Nintendo has made no bones about its hope that platform parity with the Wii U will make it more attractive for third-parties to port their games from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. But conspicuously missing from the company's E3 press briefing were some of the biggest franchises around, including Call of Duty. A rumor suggests that the next installment, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, will make it to the new console.
Eurogamer reports that scans from the British magazine Nintendo Gamer reveal the game will launch this November. Details of how it would use the GamePad controller were not disclosed.
Keep in mind that this is a rumor. Not only is this information second-hand, but Nintendo hasn't even announced if the system will be available before Black Ops 2 launches. However, it's clear that the developer is thinking about the Wii U. Treyarch's Mark Lamia told GI.biz: "I think it's interesting to think about all the platforms. Just in general, that's part of my job as a studio head, working with Activision on assessing where our creative can live. How can people experience it? We obviously have been a Nintendo developer for many years and have created many Call of Duty games on the Nintendo platform. [Wii U] is clearly a more powerful platform than its predecessor and... they have obviously a unique controller and interface."
Activision has published Wii versions of all the recent Call of Duty games, including Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3. Those ports required significant reworking due to the Wii's lacking power compared to current-gen systems; a Wii U port should be a piece of cake by comparison.
Shacknews has contacted Activision regarding the rumor, and will update as more information becomes available.