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Ubisoft says Wii U investment not costly

by William Schwartz on July 23, 2012

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Ubisoft has made it explicitly clear that they are behind the Wii U 100%.  At or near launch, the publisher will be supporting the console with a number of different varying types of games.  From Assassin’s Creed III, to Rayman Legends, and even a brand new type of gameplay experience with ZombiU.

With the Wii U hardware unproven, it might seem like this is a big gamble for the publisher, but not so says Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot.  Ubisoft has managed to keep costs down while developing brand new experiences for the new console.

“We are not talking about games today, like we were spending on Ghost Recon or Assassin’s Creed,” says Guillemot.   “So they are much smaller in terms of cost. As we’ve always said, when there is such innovation, the need is not to have big a production value but to concentrate on the innovation. This is what we are trying on Rayman and on ZombiU.  For the other five games, you are talking about small budget, I’d say of less than a million Euro to make some of the ports, I would estimate. So together I don’t think we have a huge investment on the Wii U.

Earlier today, a leaked release schedule from GameStop listed some Wii U games for a November 14th release.  Could this finally be confirmation of a November release date for the console?

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