Watch Dogs has hit the headlines recently for various reasons. One area that we haven’t discussed though is the Wii U version of Watch Dogs. For those that are not aware, Ubisoft has confirmed a Watch Dogs May release date for all platforms except the Wii U – now though, we find out a little bit more on what exactly is causing the extra delay.
Just to recap, Watch Dogs on Wii U was already the subject of a intense speculation from fans who were worried that a lack of Watch Dogs news on the platform could ultimately lead to a cancellation.
Developers are now inevitably prioritizing next-gen versions ahead of last-gen, but Ubisoft has been keen to remind fans that a Wii U version is still on the way.
At the moment though, the fears are still there with Ubisoft unable to confirm a Wii U release date unlike the May 26 date which has now been finalized for other platforms.
Creative Director for the game Jonathan Morin has been answering some of these concerns via his personal Twitter account. When specifically asked how the level of the Wii U version will be compared to last-gen and PS4, Xbox One formats, he had this to say in reply:
@SargeSparta Well it somewhat in between. But closer to PS3/360 which logic from a technical standpoint.
— Jonathan Morin (@Design_Cave) March 8, 2014
As you can see from his words, the Wii U version of Watch Dogs is not going to feature graphics that are close to the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Instead, the visuals will actually be more comparable to PS3 and Xbox 360 versions – a decision that Morin says is ‘logical from a technical standpoint’.
Ubisoft has confirmed that they are spending longer on the Wii U version in order to fully explore the platform and make full use of the GamePad to see how far it can be ‘pushed’. Ubisoft has also said that because of the extra attention needed for Wii U, they didn’t want to delay the other versions so took the decision to separate Nintendo’s build from the rest – again.
At this stage, we think it will be a satisfying outcome for Watch Dogs to just arrive on the Wii U. After the third-party troubles that the console has had, it perhaps wouldn’t have been seen as a huge surprise if the game did get cancelled – as sad as that sounds.
If you are still holding out for the Wii U version, give us your thoughts on the other platforms being prioritized ahead of Wii U. Are you satisfied that the graphics are comparable to PS3 and Xbox 360, unlike next-gen?