When Nintendo first revealed Wii U to the public, Ubisoft was considered one of the strongest third-party supporters of the console. Ubisoft planned to launch both ZombiU and Rayman Legends as Wii U exclusives, but when Wii U got off to a slow start, both titles were eventually ported to other consoles, and Rayman was even delayed on Wii U for a multiplatform launch. The Wii U version of Watch Dogs was also delayed, and Ubisoft’s support for Wii U essentially vanished.
Nintendo is gearing up to launch a new console, code named NX, in March of next year. Ubisoft has already
committed to launching Just Dance 2017 on NX, and they’ve suggested that NX could attract lapsed Wii owners. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot expressed support for Nintendo going forward.
“You can expect we’ll support Nintendo. Nintendo is one of the best partners in the world.”
— Yves Guillemot
Guillemot gave this answer when he was asked if Ubisoft would support NX during its launch window. We know that
Just Dance 2017 is coming to NX, but so far Ubisoft hasn’t committed to supporting it with any other titles. Later on, Guillemot opened up about the decision to step back from Wii U development.
“We could see it wasn’t selling as fast as expected, so we reorganized around other platforms. With the Wii U, we were able to relaunch Rayman 2D. It was a good thing for the company and the brand and its fans. If you remember, it was supposed to be Wii U exclusive, but we made it multi-platform when we saw it wasn’t selling fast enough. The Wii U has done quite well. It’s still a Nintendo machine with lots of great franchises, and we’ve sold lots of copies of Just Dance on it.”
— Yves Guillemot
If NX is able to recapture the Wii market and acquire a large install base, it will likely see more support from Ubisoft. If it struggles to sell like Wii U, Ubisoft will likely lose interest and move their development resources to other platforms.