For those who haven’t been keeping up with the news, Watch Dogs was given a May 27 release date for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. However, the Wii U version will not be launching at the same time. Rather, it’s been given a delay.
Ubisoft has come forward to reveal why the Wii U version is launching later. First off, Ubisoft urges Wii U owners not to freak out. Watch Dogs is still coming to Wii U in 2014, but the team needs extra time to get the game working perfectly and implement the GamePad.
“We don’t have a specific ship date for it yet so it’s considered within the year,”senior producer Dominic Guay told Polygon. “So we’re going to look at that and we’re going to let people know as soon as we figure out an exact date for it.
“We have our studio in Bucharest working on it, and we wanted that team to have the time to explore the GamePad and be able to have fun with it and see how far they could push it. It’s also an interesting platform, because it has its own strength, which we want to take advantage of, and we didn’t want to delay all the other platforms for that one.
“So we’re going to take the time we need to make sure the game is good (technically) when we ship it and that it also, game design-wise, makes good use of the specifics of the Wii U.”
There is a specific reason Ubisoft Romania is working on the Wii U version and not Ubisoft Montreal. The Montreal team had a hard time getting the engine to work on Wii U so they turned to the Romania team who had much better programmers.
“It wasn’t running on Wii U initially,” he said. “They were the perfect team to do it. Our Bucharest studio is super strong, super strong engineers and I was impressed by how quickly they got to get the game running on the console. And they were so autonomous in doing it. Obviously we’re communicating and we’re working together, but they were so quick and smart in doing it, it still made sense for them to keep ownership.
“Obviously they’re using the same game content, so they’re not building other game content. It’s the same game content that we’ll adapt for the needs of the specific needs of Wii U. But at the core, same game, but they made all the technical adjustments for it.”
We’ll let you know when Ubisoft announces a release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs.