When the Wii U launched in November 2012, Ubisoft was a staunch supporter of Nintendo’s newest console. As time has gone on however, Ubisoft’s support for the console has waned. The release date of Watch Dogs on the Wii U has been pushed back to November, and the new Assassin’s Creed: Unity won’t be making it’s way to Nintendo’s console at all. What gives?

In an interview with Polygon, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot spoke about this very topic, and revealed another interesting bit of information: Ubisoft is currently sitting on a finished game, and refuses to release it until the Wii U has sold more consoles. “We did adapt the number of products to the level of quantities that the machine did,” Guillemot stated. “So we will have Just Dance again which is well suited for the machine. We’ll have Watch Dogs. We have another couple of products that we are waiting to launch, specifically we have one game that we wait for the machine to be more mass market to launch.”


Mr. Guillemot refused to give a concrete number of consoles that needed to be sold for Ubisoft to further support the console.”We don’t have a number” he says, but reported that the company needed “the sales to increase so it becomes more and more mass market.” When this happens, the company will be able to justify marketing expenses.

We have one game that we wait for the machine to be more mass market to launch.”

He goes on to comment on the sluggish sales of the Wii U launch title ZombiU. Due to its weak sales, the franchise seems unlikely to see a new installment, even on other consoles. “I think it was so adapted to the Wii U so (bringing it to another platform) would be difficult to do. Maybe it will come to other platforms, but not as a full game.” Mr. Guillemot also argued that the game couldn’t be ported to any other platform, as “It was really developed for [the Wii U].”

The CEO was hopeful that the console’s sales would pick up, however, and remains a bit optimistic that the Wii U can turn its sluggish sales around. If the sales of the Wii U don’t pick up, Mr. Guillemot expressed the possibility of the game coming out on another format, likely referring to another console altogether.

“We need the sales to increase so it becomes more and more mass market.”

Finally, Polygon pressed Mr. Guillemot on how long Ubisoft was willing to wait, and he responded with a fairly straightforward answer. “I think we have to wait for Smash Bros. to come.” He stresses that the franchise is “a big, big property for Nintendo and for gamers,” and is aware that it will attract a large audience.

You can find the full interview with Mr. Guillemot at Polygon.

According to Nintendo Everything, Mr. Guillemot also spoke with Geoff Keighly for Spike’s E3 All Access Show, and shed some light on Ubisoft’s unreleased game:

“What we have this year is two games. We have as you said Watch Dogs but we also have Just Dance. And we have another one we didn’t speak about yet. It will come. Just for Wii U… but it’s more for families, families and friends.”

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  • Michael Shaeffer

    It’s a chicken and the egg sort of thing. Them releasing the game they finished might lead to more Wii U sales.

    • Eve Summers

      But they aren’t Nintendo. They could lose money if the game doesn’t sell, and their main goal is not increasing Wii U sales. It’s only increasing their own sales. They have no reason to want the Wii U to succeed other than good will.

  • Thomas Andersen

    Zombie U was a horrible game, so he should not blame Nintendo for that….!!

    • Reece Heather

      He’s not talking about the game itself, just the sales thereof. People often forget that quality and success are different things, and one doesn’t necessarily always influence the other.

      I loved ZombiU, personally — as did a lot of people. 😀

      • Anthony Moseley

        It’s definitely become a “cult classic” since it’s initial mixed reception.

      • Thomas Andersen

        Glad you liked it!:) ..I really wanted it to be good(for me) ..but felt the controlls where way off, animations way to repetative, and zombies that really didnt scare me at all.. Multiplayer had Great potential, it was fun being on the Gamepad side of things, but controlls where just Horrible, really really horrible with the wii-mote/nunchuk! Its 4/10 i my eyes.. Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2 is 9/10, if Im going to try to compare.. and by comparing, Im not facing them off against eachother as games!

    • ENDOT123

      i love zombiu. i think its setting and gameplay is amazing.

  • Anthony Moseley

    Well, Wii U sales are up with Mario Kart 8 out, and I imagine with Smash Bros. releasing later this year that it will get another sales spike. So maybe they’ll change their mind.

  • Seth

    Here’s the thing, all of their games are coming out on Xbone but they have an even smaller user base than Wii U, so his rational is flawed.

  • Matt Bennion

    I don’t think I’d want their support to be honest…

  • Matt Bennion

    I don’t think I’d want their support to be honest…

  • BradSetzer

    What gets me is that maybe the console would sell more if they would actually RELEASE the games! Did they ever think of that? Smh…

  • BradSetzer

    As some have already pointed out… The Wii U has more consoles sold than the Xbox One. Why is it that they are making many of their current titles on the Xbox One if the Wii U has so low of sales? That just doesn’t make any sense.

