Wii U can have 'great success', claims Ubisoft
Video game publishing giant, and one of the leading Wii U games developers, Ubisoft is "extremely happy" with the functionality and use of Nintendo's new Wii U console.
Although it may seem fishy coming from the company that's currently positioning itself to be the leading third party publisher for the new console, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot seems extremely confident in the Wi U's potential.
"What is really interesting is the fact that we have this tablet that allows us to bring totally new gameplay, and also brings the possibility to have a lot more social functionalities, because you can have now a screen to play asynchronously with your friends, to receive challenges and to really have a screen to communicate with your friends. That is going to help tremendously the experience in video games," Guillemot said during the Q&A portion of Ubisoft's annual earnings call.
He added: "We feel that the more we grow, the more use we will have for social functions in our games. And the new gameplays - a lot have been invented in other platforms, so there are lots of new ideas that will come to console. So that will help to bring new games with good functionalities, and be very good in turn at usage."
"So all this tells us," he went on, "that the machine can have a great success, because it will bring to families a good machine. And this will be for gamers but also for all the social games that are generally sold on the Wii. Going after those two types of populations will give a good chance for that machine to have a great success," Guillemot concluded.
Back in April, Tony Key, senior VP of sales and marketing at Ubisoft, teased the the company has "big plans for the Wii U" which we've slowly seen more and more of in the recent weeks.
Recently, Ubisoft announced Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth for the Wii U and Xbox 360 Kinect. Other Ubisoft games for the Wii U include Assassin's Creed 3 and Killer Freaks from Outer Space. Rayman Legends was also recently leaked via a Wii U demonstration video in April showing off some impressive NFC technology similar to that of Activision's Skylanders.
"Our goal is to continue to grow the brand with geographical expansion, and new platforms like Wii U," Ubisoft's financial presentation stressed.
Will the Wii U be as promising as Ubisoft is making it out to be? It definitely sounds intriguing, but it looks like we'll have to wait until E3 to find out more about the system.