Ubisoft Is 'All-in' On The Wii U

Ubisoft tends to go full throttle towards every new console launch, and the Wii U is no exception. In an interview with Venture Beat, Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft discussed how the company feels about Nintendo's new piece of kit, and just how invested Ubisoft is in the Wii U.

"You can see by the amount of exclusive titles that we’re very excited about the machine," he said.

"We think that this machine is ushering in a year of second-screen gaming. How the market will react to that and what kind of innovation that will bring obviously remains to be seen. Our position is, we believe in it. We’ve got all these titles we’ve been working on. We’ve had a lot of experience working on and playing games with the second-screen experience. We think it’s an innovation that’s going to have a big impact on the industry."

According to Key, Ubisoft expects the Wii U to be successful, and expects Ubisoft to be in the best possible position post launch.

"When Wii U becomes a hot machine, Ubisoft is going to be well-positioned," he explained. "We have Rayman Legends in Q1, and we haven’t announced any other games beyond that, but… All we can say is that we’re all in on the machine. We believe in it."


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    Nintendo needs to join Sega in retirement. Their consoles are falling way behind the standard and it seems they dont have the edge on innovation anymore.

      Oh be quiet troll.

        I don't think his trolling. It's his opinion and one quite shared among gamers who want something new. Microsoft and Sony both have their own flaws but they at least release relevant console hardware and try to innovate even if they're unsuccessful.

        The best Nintendo has done in recently times was the DS. Two screens worked and was great but the Wii, Wii U and 3DS are/were way to gimmicky. Popularity doesn't change that. Call of duty is also popular and it has become garbage without a drop of innovation. I hope Nintendo can change because it's unacceptable to only be good at family friendly games. Sony can do more then one genre Microsoft are the same. Nintendo needs to step up and embrace change or they will decline in relevance.

          I don't really think the 360 or ps3 had any real innovative features. They play games exactly the same as the last generation, but with better graphics.

          You say Sony and Microsoft just increasing hardware specs (hasn't done anything really new which PC(Steam) or the generation before hadn't already done) is innovative, yet the 3DS (which was really just an increase in hardware specs with 3D), is gimmicky?

          Doesn't quite make sense to me, but okay!

          Maybe this all just explains why i'm quite content with just a PC. I admit I haven't touched my Wii since skyward sword.

          You and him are idiots so I will not listen to your opinions.

      Yeah selling the most consoles and making the most profit is Nintendo's way of falling behind (/sarcasm) Maybe do some research before you post a comment so you dont look like a fool again.

    Well original xbox introduced live and 360 made it better. Ps3 standarised Blu-ray. Both consoles continued the advancement of online multiplayer. Great new IP's from Sony like Uncharted. The graphics, sound, resoultion, multiplayer is all significantly improved from the prior gen. Meanwhile Nintendo has ignored multiplayer and social interaction with their consoles.

    The Wii U is pretty much what the PS3 and Xbox 360 were bar with an expensive gimmick controller. The problem for the Wii U is it's around 2 years to late. Had it come out in 2010 it may of been able to have a little under half a decade of third party support and relevance. Whats happening instead is one-2 years of third party support until the real 8th gen consoles show up (most likely next year).

    This isn't to say this gen has been flawless far from it game development has gone down inquality in my opinion. Partially because strong developers like Nintendo have refused to step up and adapt. Skyward Sword is an example of a great game negatively affected by old console hardware and the worst thing to happen to gaming motion controls. The Wii U may end up being a solid console just like the Xbox 360 and PS3 were but they consoles are old I don't want a new console thats slightly better then consoles released 6-7 years ago.

    I want as do many others the next gen games for better graphics, lighting, textures, enemy AI and new IP's.

      Ok now you're just trolling. Well either that or an ill-informed 12 year old.

        Probably a combination of both. Either way writing off the Wii U is his loss, not ours.

          Yes because the ill-informed 12 year old is the one who argues his position and gives reasons for it and doesn't accuse others of trolling. Hang on that's the wrong way round, the 12 year old is guy that is a blindly devoted fanboy that can never explain just what it is that makes him a fan.

          My loss would be to spend money on gimmicky technology thats only slighty better then 6 year old technology. It's common for a fanboy to think somebody is trolling when they present a reasoned arguement on something they dissagree with. Perhaps you're the one who is ill-informed and to just so you know N64 was and still is my favourite console Nintendo were great once but things change ask sega, square enix.

