Despite controversy over the once Wii U-exclusive Rayman Legends, Ubisoft has remained one of the biggest supporters of Nintendo’s struggling home console. Some big name games confirmed from the company include Splinter Cell Blacklist, Watch Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and those are scheduled to arrive on the Wii U later this year. With all this support coming down the pipes, many would think that titles such as ZombiU (one of the best-selling third-party titles on the Wii U) performed well enough to warrant all of this support, but apparently that’s not the case whatsoever.
According to Games Industry, Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot stated that his company failed to make a profit on ZombiU. In fact, the critically confused survival horror title “wasn’t even close to making a profit,” which instantly puts a damper on hopes of a followup anytime soon. Guillemot also allegedly stated that that there aren’t any plans or desires to start development on a sequel, which means that ZombiU may never receive another iteration, period — despite rumors that Ubisoft was working on a prototype of ZombiU 2.
The CEO of Ubisoft also confirmed that it was the lacklustre sales of its zombie title (amongst others) that led to Rayman Legends becoming multi-platform and, as a result, being delayed on the Wii U. That said, Guillemot still hopes the platform will find its groove and become profitable.
“We must find a way to ensure the creativity of those games could have a big enough audience. We hope it will take off. At the moment, we’ve said ‘let’s do through Christmas and see where we are from there.'”
It sounds like Nintendo has a lot to lose and gain depending on how well the Wii U does later this year, and it faces a real challenge with both the Xbox One and PS4 set to hit retailers just in time for the forthcoming Holiday season. With games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U not being made available until 2014, there could be some serious trouble on the horizon. That said, Nintendo should never be counted out as it has been known to reverse its fortunes more than once.
Still, many Wii U owners would agree that a sequel to ZombiU would be great to see on the platform, and maybe they’ll get the opportunity to experience just that if the system can find a solid fan base. For now, however, Nintendo fans can look forward to the onslaught of forthcoming Ubisoft games in the coming months.
You can follow Riley on Twitter @TheRileyLittle.
Source: Games Industry