GGG writes that while its nice that Ubisoft wants to give Wii U owners a chance to play Watch Dogs rather than cancelling it, that they're sabotaging the Wii U versions's chance at success with a Fall 2014 release.
Honestly, with Mario Kart 8 releasing three days after Watch_Dogs, the majority of Nintendo fans would have passed on the game to get MK8 either way.
Ubisoft are just setting themselves up for failure again. They pick really bad days to release games. Rayman Legends was delayed to around the same time as Zelda and GTAV. No one was going to buy that game no matter what they did at that point. Only the Wii U version has competition to deal with now. The others are on easy street.
Maybe it's a clever way from them to drop support of the Wii U...this way they can turn around and go "Well we did try, we supported it more then everyone else". They most likely want to drop support but don't want to burn any bridges in the process
I don't see why they would bother. No one else bothered to try and tread lightly. This all just seems like a waste of money and poor management which isn't all that uncommon with Ubisoft. Their mishandling of Rayman is pretty telling at how good they are at marketing games.
Ubi will complain about low sales and never question if the delay had anything to do with it
Yup. It's almost like it's happened before. :/
Maybe it's just taking longer to develop cool GamePad features. One can only hope, I guess.
I don't think so! Most likely the gamepad features were going to be a combination of what was done in Assassin's Creed, ZombiU and Splinter Cell. What hurts the WiiU version is that Ubisoft has come out and said that they completely pulled the developers working on the WiiU version, to help finish up the other systems.
well thats what they said
I agree that it would be a mistake releasing it against MK8, but watch them do something even more stupid by releasing it around the time of SmashBros instead. To be honest, the WiiU version sounds like it may not come out until next year! Ubisoft doesn't seem like It's a high priority for them to finish the game on the WiiU. This is not raging on Ubisoft as they have been one of the biggest supporters of the WiiU. I blame Nintendo for this as well, they need to develop better marketing partnerships with western 3rd party developers. Especially when Ubisoft has given great versions of their best franchises to the system.
Why would Ubi need to use poor Watchdog sales "as an excuse" to get out of supporting the Wii u? There are already plenty of examples of 3rd party sales failures on the wii u to date- including Ubi and non Ubi titles The article even said at the beginning 3rd party sales on the Wii U are bad- Is Ubisoft supposed to be contributing to the Nintendo welfare fund? I have a Wii U and only a Wii U (re home consoles) I am pleasantly surprised that Ubi has been so generous with its support as long as they have considering the horrible sales on the Wii U look at most any 3rd party sales comparison- even Lego titles are selling better on the XB1 and PS4 AC4- sold better on the XB1 and PS4 even though they had/have fewer consoles in the wild- Rainman- a game made for the Wii U has sold more on the PS3 and nearly as much on the XB360 Most 3rrd parties don t do anything for the Wii U but Ubisft does nearly as much on the Wii u as Nintendo does and people complain- I don t get it? Even Nintendo chose to put the interest of the 3ds ahead of the Wii U-
Every time someone starts bitching about 3th party games don't sell on wii u they love to forget that ALL of those games were gimped one way or another on Wii u except rayman legends Fun fact. Rayman sold more on Wii u despite the smaller installbase because it was the same game no content cut and even exclusive gamepad features http://www.computerandvideo...
Except it did not sell more on the Wii U- it sold more on the PS3 Ubisoft came out much better going multiplat on Legends- Not ALL the 3rd party games are gimped- many are not- That is just another excuse- look at my post above re the Lego games What is the excuse there? and for AC4- The XB1 and PS4 both launched after AC4 was released, had far less install base and sold multiples more than the Wii U There is no getting around it- there is a reason that virtually ALL 3rd party devs are wary of the Wii U
Your comment about Rayman stands out because it's a flawed analysis. PS3 had a larger userbase and they were absolutely STARVED for a great new platformer like Legends. When the game finally came out for PS3, guess what came out on Wii U not long afterwards? Mario 3D World. The fact that most people switched over to purchasing Mario instead of Rayman is the ONLY reason why the PS3 version ever got more. And even then, the amount over it was TINY. Rayman sold BEST on Wii U even though the system had a smaller install base. The attach rate for the game on Wii U was way better. Also, many of those "non-Ubisoft examples of third party flops" that you're talking about? THEY MADE MANY OF THE SAME MISTAKES UBISOFT HAS, AND MORE! Missing modes, no DLC, even longer delays, even a case by EA of Mass Effect 3 releasing solo on the Wii U at the same time as THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION TRILOGY on other consoles. Third parties on the Wii U have not been doing their games right, as a majority rule. Nintendo's guilty of not doing enough advertising and for giving out bad SKU's during the beginning of the Wii U's lifetime which complicated development at first, but they are NOT responsible for the sheer lack of development effort put forth by third parties now. INDIES are outdoing these AAA developers in the quality of their Wii U efforts. That speaks volumes, and none of them are a good read for many AAA third party devs.
I agree that there are some 3rd party games that were not complete, priced too high - that just were not competitive w the versions they put out on other systems- no doubt and those did not deserve to sell well and I am glad they did not- but that does not account for all 3rd party efforts and poor sales on the Wii U Nintendo needs to come together w some of the better 3rd parties and defend the Wii U, ensure it has some good content in between 1st and 2nd party releases- I own a Wi U and only a Wii u (re home consols) and I want it to do well long term over its life span- same w Nintendo
Thank you you said everything i didn't want to type
I'd still be surprised if this game actually comes out on Wii U.
I agree, I think they are doing it on purpose to complain about the low sales afterwards! I mean come on that is such a big delay, I would have played watch dogs on my ps4 or over someone's house by then and then I would to busy with newer games at that point
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