During an investor call today, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that Ubisoft isn’t betting too heavily on Nintendo‘s next console. He pointed out that most Wii U games coming from Ubisoft are actually simple ports from PS3 and 360. Guillemot went on to reveal that Wii U ports are costing Ubisoft just over $1.2 million and even Rayman Legends and ZombiU – i.e. Ubisoft’s “original” Wii U titles – “are much less expensive” than developing major titles for the current generation.
“Because, as we’ve always said when there is such an innovation, the need is not to have big production value but to concentrate on the innovation,” Guillemot said. “This is what we are trying on Rayman and ZombiU.”
So, Ubisoft is making nothing but ports and low-budget titles for Wii U. If there’s anything Ubisoft has taught us, it’s that being cheap and forcing innovation is the way to go. We can all thank Driver: San Fransisco for that tidbit.