Although things have slowly begun to look up for Wii U fans in terms of first party support, it’s a completely different story on the third party front. Developers and publishers are skipping out on the platform left and right, and those that are releasing titles for Wii U are doing so with features or content missing/excluded.
Case in point: the forthcoming port of Watch Dogs, which we just learned will not include and DLC. Not at launch, not further down the road, not ever.
Ubisoft broke the news on Twitter saying quite bluntly, “No, the Wii U version not have the DLC.” That means Wii U players of Watch Dogs will not have access to extra side missions, new accessories and weapons, and they will not be able to play the upcoming ‘Bad Blood’ expansion.
Unfortunately, Ubisoft has yet to provide a reason for their decision, only confirmation. We expect it had something to do with the lack of DLC purchases on the console, or something along those lines, but we’ll update this post with an official word if/when it comes.
Of course, this isn’t the first (or likely the last) time Wii U owners have gotten the shaft when it comes to DLC. Last year, for example, Warner Bros. announced they were axing all DLC plans for Batman: Arkham Origins on Wii U. And they did so almost as unceremoniously as Ubisoft did here.
What makes things particularly strange is that Ubisoft was one of the last third party publishers to show some support the Wii U’s way. The fact that Watch Dogs wasn’t cancelled on Wii U confirms that they still have some love for Nintendo, but it’s clearly waning.
Luckily, as we mentioned at the top of the post, things are looking up for Wii U owners. Mario Kart 8 has been a huge hit for Nintendo since launch, but more importantly its release has signaled a fruitful fall season for the company. In the next six months, Nintendo fans will have several high profile titles to enjoy like Hyrule Warriors and Super Smash Bros. Kind of makes the blow from Ubisoft that much easier to be doesn’t it?
How do you feel about Watch Dogs skipping out on DLC on Wii U? Does this lack of third party support affect your interest in the system?
Watch Dogs releases this November for Wii U.