Ghost Recon Online for Wii U 'on hold'

Ubisoft confirms entire development team at Shangahi studio focused exclusively on PC version of free-to-play shooter.

Ghost Recon Online for the Wii U has stalled. Speaking to Videogamer, Ubisoft producer Theo Sanders said the development team is no longer working on the free-to-play third-person shooter for Nintendo's new console, due out worldwide this holiday season.

Wii U gamers may have to wait a while for Ghost Recon Online.

"As of right now, the entire Ghost Recon team is focused on the PC version only," he said. "The Wii U version is on hold."

Sanders explained that the development team at Ubisoft Shanghai was at one point working on both versions of Ghost Recon Online simultaneously, but the studio wanted to have "all hands on deck" for the PC version.

"If in the future we have an opportunity to address it again, we'll make future announcements," Sanders said. "But as of right now we're focused completely on the PC version."

Ghost Recon Online was one of the first games announced for the Wii U at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The free-to-play game launched on the PC last month through an open beta to a positive critical reception.

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31 comments
tgwolf
tgwolf

I'm not crying since I will most likely not get a Wii U and will never even play Ghost Recon.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

It was F2P, not going to be missing it much.

mechag2
mechag2

I'm not surprised considering the sheer amount of problems the PC version is currently having. They need all the help they can get. lol

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

Well from this at east we can conclude that there are some game companies interested in WiiU

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

So Wii U is getting PC games.....must say something about the Wii U's hardware. 

Needles-Kane
Needles-Kane

Ha big surprise.  Not that I care,  I'm not supporting a chinese game anyways.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

what did nintendo ever do to you??? whyyyyy?? waahhhh wwaaahhh..

Thirty-Thirty
Thirty-Thirty

Off topic question i'm new here where do i go to read other peoples blogs??

SolidTy
SolidTy

Well, without really knowing how Nintendo's online setup is going to work, I can't blame the developers. They may wait until after launch to proceed forward based on new information on the Nintendo Network, and of course, watching the sales of the new gen console.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Ubisoft may be waiting to see how the Wii U goes over with the "Core" / "Hard core" gamer population. As well as how Nintendo manages it's on-line service for the Wii U

 

Ubisoft is wise to wait.

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

Im curious as to why they stopped development. Was it because of a lack of man power? Was the free-to-play market for this game on Nintendo too small to justify the extra time and resources? Or did after getting their hands on the Wii U they found the hardware to be inadequate and below what they expected?

Marky360
Marky360

Disappointing to hear but I guess this better then Ubi releasing a sub par version of the game for both platforms.

James00715
James00715

Bad news for Wii U. Nintendo fans will still buy it for the Nintendo games, but third party support can really increase sales. Wii U could end up like the Gamecube, where Nintendo basically broke even.

da_chub
da_chub

would have been nice to add to the wii u lineup but i really dont care either way. 

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

This is old news, pretty much shortly after E3 someone at Ubi said that the Wii U verson was on hold.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Oh well. I don't believe we need more war games anyway. 

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

 @FallenOneX I was actually going to try it out on the Wii U, but really only since it's supposed to be free. I didn't plan on spending any money on it.

Kaeniar
Kaeniar

 @Needles-Kane Why? Because they're commies? Or because they treat their workers unfair? Maybe you should get rid off... well... most likely 100% of your clothes, because I can guarantee you that none of them were made entirely under fair circumstances...

GamerNes9
GamerNes9

 @Thirty-Thirty

 If you click on their name here, go to the left and click "my blog", then view Them :) :) :)

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

 @SolidTy What do you mean? I'm sure the Nintendo online system will be easy. First you have your 10 digit ID code. You exchange that with a friend, then exchange your 32 digit game code with them for each individual game, unless it's an odd day of the month, then you use you alternate 32 digit odd day code. If the game involves jumping or shooting then enter your 67 digit jumping/shooting code. If the game doesn't involve those, enter your 84 digit non-jumping/shooting code.

 

It's simple, see?

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @Lawdog1521 I know it's easy, you know it's easy. We need to Email Ubisoft and tell them it's easy! :P

Kaeniar
Kaeniar

 @jasongm  @kavadias1981 I've never played it myself, but what I hear from others, Mario Galaxy / 2 are supposed to be really great games...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @jasongm lol aye, I'm sick to death of Mario too. My original comment was just my opinion anyway, I don't expect it to reflect the opinions of others. 

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

 @Kaeniar  @jasongm Oh they are... well, at least the first one was. The second game felt very samey so I never really got into it. So completing it felt more like a relief than a shame. Really well designed game was the second one, just too familiar for it to feel fresh, and I have to say, this has becoming a recurring theme with Mario games of late.