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According to gaming analyst David Gibson, Ubisoft said in their investor meeting during E3 this week that they would be scaling back their Wii U support. They’re also expecting a price cut for the system.
“Ubisoft at an investor meeting said it has reduced plans for Wii U following soft launch and expects price cuts given sales and weaker yen,” said Gibson via Twitter.
While that may sound bad since Ubisoft is one of the biggest supporters for the system, it just sounds like they aren't going to make any more exclusives like ZombiU and Rayman Legends (which was supposed to be an exclusive). Ubisoft’s VP of sales and marketing Tony Key says that since porting games to the platform weren't expensive, they will continue doing that.
“We did not take a big risk with all those launch titles on Wii U,” said Key to Gamasutra. “[Wii U game] development isn't expensive -- some Wii U games are versions of games for other platforms, like Assassin’s Creed. And we continue to invest in that system.”
“We have just as many titles coming on Wii U this year as we did after launch, because the system isn't as resource-intensive to make games for it. We continue to believe that the Wii U will find its audience. We saw some good games [during Nintendo Direct this week]. We’re confident that the Wii U is a good place for us to do business, and we can make money there.”
Ubisoft’s Wii U lineup this year is nothing to sneeze at. Rayman Legends, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch_Dogs, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Just Dance 2014 are all slated for the platform by year's end, both retail and digitally via the Nintendo eShop.
Sadly a ZombiU 2 may never happen. Too bad, I would have liked to see a zombified Bono.