Ubisoft has delivered a further indictment of Nintendo’s struggling Wii U console, declaring that ZombiU, the platform’s best-selling third-party game, “wasn’t even close to profitable.”
In May it was rumoured that the company was considering a sequel to the critically well-received game, however, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has now said the publisher has no plans to continue the franchise.
“We must find a way to ensure the creativity of those games could have a big enough audience,” Guillemot told GamesIndustry.biz. “We hope it will take off. At the moment, we’ve said ‘let’s do through Christmas and see where we are from there.”
In the same article, EA’s Peter Moore has also spoken further about the publisher’s decision to withdraw its support from the Wii U.
“We were there with four games for them [at launch]. It’s been a disappointment when you look at sell-through and, as a company, we have to be very judicious where we deploy our resources.”
“The lack of online engagement that we see on Wii U [is troubling],” added Moore. “It’s so integral to what we do. They’re so small it’s hardly worth running the servers. It seems like a box that’s out of sync with the future of EA – which is one that gives a real social feel to our games. The Wii U feels like an offline experience right now.”