With the Wii U’s continually lacklustre sales figures, it was bound to happen eventually that major publishers would take a step back from the platform. EA has long cut ties with the system, but we’ve recently seen Ubisoft say that Watch Dogs would be their last “mature” title for the system and now Activision have confirmed to Eurogamer that Call of Duty: Advance Warfare will not be making an appearance on the Wii U.
Although Black Ops 2 and Ghosts both made their way across, it would seem that neither did enough to warrant Activision spending the time for Advanced Warfare. That game is already seeing split development between Sledgehammer working on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions, and then High Moon Studios bringing that work back to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as reported by Game Informer.
Speaking to Eurogamer Italy, Activision’s Eric Hirshberg said:
All I can say is we analyse each game and the platforms we think are appropriate for each game each time. It’s a judgement call each time. This is the judgement we made.
We want to make sure we’re bringing the games to the platforms where the audiences for our games live. Nintendo’s a great partner. They’ve continued to be a great partner and we’re going to continue to support them with the IP it makes sense with.
So in the same way that Ubisoft will continue to bring Just Dance titles to the Wii U, Activision will continue to bring those franchises of their that will sell on the system across. You can expect to see Skylanders titles on the system for the foreseeable future, for example.
Of course, what this really does is heap further pressure on Nintendo’s shoulders. Their first party titles will always do well and are probably the biggest draw to the system, but they’ve also done quite well to broaden their catalogue with the help of third parties, such as Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2.