Ubisoft is probably the biggest third party publisher that has backed Nintendo’s Wii U console, supporting it with games like ZombiU, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Watch Dogs. However Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has spoken to GameInformer about the company deciding to scale back on supplying games for the console, which explains why Assassin’s Creed: Rogue will not be launching on the Wii U.
“What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers. What we see is that they 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.
Watch Dogs is coming to Wii U. It will be the only mature game we publish on it.”
According to Ubisoft’s figures only 3% of its total sales figures came from the Wii U, while the Xbox 360 and PS3 accounted for 27% & 25% respectively. The PS4 and Xbox One also beat the Wii U by making up 9% and 6% of sales during the 2013/2014 financial year. While the Wii U will be getting less now it won’t be too long before Ubisoft moves away from the PS3 and Xbox 360 either.
“What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we’ll move to the new hardware. After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems.”
So we may get another Assassin’s Creed after Rogue on PS3 and 360 but then 2016 may see no major Ubisoft titles on either of those consoles. That’s not so surprising as the install base for the new generation climbs steadily.
Source: Game Informer