Today during the company's investor conference call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced that Watch Dogs on the Wii U will be coming after that title's other versions. Previously, there had been rumors that the Wii U version was cancelled altogether, but luckily for Wii U owners that's not the case.
Guillemot said that Watch Dogs, which was slated to launch in November 2013, will now be coming in the first fiscal quarter of Ubisoft's 2014-2015 financial year. That means the game will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC some time between the beginning of April 2014 and the end of June 2014.
"Fiscal 2014-15 will see an exceptional games line-up, with the release of five major titles including Just Dance, The Crew and Watch Dogs, which is scheduled for release in the first fiscal quarter," said Guillemot in the company's earnings press release. "Our line-up is also expected to reap the benefits of the return to growth in the console market and the increasingly significant impact of digital gaming."
"We made the difficult decision to further delay the release of Watch Dogs on Wii U to focus the team's resources where they could have the broadest possible benefit for both our customers and Ubisoft," Guillemot added financial call.
There's two ways you can see this delay. The first puts the Wii U at the end of Ubisoft's priority list, at least when it comes to Watch Dogs, as I'm not seeing Ubisoft forgetting the platform when it comes to Just Dance. That's still a pretty big blow to the system's third-party possibilities as Ubisoft was one of the bigger supporters of the Wii U. Alternatively, Ubisoft wants to get the Wii U version just right, and the extra time will be used to get the GamePad-specific controls working perfectly.
I'm leaning towards the former idea, as the "broadest possible benefit" part of Guillemot's quote seems to point towards the company deciding that the Wii U's install base isn't currently worth the expenditure of resources at this point. Sure, Ubisoft's greater support of the platform could help that install base grow, but that's Nintendo's problem, not Ubisoft's.
Will you wait out the Wii U version of Watch Dogs, move onto another platform, or skip the game altogether?