In a recent interview with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot discussed Ubisoft‘s relationship with Nintendo and their unimpressive sales figures thus far with Assassin’s Creed on the Wii U. When it was announced that two new Assassin’s Creed titles would be hitting consoles before the year’s end, Nintendo fans assumed the worst, and unfortunately they’re correct — Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed Rogue will both be skipping the Wii U entirely.
When asked why, Guillemot stated “It’s very simple… What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.” In fact, during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, the Wii U only accounted for 3% of Ubisoft‘s sales overall, while the Wii managed 11% due to strong sales of the Just Dance series. For the sake of comparison, the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 accounted for 6% and 9% respectively, and the consoles were only available for less than 6 months at that time. The Wii U isn’t the worst offender for Ubisoft though, as the Playstation Vita only accounted for 1% of their overall sales, just above the 3DS, which sits at zero.
You may have asked yourself why Ubisoft would consider developing Rogue for last-gen consoles instead of current-gen, like Unity, but the answer to that question is also very simple, as the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 combined for a massive 52% of their overall software sales.
This is definitely bad news for Wii U owners, as Rogue supposedly ties in to characters from Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, both of which appeared on the Wii U. In the recent issue of Game Informer, it’s confirmed that the end of Rogue ties in to Unity as well, so if you’re an Assassin’s Creed fan that only has the Wii U, you’ll need to get your fix elsewhere when both games release for the competitor’s consoles later this year.
Guillemot did, however, confirm that Watch Dogs will still be heading to the Wii U, but that it’ll be the “only mature game we publish on it.” With the hype surrounding the Chicago hack-a-thon dying down as the game released to mixed reviews, is that really a win for Wii U fans? At least Ubisoft is delivering on a promise to bring the game to the console to begin with, but they already seem confident the game will draw very little sales. I’m not sure what they expected after the debacle that was the Watch Dogs launch, especially given its reception among gamers, but hey, at least it’s still on the way.
You can check out the full interview right here, where Yves Guillemot speaks with Game Informer about a few other topics, like Early Access, the third-party exclusivity of Rise of the Tomb Raider, and more.
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