Wii U Watch Dogs launching late

Ubisoft sets May 27 release date on all platforms except Nintendo's newest console

The Wii U has had difficulty finding supporters among the ranks of third-party publishers, and one of its few allies on that front may be weakening in its resolve. Ubisoft today announced a May 27 release date for its long-awaited Watch Dogs on all platforms except Nintendo's. According to the publisher, the Wii U version "will release at a later date," with no explanation given for the delay.

Ubisoft was one of the Wii U's earliest supporters and the only third-party publisher to have an original intellectual property ready for the system's launch in ZombiU. And while the publisher hasn't abandoned the system entirely, its support has softened. Rayman Legends, originally an exclusive Wii U title, was delayed for the better part of a year so that it could launch alongside other versions of the game.

Ubisoft isn't the only early Wii U supporter to lose its enthusiasm for the system. When the Wii U was announced at E3 2011, Electronic Arts took the stage at Nintendo's media briefing to pledge its support. However, EA only managed to release four ports of previously available titles before confirming that it had stopped development on the console roughly six months after its launch.

An Ubisoft representative had not returned a request for comment as of press time.

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Richard stewart2 years ago
im sure this will make this version sell better
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
Although the Wii U version should have been the best version because of the tablet controller I have a feeling that this delay won't matter much sales wise. Most people were probably more interested in the other systems versions anyway. However, Nintendo should be glad that Ubisoft didn't outright cancel the game for the Wii U because thats where all the rumors were pointing to.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
I think the same Paul, although I don't have a Wii-U but you know how it is with a lot of gamers nowadays. For your "averge Joe" withing hardcore audiences it's all about the graphics.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 2 years ago
Considering the PR nightmare occuring in certain places (whether well-founded or not), I think potentially lost sales on the WiiU are the least of Ubi's worries right now.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 7th March 2014 9:30am

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Sasha Yelesin Student 2 years ago
Hey, at least they can't complain it was competing with Mario Kart.

Ubi would be wise to show off Gamepad features and graphic comparisons before the launch of the other consoles. Give Wii U owners a reason to wait or else they might buy a copy on another console. Assassins Creed 4 was looked and played fantastic on the Wii U, hopefully Watch Dogs will too. But how much extra time could it take if the port is being done by another studio?
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Mohammed Alsadoon Staff Writer, Gaming Bus2 years ago
Ubisoft better bundle in the day one DLC and post release content in the WiiU version for it to be worth anything to buyers who might have to get the game in 2015.
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John Arnold Video Production 2 years ago
It's fortunate Ubisoft is continuing most of their plans for the Wii U; even though it's selling very slowly behind the PlayStation 4. It gives me no pleasure to say this, but the Wii U is a big let down and a failure on Nintendo's part. Nintendo has simply lost the adrenaline to compete that they used to have and neither have they tried hard enough to engage with the third parties. I can't believe Nintendo is unable to understand the growth of the current social markets in a country that has possibly the most advanced technology and economy in the world. If NoA and NoE were better managed and directed by NoJ commercially: people would actually be talking about the Wii U and comparing it to the other consoles.

Right now the Wii U is playing the background character of the games industry. Nintendo's decision to "Stay away from competitors" and not host an E3 conference in 2013 was possibly the most disappointing business decision, I've ever seen. They could be instead reaching out to the brand new audiences who have probably forgotten about Nintendo. Nintendo should take heed with where the consumers are heading rather than assuming that expensive innovations are the necessary proportions for succession.
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