Ubisoft casts doubt on Wii U’s next-gen grunt

Tuesday, 14th June 2011 01:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Beyond Good & Evil and Rayman creator Michael Ancel has said the Wii U is not a next-gen console, while the publisher refuses to comment on the new tech’s capacity to stand against current consoles.

The Ubisoft designer asnwered VideoGamer‘s query as to whether the new console is next-gen with “Not really.”

“I think Wii U is next-gen in terms of interface,” he conceded.

“People are going to copy it, because you’ve got this mix between tablet, touch screen and big screen – big screen and little screen – there are a lot of possibilities.”

Ancel speculated that other platform holders might feel threatened enough by the new system to emulate it with its own hardware.

“I don’t know if Sony will do it, or Microsoft – but yes, I think it’s a possibility. But I think the main thing is to have this – offering new ways to play is very interesting.”

Ubisoft, along with THQ, was one of the first third-party publishers to get its hands on the Wii U tech, but is playing cagey about the hardware’s potential.

Speaking at the second Nintendo E3 roundtable event, as reported by Kotaku, Ubisoft Quebec’s senior technical architect Marc Parenteau couldn’t commit to a comparison with current consoles.

“It’s too early to make comparisons with that sort of thing,” he said.

“We’re still learning how to maximize the usage of the hardware. The hardware is evolving a bit also. The dev kits are not final, so there’s still some before the actual… uh… before we can make comparisons.

“And you have to understand, we’ve been working on other engines for a long time so we need some time to catch up and get up to date on what we can do with the hardware. So to compare now wouldn’t be fair.”

Wedbush Morgan analysts have said that Nintendo’s leap on the HD bandwagon is at least two years too late.

Thanks, GoNintendo.



  1. kallaz

    I don’t know if Ubisoft made this delcaration about the Ps2 and the Ps3 but right after the SDK’s were released some third parties didn’t wait to made statements like “It’s the most difficult platform to develop for”

    All I can see here is that either the SDK really haven’t even born or it’s far too different from the Wii due to the new controller array(wii mote+wiiU mote).

    But if the new console will be able to develop graphics like the other systems that have 6 years in the market I really think that Nintendo missed the array of trailers and tech demos, we really didn’t see anything that can’t be achieved today with the wii, the move or the kinect, so far the innovation then.

    And running the tech demos in xbox, ps3 or Pc, a low line for Nintendo.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. JackTheLittle

    WiiU is not comparable with its competitors.the thing make their system different is not only graphics.but it’ll help them appeal more to core gamers than ever before.

    plus we don’t know its power fully yet.running third party games on a different system when your own isn’t fully made is totally understandable.
    and those were not tech demo.if you want to see tech demo look at zelda and that japanese garden demos.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. kallaz

    Ok, I agree with you, but in post E3 interviews with Reggie Fils-Aime, he admits that the game footage used were from 360-ps3 or PC (and I’m not talking about the tech demos), and really those tech demos really see anything different from the tech demo FF:VII showed for the PS3 like 7 years ago??
    I know that the horse power is not the goal of Nintendo with the Wii line, but also, if this is not the traget why then make such emphasis in that across the nintendo presentation and then in the Ubi presentation and interviews, saying over and over that the WiiU can now run the Anvil engine (Assasins creed), I know it’s too early to make judments but then why we are presented this new machine in a rather confusing presnetation where never was mentioned it’s a new console, yes I know that it was obvius but even the Nintendo’s president have complaints about his own company presentation

    Well, I agree with you, but at the same time I see a new console that has no eyes and no ears from his developers, not like the Wii has, the knew from day 1 how to sell it and how to promote it, but now we are in front a new tech that maybe and it’s just maybe, even his own developer don’t know how to present it and how to sell it.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. xino

    when he says next gen
    what does he mean by that?
    he could be referencing to 8th gen system

    because there’s no way he would reference wii u as 7th gen and deny it of being next gen.

    I do believe he meant Wii U is not a 8 gen system.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. kallaz

    well, I remember that the PS2 and Xbox were next gen until 360-PS3 came in, so maybe we are in front of the next gen all the time ;-) it all depends on the looking glass, the nex gen is always with us, just like the force

    #5 4 years ago
  6. JackTheLittle

    yea there is possibility that they’re like FF:VII but they seem more acceptable with nowadays technology especially that zelda demo,but we dont know yet.
    i think their emphasis on graphics was to make WiiU more acceptable for core gamers not to compete with sony or ms next gen graphics.beside if you look at it as whole,their whole emphasis was on the controller not the system itself.
    and i’m agree with you about the presentation.they must had show console least a proper demo or something.
    i think they know what it will be like.but they’re still considering the power and price.
    but you’re right.their presentation had to be better than this.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. kallaz

    yeap, the very power of the machine hasn’t being unvelied,the price is said and only said by many people to be in line with what we have right now, $300 sounds like the price to be, and yes, the presentation were mostly about the controller. about my saying of the infamous FF VII tech demo is that even that beutiful bird demo and zelda demo, they look nothing special even after 6 or 7 years after that. after all even nintendo agree with us, the could have been better with that presentation, at a times feels like they were presenting the wii vitality sensor, or the wii mote 2.0 and not a brand new console from a very innovative company. i guess that’s what many compalints

    #7 4 years ago
  8. JackTheLittle

    yeah,i hope the price to be between 300~350 USD.
    it,ll make the competition more fun.though sony is not competing with nintendo.but ms is hardly tryin to take some share of nintendo’s market by kinect.but this will make it harder for them :D

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Espers

    it’s their way of saying: ” we are lazy enough to make a game for the wii platform ” while on the other hand Kojima and Capcom are setting new rules in the gaming world that’s a multi-platform engine

    #9 4 years ago

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