            You call that an argument?its Just a bunch of misinformed statements

            Yeah you aren' trolling, you are an idiot who doesn't know what they are talking about.. that's cool, but keep it to yourself unless you are educated.

    Well xbox introduced a more integrated form of internet gaming, and ps3 introduced bluray. Thats great. Nintendo introduced Analog sticks, rumble, motion control, touch screen control and have been around the console market for longer then either competitor. Yeah they havent innovated at all (rolls eyes) Oh and the games? Please just because they dont appeal to you doesnt mean they dont appeal to others, look at the amount of games they sell, they simply fill a need, maybe you just dont understand good business.

    "The Wii U is pretty much what the PS3 and Xbox 360 were bar with an expensive gimmick controller. "
    So the ps3 or 360 can do 1080p for all games AND power a separate 480p screen simultaneously
    (1560p effectively)? i dont think so. Sorry wrong again. The gamepad adds something new. Oh and people use gimmick like they know what they're talking about - remember motion controls being a gimmick when the Wii launched? now everyone has it.

    "The problem for the Wii U is it's around 2 years to late"
    Why? the Wii U still sold more units then both 360 and ps3 and had a massive profit to boot (unlike either competitor). Why is it late? If anything the 360 and ps3 are already old news and need replacement but you have stick by there stupid 10 year lifecycles and 7 or so year old tech but yeah lets forget that (/sarcasm). Wii U is timed perfectly actually, has alot of launch titles ready, and no competitors launching at the same time.

      As I said clearly I loved old Nintendo and they did innovate the N64 was fantastic and still is. So far you have mainly mention their old innovations and successes like the N64 and the DS. I recognize Nintendos past achievements but that doesn't mean they get a free pass to cut corners and not change with the times.

      Nintendo of the past often did start solid ideas but rarely did they release unbeatable feature. Analogs sticks began with Nintendo but were signifantly better when Sony and Microsoft adopted them. Nintendo may be an ideas giant but it's not so good on implementation of said ideas. I have a wide taste in games from indie, fps, rpg, puzzle, plaformer to jsut about anything that is interesting and fun. Nintendo just reash the same games though with only the occasional new idea (Mario Galaxy). Just about anything appeals to others I'm sure some people Loved Mindjack, Dead Island and Fable 3 does not make them good games though.

      I never said anything about possessing good buisness knowledge if anything that is the problem with Nintendo much like TV/Movies Transformers sells well but it's garbage. The Wii tapped into a ignored casual/mom market. Wii fitness showed how big that market was and the Wii was a great financial that doesn't make it a good gaming console.

      I highly doubt the Wii will run games at 1080p with 60fps and if it does great it's meeting the bare minimum to compete with the next gen consoles and maybe get a year of third party support. The gamepad adds yet another thing between the gamer and the game not removes like they suggest. Many of it's functions are just silly like the tv sharing idea they push in the adds. If they end up having 2 Wii U gamepad supported games that work without signifant framerate drops that will be another good sign but I doubt it will happen for a while.

      Again with this Wii was a financial line, just because it was popular doesn't mean it wasn't a gimimickly console. Call of Duty is more popular then plenty of brilliant games doesn't mean it's an amazing game just a game that caters to casuals and those that dislike change and innovation. Large scale popularity doesn't always equate quality. The Wii U has an average launch lineup which has been pointed out multiple times since E3. Pikman 3 being the only amazing title with a few interesting titles like Zombie U, NSMB U. I would agree that launching later then now would be worse but launching earlier would of been even better.

        So xboxs and playstations innovations cut it but Nintendos new ones dont? your just picking and choosing now. I think all companies have come up with innovations (Nintendo more then others), and i would be stupid to label anything a 'gimmick' if this innovation takes off. That's the problem, people here love to slap 'gimmick' labels on things thinking they know whats best for everyone. Guess what you dont. The market decides. That's how that [email protected]!t works. To bad some people cant accept it.

