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Ghost Recon Online Wii U still “on hold” despite commitment to the console

Saturday, 18th May 2013 15:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ubisoft has stated that the Wii U version of Ghost Recon Online is still “on hold” as the team’s focus remains on the PC version. However, this doesn’t mean Ubisoft is committed to Nintendo’s Wii U console.

According to a tweet posted in response to a question on Twitter, and noticed by Nintedo Life, the official account for the game stated the following:

“The WiiU version of the game is currently on hold while we focus on developing the PC version.”

Back in September 2012, the game’s producer, Theo Sanders, stated the Wii U version had been put on hold for the reason stated above, and said should the team “have an opportunity to address” the Wii U version again in the future, it would release an announcement on the matter.

Ghost Recon Online for Wii U was announced during E3 2011, and its absence during E3 2012 sparked rumors that the sku had been canned, a rumor Tony Key, Ubisoft’s SVP of sales and marketing, dismissed stating the development focus was on PC first.

“That was always the plan,” he said.

While the game may still be on hold for Wii U as Ubisoft focuses on getting the PC version perfect, unlike recent statements from EA regarding its commitment to the console, Ubisoft has faith in it, stating it takes time for new hardware to establish itself on the market.

“As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base,” a representative from Ubisoft told GI International. “Ubisoft has a varied and high-quality line-up for Wii U, with more big titles on the way including Rayman Legends, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Splinter Cell Blacklist.

“We’re confident that this will help in continuing to attract gamers to the Wii U system and that Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the Wii U is successful in the market.”

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  1. Clupula

    Ubisoft are really starting to remind me of the girl at the party who wants to say no to the guy who is obviously a complete loser, but is too nice to just tell him that she doesn’t want to go out, so she keeps talking to him, pretending to laugh at his jokes, not wanting to hurt his feelings.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. The_Red

    @1
    That was… harsh. And also kinda funny (in a sad / awkward way).
    While that may be the case, I think Ubi more into it. Over the last few years, they have become the classic EA that releases everything for every system and tries to be at every lunch and use every possible venue… That is, unless it doesn’t cost too much.

    With GR Online, they have to do a LOT of things to make that type of game work on Wii U. If anything, next-gen systems like PS4 and Xbox3 are the best place to try f2p games.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    @1

    :) funny!

    Fact is, companies just go where the money is. With the 360 & PS3 sharing such a huge established userbase, there is no point releasing certain games on Wii U.

    It’s annoying they put old games on the Wii U though, ported badly, then claim that no one buys them…

    They acted as if only people who had a Wii were going to purchase Wii U, and haden’t already played Batman, Mass Effect etc…

    This was a mistake, they should have tried things like Far Cry 3, Tombraider to properly guage interest. If I had have had the choice I would have purchased games like Tomb Raider on Wii U over the 360, but who in there right mind would buy Batman for £49.99 when they could get it 2nd hand on 360 for about £5 if they shopped around…

    Also, i feel like the Wii U isn’t the ideal breeding ground for devs to ‘harvest’ extra money via DLC. This is where MS kills it, devs are almost guarenteed at making a shitload extra scratch from selling shit on the Live store. I assume this will continue with 720 and get much worse in some respect.

    Companies like EA & Acti are ready to go full darkside im sure, and someone like MS is a perfect oppertunity for them to do this.

    I don’t want to make out Nintendo is a saint, but they def don’t like giving devs free reign on their consoles for better or worse.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. The_Red

    @3
    I don’t think the late games are necessarily exclusive to Wii U. The exact same thing happened last gen: PS3 got a super late and rather crappy ports of BioShock plus other 3rd party games. The thing is, Sony kept on pushing. They secured MGS4 as an exclusive and did everything in their power to get more third party support. They got Ctriterion to use PS3 as the lead platform, even though the game sold more on 360.

    The discrepancies between PS3 and 360 sales of 3rd party games were HUGE but Sony kept on pushing those 3rd parties along with.

    Regarding DLC, Nintendo is NOT against DLC and stuff like. They just don’t have enough background and knowledge to do so. They have already allowed WB to release Injustice DLC (Althought a bit later) and from what I’ve heard, Ubi did so with AC3. They are just late to net the party and don’t know much about how things (Shown in their IP attack on YouTube LPers who were doing free marketing for Nintendo. And yes, that is free marketing. People DON’T stop Mario games because some LPer played them for 10s of hours. If they did, all those success stories attributed to LPs would have been impossible).

    Sorry about super long and rant-ish post.
    TL;DR:
    - PS3 had the same problem with old ports from 360 for some time.
    - Nintendo is fully behind DLC and other “extra money” methods. It’s just that they are new to this thing.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    Such a lost cause Ubisoft, i don’t mean to sound cynical. But that EA guy (or former EA guy :) had lots of valid points: third party games won’t be as successful as Nintendo games or just not successful at all: proof look at sales figures for Zombi U and then look at NSMBU, the audience is casual and hardware is what should have launched in the Wii’s place, so none of these many excuses for not developing for Wii U would have been valid back then.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. The_Red

    @5
    Wait the EA guy was fired? That would be terrible. Yes, his tone was unprofessional and unacceptable but to be fired?

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    @6
    No it was merely a joke, although when an company employee makes negative comments like the famous “Deal With It” something bad happens.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Sini

    senior engineers don’t get fired for trash talking on twitter, at least not for their first offense.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Clupula

    “Hey, Baby, my name’s Nintendo.”
    “Oh, hi. Ubisoft…Uh…”
    “Nothing’s soft about me, if you get what I mean, Ubi. Hahaha.”
    “That’s…uh…funny…”
    “I don’t mean to brag, but did you know, I once played Magic The Gathering with Patton Oswald’s brother?”
    “Oh, that’s…uh…fascinating…”
    “Yeah. It’s pretty damn cool. He even traded a rare card with me.”
    “Wow. That is, ummmm…really cool.”
    “Yeah, so, you wanna get it on? I brought a condom to the party. I told that to EA, but she became a total bitch about it. And Capcom just totally friendzoned me.”

    #9 11 months ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    @9

    Alright, you got your laugh, don’t milk it! ;)

    #10 11 months ago
  11. Francis O

    @Lengendaryboss – Did you play ZombiU? It’s not that good, that’s the reason it didn’t sell more.

    - ZombiU sold 500K on Wii U. That’s not bad for a average survival horror game lacking online multiplayer, replay value, multiple weapons, or most things modern games have.

    - Plus the game is getting a sequel so it sold well enough. Comparing it to NSMBU is a bit unfair. Mario is an established IP, comparing it to a New IP is harsh.

    It would be like Me comparing the sales of Call of Duty to Heavenly Sword on PS3. There’s now way HS, the new IP could beat an established franchise like COD.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis
    Ah look Francis is back to defending Nintendo solo, does it get lonely in that big world of yours? As usual you miss the point of what i said third party games will never be as successful Nintendo games New IP or not, EA knows this very well and their support has vanished because of it. Haven’t played Zombi U seeing as i don’t want to get a system with dying third party support if GTA or MGS comes to it i will change my mind (very unlikely), but i have seen gameplay videos. Francis what you fail to understand is that third party games are expected to sell better than 500K considering there is software on Wii U that has broken a million.
    Edit: Oh if you want to compare New IPs Zombi U with Nintendo Land. There are loads of games that are bad and sell well.

    #12 11 months ago