Ubisoft now "fully focused" on Watch Dogs for Wii U

Creative director Jonathan Morin says developers are making sure it "gets the attention it deserves to make it the best version it can be."

With the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of Watch Dogs closing in on their May 27 release date, Ubisoft is shifting its focus to the Wii U version, creative director Jonathan Morin said in a new interview. Not that Ubisoft's wasn't giving the Wii U version attention before, but now that the other versions are nearly here, Ubisoft is able to "fully" focus on making the Wii U version the best it can possibly be, Morin said.

"Right now [the Wii U version is] currently being done, but I'm not directly involved. We wanted to finish all the platforms that we are currently shipping," Morin told Red Bull. "We needed those guys to get [the shipping versions] finished, and the good news now is that they're all fully focused on the Wii U version, making sure it gets the attention it deserves to make it the best version it can be."

There's no word yet on when specifically Watch Dogs will be available for Wii U, we just know it will be sometime after May 27. It's also unknown if the Wii U version will be feature-similar to the other iterations. Watch Dogs is getting a DLC season pass, but it was not announced for Wii U.

Also in the interview, Watch Dogs story designer Kevin Shortt explained why Chicago was the perfect city for the game.

"Chicago has a very complex history," Shortt said. "Chicago-style politics, as they say. It's all part of the reason why we chose the city--it's a city that has a checkered past. It's an exciting city, but man, there's a lot of corruption, there's so much crime going on. For the world we're playing around with, with all the lies and betrayal, it just fits. The power that comes with secrets, that's a big thing for Watch Dogs."

Chicago is also an ideal setting for Watch Dogs, Shortt said, because it's a city that is well-equipped with cutting edge surveillance technology. The city reportedly has more than 20,000 cameras all around it that police can use for surveillance.

"So if any city was going to take on a system like CtOS (the fictional computer system from Watch Dogs), Chicago would be a perfect place," Shortt said.

Finally, you might think that Watch Dogs' topics and themes represent a commentary on the current state of information technology and privacy, especially so after Edward Snowden recently leaked numerous NSA documents showing far-reaching government surveillance. However, development on Watch Dogs began years before Snowden's revelations. Still, Shortt said he hopes Watch Dogs can be "part of the dialogue" about these topics.

"It's interesting," he said. "When we started the game, one of the things we were looking at--we started peeling back the layers, and asking questions like what does it mean to have this kind of power and access to all of this information--is there a sense of privacy anymore? Who's controlling of all this information? Can you turn it into a commodity?"

"Then a year ago, we saw all those revelations with Snowden and all that information he put out," he added. "It reinforced the sense that we were always hoping this game would be a game that yes, it's fun, you're going to lose yourself and have a good time, but at the same time, you would come away with 'ah, when I'm out in the real world, I'm one of those NPCs you can hack'. We were hoping the game would be a part of the dialogue."

For more on Watch Dogs, be sure to read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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156 comments
PikminWorld
PikminWorld

I'm really excited for this game but, I'm not sure I can wait a long time... Gah impatience. I might get it on PC first then Wii U. I hope they do something really cool with the gamepad though. :)

yienwae
yienwae

We have a 360 and a Wii U. Ubisoft has done a wonderful job of utilizing the gamepad on the U. I look forward to the Wii U version of this game and plan to purchase it.

MaTTerCuBe
MaTTerCuBe

Still disappointed with the hypocrisy of delaying Ray-man legends to release on all consoles, and then this crap.


My Wii U was barely being touched for a while (probably because I was in a DotA hole), but now I've been playing it a lot more, especially since child of light came out.  Mainly small games.  MK8 will be my next AAA for Wii U. And then Smash Bros.  Oh yea...

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

Thank god! Now hope it will be as addictive as Deus Ex Human Revolution and Splinter Cell Blacklist on another level. Hacking, stealth and a sense of humour is worth it for this game.

smearytoast
smearytoast

OMG YES. Nothin like it ever on Nintendo console. Show them how its done Ubisoft! :P

Vodoo
Vodoo

I don't get why Ubisoft is dedicating all those resources to the Wii U version. It doesn't make sense. Unless they're just assigning a small team from the main development group to bang it out as quick as possible and the rest go to help development on The Division and the new Assassin's Creed. Because there's just no way they'd commit that amount of development strength to a version of the game that's gonna lose money or, at best, break even.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

If I had a Wii U I would get it on the Wii U. I bet they will add a lot of functionality to the touchscreen basically translating the whole phone interface. You would have to get out your phone, just touch the screen right away.

