Watch Dogs for Wii U definitely not canceled

Ubisoft producer Dominic Guay says, "Yeah it's still alive"; could be released on Nintendo's struggling home console later in 2014.

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The Wii U version of Ubisoft's much-anticipated open-world action game Watch Dogs is definitely not canceled, producer Dominic Guay has confirmed.

"Yeah it's still alive," Guay told Polygon. "We still haven't defined a ship date for it, though. So it's on hold, to a certain extent for shipping." He said a 2014 ship date is a "possibility."

The Wii U version of Watch Dogs is the only iteration of the game not in development at Ubisoft Montreal, with development duties instead handed off to Ubisoft Romania. Guay said Ubisoft developers there want to take the time to leverage the Wii U's unique features, even if it means the game won't ship alongside the other versions.

"We wanted that team to have the time to explore the GamePad and be able to have fun with it and see how far they could push it," Guay said. "It's also an interesting platform, because it has its own strength, which we want to take advantage of, and we didn't want to delay all the other platforms for that one. So we're going to take the time we need to make sure the game is good (technically) when we ship it and that it also, game design-wise, makes good use of the specifics of the Wii U."

Also in the interview, Guay revealed that Watch Dogs was not originally set up to run on the Wii U and that he's been impressed by how quickly developers at Ubisoft Romania got it working.

"They were the perfect team to do it. Our Bucharest studio is super strong, super strong engineers and I was impressed by how quickly they got to get the game running on the console," he said. "And they were so autonomous in doing it."

Watch Dogs was originally expected to launch in November 2013, but Ubisoft delayed the game in October--just one month before release--to a new launch window of spring 2014. Just yesterday, Ubisoft confirmed that Watch Dogs will launch on May 27 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Wii U version's release date is officially labeled "TBD."

Looking for more Watch Dogs content? Be sure to check out GameSpot editor Shaun McInnis' recent extensive hands-on preview of the game from his recent trip to Ubisoft Montreal.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

122 comments
golemoy
golemoy

YES! They said they wouldn't implement any gamepad features, im glad they changed their mind.

I wil totally buy Wii U version!

gix47
gix47

i can wait for the WiiU version,really think they will fully use the gamepad plus i have such a massive backlog of games already...

kdavenport88
kdavenport88

So ready to play some great games, my WiiU has been sitting on the back burner for a while. Batman Origins has helped out with that though :)

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Hmm... PC version for best graphics, or Wii U version for best gameplay.

Guess I'll buy the Wii U version, then.

teller76567
teller76567

Well Ubisoft the damage is already done i can no longer trust you along with E.A,Squre,Microsoft. Shove it dry with no lube up your rumps.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Letter from Ubisoft HQ to Ubisoft Romania: "Guys, we've seen your alpha build and we need to talk. We were expecting a few more hackers and policemen, and not *quite* so many vampires!"

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I should get Watch Dogs on the Wii U. This is the only modern third party release for the Wii U. I have a Playstation 4 and Playstation 3. I just have a Xbox 360 (no Xbox one) Since this action adventure game involves hacking your way in the game world.the gamepad tablet would have made an excellent way to play WatchDogs. But it seems that the developers are not going to use it for that.


I would be nice if that was the reason for the delay of Watchdogs on the Wii U. But it is not. So this should be the last major 3rd party port for the Wii U.

Vodoo
Vodoo

The Wii U version has a "possibility" of coming out in 2014? That means there's a possibility that ot might not. This version could potentially come out a year later!

hystavito
hystavito

The gamepad seems like a perfect fit for this game, but most likely it will not really be used in any especially interesting way.

chev9342
chev9342

Who's ass at GameSpot is Eddie kissing in order to keep his job?

jfizdawiz
jfizdawiz

I just want it released on Wii U since I have no intentions of getting the other consoles at all

isv666
isv666

It's a shame that it will be released so far behind the other versions.  Many who are interested already own another system they can play it on and will probably do so long before the Wii U version is out.  I do think the Wii U's gamepad can potentially work a lot of magic with a game of this type and potentially be the best version of it.

rarerichz
rarerichz

great article , and im glad to see all the enthusiasm, going on at ubisoft Romania it puts other devs to shame why they make up so many excuses for not developing games on wii u. its clear lazyness

registeredpunk
registeredpunk

This and Mario kart 8 on WiiU, GTAV later on PC. PS4, Xbone please offer us something original.

