Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says that their WiiU exclusive launch title ZombiU couldn't even turn a profit, despite being the most hyped game for Nintendo's console. It will not be getting a sequel.
Speaking with GI.biz, Guillemot says that the failure of ZombiU on the WiiU was the main reason Rayman Legends switched from an exclusive title to a multiplatform one.
“We must find a way to ensure the creativity of those games could have a big enough audience,” he said. “We hope it will take off. At the moment, we’ve said ‘let’s do through Christmas and see where we are from there.”
So if Ubisoft's games don't sell well this holiday season on WiiU, don't expect to see them developing anymore for the struggling console. EA's Peter Moore also chimes in on the subject.
“We were there with four games for them [at launch]. It’s been a disappointment when you look at sell-through and, as a company, we have to be very judicious where we deploy our resources,” Said Moore.
So why does EA think that sell-through is poor on WiiU?
“The lack of online engagement that we see on Wii U [is troubling]. It’s so integral to what we do. They’re so small it’s hardly worth running the servers. It seems like a box that’s out of sync with the future of EA – which is one that gives a real social feel to our games. The Wii U feels like an offline experience right now.”
Nintendo has got to be worried at this point. By this time next year, there could be zero third party AAA games in development for their console. Can the WiiU survive on Mario and Zelda alone?