Watch Dogs was one of 2013's most anticipated titles until its delay until spring 2014, and now Ubisoft has announced that the game has been delayed again — but this time, only for Nintendo's struggling Wii U. The announcement was made during a financial call yesterday. "We made the difficult decision to further delay the release of Watch Dogs on Wii U, to focus the team's resources where they could have the broadest possible benefit for both our customers and Ubisoft," the company explained.
"...to focus the team's resources where they could have the broadest possible benefit."
No new release date was given for the Wii U version, while other platforms — which include the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One — are still expected to see the game sometime between April and June, as previously announced. This isn't the first Ubisoft has made a similar move. Early last year Ubisoft revealed that Rayman Legends, one of the console's more anticipated exclusives, would be delayed so that it could launch on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well. "We decided to give the fans what they wanted," the company explained at the time, "while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game."
It's a stark change for Ubisoft, which had previously been a strong supporter of Nintendo platforms. The original Wii saw notable exclusives like the Red Steel and No More Heroes franchises, while Ubisoft's ZombiU was one of the first great Wii U titles. But with the Wii U's continued struggle, it appears as though the publisher has shifted its priorities.