Last week, Ubisoft provided a statement confirming that it is not only excited for the announcement and release of the Nintendo NX, but actually has several games in development for the new Nintendo console. At E3, the company announced Just Dance 2017 for release on the NX, in addition to the Wii and Wii U. However, the company has “other surprises as well.”
“We announced that we’re developing Just Dance for NX and we have other surprises that we will announce later, but we also believe Nintendo has the power to reinvent the way families are playing,” Alain Corre, head of EMEA, told Gamsindustry.biz.
But, what does Ubisoft mean when it says that it has “other surprises?” Will this third-party support be strong, equivalent to that of other consoles? Will the NX just get more casual titles? Will the NX get exclusives?
Those that remember Ubisoft’s original support of the Wii U will remember the company providing all three. Ubisoft had multiplatform titles for the console, as well as casual titles and even exclusives.
Beginning with its multiplatform titles, the Wii U had Assassin’s Creed 3 and 4 on it, as well as Splinter Cell and even Watch Dogs, albeit the latter launched quite a bit after its launch on other platforms. Overall, in its first year on the market, Ubisoft brought a majority of its multiplatform titles to the Wii U. A few digital titles made their way onto the Wii U as well, most notably Child of Light. The company also had ZombiU and Rayman Legends in development for the Wii U as exclusives… well, until they weren’t exclusives anymore. Either way, Ubisoft’s support of the Wii U, exclusives or not, was rather strong at the beginning.
Of course, Ubisoft had more than a few casual titles on the Wii U as well, some of them also were exclusives. The company brought over all the Just Dance games to the platform, Your Shape Fitness Evolved, ESPN Sports Connection, and Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth.
So, what sort of other games could we see on the NX?
Out of all likelihood, we won’t see any of the company’s big multiplatform titles make it onto the platform. Why? Well, at E3 the company announced Just Dance 2017 for the NX, but failed to announce any of its other games for the console. Even though Ghost Recon and For Honor are launching around the same time as the NX, neither were announced for the console. If its E3 press conference was any indication, Ubisoft sees the NX as a casual machine, and will likely bring its “casual” games to the platform.
We will likely see the revival of Know Your Friends for the NX. For those that don’t remember, Know Your Friends was a Wii U-exclusive title that was developed to the point of completion. The game even had a trailer made for it. It was never released due to the system’s poor sales.
I think it is likely we will also see a few of Ubisoft’s downloadable and mobile titles make their way onto the platform as well, especially if the recent NX hybrid rumors end up being true. The company’s new downloadable title Grow Up is surely a possible game for the NX, as well as Ubisoft’s Trial games and maybe Rayman Jungle Run, a critically-successful mobile title.
Other casual titles are surely possible as well. An exclusive Rabbids title would be a surprise to nobody, and a revival of Your Shape Fitness Evolved, for example, could thrive on a console that Ubisoft itself has said could recapture the “casual market.”
Finally, there’s the elephant in the room: Beyond Good and Evil 2, which has long been rumored to release on the NX, and perhaps even be an exclusive. This rumor opens up the possibility of major, exclusive NX titles. A game like Beyond Good and Evil 2, which has been in development for quite a long time, could be an excellent game to launch in the NX’ launch window.
Personally, I believe that we will see far more casual titles from Ubisoft on the NX than core gaming titles, purely based on their statements about the console. However, it would not surprise me to see a few unexpected titles make it onto the console as well. After all, third-parties chase an install base, and if Nintendo can get the NX into the hands of lots of gamers, Ubisoft will come running with its full catalog.