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Ubisoft Jumping the Wii U Ship?

Posted on June 7, 2012 AT 01:54pm

The hits just seem to keep coming for Nintendo and its new console, the Wii U. First its stocks dropped by almost 2.5% across the board following their press conference this week at E3, and now Ubisoft may have just pulled the rug out from under them. Ubisoft’s new survivial horror game ZombiU is a key launch game for Wii U, but the publisher has hinted at the possibility of it being brought to the Xbox 360 and the PS vita later on in 2013.

Speaking to IGN, a Ubisoft exec said the game could potentially be ported to Microsoft’s new Xbox SmartGlass technology or the cross-play between Sony’s PS3 and Vita. This wouldn’t occur until well into 2013 at the earliest and only if it holds true to ZombiU’s original concept.

“ZombiU at its core was designed to be a great Wii U game and in order to make that work on other platforms, they would have to change a lot of what makes the game cool,” said senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key. “And I’m not saying that can’t be done, but not in the next six months, you know?”

This isn’t the first time Ubisoft has considered bringing one of its Wii titles to the other consoles, at one point it was planned that Red Steel may make the journey over. However, the lack of motion controls at the time would have made some rather drastic changes to the title necessary. Now though, with the similarities between the Wii U gamepad and the multi-screen technologies on Xbox SmartGlass and the PlayStation Vita, Ubisoft now has the means to bring its Nintendo exclusives to other platforms.

“There’s definitely going to be knowledge that we gain from developing for Wii U that we’ll be able to transfer not only to SmartGlass technology but to also to even the cross-talk on PlayStation 3 and Vita,” said Key.

What this means for the Wii U is still up in the air, but I’m sure many can tell that this is only going to make those first few months for Nintendo’s new console a hell of a lot harder.

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