        Nice you noticed that Nintendo introduced analog sticks then go on to give all the credit to sony and microsoft - how gracious of you. Yeah they made it better (rolls eyes) what a load of fanboy [email protected]

        Good you have a wide taste, but Nintendo caters to the demographic they have been serving for longer then sony and microsoft has been in the business, yet according to you they have to change because you say so, and forget the success their types of games always generate? Yep thats a smart move. You know what, because they have a limited type of game (family oriented) third parties if they wish don't have to compete with Nintendo for those particular genres opening up opportunities for those third parties.
        As for rehashes? that's a joke right because sony and microsoft dont rehash games ( yeah right 2 consoles and 4+ halo games how many sony sequels as well) but Nintendo is the only guilty of this? I don't think so. Also sony and microsoft are the ONLY ones who rehash games and innovate/make new ideas (sorry i broke my sarcasm meter) Am i supposed to take you seriously?

        As they say 'One mans trash is another mans treasure', problem is you think your opinion is better then others and think that the only types of games that count are the ones you decide, and sorry for those that enjoy wiifit or games of the like but there opinion or enjoyment of such games don't count? How does that sound to you? Sure your not full of yourself?

        You highly doubt the Wii U will do 1080p at 60 fps? Well maybe if you did some actual research you could make an informed comment -
        a quote on one game confirmed at 1080p 60fps COD BO2
        "Activision says that the Wii U version is capable of running at 60fps in 1080p, even while playing online. That may not be the case when you’re playing on the TV and also streaming to the GamePad, but at least it’ll run at 60fps most of the time"

        Also ZombiU, Assassins creed 3, Batman Arkham City AA, Monster Hunter Tri, Transformers Prime are 1080p 60fps at launch.
        - that's most of the launch line up the best is yet to come. I'm not gonna link search google yourself.

        Also you think that developers will just abandon the Wii U because newer consoles are released? WTF? Like i said do you have any business sense? Third party developers will make games for consoles that make them a profit. Its that simple. If the Wii U makes them a profit then that's all that matters, not some BS loyalty to sony or microsoft (maybe bought loyalty though but we all know sony has 'no cash' and microsoft just became profitable...)

        As for gamepad features, I'll give it time to mature and hopefully developers come up with exciting and new ways to use it, for now its still early but IMO very promising.

        Finally, Average launch line up? compare it with any other and its damn well near the best. Also it sports Third party games that have never graced a Nintendo home console, so yeah its more then average. In terms of support its very solid.

        Nice try but you didn't really think your comment through, nor did you do your research. Next time do some before you post it will save you wasting your time on hollow arguments.

        Last edited 08/11/12 8:30 pm

          "problem is you think your opinion is better then others and think that the only types of games that count are the ones you decide" I give reasons for my opinion and argue it through facts and with good old fashion logic. Something that escapes yourself. You continue to make assertions and ignore half my points. I would love to have a legitmate discussion with a fan of the Wii U and hear their case for why I'm incorrect on dismissing it. You are clearly not such an individual you are the mindless fanboy who suggest Halo does rehashing when main sequence Halo games only come out every three years. (Compared to yearly cods or the same mario games every Nintendo generation. Not to mention most of Halos innovate substantially on the previous installment.

          I'll give you Zombie U and Pikman 3 being solid launch titles but everything else you mentioned is a port or terrible. What's with you Nintedo fanboys you are always the least informed about your own console. Ubisoft is the only third party publisher seriously embracing the Wii U and that will last until durango/orbis. Sony are struggling because they have bad market sense they release great tech such as the Vita but fail to notice the lack of a market for it. Microsoft has been profitable for ages not sure what you're on about.

          I did think my comment through and pretty much breath video games. Again perhaps what I'm saying just conflicts with your internal belief that Nintendo can do no wrong and have done no wrong. There is a reason why people use the word gimmick it's to get across that the technology is not yet functioning at an acceptable level, is pointless or detrimental to the console. Xbox Kinect is another example of a gimmick mainly because the technology is not yet functioning at an acceptable level.

          Any Wii U fans that are not mindless fanboys such as terrak want to pitch in on their thoughts why the Wii U is great for gaming I'm interested in your opinion. It get's rather one sided trying to have an adult discussion on something with childish fanboys and mature, analytical Wii U lovers out there?

