E3: Ubisoft to Port Wii U Games to Tablets/Smartphones

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

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So much for Ubisoft’s confidence in the Wii U, eh? Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillmont just told Game Industry that, in order to better manage the development costs of the Wii U, they would be porting their Wii U titles to smartphones and tablets instead of the Xbox 360 and PS3.

“The new content you can’t port on the other machines but what you can do is to port it to mobile phones and to tablets. So it’s a way to create content that you will be able to port on the generations of tablets or phones that work well – if you don’t monetize it there you can monetize it on many other platforms.”

“You have to do specific content to be monetized by the Wii U itself but it’s also an opening to all the tablets and phones because it’s a same system in a way, the touch screen.”

He didn’t specify which titles would be ported to the Wii U, but I think it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if more developers who made projects exclusively for the Wii U wind up doing the same thing.


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  • ybeast10

    Ubisoft is easily the most overrated and untrustworthy third-party developer there is. I don’t know why Nintendo would want to work with them at all. Total Eurotrash. I hate the American third-party developers like Activision, EA, and THQ as well. Nintendo better realize that none of these developers are worth being friends with.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    Actually, despite what was said in the article, Yves himself never said titles or games would be ported from the Wii U to tablets.  He said content.  That doesn’t translate to full games.  One person had an interesting idea about it in reference to Xbox smart glass.  It would make sense to port the touch screen elements from the Wii U to the tablet for use in conjunction with the 360.  No matter his intentions, nothing has really been confirmed yet.