Nintendo made a big show of third-party support for the Wii U at E3, with Ubisoft playing a big role in demonstrating outside interest in developing software for the new system. However, reports seem to indicate that Ubisoft is seriously considering taking a few of their purportedly Wii U-exclusive titles multiplatform, and while this doesn’t exactly equate to withdrawal of support for Nintendo it would definitely weaken the already shaky foothold they have on trying to win back the traditional gaming audience.
IGN posted the summation of an interview held with Ubisoft’s vice president of sales, Tony Key, concerning taking ZombiU to other systems after seeing Sony’s Cross Play and Microsoft’s SmartGlass technologies in action. Nintendo loyalists can at least take comfort in knowing that if such a move were made Key believes that it wouldn’t come until a good while after the game’s Wii U release.
The story for Rayman Legends was very similar when Joystiq interviewed Ubisoft senior game manager Matthew Micholic, who seemed to want to ride the fence on the game’s Wii U-exclusive status. He stated that, while Wii U was the system the development team focused on, the company is looking into “a lot of different launch options.”
Despite Nintendo’s best efforts, has the current console generation branded them as a third-party pariah?