Ubisoft Quebec working on Wii U project, AAA MMO

Publisher's newest job postings hint at new projects in the works at the studio behind Wii version of Black Eyed Peas Experience.

In its six-year history, Ubisoft's Quebec City studio has specialized in DS and Wii development, handling Nintendo platform editions of games like The Black Eyed Peas Experience, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and TMNT. The development house is trying new things, as job listings on the Ubisoft Quebec Facebook page posted yesterday reveal the team is working on a new AAA massively multiplayer online title, as well as a AAA Wii U project.

The "U" in Wii U apparently stands for "Ubisoft."

The MMO listing is for a tools programmer, and while it gives no concrete details about the project itself, it does tell candidates that the hired person will work on projects "on multiple platforms." An interest in traveling around the world is also given as a desired quality.

Ubisoft Quebec is looking for two new developers for its AAA Wii U project: a senior engine programmer and a network programmer. Again, the listings contain no specific details about the project, but the network programmer job description does involve implementing anti-cheat solutions, social features for online multiplayer, and downloadable content.

At this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Ubisoft was one of the most prominent third-party publishers to confirm its support for Wii U. The company held its own event dedicated to Nintendo's upcoming system and showed off three games: Ghost Recon Online (developed by Ubisoft Shanghai), Killer Freaks From Outer Space (Ubisoft Montpelier), and an unspecified Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft Montreal). The publisher also said it was working on a "multisport" title and a Raving Rabbids game for Nintendo's new console.

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Zelseisdabest
Zelseisdabest

idk if anyone seen the article but from what ive heard they are making the Wii U prices at a Loss for the company, in other words they wont be making the price of the system very espensive to the point where they are thinking of their own profit, i put the system somewhere around $300 to $350 which would be nice, id pay that much for a system that hopefully by the time it is released is as great as the companies making software for it says it is

Vampiro_HuntT3R
Vampiro_HuntT3R

@liquidsolid Agreed. They say now that graphics mean nothing in a game, and when Skyrim came out, everyone whined how the graphics were very bad, when they were VERY GOOD for its type. People just know how to whine! They just love complaining about everything. They are comparing a stupid Mario game with Skyrim? Casual games must not be compared with Hardcore games, please, nig gaz!!!

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

@Vampiro_HuntT3R Xbox and PS3 just target hardcore gamers? lol, sure didn't seem that way at E3 2011

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Anyone else think that Ghost Recon Online will be Free to play (well not free) on the Wii-U just like it will be on PC? It has been a theory of mine ever since it was announced and this kind of rumor that the same developer is possibly building a AAA MMO for the system only makes me think I am right. F2P is the way some companies want to make money and if the game is good I don't care. I'll take my MP online shooters a la carte anyday as long as the games are balanced. It would be a great move by Ubisoft because they would have that automatic base of customers who could try out the game immediately when they unpack the system and it could really build a solid customer base around the Wii-U.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@YearoftheSnake5 Red Steel is the only Ubisoft game I remember liking on the Wii. Not that it was a great game it was decent.

liquidsolid
liquidsolid

Going by some of the comments there are a few folk here that have picked up the wrong definition of what an AAA title is. It is not about whether the game gets an 8 or a 9. Its about how big the Budget is to produce a high production value game. There are similar parallels to the movie industry where an AAA movie has a large budget to produce high production visuals/effects and so on.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

After reading all the comments from everyone I will say this, There is nothing we can really about the Wii U at this time because most game sites I been have not be giving any solid details and don't forget, there are 2 thing that are important on the Wii U, The Price and Launch Games will determined the outcome for the Wii U. People seem to forget that the Economy is getting worst by the minute that has to be taking into consideration on this. Will I be getting a Wii U? That depends of they have the Legend of Zelda at Launch and if the price is right but until then good luck Nintendo.

paxv1
paxv1

people always say that its all game play and not graphics. now how many games with great graphics do you see that is bad?

keech
keech

Assassins Creed Online anyone? Reluctant as I am to admit it, that could actually work as an MMO.

JKnaperek
JKnaperek

AAA- that's quite an assumption these days.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

As long as the game isn't a launch title, it might be good. Ubisoft launch titles for Nintendo consoles tend to be pretty terrible. Anybody remember the Wii launch? Red Steel? Splinter Cell? Far Cry VENGEANCE?!

Flint247
Flint247

I always prefer game play over graphics. Graphics are nice and can be amazing at times, but if the game play is bad, then the game is bad.

SloganYams
SloganYams

@Vampiro_HunT3R So Wii games are innately inferior to Ps3 and 360 titles because the visuals aren't as good? Funny, that's not what Mario Galaxy's review scores say. Welcome to gaming ignorance 101! :D

SloganYams
SloganYams

@Vampiro_HunT3R So because a console is graphically inferior, its games are as well? Wii games are innately inferior and aren't "in the same league" as 360 and PS3 games? Funny, that's not what Mario Galaxy's review scores say. Welcome to ignorance 101! :D

Eternal_Phoenix
Eternal_Phoenix

Man, I never believed I would say this, since I grew up with mario games and I'm from the 8bit era, but I dont know what Nintendo business strategy is anymore... I really dont think I will be buying the Wii U, if nintendo keeps up like it has been the last few years, I dont want to spend money on a +$250 dust brick!

