Ubisoft not giving up on PS Vita, Wii U

Executive director Alain Corre says he believes both platforms have potential to succeed with the right execution.

Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs publisher Ubisoft is not giving up on the PlayStation Vita or Wii U anytime soon. Speaking with IGN, executive director Alain Corre said he believes both systems have the potential for growth in the future.

"We were very pleasantly surprised by Sony's last push on the Vita," Corre said. "Decreasing the price and investing a lot in new IP and trying to use the Vita as a second screen for the PS4, all of that gives a lot of advantages for the future of the Vita. We're watching that space and making sure that our PS4 games work on Vita, so the global experience on PS4 is even better."

Sony announced a price cut for both PS Vita models during Gamescom last week. The 3G and Wi-Fi versions of the portable are now available for $200 each.

Regarding Wii U, Corre said Nintendo's stable of franchises are some of the biggest and most compelling in the business. With the right execution, the Wii U can flourish, he said.

"There are millions, tens of millions of fans of Nintendo brands. I'm sure you’ve played Mario Kart for hundreds of hours. I did too. There are so many great franchises that are still making people dream," Corre said. "We think these brands will stay with us. After that, it's up to Nintendo to make sure that the machine can reach as many consumers as possible."

"We all think that they'll be able to sell more machines in the future. They have some of the best IP in the world, and some of the best memories for their players. If you've played Smash Bros. in the past, you want to play the next one," he added. "So these brands have a future, for sure. It's up to them to work on more communication to get the machine into more hands."

The Wii U has struggled thus far, selling 160,000 units worldwide in the April-June quarter and 3.61 million units overall. Nintendo is aiming to boost sales by releasing a steady stream of marquee titles.

The company shipped Pikmin 3 earlier this month, and has a number of high-profile first-party titles on the way this year, including The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (October), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (November), and Super Mario 3D World (December).

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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249 comments
orangesonic
orangesonic

WiiU is a very good idea, in a very weak hardware... it is not done yet... but it is too outdated

kbaily
kbaily

Good guy Ubisoft.

ArcoJawa
ArcoJawa

That's fine, most of the hardcore gamers will gravitate to Xbox..................... I won't miss them............. and they're not really a money making majority anymore.....

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Cool. I  like my Wii U. So it's nice that I'll have a good number of games to play for it within the upcoming months (both first party and third party games).

tightwad34
tightwad34

Why would they give up already? I swear half the reason for this BS is the media just drumming up some shit. It seems to me that people forget that the WiiU hasn't even been out for a year and they think it's already done. That's some of the most premature cynicism I've ever seen. Handhelds are a little different though. The 3DS is not going to slow down and the Vita really needs to pull some shit to compete. Don't know what that is, but they need something.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I bought the Wii U and i have no regret at all.

okassar
okassar

At this rate, Nintendo is going to give up on the Wii U before Ubisoft does.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I got my hands on a Wii U for the first time this last weekend... It might have been the game I played but I was left so underwhelmed I felt stupid even holding that massive controller that served no real purpose. Let it go Ubisoft...

Drilbit777
Drilbit777

I'm glad that they're not giving up on the vita. Personally I think its a very well built system, its just that the lack of games and overpriced memory cards is what makes it a hard buy compared to the 3DS. Hopefully we can finally get some original games on the vita instead of ports.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I was surprised Ubisoft didn't bring the Flashback remake to Vita. It looked like it was the kind of game that would be great on a hand held system, even if it isn't so wonderful on a full-sized console.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I knew the Wii U was not doing very well but I didn't know the Vita was in trouble. I love my Vita!

maybock3000
maybock3000

Nintendo jumped the gun BIG TIME with the Wii U. Should have waited and come out with a solid piece of hardware! PSP VITA is a sweet little system. I am honestly surprised it's not doing that well.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

went and bought a Vita last week after the price cut. very happy with it so far, it is my preciousssssss

though the memory cards are STILL obscenely overpriced.

AMG
AMG

It's good to see Ubisoft (and Activision) still holding strong with their support of the Wii U.

TM-Mordred
TM-Mordred

hopefully Ubisoft will bring TrackMania and ShootMania to the Vita and Wii U.

da_chub
da_chub

I must be getting close to 1000 hours by now on my wii u. And over 100 are zombiu.

telaros
telaros

I feel like I just read a Microsoft policy reversal, News article.

Well, have fun with that Ubisoft.

Neosonic23
Neosonic23

This is why Ubisoft was named company of the year, and EA was not.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

Oh ok I was under the impression they already ditched the WiiU

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

That's good of Ubisoft to make the risk of supporting platforms that are lagging in sales... I just wish other publishers did the same... /* looks at EA */

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

Ubisoft sure didn't give up on the Wii U, delaying Rayman Legends single handedly created a historical drought on the Wii U that was only broken when Lego City: Undercover was released.

klonoa53
klonoa53

ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLING STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRTTTT!!!!!


Jedilink109
Jedilink109

NOT GIVING UP on WiiU?!!?!?  The system isn't even a frickin year old yet!

