Ubisoft Reveals Plans To Port Wii U Titles To Smartphones And Tablets
At this year's E3 event in Los Angeles, Ubisoft has revealed some fascinating plans to port Wii U titles over to tablets and smartphones. As reported by Modojo sister-site Gamesindustry.biz, while the Wii's unique tablet controller would make porting to other traditional consoles impossible, it opens up a whole new window of opportunity for mobile devices.
Speaking at a press event yesterday evening, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot discussed the potential for mobile ports of the developers upcoming Wii U games.
"The new content you can't port on the other machines, but what you can do is to port it to mobile phones and to tablets," he said.
"So it's a way to create content that you will be able to port on the generations of tablets or phones that work well. If you don't monetize it there, you can monetize it on many other platforms.
"You have to do specific content to be monetized by the Wii U itself, but it's also an opening to all the tablets and phones because it's a same system in a way, the touch screen."
Such a move might be a game-changer in more ways than one. While it would certainly bring greater depth of content to mobile gaming, it's hard to imagine that Nintendo would be happy for Ubisoft to sell mobile versions of Wii U titles at the significantly reduced price point of the typical tablet game. Could this also open up the door to much higher game prices on the app stores? We'll have to wait and see.