Watch Dogs delayed on Wii U

Watch Dogs has been delayed on Wii U, as an earnings call from Ubisoft noted that most versions were still due in spring, but Wii U's version would come "at a later date."

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Watch Dogs will be delayed on Wii U after all, Ubisoft announced today. During an earnings call, the company recommitted to its spring release target for the vast majority of systems, but said the Wii U version will come "at a later date."

Rumors began swirling when fans noticed that Wii U pre-orders from GameStop were being cancelled, which the company subsequently chalked up to a "glitch." Today's announcement (via Kotaku) sheds a little more light on the subject, as it sounds like the Wii U version isn't outright nixed, but definitely isn't a top priority. It's notably the only one to be outsourced, but Ubisoft had promised its quality would be better than the PS3 and 360 versions.

The PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One editions--everything but the Wii U version--are still due in spring as scheduled.

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    February 10, 2014 10:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Watch Dogs delayed on Wii U.

    Watch Dogs has been delayed on Wii U, as an earnings call from Ubisoft noted that most versions were still due in spring, but Wii U's version would come "at a later date."

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      February 10, 2014 10:41 AM

      I think we all saw this coming. Here's a question: Does next AC game even come out on Wii U or does Ubisoft go the way of EA this fall?

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      February 10, 2014 10:45 AM

      I wonder if the game is being delayed because of technical issues or because the low install base just made it a lower priority.

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        February 10, 2014 10:56 AM

        That and no real way to sell DLC.

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          February 10, 2014 10:58 AM

          Please clarify...

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            February 10, 2014 11:46 AM

            I imagine the poor install base would cause extremely low DLC sales. Not sure if that's what they were going for or not, but it would make sense.

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          February 10, 2014 11:32 AM

          Yes there is. It is dlc is listed in the e shop.

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      February 10, 2014 10:52 AM

      I thought it was cancelled, this is good news.

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      February 10, 2014 10:55 AM

      I think it will be quietly cancelled after launch.

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      February 10, 2014 10:59 AM

      "At a later date" eventually to become cancelled.

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        February 10, 2014 10:59 AM

        that's my expectation

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        February 10, 2014 11:03 AM

        That's how I read it as well.

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        February 10, 2014 3:48 PM

        Yeah, that's probably it.

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        February 10, 2014 5:18 PM

        Kind of like the hot chick in highschool who you tutored but she said she couldn't hook up with you until she broke up with her boyfriend and they never did because she got knocked up but not from him but from some poetry major at a community college.

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      February 10, 2014 10:59 AM

      Why take about delay, talk about a fucking release date.

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      February 10, 2014 11:00 AM

      It sucks to see the Wii U flounder like this. I can't imagine how they're going to turn this around when even Ubisoft now is throwing them under the bus.

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        February 10, 2014 11:02 AM

        Yeah Ubisoft was the only 3rd party that seemed to be supporting Wii U. If they drop out there is nothing.

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      February 10, 2014 11:01 AM

      This really sucks. I planned on getting the Wii U version.

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        February 10, 2014 11:07 AM

        I figured that this would be a good third party game for the gamepad.

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          February 10, 2014 11:08 AM

          Yeah I was excited to see what they do with the gamepad, since the hacking and other tech stuff could easily be enhanced with the addition of a second screen.

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        February 10, 2014 4:04 PM

        Same here

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      February 10, 2014 11:29 AM

      Well that just shitty stuff from Ubi's part.

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        February 10, 2014 12:11 PM

        Was planning on getting the Wii U version most likely. If they do their worst and cancel it even though it could very likely be the best because of the gamepad, I'll be getting the PC version, when it hit's the 5€ range.

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        February 10, 2014 2:30 PM

        As much as I like Nintendo I can't get too mad at the publishers. These are businesses, not charities, and if it doesn't make business sense to develop for the Wii U no one should expect these publishers to bail out Nintendo just to be nice.

        Sure, if all the third parties jumped back on board maybe they could turn this ship around, but right now developing for the Wii U seems to be wasting money. As far as I know all the Wii U games Ubisoft has made have flopped horribly. They're going to be running out of patience.

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          February 10, 2014 2:35 PM

          they did rayman legends and Zombie U, both were great and were some of the better selling games so far, but those weren't a ton of sales either

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          February 10, 2014 3:43 PM

          And pulling a launch title isn't shitty?

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            February 10, 2014 3:45 PM

            i'm sure they don't want to delay it either

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          February 10, 2014 8:14 PM

          Wii U has over 5 million users. It's a crime that Rayman Legends and ZombiU didn't sell over a million already since both very absolutely awesome on the platform.

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      February 10, 2014 11:30 AM

      Delay for PC incoming....

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      February 10, 2014 11:48 AM

      Watch Dogs and X were the main reasons I bought a Wii U, the fact it could play both on the Wii U. Those were my favorite E3 presentations.

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      February 10, 2014 11:59 AM

      And there just went away a little bit of that optimism I have for the Wii U.

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      February 10, 2014 12:08 PM

      It doesn't look good.

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      February 10, 2014 2:48 PM

      I'm still waiting on Madden for the Atari Jaguar

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      February 10, 2014 3:41 PM

      To quote from another article on this site -

      "While the game will look better on Wii U, it doesn't appear Ubisoft is adding any unique GamePad functionality into the game. "There are no new features or anything like that," Morin admitted. "It's the same game but we're optimizing the controls for the beast that is the Wii U GamePad." "

      Even if it does come to the Wii U they are apparently not adding GamePad functionality.

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        February 10, 2014 3:45 PM

        So what are they doing about all the gamepad specific features already shown? It would be a shame to just scrap them.

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      February 10, 2014 4:06 PM

      Delayed to never.

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      February 10, 2014 4:07 PM

      I've got some HL2 on DC flashbacks going on here.