DIGN
DIGN

Just bought a vita after the price cut, and damn the memory cards will make or break the console for you. Luckily I bought them used. I got a 16Gb(US PS+ account) and a 8gb(JPN Phantasy Star Online 2 Account).... both of them are full. Seriously slash the card prices in half 32 Gb is the only "real" way to play the Vita.

the_craig
the_craig

I'm glad to hear they aren't giving up on the Vita. I've been enjoying mine quite a bit since i picked it up a couple months ago.

rushiosan
rushiosan

Donkey Kong, Wind Waker and Super Mario 3D land won't save the Wii U. They may boost sales a little bit, but they probably won't mean anything when facing XOne and PS4 releases in Q4 2013. They waited too long to release decent games. The right time for these four titles (including Pikmin 3) was about 4-6 months ago. Things may get even worse for Nintendo by the end of 2013...

Fizzman
Fizzman

Too bad consumers already have.  

Leejjon
Leejjon

@tightwad34 I think the other way around.

The Vita is going to be saved by remote play with PS4, plus the fact that PS+ owners already get free ps vita titles every month. Since PS+ is going to be mandatory for online play on PS4 it's going to be very tempting for PS4 owners to buy a Vita. The price of the device has been lowered and even memory card prices are a little bit lower.

The Wii U needs a boost like this too. The tablet thing doesn't make me want to buy one. Although Mario and Zelda games are fun, I'd still rather buy a PS3 or even an xbox360 because they have hundreds of great third party games along with great first party titles. And if you're into graphics then you really want to upgrade to the PS4 or xbox one.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@okassar 

Because you know, releasing some of their biggest titles on a system is a huge sign of a company giving up on their console.

BlendThree
BlendThree

@maybock3000 Absolutely- In a way this is interesting because it shows the ironic contrast of the video game market- the Vita is powerful but getting smoked by Nintendo's weaker handheld.  The Wii U on the other hand is basically a current gen platform released at the very tail end of the current generation. The timing of the release was all wrong.  But as always though a system's success or failure is 100% dependent upon the games and not the specs.  Here are some prime examples of that reality.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@maybock3000 

It just shows you how much the power of the system really doesn't matter, at the end of the day, it's all about the games which is why the 3DS is outselling the Vita by a huge margin and why the PS3 managed to catch up and surpass the 360. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Spartan_418 

Lol, reading your comment made me think of you slowly stroking your Vita XD

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

@AMG EA and capcom only stopped because they want more money.

EA - Needs more money by having games mostly play online so they can  get more money by mico transactions.

Capcom want to release more games on ps4 and x1 like dead rising because they get paid for making exclusives and simply the demand has risen. and yea to lock 30% to 40 % of the content so they can get money off the DLC. the only good thing they will do is bring monster hunter to 3ds

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@uglypinkmoose 

Why would you think such a thing when they just released two of their biggest games on it and plan on releasing two more?

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@DIGN I think Larger memory (64gb/128gb) with reasonable prices will do the Vita well

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@rushiosan Yeah, but you're forgetting the fact that the XOne and the PS4 will be in limited supply this holiday season, which means many prospective buyers won't even be able to find one. That also means they won't well as many games during the same timeframe. The releases Nintendo has in store will certainly boost sales, and you have to factor in the fact that many parents will buy their kids a Wii U when no other system is available. And we all know that Wii U's will be able to be found in abundance anywhere you look this season. I personally think Nintendo will do just fine this holiday, even if they don't reach projected sales. However, if Nintendo can't hit their promised release date schedule, they are going to be in even worse trouble than they already are.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Fizzman 

Consumers can be swayed, no one is stubborn enough that they're going to completely ignore a product that could eventually become appealing to them forever. 

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@Leejjon @tightwad34 ehh its true and its not true. If you think about it the Wii U already comes with remote play built into the tablet controller. 

And while it may be missing some of the bigger third party games it will come with a ton of first party games to make up for it. There will be lots of games you can only get on the Wii U while you can take your pick of either one for third party games. 

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Hey man leave him and his precious be. Lol

rushiosan
rushiosan

@FLEEBS @rushiosan Good point, but you're forgetting about 3DS, X360 and PS3. They're still here, cheaper, selling millions of units per month with a large game library available. And most part of parents don't even know the difference between a Wii and a Wii U...

Leejjon
Leejjon

@bunchanumbers Can you take the tablet on vacation and play your console games from there via wifi? Because that's what Sony promised.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

@abHS4L88 There have literally been articles about ubisofts games not doing well on the WiiU..... if their complaining that's not a good thing that's where my impression was created 

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

@abHS4L88 Actually that's not always what that means... often it means budget and worker cuts 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@uglypinkmoose

Only Rayman Legends, everything else is coming out on schedule. Now if they flat out canceled Rayman Legends for the Wii U then yes.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

@rushiosan @FLEEBS You have some good points. I just personally think Nintendo will see an increase of sales this season, as long as they can deliver on the games. You do bring up the valid point that the availability of the current gen systems makes it even more important for Nintendo to drop the price on the Wii U before the holiday season. I unfortunately don't think they will. Nintendo certainly has their work cut out for them getting the public to realize exactly what the Wii U is and why it's different. I am by no means a fanboy of any company, but I do enjoy my Wii U, and I believe it has lots of potential. I really don't want it to fail.