If you have a Wii U, don’t fret. Plenty of popular titles will be hitting the console in the near future. However, many aren’t sure if these titles will come from third party developers and publishers.
Fans of Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty will have to rely on the Xbox and PlayStation to get their fix. Because, as of this August, both beloved franchises will not be coming to the Wii U anytime soon.
A recent statement from both companies revealed the facts this August.
Ubisoft, known for their Assassin’s Creed franchise, stated that their upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Rogue will ‘not be launched on the Wii U.’
Instead, the November 11 title will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The title won’t be released on the Wii U, due to ‘lower sales of the previous version,’ otherwise known as Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
Earlier this year, Ubisoft reported that Nintendo Wii U sales had only ‘represented 3 percent of its total revenues for the fiscal year that had ended March 31, 2014.’ Those results led to them reporting that they will not ‘release any mature titles on the Wii U and, possibly, other Nintendo consoles in the future.
The same sentiment about Nintendo consoles was also expressed by Activision Blizzard. However, many gaming resources suspect their intentions lie more in ‘gaming market share on Xbox and PlayStation consoles,’ specifically the new generation consoles, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The publisher-developer will release Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and on PCs. They currently don’t have any major or mature titles planned for Nintendo titles, namely titles with a big of a brand name as Call of Duty.
Many gaming market experts attribute the ‘lack of interest’ in the Wii U to consumer preferences. Most ‘casual’ consumers now turn to smartphones and tablets for gaming instead of gaming on Nintendo consoles.
Other, although unofficial resources, also attribute the casual crowd’s lack of interest to the fact that Nintendo didn’t ‘provide enough support for the Nintendo Wii’ during the last years of its shelf life. That, combined with the growing popularity of mobile games, likely caused casual gamers to search for other gaming avenues.
Hit games like the Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty series are merely going where the market share is. Most gamers interested in those ‘core’ gaming titles will likely stick with the Xbox and PlayStation brand.
While Nintendo consoles did have a reputation for supporting core gamers in the past, many may have grown frustrated with the lack of third party and, in some cases, second and first party offerings. This type of apathy from their audience may trouble Nintendo consoles in the future, however all hope isn’t lost.
Like they say, we’ll just have to wait and see.