    • Jorge Morales

      The difference is that the Wii U has been around the market for at least a year and still not much progress has been done. Blame to whomever you want the fault for the lack of games on the Wii U. The Xbox One is realtively new and has most of the most acclaimed games launching for that platform. We’re not seeing a new Forza for Wii U, we don’t know if CoD will launch on Wii U, no assassin’s creed, no far cry 4, so what’s the problem on games getting on the platform really?

      • Anthony Moseley

        Huh? XBox releasing more acclaimed games? Name ONE XBox One exclusive title that has gotten higher than an 80 on Metacritic. I’ll give you a hint, there are none. Now look at all the Wii U exclusives that have gotten high ratings. Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart 8, Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Monster Hunter 3. Pushmo World, Lego City Undercover, Scram Kitty. Pretty much all of XBox and PS4’s most acclaimed games are multi-console, and the main PS4 games that are acclaimed are indie titles. When it comes to exclusives though, Nintendo has by far the most acclaimed releases of the three.

        • Jorge Morales

          I never mentioned exclusives. And when you consider audiences, what sells most (which is why companies make games) are blockbuster games that are multiplatform like AC, Farcry, and so on. I’m not hating on Nintendo though, but from a business perspective, Nintendo lacks games that want to attract a broader audience. Sure, I love your typical Mario and Zelda games, but Nintendo needs more than a new Zelda, Mario, and Smash per platform to be successful with its console.

  • True Davad

    I agree with Previous commenters like Seth and BradSetzer. I don’t understand why companies go with Xbox One over Wii U. Kingdom Hearts 3 is set to be released for Xbox One and not Wii U and I don’t think that makes sense. These guys have an already made game for the Wii U and won’t release it? Other companies must have some kind of dislike of Nintendo or something.

    • Anthony Moseley

      I could see Kingdom Hearts appealing to the Nintendo crowd FAR more than the XBox crowd.

    • Lud Ch

      i personnaly think, watch dog didnt go as great as they predict, now they will wait when wii U will be at the peek so those who dont posses 1 atm buy their games…
      ubisoft did that few time already, point others and say its your fault then take an oportunity

  • TheSkeletonMan939 .

    He probably just thinks the Wii U is for ninnies.

    Because that’s what all PS4/XBox junkies think.

  • Blaze

    For a few years now, people have been bashing and dissing Nintendo for no reason. They blame them for multiple reasons. Many companies sued them just to see them in the ground quickly, why is everyone hating on Nintendo so much? Yes we need Metroid, Starfox and many great games, but we’re getting there. Nintendo did make bad moves in the past few years and still do some, but why want them dead? Are they really that much of a thread to others? Stop that bullshit conspiracy and release that (probably) bad game already. They have the most enjoyable games of all, maybe not the best system, specs or online play, but they freaking have the best games. Almost everyone paused Watch Dogs for Mario Kart 8, and WD is really good, and Mario Kart is just a small racing game, but it’s Nintendo, they deliver. Nintendo will always be top, there’s nothing the world can do about it.

  • Blake Wigert

    Go ahead and keep your game, and the losses. It would likely be disappointing anyways. Most 3rd party companies just don’t seem able to figure out what Nintendo fans want. It is quite simple the same games you give to Sony/Microsoft, no differences.

  • Trixi

    Well, I guess at least they’re aware that they’re gonna have to give it as long as it takes for Smash Bros to get here before they see sale spikes.

    Frankly speaking, I know my friends and I have been hyped for Smash, for Hyrule Warriors and to a lesser extent for the new Zelda game – difficult to be hyped for that when there’s about 30 seconds of video for it, after all. None of us are probably buying til at least Smash; seems no point buying before at least one of our major games is out, after all.

    Also, aware my opinion probably doesn’t count for much, but I’d so much rather see Kingdom Hearts or something come to WiiU than some of the other 3rd party titles. It looks so much like it was meant for Nintendo…

  • Guest

    Bad Luck Nintendo

  • Guest

    Bad luck Nintendo

  • Guest

    Bad luck WiiU

  • Keimori

    Eh, It’s their flawed logic and their loss I guess.

  • Jesse Ren Saario

    So let me get this strait. He wants the WiiU to sell more and to do that there needs to be more games, however he doesn’t want to release more games until there’s more games….WAT?