Earlier this week, rumored screenshots for the latest Assassin’s Creed release, subtitled Unity, hit the Net, confirming suspicions that the franchise would finally be headed to the French Revolution. And shortly after the unofficial screenshots made their way online, Ubisoft was forced to play their hand and confirm that Assassin’s Creed: Unity is, in fact, real.
What’s more, Ubisoft also confirmed prior reports that Assassin’s Creed: Unity is one of two forthcoming 2014 releases for the franchise, and would be developed exclusively for current-gen platforms. However, while the announcement trailer for AC: Unity did reveal the title will hit PS4, Xbox One, and PC, there was one glaring omission: the Wii U.
Up until this point, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has been an equal opportunity series; that is, where there is a platform, there is a release. But now that Assassin’s Creed is actually starting to make the big shift from old-gen to current-gen it appears Nintendo‘s platform might end up left behind.
Obviously, there is still the other 2014 AC release for Nintendo fans to look forward to – allegedly titled Assassin’s Creed: Comet – but Ubisoft has yet to say much about that title. They weren’t ready to make any official statements about Assassin’s Creed: Unity for that matter, but the rumors and leaked screenshots forced their hand. In other words, there is still a chance that Unity might release on Wii U, but right now all evidence is pointing in the opposite direction.
When Nintendo first unveiled the Wii U back at E3 2012, Ubisoft was one of the first publishers to stand behind the platform. For all intents and purposes, they were Nintendo’s key third party publisher for Wii U. Lately that seems to have changed.
Thoughts that Ubisoft’s Wii U support might be waning started when Rayman Legends went multiplatform — a move that was highly criticized by Nintendo supporters. Then, when only the Wii U version of Watch Dogs was delayed, it seemed even more apparent that Ubisoft’s dedication to the platform wasn’t nearly as strong as we thought. And now if Assassin’s Creed: Unity skips the platform, even if its a performance issue, that could be the final blow.
So, while Nintendo struggles to compete against Sony and Microsoft simply in the home console space, software publishers are only making things worse on the Wii U manufacturer. The good news is that there will likely be an Assassin’s Creed game on the platform; it just won’t be the title dominating the conversation right now. That is, until Ubisoft says otherwise.
Do you think that Assassin’s Creed: Unity will release for Wii U? Has Ubisoft’s support of the Wii U waned in your opinion?