. So if anyone is to blame for the delay of Rayman to Wii u its Microsoft. If they continue this along with pay to play multiplayer and lack of exclusives..I can't see how any sensible gamer would support them next gen.

Shnazzyone1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

That rayman challenges app. Yeah you can only get a little time per week to boot it up waiting for new challenges but it's freaking free and definitely showcases how beautiful and fun that game is.

It accomplished it's goal, i'll likely still pick up legends when ubisoft finally releases it.

malokevi1672d ago

Maybe find a hobby, Root?

If you have nothing better to do than look forward to Rayman, and then whine after it comes later then expected, then thats just sad.

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Dj7FairyTail1672d ago

I think Microsoft is to blame.

cee7731672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

Its crazy how Microsoft's policy would even effect next A gen system lol.

Example say certain ps4 and 720 games were then then scaled down for current gen at A later date would Microsoft deny the game on 360?

Mind Blowing isn't it

ijust2good1672d ago

It wont last for long...This time next year, Ubisoft will have second thoughts in there statement of support.

3-4-51672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

It adds 30 new levels because of it.

How is that a bad thing ?

People can wait 2 years but not 2 years and 5 months?

wampdog291671d ago

They wanted to release it on all consoles. Microsoft has a clause within their contracts that says when you release a game multi-platform, the game cannot release on another console before a 360 version. They were kinda out of luck and didn't have a choice...

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Lucreto1672d ago

Ubisoft always supported the Wii so I expect the same with the Wii U.

The Rabbids were a good money maker on the Wii for them.

nirwanda1672d ago

Exactly, EA refused to make game tailored to the wii thinking they could shovel everything from the 360/ps3 and suffered as a consequence

HarryMasonHerpderp1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

Rabbids were rubbish games though, just crappy shovelware.
Still Ubisoft should be commended for showing their support for the WiiU. The system can't seem to catch a break. This E3 will be the deciding factor of whether or not to get one for me personally.

weekev151672d ago

I have to admit Rabbids is a guilty pleasure of mine. I enjoy the games, although the quality seems to get worse with every installment. The first 2 in particular were actually pretty fun party games. Pretty sure Just Dance, whilst being multi-platform, does some ridiculous numbers on the wii so Nintendo has helped Ubisoft become the profitable company they are today. Think about production costs on a game like Just Dance. It will pale into insignificance when compared to big AAA titles like Tomb Raider whixh wasnt profitable. And yet it sells bigger numbers at the same price .

iplay1up21672d ago

Dude what are you talking about? Raving Rabbids games are fun and funny. They are not the best, but far from "shovelware". I guess the Wii U Rabbids game is not so great though, but I have not played it.

Venox20081672d ago

Rabbids go home is amazing single player game, a really good one

1upgamer991671d ago

You think Rabbids go Home is shovelware? I don't it was a very silly LOL funny game. I liked Rabidds Travel in Time, not as much as Go Home, but still enjoyed it.

HarryMasonHerpderp1671d ago

Lots of Rabbids fans coming out of the woodwork here lol. Hey if you guys enjoyed the games then good for you, I'm not gonna argue with that.

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Locksus1672d ago

It's still good to remember that Wii U is doing better than 360 and PS3 did when they were released. Once the games start rolling later on this year, it'll pick up on sales (duh), which results in more devs starting to develop games for the system.
I'll probably buy it later this year.

DEATHxTHExKIDx1672d ago

is it really fair to compare wiiU's launch to 360/PS3 launch's? WiiU is a next gen system so shouldnt it be compared to PS4/720 when they launch.

exfatal1672d ago

which havent launched yet. and to be honest its almost 100% sure its gonna have a higher entry point then the wii u. so i dont think the other two system will be crippling the Wii u in terms of sales. (unless they put in some monthly payment plan.. and even though doubtful)

InTheLab1672d ago

Link please. And please don't link that article that only counted the first 4 months of sale for Xbox/ps3.

zerocrossing1672d ago

Hopefully the Wii U gaining support from such a great dev like Ubisoft will put the detractors back in their place, EA have really only ever put out shovel-ware on the Wii that nobody cared about so it's not like loosing them is a big deal.

That being said, I still think EA have dropped support of the Wii U due to conflicting approaches to online play and other such services.

Locksus1672d ago

I'm not completely sure whether this is true or not, but EA dropped the support because they wanted to get Origin on Wii U, but Nintendo refused the deal, resulting in EA being severely butthurt right now.

It's not like Nintendo's and Wii U's success rely on EA anyway.

zerocrossing1672d ago

That sounds pretty plausible IMO, having Origin on the Wii U would have been a huge deal for EA but I'm not surprised Nintendo refused, I mean EA can't even maintain their own servers and do nothing but infuriate their consumers with needless DRM, DLC and accessible game design (aka ruining their franchises).

