Watch Dogs Delayed on Wii U

Better than the rumored cancelation, but still unfortunate.

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 02/10/2014 17:00 5 Comments     ShareThis

Ubisoft representatives have announced today that Wii U owners looking forward to the highly anticipated title Watch Dogs will have to wait a bit longer. That’s because the title is being held back as the team works on other versions. Ubisoft did not announce a firm release date for the Wii U version.

“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,” said a Ubisoft spokesperson.

Rumors had been swirling for some time that the Wii U version had been out-right canceled. While it’s good to know that the game is still coming, it’s still a bit disheartening. Ubisoft was once looked at as a publisher that pledged strong support for Wii U, but that quickly changed. Many fans were left disappointed last year when the publisher delayed a completed Rayman Legends in order to release it on multiple platforms. This news can only serve as a reminder of that scenario to Wii U owners. It also raises the question of how successful Watch Dogs can be on Wii U if it doesn’t come out for months after the other versions.

Does this news make you less excited for Watch Dogs? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo World Report

5 Responses to “Watch Dogs Delayed on Wii U”

  • 1396 points
    penduin says...

    I’ve been getting the feeling that Watch Dogs is being rushed to release (no way to know how much stock to put in that, of course), plus I have tons of backlog gaming to do anyway, so I actually welcome this delay. …Which sounds weird even from a big Nintendo fan. ;^)

    Naturally, I’d rather see the Wii U version released at the same time as the others, but if this honestly means more polish and better gamepad support, then so be it.

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    • 849 points
      ejamer says...

      “…but if this honestly means more polish and better gamepad support, then so be it.”

      Sadly, feels like a big “if” here. The statement that Ubisoft released about the delay made it sound like Wii U gamers clearly weren’t considered part of a meaningful customer base – which might be fair given the weak install base. I doubt that a Wii U delay means anything other than the Wii U team has been deprioritized and lost resources to help finish/polish the game for other platforms.

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  • 219 points
    PanurgeJr says...

    I’m not bothered at all. This game looks less interesting every time I see it, to the point where I was considering it only to show 3rd parties that some Wii U owners buy 3rd party.

    To those that lament the continued abandonment of Wii U by 3rd parties that this appears to be, I say yesterday Nintendo Enthusiast compiled a list of 120 indie games that are hoping to come to Wii U. That’s plenty of 3rd party support, and I’m going to take the $60 that Ubi was going to get, and give it to 4 or 5 indies who appear to be making more interesting games anyway.

    Final note: I’m also suspecting more and more that the entire game isn’t doing well, that Ubi may not be supporting Wii U because they can’t afford to, and that they’re trying to figure out how to lose the least amount of money on the entire affair.

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  • 264 points
    decoupage says...

    The press statement seems to me to indicate what ejamer said. With that in mind I don’t blame Ubisoft; Wii U 3rd party sales simply stink (e.g. Zombie U, Call of Duty, and Batman). I for one am happy they didn’t cancel the game, and I’ll likely buy it thanks to what the game promises, and in blind hope that others (Wii U owners) will do the same. Sadly I hoped the same would happen with the Dreamcast, so my good intentions might not help much.

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  • 670 points
    OG75 says...

    Uh huh….

    First the delay…

    Then the long silence…..

    Canceled!

    Cut it out Ubi-Soft. Just tear the band-aid off already! Or for our British friends: “Just tear the plaster off already!”

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