After a few months of concern and speculation, Ubisoft has finally dated Watch Dogs for the Wii U, a move certain to please Wii U owners that refused to play the open-world game on anything else. After being delayed and separated from the other console releases, the game will finally come to the Nintendo console on November 18 in North America, and in Europe on November 21. For comparison, Watch Dogs released on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC this past May.
In a post on the official Ubisoft Blog, the developer/publisher explained that the Wii U version of the game is being developed by Ubisoft Bucharest, in collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal. Unlike the other platforms, Watch Dogs for Wii U will take advantage of the hardware with new features, including an interactive map displayed on the Gamepad's separate screen, as well as Off-TV Play; a feature utilized by many other Wii U titles.
Originally, the game was set to release in November 2013, which many saw as the title to kick off the next-gen consoles. It was eventually delayed until a vague Spring 2014 then, finally, Ubisoft settled for May 27, 2014. Following its launch, it become Ubisoft's most pre-ordered new IP and went on to sell over 8 million copies. Contrary to expectations (and the hype), however, it wasn't quite the next-gen console seller that Ubisoft had no doubt hoped.
Just last week, DLC for Watch Dogs was revealed, along with a new trailer. Officially called "Bad Blood," players are brought back into Chicago as Raymond “T-Bone” Kenney for a brand new story set after the events of the main game. In addition to more time with T-Bone (if you'vc been longing for it) "Bad Blood" also brings with it new side-missions, weapons and outfits.
Shortly after the events of Watch Dogs, Raymond “T-Bone” Kenney infiltrates Blume one last time to plant a false trail in their system. Before he can disappear from the grid, he receives a panicked phone call from Tobias Frewer, a former colleague from Blume’s ctOS prototype days, who’s in desperate need of help. Putting his own escape at risk, T-Bone decides to help, but quickly realizes the details of his old friend’s story aren’t adding up.
Watch Dogs: Bad Blood is set to release on September 30 (or September 23 for Season Pass buyers). It's currently unknown if the new content will come to the Wii U version of the game. Ubisoft may be waiting to see how that version sells before making a decision.
Watch Dogs for the Wii U is scheduled to finally release on November 18, 2014 in NA; November 21, 2014 in Europe.