MasterCornholio1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

The problem with the origins issue is that its just a conspiracy theory invented by Nintendo fanboys to make it seem that it isn't Nintendo's fault that EA isn't supporting the Wii U.

Honestly everyone latches onto to this theory but when they are asked concrete evidence on the issue they never present any.

Even if the origins theory was true then how would Nintendo fans explain other developers abandoning the Wii U? I guess they will just invent another origins style conspiracy theory and just blame 3rd parties.

Motorola razr i

Locksus1672d ago

@Master
I said I'm not sure whether it's true or not, but knowing EA, it might as well be.
And as for some other devs abandoning the console, I think it's because Wii U's install base is not very big at the moment, so it might not be profitable to develop for it just yet, but once the sales pick up, they've got no reason not to develop for it.

zerocrossing1672d ago (Edited 1672d ago )

@MasterCornholio

There's no reliable evidence that EA have dropped support of the Wii U truly due to it being under powered, if that was the case then why state back at E3 2011 that they are planning to fully support Nintendo's Wii U? they must have known the consoles limits at the time so if they had issue, way back then would have been the best time to mention it.

It's far more likely that they did try to push origin on Nintendo but where refused on the count of it along with DRM get in the way of actually gaming and of course being absolute arse when compared to Valves steam.

As of yet "all" of the specs for the Wii U aren't available to the public, however what we we do know is it has a weaker CPU & GPU but this isn't necessarily a detriment if it makes up for it elsewhere.

SilentNegotiator1672d ago

It's hilarious that people talk as if EA and Nintendo were schoolground playmates and not megacorporations.

EA isn't "pouting" or "being butthurt"; they're making business decisions. I know pretending like they're being irrational makes some people feel better, but Nintendo's home consoles haven't been incredibly fruitful for 99% of third parties in a long, long time.

zerocrossing1672d ago

@SilentNegotiator

It would have helped if those 3rd party devs had actually made something worth buying for the Wii, the devs behind Xenoblade, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Raving Rabids, The Last Story, Pandora's Tower and Project Zero 4, all made high quality, enjoyable titles that gained them high acclaim, if EA wanted make a crapy port for the Wii and moans it didn't sell then who is really to blame?

rainslacker1671d ago (Edited 1671d ago )

This isn't about some slight towards EA by Nintendo because of Origin. This isn't about the console being "underpowered". This is about the fact that EA games haven't performed well on the system.

It's purely a financial decision. They could make their engine work on Wii U because they claim it's scalable. However, from a financial standpoint there is no benefit for them doing so, since they aren't seeing enough returns on investment to continue engine development or making games for the Wii U right now. The reasons for the low sales is a wholly different debate.

Once the Wii U shows appreciable software sales for 3rd party games, have no doubt that EA will be showing Wii U games at their conference, or be up on Nintendo's stage claiming how much they love Nintendo. EA goes where the money is. Always have, and always will.

In the meantime Ubisoft and other 3rd party supporters will likely reap the rewards of less competition on the system, and be in a much better position for the long run when the Wii U finally starts to shine.

wampdog291671d ago (Edited 1671d ago )

I've actually heard from quite a few people within the industry around the time the Wii U was going to be announced that yes, EA and Nintendo were in talks over having Origin as the backbone to Nintendo Network. However, EA would have had too much control. Part of the reason EA was willing to lose money on porting games over to Wii U at first was because they assumed Ninty was going to sign off on the deal. I believe the recent backlash from EA is in fact due to this deal.

If EA couldn't sell games on the system, then they would have just came out and said it. But, no. They completely bash and unprofessionally lay put down after put down on Nintendo and even question their other deals with Google.

rainslacker1671d ago

@wampdog29

There was actually an article where EA was saying how Origin could easily be used on the console systems...of course implying that it would be a good thing. Obviously Nintendo thought otherwise, along with much of the community. Perhaps EA was hoping everyone would be like "Hell YEAH. That'd be awesome. Now I can have all those games I never brought on the PC Origin on my console...Make it happen Nintendo!!!". Obviously this enthusiasm didn't come from the community, and Nintendo did the right thing by telling EA it wasn't for them. In my view it was a pretty underhanded way for EA to get into the console business without offering much to it. I had respect when MS did it with the DC because they actually brought something worthwhile to the table. EA's interest were purely their own.

I have to admit though, I had never thought about that aspect of their financial ambitions before reading your comment. No doubt if Origin were on Wii U, EA would be it's biggest supporter and saying how powerful it is.

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GameCents1672d ago

Ubisoft are real stand up guys.

EA on the other hand are going through an identity crisis right now.

Scumbag EA doesn't want to support Nintendo because they refused to have Origin on the Wii U.

Morally Ambiguous Accountant EA have saved Star Wars from oblivion but may run it into the ground has they have many other IP's

Good Guy EA has done a 180 on the online pass program after realising how douchey it was.

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