Posted by Streex on August 20, 2014 at 5:05 AM
It's the end of the road for Mature rated games on Wii U from Ubisoft. Just bring out Boyz II Men to sing their 1991 classic now, because after Watch_Dogs comes out this fall, that's it. The main reason, coming from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, is that Nintendo gamers just don't buy Mature rated games. They have seen poor sales from the Assassin's Creed titles and refuse to give Wii U the next one. But ZombiU sold 700K! That's good enough right? Wrong.
It’s very simple. What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers. What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games. So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in. [Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U. It will be the only mature game we publish on it. -Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot
They are making an understandable and logical decision, but they have shot themselves in the foot several times over the past 2 years. First they turned Wii U exlusive title Rayman Legends (not an M rated title, but still) into a multi-platform release. Then they delayed the Wii U version so it could release alongside the other versions at the end of the year to compete with all the other big title launches. Now they release Watch_Dogs later than the other versions when everyone already knows it's just an average title and the hype surrounding it has already come and gone. These titles may not have sold well to begin with, but they were never given a proper chance to reach their full potential.
Ok Ubisoft, don't give us any more M rated titles. We're fine with it. But what about Tetris Ultimate? It's coming to 3DS, why not Wii U? That's not a mature rated tite. Well...just don't forget to release that finished Wii U title when the install base is satisfactory.