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Submitted by wheresmymonkey 835d ago | rumor

Rumour: Multiplayer Cut from the WiiU version of Watch_Dogs

Amazon have changed the preorder bonus on the WiiU from addtional Multiplayer - Singleplayer perks at the request of Ubisoft. Is this a sign that the WiiU version may be having its online features cut. (PC, PS3, PS4, Watch Dogs, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Is this rumor true? Rumor votes 25
-Foxtrot  +   835d ago
If it is then wow...Ubisoft the biggest supporter of the Wii U has now given up. That says something don't you think
wheresmymonkey  +   835d ago
I'd be lying if i said it wasn't a little worrying. But at the same time people often forget that nintendo has basically lived off 1st and 2nd party exclusives for over a decade.

Although every last Nintendo machine has had some marvelous 3rd party games, very few of them have actualyl come from the big three as i like to think of them. ubi, acti and ea have never been a major part of the success of failure of their consoles.

In short Nintendo don't need third party titles for the wiiU to be a success as Nintendos own offerings are usually the best games on their consoles anyway.
-Foxtrot  +   835d ago
The problem is when they first revealed the Wii U it was clear they wanted third party games on their console....over time though it's become pretty clear that this isn't going to happen.

Maybe it was a ploy to get hardcore gamers to buy their next console, maybe they actually thought they could get third party support like Sony/Microsoft or maybe they were completely oblivious to how far tec wise Sony's and Microsoft's next consoles would be.

Anyway I don't think they are trying hard enough, I mean for starters they don't even have a good stable online network which means games like Super Mario World despite being built up around 4 player co-op is local only.
Concertoine  +   835d ago
I dont think the online infrastructure is the issue, look at X and monster hunter, both handle coop great. I think they just needed to get 3d world out the door for the holidays.
GordonKnight  +   835d ago
What gamer would buy a Wii U for online multiplayer games? These type of games aren't needed for the Wii U to sale, but the delay of the Watch Dogs is going to help sell the Wii U.
wheresmymonkey  +   835d ago
They're not needed but it would be great if it finally got a multiplat game that deifnitively showed it was capable of more than current gen systems.
Concertoine  +   835d ago
They were hardly supportive in the first place. Blacklist on wii u is a mess even after a month of patches, AC 3 was a launch title that still didnt get dlc, AC 4 will apparently lack features. It really says somethinh when your biggest 3rd party supporter is this nonchalant.
They made Zombi U which was actually pretty successful with 600,000 sold (especially for a launch title) but it apparently didnt even break even. Where the budget went i dont know, graphics looks pretty bad, long load times, no online and its about 10 hours long.

It would be a shame if watch dogs is gimped, because this is the perfect game for the wii u.
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deafdani  +   835d ago
Zombi U's graphics aren't "pretty bad". They're actually decent on a technical level, and the art direction is great for the type of game it is.

Long load times, true.

No online play = so what? This isn't a multiplayer FPS or anything. This is strictly a single player game, with a small 2 player bonus section thrown in.

About 10 hours long = sure, if you're a pro gamer and have played it already. But for an average gamer, the first playthrough will run anywhere between 20 and 25 hours.

Have you even played the game?
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Concertoine  +   835d ago
I'm not saying the game is bad, it's pretty good. I'm just wondering why over half a million copies sold didn't even break even. Considering the game had none of those features, (whether or not theyd make the game better) i couldn't help but wonder where the money went.
deafdani  +   834d ago
It may be because it started its development as a completely different game altogether (Killer Freaks from Outer Space), then it was totally reworked into a Zombie game. So, I'd assume a lot of funds were wasted because of the change.

Anyway, I agree with you on that. Around 500k copies sold (if you dare to trust VGChartz) doesn't really sound like a bad performance for a B-List game from a completely new IP, especially considering that, to date, Wii U has sold about 4 million units... meaning that roughly one in every 4 Wii U owners have the game.

So, seriously, how many copies was Ubisoft expecting to sell? :/
EXVirtual  +   835d ago
Oh, hell no. Not this again.
If games on the Wii U keep getting gimped, people are going to be less inclined to get one. I hope this rumor isn't true. But after the Arkham Origins fiasco and the fact that a fully online MP game from Ubisoft (the Division) isn't going to the Wii U, I wouldn't be surprised if this was true.
Neonridr  +   835d ago
Before we all jump off the bridge, let's wait until we hear an official word on the subject.

If true though, it would be another blow. You wonder if these developers honestly think of ways that they can ensure their games will sell poorly on the Wii U.
KrisButtar  +   835d ago
It seems to be one of the many blows to Nintendo but the blows always seem to be some sort of online issue when it comes to 3rd party games actually coming to the system. Whether it be DLC or online Multiplayer. Nintendo is a Hardware company and they need to show off what their hardware can do for online multiplayer.
wheresmymonkey  +   835d ago
agreed. I have a feeling that whatever monolith are working on may be the thing to do that.

