The relationship between Nintendo and Ubisoft has been rather interesting over these last few years. During the Wii U’s launch, it was Ubisoft who was the main third-party company that stood by the Wii U, seemingly the most excited for the system. As we all know, things turned sour rather quickly. The company had promised to bring Rayman Legends as an exclusive to the system, but just two weeks before its (delayed) release, the title was announced to be going to all platforms, and as a result, Wii U owners would have to wait nine months before they could play it.
Even with that whole fiasco, Ubisoft still stuck its neck out for the Wii U, to a degree. Franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy made their way to the system for a limited period of time, before Ubisoft finally reduced its support down to simply an annual release of Just Dance. So with the NX on the way, what can we expect from the French mega-developer?
In an interview with Game Informer, Yves Guillemot, the CEO of the company, had this to say:
“You can expect we’ll support Nintendo. Nintendo is one of the best partners in the world.”
Guillemot also reflected on the company’s change in strategy during the Wii U’s earlier years, even complementing the system:
“We could see it wasn’t selling as fast as expected, so we reorganized around other platforms. With the Wii U, we were able to relaunch Rayman 2D. It was a good thing for the company and the brand and its fans. If you remember, it was supposed to be Wii U exclusive, but we made it multi-platform when we saw it wasn’t selling fast enough. The Wii U has done quite well. It’s still a Nintendo machine with lots of great franchises, and we’ve sold lots of copies of Just Dance on it.”
It will be interesting to see exactly how Ubisoft approaches the NX. Just Dance 2017 is the first (and so far, the only game) game from the company to be confirmed for the system, and one of the very few games confirmed to release on NX at all.