xantufrog
xantufrog

Does anyone know what they are aiming for to use the WiiU's features? Could be really interesting. Could also be really lame...

chev9390
chev9390

You know what Ubi Soft could do to make the Wii U version the best version? By making all the held back DLC into the final version of the Wii U game.

adroge1
adroge1

This is the version of the game I'm going to get. It will probably be the best experience out of all of them, just like Rayman Legends.

jdh75
jdh75

Ubisoft is arguably the best developer for video games ever. Unlike Rockstar Games and Naughty Dog, they don't release one game a year and their games are (overall) excellent.

steverl22
steverl22

I own all gaming systems and a nice gaming rig.....no way in hell am I picking up the Wii U version. I'm going PC 1st then picking up an Xbone/PS4 version on a Black Friday sale.

I have a Wii U for Nintendo games only, we all know what happens with 3rd party games on that system.

Petman8246
Petman8246

@Trickymaster  Honestly, I'm torn on getting this for my PC or Wii U. I might end up getting it for both since the PC version is supposed to be gorgeous, whereas hopefully the Wii U version will have some neat features.

hystavito
hystavito

@Trickymaster  I'd like to think that way too, but I expect they will do little with it.  A lot of WiiU games gamepad usage just ends up equating to the pause screen menus on it instead of the big screen.  This is especially likely on a multi-platform game.


One of the biggest problems is when games decide to make the game fully playable on the gamepad screen.  This is often a big selling feature, and while it's cool for many, it hurts the ability to make really interesting and different use of the gamepad.

STBadly
STBadly

@Trickymaster I do have a Wii Uand I'm NOT getting it on a Wii U.  A Wii U is good for exclusives and that is it, trust me.  This is going on my PS4.

Petman8246
Petman8246

@adroge1  Rayman Legends originally was a Wii U exclusive, then Ubisoft decided to make it multiplat. Because the tablet isn't on the 360 (aside from Smartglass, but who uses that?) and PS3, they made everything you did on the gamepad just one button.

surfepic
surfepic

@adroge1 Well, it is the version you are going to get because wii U is the only console you own.. you have no other options.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@jdh75 While one game a year sounds bad on paper, it means the will of the company is 100% behind the title. Even if it isn't for everyone, you know it isn't shovelware. Not sure how that translates to Rockstar and Naughty Dog sucking.


Ubisoft does well (enough) because it is so big it has multiple "little companies" working on - you guessed it - one game a year.

hellzicke
hellzicke

@jdh75 lol wut! Ubisoft keep delaying their games, hyped up by millions of dollars in marketing and misleading advertising and then chop up the game to sell it as day one DLC's. Ubisoft is more in the same division as EA where they prefer quantity over quality.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@steverl22   So, you will go for the visually-best version.... and then you will pick one of the versions that are the very same as the first one but a lot less beautiful (only have cons compared with PC version).... and then you will ignore the only one that will actually have something different (a pro compared to the ALL VERSIONS) and a reason to buy it as secondary version?

For Devil's sake, that's BRILLIANT! Einstein would be proud....

Scourge206
Scourge206

@chev9390 @VodooNo he reasoning is well grounded and rational the WiiU is and I am confident will remain a commercial flop.

davidixonlive
davidixonlive

@hystavito Ubisoft is one of the only third party companies that actually takes advantage of the GamePad in their games. So I have to think that they are not gonna suddenly get lazy now.

H0M3RC1D4L
H0M3RC1D4L

@STBadly @Trickymaster I will be picking up the Wii U bundle with MK8 and am seriously considering the Wii U version of Watch Dogs over the Xbox One version simply because the gamepad seems better suited to some of the actions in the game. I would hope that the PS4 might incorporate the PS Vita into the gameplay for those that have it. Now...if the Xbox One could have on-screen prompts for the Kinect 2 to pick up, all of the new generation systems would be covered :)

yavix
yavix

@STBadly @Trickymaster  I have a Wii U and a PS4, and I'm going to wait and see what they do with the Wii U version. The Wii U just seems like a perfect fit for this game. Graphics wise it won't be nearly as impressive, but if they actually make good use of the gamepad, it could end something great for the Wii U.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@STBadly @Trickymasterall things equal, I can see this being best on PS4 out of the consoles, but IF they do something really cool with the gamepad that could tip the balance for some folks to WiiU. Games are about the experience, after all.

chev9390
chev9390

@surfepic @adroge1 Wrong, the Wii U version is the best version because it contains exclusive and it makes use of the gamepad. 

