The Wii U woes continues for Nintendo as Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that there will not be a sequel for the lukewarm-received game ZombiU, after stating that the Wii U exclusive game wasn’t even close to making a profit (ouch). This may come as heartbreak to many fans of the game which was launched along side the Wii U last year.
Looks like someone isn’t happy about this happening
Contrary to what the company stated in May, it was mentioned that a prototype was in the works at Ubisoft Montpelier. However, judging by how Ubisoft Montpelier just finished development of Rayman Legends, the prototype for the next ZombiU game would not have been given much thought, as Ubisoft is currently focusing on finishing Rayman Legends instead. Rayman Legends was supposed to be a Wii U exclusive which was to be released on February 26th in North America. The company went under public fire when it was announced on February 3rd that Rayman Lengends would no longer be a Wii U exclusive, and that it would be also coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360.
This is set to be an amazing game, no doubt
“What happened was that we saw the Wii U was not going to sell enough of those games,” explained Guillemot. “The game is going to be fantastic, and we didn’t want those creators to wind up in a position where even after making a fantastic game, they didn’t sell well enough. We decided that we had to come out on enough machines that players can try it out on any one that they have, and give more time to both improve the game on the Wii U and create versions for the other consoles.”
That basically boils down to the Wii U not being sold enough to warrant an exclusive. Like it or not, game publishers are here to make a profit, make no mistake about it, and if they foresee a sluggish console struggling to sell, they would not hesitate to pull the plug on the game. However think about it for a moment, because it’s the most classic of paradoxes:
The classic Paradox
The same could be seen with the PlayStation Vita even today as many third party companies are still indecisive as to whether developing a full-fledged AAA title for the Vita would be worth it. This trend is sadly going to continue until console sales are up. It is rather pitiful that Ubisoft decided to drop the development of a sequel, because ZombiU didn’t exactly receive a horrendously bad reception, it got pretty good scores which averages out to 77 on Metacritic. Instead of looking at ZombiU as a product that didn’t reach its profit goal, Ubisoft should instead look at what CAN be done and corrected in their sequel to ZombiU. It had an interesting premise, just that it didn’t execute it all that well, and I think that Ubisoft could have rectified its mistakes instead of abandoning the project.
Zombies getting pulled back into storage as no ZombiU sequel is in the works at the moment
Perhaps in the near future Ubisoft could overturn their decision and actually produce a sequel to ZombiU? Only time will tell. Not all is grim and depressing though as the Wii U WILL be getting exclusives in the coming months! Yay! I will be covering the exclusives in a separate article so stay tuned for that!