EA has already stated loud and clear how it feels about the Wii U and that it has no games in development for the system. However, a different publisher has stepped out of the shadows to dispute this and make it known it still believes in Nintendo.
Ubisoft has stated through a spokesman to GamesIndustry International that the company is still confident the Wii U will continue to attract gamers.
“As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base. Ubisoft has a varied and high-quality line-up for Wii U, with more big titles on the way including Rayman Legends, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag and Splinter Cell Blacklist. We’re confident that this will help in continuing to attract gamers to the Wii U system and that Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the Wii U is successful in the market.”
What do you think? It certainly doesn’t sound as personal as “The Wii U is crap,” as senior software engineer at EA Canada Bob Summerwill said on Twitter over the weekend.
It is true that Ubisoft has taken a much more solid and reassuring approach towards Nintendo than some of its competitors. It might have pulled its exclusivity from Rayman Legends, but it tried its best to make bygones by supplying Wii U owners with exclusive demos and time trials leading up to the release.
Ubisoft also still has a solid line-up of software for the machine due later this year, including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch_Dogs, which are both bound for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 360’s successor.
Right now, Ubisoft has the most room to talk of any publisher out there considering it was one of the few major publishers to post impressive earnings after a rocky 2012 mauled the video game industry. I’ll trust what it has to say for the time being.
Here’s hoping Ubisoft is right and Nintendo can really turn this thing around. It always has been able to in the past, and history tells me this time will be no different.