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

Nah its not cancelled its just delayed a bit until Nintendo throws enough cash after ubisoft to make it worth the trouble.


otherwise i understand Ubisift why release a game this hot on a death console, rather spend that extra time on making the game top notch for the alive consoles and pc.


fadersdream
fadersdream

Even if it isn't canceled, Nintendo is a back-up system. So the sales will be terrible because people will have already purchased it months earlier on the real systems.

14monkey
14monkey

well lets hope this doesn't turn into ghost recon online for the wii U =/

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Not cancelled at all. It will be released alongside a special version of the Last Guardian on Wii U. -_-

darkteddi
darkteddi

Or in short words. we gonna put it out on WiiU once we get enough money from PS3/4 and XBO/360.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

This totally sounds like a stealth cancellation later in the year. "2014 ship date a possibility" for a game that everyone else will be playing May 27 doesn't sound optimistic. Are people really gonna be interested in Watch Dogs in March 2015? If the game turns out great, people will play it elsewhere. If it turns out to be meh, who cares if it comes out on the Wii U anymore? 

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

As long as it's not another half assed, undersupported port, I'll wait. The late release has pretty much sealed its fate sales-wise. Ubisoft shouldn't expect it to be a big seller.

Sharkspawn80
Sharkspawn80

I own both a PS4 and Wii U, Take the time you need Ubisoft; Just deliver us a quality product. Buying this on Wii U. 

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

What a troll-bait but hey, it's Friday so it's Feedbackula time. (Sits back and read them trolls today, this is going to be fun lol)

deathstream
deathstream

When development is outsourced to Romania, it isn't a good sign.  

chev9342
chev9342

@Vodoo Aren't you the same troll that said that the PS4 and Xbone already outsold the Wii U when the two console barely launched? Yeah, you obviously don't have any creditably. 

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

@Jacanuk  Well this might come shocking to you,but sadly xbox1 and sony are the one's at the death's doorsteps,just look at the market charts,and i meant sony as the whole company,if they don't do better ps4 won't save them and i'd hate to see sony go :(

Elem187
Elem187

Real systems? You mean that latest trailer of the PS4 version that shows the MASSIVE and significant visual downgrade from the PC version we saw at E3???

The PS4 trailer released yesterday has ZERO dynamic lighting. It all just looks flat and lifeless now. Ubisoft had to massively downgrade the visuals to get it to run on the tablet CPU's in the "next gen" consoles.

yavix
yavix

Same here. Kinda smart to wait since Mario Kart 8 comes out around that time, and all the Wii U owners will be buying that.

deathstream
deathstream

@EasyComeEasyGo  


How is this troll-bait?  They announced the release date for every platform BUT Wii U  yesterday.  The fact that it isn't cancelled is legitimate news.

mikees1
mikees1

Have you heard yourself?? Sony and MS at deaths door? What a bullshit statement on your behalf! Hahahah aha, believe me, WII U will be dead inside a year and PS4 and XBOX1 will be going from strength to strength! Face it, you brought a duff console. No amount of FAKE statistics claiming sony and MS are dying out (I really can't believe someone would actually be that bitter that their console sucked, they'd make up fake death rumours for two of the worlds biggest companies lmao) will make you feel better about your lousy wii u purchase.

Elem187
Elem187

Because the PS4 version received a significant visual downgrade... The new trailer released yesterday is of the PS4 version. They removed all of the dynamic lighting and scenery. It just looks flat and lifeless. Nothing from the new trailer even looks a fraction of how good it looked at E3

The only version that will impress visually will be the PC version now.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I respect Eddie's work (unlike Chev disrespect) but it was never ever going to be cancelled in the first place but this is just nothing but to get more clicks. This article was obvious.