Ubisoft: ‘Nintendo Customers Don’t Buy Assassin’s Creed’
Nintendo consoles aren’t really known for hosting a wealth of mature titles, but it’s still pretty normal to see Wii U ports at launch day. According to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot however, that practice will be changing since it simply isn’t seeing the sales to make the process worthwhile.
“It’s very simple,” Guillemot told Game Informer. “What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.” To be more specific, Ubisoft’s Wii U sales only cover three percent of the past fiscal year. Standard Wii sales from Ubisoft are better, at 11 percent, but both are still dropping compared to the 2012/2013 fiscal year.
That’s not to say that Ubisoft will never sell games for Nintendo consoles, just that it intends to shift its mature titles to other platforms. “What we see is that [Nintendo customers] are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games,” Guillemot continued. “So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in.”
The sole exception is the Wii U edition of Watch Dogs, which has already been delayed for almost a year. “It will be the only mature game we publish on it,” Guillemot confirmed.