Ubisoft Deals Crippling Blow To Wii U Third-Party Support

The Wii U doesn’t get a lot of Third-Party games. Publishers like Bethesda Softworks, Take-Two Interactive, and Deep Silver among others had already written the console off before it launched. EA, Activision, and Ubisoft were all there on Day One, but support has quickly evaporated. Ubisoft held out the longest, but times have changed and the publisher has confirmed they aren’t making anymore M-Rated titles for the platform anymore.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot delivered the crippling blow in an interview with GameInformer. Sales on Wii U have been low coming in at only 3%, and that’s not enough for Ubisoft to keep supporting the platform with huge AAA M-Rated games.

“It’s very simple,” Guillemot said.“What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.”

Wii U sales covered only 3% of total software sold during 2013. In comparison, the newly released PS4 and Xbox One accounted for 9% and 6% of total sales despite the fact that both consoles were out for only two months in 2013.

Ubisoft isn’t wholly abandoning Nintendo Wii U. It will still release Watch Dogs as the final M-Rated Wii U game, and will continue supporting the console with casual games like Just Dance.

“What we see is that they are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games. So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in.”

Ubisoft is launching three M-Rated games this fall; Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and Far Cry 4. None of them are coming to Wii U.