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Despite being one of the more noteworthy releases from the Wii U's launch line up, Ubisoft's chairman and CEO Yves Guillemot says that a sequel is not on the way.
According to a report from GamesIndustry.biz, Guillemot said that ZombiU was not even close to being profitable, despite being a popular Wii U title. As such, there are no plans for a sequel, and Ubisoft is hesitant about the future of its support for Wii U.
Guillemot spoke of Rayman Legends' delay and change from a Wii U exclusive to a multi-platform release. Guillemot said, "We must find a way to ensure the creativity of those games could have a big enough audience. We hope it will take off. At the moment, we've said 'let's do through Christmas and see where we are from there.'"
The lack of a ZombiU sequel is somewhat contradictory to a Tweet from ZombiU's creative director Jean-Philippe Caro who said the prototyping process for a sequel had already begun began in May. Caro did caution that a sequel wasn't guaranteed shortly after that initial Tweet, however.
Our TakeWe're fans of the Wii U, and have high expectations for the future of the console, even if we weren't big fans of ZombiU. It's hard to argue with numbers, however, and if Ubisoft is struggling to sell games on the system, it's likely other third-party publishers and developers are as well.Every new console has its growing pains, but the Wii U's seem to be particularly painful. That being said, it will take a lot to knock over a giant as imposing as Nintendo. People might be vocal with complaints about Nintendo playing it safe by announcing so many returns to familiar franchises at E3, but what they say with their wallets is typically contradictory. Nintendo is still in the game, even if it is having a hard time.
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