Vampiro_HuntT3R
Vampiro_HuntT3R

@zzamaro Couldn't say it better myself. So yeah... Strongly agree with you!

Vampiro_HuntT3R
Vampiro_HuntT3R

@SloganYams Different people will remember different games. You will remember Mario series and super smash bros. brawl etc, others will remember other and say that those truly were remarkable games. PS3 and Xbox360 deal with the big titles in the industry; hardcore gamers are the target here, while Nintendo products target the casual gamers. You cant compare PS3, XBox360 with Nintendo products. They are not of the same league. PS3 and Xbox360 comparisons are justified, but not the other one. Unless games on Nintendo come out in 1080p, do not compare them with ps3 and xbox360.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I bet it's gonna be called "The Justin Bieber Exerience"

SloganYams
SloganYams

@zzamaro *continued* I also seem to recall claiming the 360 as the most "consistent" of the current consoles. I just feel that, despite the many great games the console (and its Sony counterpart) houses, few of them are truly anything special. How many of these games will I reflect on a few years down the road and still say "that was a brilliant game." There's the Portal series, the Arkham games, and Halo Reach. And that's about it. The Wii has the Super Mario Galaxy series (probably the two best games since the golden days of 16-bit gaming if you ask me), Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Zelda. So as I said, I don't think the 360 or PS3 have any more truly compelling games than the Wii has. It's simply that the 360 and PS3 put a lot more money into marketing, which makes gamers believe every last one of them are something special. The Wii U sounds promising. Souped-up power, online, backwards compatibility, first-party exclusives, I see no reason why people decide to hate on it already. I mean, I know everyone loves to jump on the Nintendo-hating bandwagon these days, but credible reasons have yet to be given.

shadowchronicle
shadowchronicle moderator

Also I would like to ask you guys, what is your definition of hate? They said it doesn't seem like its gonna be successful. That isn't hate.

shadowchronicle
shadowchronicle moderator

I don't know who's saying this but Nintendo isn't Microsoft's main competition. Its google.

SloganYams
SloganYams

@zzamaro Funny, I don't remember ever saying PS3 and 360 were all FPSs, I remember saying that they are flooded with FPSs, but people ignore that fact and only focus on the good games for those consoles, while they turn a blind eye to all the great Wii games and only focus on the "dance and fitness" titles. I'm going to rephrase some of my earlier comments a little and state that the reason why Wii had flagging third-party support was because of the lack of HD and online. The Wii U is reportedly "far more powerful than the PS3" and has online well enough to house MMOs evidently (not just this one, but Dragon Quest X as well). So now there's no reason for 3rd-parties to back out (not counting exclusives, not that those exist much any more sadly).

zzamaro
zzamaro

@SloganYams "Xbox and PS3 is essentially the same military/space shooter." I stopped reading there. Yes, I agree there are a lot them but there are also other games that are not even on the wii: mass effect(won't bother putting #s), dead space, street fighter, resident evil, metal gear, littlebigplanet, bioshock, ninja gaiden, skyrim, oblivion, dark and demon's souls, batman games, final fantasy 13, marvel vs capcom 3, devil may cry, uncharted, heavy rain, alan wake, grand theft auto IV, portal, saints row, assassin's creed, dragon age, red dead redemption, la noire, and plenty other games I can't think of at this moment. As you see, those games are NOT military shooters and they are very good games. Don't get me wrong, I own ALL consoles. But calling 360 and PS3 space military shooter is really an ignorant fanboy comment. I'm not saying at 100% the wii u will be a kiddie console for fact but looking at previous generations and broken promises, it's very likely the wii u will be also just like the wii. You can't ignore the facts. If you can't really give me good facts, there's no point arguing about this. I'll be out of here if you can't.

guildclaws
guildclaws

i thought ubisoft massive is working in this AAA MMO project

svaubel
svaubel

I dont know why developers call their games AAA when they are not even released. Unless that means its going to have a 10 million budget and still not make its projected 9.0 rating.

SloganYams
SloganYams

@danielmbg *continued* And you're already writing off the Wii U? Seems a bit extreme. I've actually seen the console in person (I was at E3) and the controller isn't THAT big. It's like the original Xbox controller, really. And let's put it this way, the reason why the Wii had flagging third-party support is because of the lack of HD and online. Wii U is reportedly "far more powerful than the PS3" and evidently has online powerful enough for MMOs (Dragon Quest X will also be exclusive to Wii U). Take that into account and the future looks bright for the silly-named console. And when you take into account that it's completely backwards compatible with every Wii game and accessory, not to mention the inevitable releases of Nintendo mainstays like Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros. and (finally) Pikmin, the console is bound to be a success. Nintendo only needs to make sure its relatively inexpensive. I own all the current consoles, and they all seem to get even play time (except the PS3 currently, because I need to get it fixed), so I'll never understand why people hate on the only console that has its own bit of identity.