            In response to Kermit:

            "I give reasons for my opinion and argue it through facts and with good old fashion logic"

            - Facts? where? Logic? still waiting. Call me when you get some ok

            "I would love to have a legitmate discussion with a fan of the Wii U and hear their case for why I'm incorrect on dismissing it. You are clearly not such an individual you are the mindless fanboy who suggest Halo does rehashing when main sequence Halo games only come out every three years"

            - I dont care if you dismiss the Wii U thats your choice to make, however when your wrong your wrong. As for your halo coming out every 3 years that's irrelevant, the fact is all companies pimp there franchises for a profit, problem is you seem to make it out that Nintendo is the only one guilty of it. I never said they didnt use their franchises alot, They do, but if the market wants those type of games it would be stupid of Nintendo not to make it. Stop bitching that Nintendo Rehashes when all companies of guilty of it. As for innovation like i said you pick and choose innovation so, when microsoft does something with halo its AMAZING, when Nintendo does something with a Mario game, for you nothing has changed, your blind in that regard, and cant accept it. Your flat out Bias. Thats what i mean about picking and choosing, you have no consistency at all. You blindly see that all microsoft does is great and Nintendo does nothing. Thats where you fail

            "I'll give you Zombie U and Pikman 3 being solid launch titles but everything else you mentioned is a port or terrible".

            - Yes alot are ports but have you played them to know they are terrible have there been enough reviews for you to come up with an informed opinion? I dont think so - again are we to take you seriously?

            "What's with you Nintedo fanboys you are always the least informed about your own console. Ubisoft is the only third party publisher seriously embracing the Wii U and that will last until durango/orbis. Sony are struggling because they have bad market sense they release great tech such as the Vita but fail to notice the lack of a market for it. Microsoft has been profitable for ages not sure what you're on about. "

            - You got proof that Developers said they will abandon the Wii U when the next consoles come out? I've checked and the answer is NO. So where do you come up with this BS. Microsoft has been profitable for 'ages' but spent billions on building up the xbox brand name from the beginning, the original xbox didnt even make a profit, and as you may or may not know all consoles when they release cost companies billions of dollars to R&D, manufacture and market. Yes the 360 is profitable but it has only become profitable recently( last 2 or so years) that means 5 or more years of no profit on top of the initial start up investment that hasnt fully been paid off. To be clear Microsoft as a company is profitable but its xbox division has yet to fully pay off the massive investment (billions of dollars). And Im the least informed? To bad your not 'informed' enough to know the difference.

            " did think my comment through and pretty much breath video games. Again perhaps what I'm saying just conflicts with your internal belief that Nintendo can do no wrong and have done no wrong"

            - Maybe you should stop breathing games and get some facts. I never said Nintendo can do no wrong, i merely tear down ridiculous arguments and statements (such as your comments) with facts and logic something you have as yet to do.

            "There is a reason why people use the word gimmick it's to get across that the technology is not yet functioning at an acceptable level, is pointless or detrimental to the console. Xbox Kinect is another example of a gimmick mainly because the technology is not yet functioning at an acceptable level."

            - Fact is Motion control is on everything (phones and tablets use motion control as standard), and every console has it too. Sure you can call it a gimmick but it has now become pretty standard. You may or may not like it but that's beside the point. Touch screen control is also on almost every phone/tablet so thats becoming pretty standard these days too. You know analog sticks are standard these days, imagine how stupid someone would sound calling them a 'gimmick'.....

            "Any Wii U fans that are not mindless fanboys such as terrak want to pitch in on their thoughts why the Wii U is great for gaming I'm interested in your opinion. It get's rather one sided trying to have an adult discussion on something with childish fanboys and mature, analytical Wii U lovers out there?"

            - Yeah love your ridiculous conclusion. Too bad you failed miserably in trying to get to that conclusion. I'll enjoy tearing down the next lot of nonsense you have to post. Why are you calling some one else to argue? cant hack it? Figures after all your points are weak and lack any facts or logic.

            what about the 1080p 60 fps comment you made. Thats right your WRONG just like every comment you have made here so far!

            Last edited 09/11/12 8:09 am

    Kermit - don't buy one then. No one cares if you miss out. :D

    Its good that Ubis all in they werent all in with the Wii although they were the strongest supporter of it. But putting Assassins Creed 3 on the Wii U is an excellent sign of things to come.

    Last edited 09/11/12 7:11 am

      Terrak.....what games are you getting for your Wii U? I'm getting one on launch....look forward to gaming with you if you get one!

        Im only getting NSMB U but will look at other games, maybe Assassins creed 3 and Mass effect 3 and ZombiU but they werent available for preorder. I preordered my Wii U once the price was officially announced. I hope that was enough time to get one for launch.

        Last edited 10/11/12 11:01 am

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