But its not like the machine is incapble of doing online perfectly well, DQX has been on the console since its launch in japan and has managed to avoid most of the pitfalls most other mmos seem to stumble into.

maybe they just don't think its worth the investment.
KrisButtar  +   835d ago
But wouldn't most of the work already be done as you were suppose to seamlessly move from single to multiplayer in this game. Even in an Interview they explained that the was a story mode mission involving the multiplayer mode. Wouldn't multiplayer already have to be coded for that single player mission to work. It like they were built together, seems so odd to have the feature seem like it was more turned off than removed or even added
phantomexe  +   835d ago
My money is on this being fake.
Shok  +   835d ago
The game got delayed. There's no excuse as to why this version wouldn't have online.

I'm gonna call fake on this one.
Neonridr  +   835d ago
If you go to Amazon's US website the preorder special is as follows:

Amazon Exclusive Pre-order Bonus Offer
Pre-order Watch Dogs for Xbox360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, or WiiU and receive the Signature Shot Pack, which includes an exclusive single player mission, that once completed, unlocks both a unique Biometric Assault Rifle and the Black Viceroy’s Outfit. The code will be emailed within two days after your order ships. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Limit one per household. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. Offer will be extended to all existing pre-orders.

So could it be that ALL versions have been changed, and that there is no MP preorder bonus, instead it being a Single Player bonus now?
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wheresmymonkey  +   835d ago
could be. just seems weird they'd get rid of it. could have been a balancing issue maybe. As i said. i hope i'm wrong.
Nevers0ft  +   835d ago
Fingers crossed the rumour is just that - a rumour. The way I see it, the online stuff is pretty integral to Watch_Dogs, more so than most games due to the hacking of other peoples games etc. Removing online isn't just gimping it, it's gutting it.

When Ubi announced the delay I cancelled my pre-order and ordered Mario 3D World but still intended on picking this up next year. That's a lot less assured if they start pulling features from the Wii U version.
Yep  +   835d ago
Better not be true.
sigfredod  +   835d ago
I hope is not true, this is not the kind of anouncement that the WiiU needs
HardcoreDaBoss  +   835d ago
If this is true then that is one less buy and sale for ubisoft. I refuse to play half assd ports from 3rd party. and people still wonder why nintendo gamers dont buy 3rd party games
Thepcz  +   835d ago
the wiiu version is completely FUBAR
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TripC50  +   835d ago
If this is true, I'll only buy it if its 20 bucks less.
Chrischi1988  +   835d ago
OK, so no sales of watch dogs on Wii U then. They better not complain afterwards.

But actually, I think its a rumor and stays one. MP of Batman arkham origins isnt the central part of the game, unlike in Watch Dogs or CoD. Imagine getting CoD on Wii U, but no multiplayer options.
jmc8888  +   835d ago
Ubisoft multiplayer is always glitchy.

Even their best multiplayer games of the past generation, GRAW 1, 2, Vegas 1, 2...all had significant glitches...but passable.

AC games on PC? Good luck connecting.

Far Cry 2? yep.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist on Wii U had problems as well.

It totally wouldn't surprise me that they are having multiplayer problems with Watch Dogs....they almost always do regardless of platform.

But they also have another few months to fix it with the game delayed until next year. (march I think?)

You'd think a game like this might break the multiplayer trend, but it would be a tough sledding, I NEVER saw more than 3,000 people on CoD, and while it might reach 5-7k for Ghosts, that's a well known franchise that literally half the modes you could barely ever play and I really don't see Watch Dogs doing anything but drawing in less then 1,000 at a time basically rendering multiplayer very much hit and miss.
Ac7iVe  +   835d ago
Why do I bother buying all these ubi games for my Wii u....
gpturbo81  +   835d ago
i have 4 or 5 ubisoft games for wii u. yes i support them even through all this bullshit, but if this is true, im fucking done. DONE!
multiplayer being cut isnt the end of the world, its just the point. i might as well have bought a crutch with the previous ubi titles.
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HavokPants  +   835d ago
Ac7iVe  +   835d ago
Lol I'm glad I came back to check , now I'm ok, Ubisoft ur my friend again
for we are many  +   835d ago
I wouldn't mind if it's 10$ cheaper, given games of this kind excel in single player campaign and have poor, rudimentary multiplayer component(e.g GTA, AC, Batman).
for we are many  +   835d ago
I just checked HavokPants' link and yeah, multiplayer pack has been cancelled by Ubisoft for ALL CONSOLES and preorders. But it's fun and trendy to report this as a Wii U ONLY PROBLEM!

To be honest, I wished they cancelled Wii U's multiplayer and made that edition 10$ cheaper (A' la Batman Origins).
DoggyBiscuit  +   834d ago
If Ubi actually cut the online multiplayer I'm just gonna go get the ps4 version
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Klad  +   834d ago
its been cut from all console versions
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