The giant publisher puts their trust in the giant hardware makers.
The Wii U and the Vita are still on Ubisoft’s radar, big time. In an interview with IGN at GamesCom, Ubisoft’s Alain Corre said that both struggling platforms are bound for a rebuttal.
“We were very pleasantly surprised by Sony’s last push on the Vita. Decreasing the price and investing a lot in new IP and trying to use the Vita as a second screen for the PS4, all of that gives a lot of advantages for the future of the Vita. We’re watching that space and making sure that our PS4 games work on Vita, so the global experience on PS4 is even better.”
Nintendo’s Wii U can also find its footing, Corre said. If anything, Nintendo’s franchises have so much power that tens of millions of fans worldwide can’t deny.
“There are millions, tens of millions of fans of Nintendo brands. I’m sure you’ve played Mario Kart for hundreds of hours. I did too. There are so many great franchises that are still making people dream. We think these brands will stay with us. After that, it’s up to Nintendo to make sure that the machine can reach as many consumers as possible. We all think that they’ll be able to sell more machines in the future. They have some of the best IP in the world, and some of the best memories for their players. If you’ve played Smash Bros. in the past, you want to play the next one. So these brands have a future, for sure. It’s up to them to work on more communication to get the machine into more hands.”
Ubisoft is one of the few supporters of both consoles. Putting out strong exclusives like ZombiU and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, and having almost every game on Nintendo’s platform is only good for both them and disappointed Wii U owners like me.
Rayman Legends is releasing on Wii U and Vita on August 30th and September 3rd in Europe and North America respectively, while other high-profile titles like Watch_Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV will not skip the Wii U. The widely-acclaimed Splinter Cell: Blacklist also is on the Wii U, and I’m working on my review, albeit of the Playstation 3 version.