SloganYams
SloganYams

@danielmbg I agree the 360 is the most "consistent" of the current consoles (its essentially the PS3 but without the bugs), but when it comes to truly "compelling" games I don't think it houses any more than the Wii. I will happily tell you that both Super Mario Galaxy games are the best games of this generation (or last, for that matter). The 360 has a lot of good games, but few of them are "special," if you get what I'm saying. The Portal series and the Arkham games are phenomenal, and Halo is always fun (though admittedly it wasn't until Reach that I felt the series finally recaptured the essence of the original), but outside of those, no other 360 (or PS3) game has felt like something truly captivating for me. Super Mario Galaxy (and its sequel) basically epitomize everything I love about gaming, and I've probably poured more hours into Brawl than possibly any other game. And the best part is when Nintendo makes a brilliant game, it's something all its own, and not something that could be/is better played on PC.

danielmbg
danielmbg

@SloganYams Do you really believe that Wii has so many games as Xbox or PS3 have? I have a Wii, I think it has a nice controller, but the games aren't good. I agree that there are great games like Zelda, or Madworld. But really, 360 and Xbox have much more. And now, with Kinect, it's taking over Dancing and Fitness games, and hardcore games. And to finish, I really don't think that Wii U will be a good system at all. I like the idea of a screen on a controller. But the controller is too big, it's not anatomic. I think that after 30 minutes playing, you'll stop. Also I think that they started a really nice thing with Wii Remote, but they didn't finish it. Wii U didn't add anything new to it. What got me really disappointed.

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

What do they make again? Oh yeah, DRM. I kid, I kid.

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

Wii U is not a system I plan to buy on launch. Will wait a while to see what games are anounced.

SloganYams
SloganYams

@CarlosY2Jericho You sure you want to abbreviate Assassin's Creed like that? :P

SloganYams
SloganYams

@zzamaro it's ignorant to think a system we know nothing about has potential? I find it funny how people always take a stab at all the "dance and fitness" games on the Wii, but fail to mention that everything on the Xbox and PS3 (which may as well be the same console) is essentially the same military/space shooter. The Wii has plenty of great games, just because they were ignored by publications (not deep enough pocket books?) doesn't mean they didn't exist. Last I checked, Muramasa, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Zack and Wiki, Madworld and No More Heroes were all considered great games. As are all the first-party Nintendo titles (Other M aside). Frankly, the Wii has just as many worthwhile titles as the other consoles, it's just that the others also house mediocre games that know how to market themselves as AAA titles. Also, third party support looks decent so far, so why not be hopeful that's a continued trend instead of already convincing yourself the system is doomed to fail? Oh, right, ignorance and all that.

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

Im so pumped for the Wii U! Hopefully Ubisoft can bring some good quality games to the system.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@SloganYams Dude. It's not about being haters or something. Each generation, Nintendo promises 3rd party devs to bring AAA games to their next console, and in the end, their consoles have ended up with shovelware and kiddie games. It's was the same for Wii, a lot of potential was promised, and look at the games. A lot of dance and fitness games. If you dare to call haters "ignorants". You are also one for still believing that wii u still has potential. This game doesn't sound to be a good one to begin with.

params7
params7

if the Ass creed mmo is good, I'll get Wii u just for that.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

ill be honest, i do not know what to expect of this.

guertt
guertt

go go go Québec!

goubagouba
goubagouba

harharhar, thumbs downz u suckas!!!

boiardee14
boiardee14

ubisoft needs to just do anything other than AC games, they've run their course. and plz dont make a sequel to that crappy rayman platformer, i couldnt even get past the demo

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

@gab22 Actually a MMO for the WiiU you wouldn't surprise me too much since the normal Wii is getting one in the form of Dragon Quest X.

salvucci91
salvucci91

:D just the acronym, MMO, fills me with joy !

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

There's nothing stating the two projects are in any way connected. They could simply have two projects going. @xcollector Yeah but console based MMO's are ripe territory, you just cant charge for them as you saw with DCUO. Not to say the two projects are related, but Nintendo already has DQ X on the way which will be MMO like. And I expect publishers to try their hand at the MMO market. Its kind of been left solely to Acti/Blizzard.

RIPANTHONY8008
RIPANTHONY8008

i am looking forward to teh wii u. e3 2012 should be good though

gab22
gab22

"the team is working on a new AAA massively multiplayer online title, as well as a AAA Wii U project." It's probably 2 different projects, I dont think its a MMO on the WII U.

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

Judging by Ubisoft's track record, I am not happy about it. What s it gonna be? U Babbiez Party Deluxe?

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

The Black Eyed Peas Experience? I've seen it all...