Ubisoft Praises Nintendo, But Will Focus on PS4 and XBox One

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Ubisoft’s relationship with Nintendo is quite rocky lately, as the French video game company continues flip-flopping in their support, leaving fans wondering just how dedicated they are to making titles for Wii U. Once more, Ubisoft has released a statement that brings into question their allegiance to Nintendo, as they praised the development giant for their attempts at innovation, but also firmly placed their main focus on the competition.

Ubisoft managing director Nicolas Rioux, told reporters that Nintendo did give them ideas when it came to “second-screen” gaming, describing Nintendo as the pioneers of the connected tablet interface.

The Wii U was kind of the pioneer of the connected tablet interface. This gave us some ideas for the first iteration of tablets connected with console games.

However, such praise does not come with third-party support it seems, as Rioux later explains that his company’s long term goal was developing for the next generation systems: Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

It’s not confirmed yet, but if it’s possible to do it and it makes sense, yes we will provide some kind of experience on the Wii U. Our focus is on the new generation of Microsoft and Sony consoles.

Ubisoft’s support of the Wii U has always been called to question, especially after they admitted that they were reducing support as they continue to monitor the console’s progress. Even more alarming, the “second-screen” gaming that Ubisoft is championing may become a very moot point. Even now, iOS and other mobile apps are already being developed for the PS4 and Xbox One, making it very likely that tablet connectivity will be a future feature for all consoles.


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  • Stealth

    What he means is they will focus on new systems which is what they always say

    its slightly misleading

  • Geminiman555

    “Ubisoft Praises Nintendo, but”

    Ubisoft for the past half a year. They appreciate the support but if you have to keep saying it, it comes off as kinda fake.

  • Michael David Waldron

    What they are saying is that ‘we love the Wii U but until it sells more we cannot give it more attention”
    Business people.

    • Ashitaka

      Why would you get that out of it? The Xbox One and the PS4 haven’t sold a single unit yet.

    • Michael David Waldron

      Funnily enough, the Wii U hadn’t when it just launched as well.

    • redAPPLE

      Why wouldn’t you? It is exactly what they’re saying.
      People in this and other sites got annoyed when I told them that Ubisoft was a corporate piece of shit when all the Rayman stuff went down, they would come out every week with some statement about supporting Wii U yet deprived the console of a good exclusive that could have garnered great sales due to the drought, and with this they just show their true colors.
      All the talk about supporting Nintendo is fluff, they’re subduing to SonySoft’s will with their actions.

  • Well, this seems like a thought-out and well planned decision that will in no way come back to bite them in their ample posterior…

  • WiiU – What a terrible name

    Wii U is dead outside of the rare and far between Nintendo game.

    Gonna be a long console generation for them….

  • Aiddon

    adorable, figures Ubisoft would turn out to be just as shallow and cowardly as most 3rd parties

  • NinTemple

    F U-bisoft.

    Just like last gen, there is money to be made on Nintendo platforms. The secret ingredient? Effort.