Ubisoft will shift its focus when it comes to publishing games for Nintendo's Wii U. While the company will continue to release types of games that are already doing well — like the Just Dance franchise — it will back away from more mature titles. Speaking with Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs for Wii U will likely be the last mature game published for the console.
One of the reasons for this is the poor reception for Assassin's Creed games on Wii U. Both Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag received Wii U versions, but neither game appears to have done as well as the Just Dance games.
"What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games," Guillemot said. "So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in."
Earlier this year, Watch Dogs senior producer Dominic Guay confirmed that Watch Dogs — which was released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in May — was still coming to Wii U. He noted that the game was being held without a definitive ship date, but that a 2014 release was still possible. Guillemot confirmed that the Wii U version is still on the way, but suggested it would be the last mature title Ubisoft would publish for Nintendo's console.
"[Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U," Guillemot said. "It will be the only mature game we publish on it."
Guillemot also suggested that due to the rapid consumer adoption of the PS4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft could begin phasing out development for the PS3 and Xbox 360 as early as next year.
"What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we'll move to the new hardware," Guillemot said. "After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems."
Guillemot told Polygon during E3 that Ubisoft is currently sitting on a number of unannounced Wii U titles, having chosen to hold off unveiling them until more consumers purchase a Wii U.