Stebsis
Stebsis

@hellzicke You're seriously complaining about them hyping up a game they want to sell as much as possible and that people know about it?

steverl22
steverl22

I'll put it like this.....I won't waste my money on a half ass version of this game. Answer me this...Why haven't we seen ONE SCREEN SHOT of the Wii U version? You know why.....

davidixonlive
davidixonlive

@Vodoo Far from the truth. What are Sega, Disney, WB, Platinum Games, Namco Bandai, Activision, and everyone else? Why is it that some people only pay attention to EA, Rock Star, and Naughty Dog? There are other companies that are also 3rd party, people.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Ubisoft is actually the ONLY third party developer that the Wii U has left. They must owe Nintendo a big favor.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@surfepic @chev9390@adroge1 If it's quality you're looking for then get the PC version.  I may have PS4 and Wii U but I'm willing to wait for the Wii U version as it could add a much more unique experience  using  the gamepad.  If I simply cannot wait, I sure as hell would want the definitive version aka PC

metallinatus
metallinatus

@steverl22  So you mean there is no footage to prove your point that the Wii U version will be worse than Xone/PS4?

Oh, the irony....

steverl22
steverl22

You call it 'wasteful' I call it smart....I'll get to play a great version on my nice 70in HDTV with my friends and I get a free copy with a video card that I was already planning on buying.

You do what you want buddy and I'll do the same. Its been funny watching you stand up for the Wii U version, can you link me to any footage of said version? I would love to see these features you speak of.

metallinatus
metallinatus

@steverl22  Getting the PC game for free do not make less wasteful to spend on a PS4 or Xone version when you already have the PC one.

davidixonlive
davidixonlive

@steverl22 I would love to give reasons to why this is that, but given the way that you responded I guess a mature conversation is out of the question. Your justification of a half-assed port makes no since. Do you not understand porting. He is in charge of the game, not the ports. (XB1 and PS4 are ports in case you didn't know) The creative director is there to make sure the game is ready to go to porting over. (Yes, they make sure that the game is polished, too, before they call it "done") Arkham City was ported to the Wii U by a different team where the original creative director wasn't involved. And the game turned out great to play.

Here is a question: Do you play games because they look pretty or real, first and foremost?


Here is another: Is it important for games to have good gameplay over good graphics? 

steverl22
steverl22

LMAO.....you should work for Nintendo's marketing dept.

I'll get the PC version FREE due to me upgrading from a 670 GTX to a 780 GTX....then I'll catch a black Friday sale for $25-30, to me that's a great deal. The Wii U is only for Nintendo made games, I won't be fooled into buying a sub par version of any game. There is a reason why 3rd parties don't really do well on the Wii U and I don't want to be caught in the middle of it.

smearytoast
smearytoast

@steverl22  do you troll like this often. lol If your jealous then get over it, if you not well then more for the rest of us :P Sorry but you fail. Lastly why do you even care if your not going to get the WIIU version? I don't recall anyone asking your opinion on all this like you have to defend it with you last breath of why your not getting WIIU version. Do you really think we care?  ha ha :D

metallinatus
metallinatus

@steverl22  There is no reason for this to be less beautiful than AC IV was, and AC IV was great on Wii U, so being on pair is already good....
Also, wasting money is exactly the problem here.... why will you waste money on a PS4 or Xone version if you will already get the best version? Buying the very same thing again but less beautiful is a waste....

Wii U will have a different gameplay at least, so, if you already have the PC version, it makes much more sense to get Wii U's one to have a different game experience than just get the same thing but worse on PS4 or Xone.

steverl22
steverl22

How on earth can you tell anyone 'you're playing a GAME for the wrong reason'? Please get your head our of your ass....I play games for fun and as a hobby! Yes I have EVERY gaming system and a nice gaming PC because I enjoy this HOBBY called gaming, stop being a fanboy for one moment in your simple life.

One thing that points to it being half ass is: "Right now [the Wii U version is] currently being done, but I'm not directly involved." That was a statement made by the creative director, I've never heard of the director not being envoled in a version of a game. You go ahead and wait for the Wii U version...by the way when is it shipping again!?!

davidixonlive
davidixonlive

@steverl22 Explain how the Wii U version will be half-assed. If you are playing the game just because it looks good graphically, you are playing it for the wrong reason.