Deadpool, an action-adventure game based on characters from the Deadpool comic book franchise, was previously thought to be coming to the Wii U, though rumors were quickly dismissed, and the game was only confirmed for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. But based on a recent listing made by Amazon Canada, the game is coming to Nintendo’s console. However, this can only be classified as a rumor until publisher Activision confirms whether the Wii U will be getting the game. Deadpool will be released on June 25th.
Activision Blizzard President Bobby Kotick says that while his company had a firm start to the year, he fears there are dangers and uncertainties that plague the second half of 2013. Among other things, Kotick blames the “disappointing launch” of the Wii U console and the ambiguity regarding next-generation hardware.
“While we have had a solid start to the year, we now believe that the risks and uncertainties in the back half of 2013 are more challenging than our earlier view, especially in the holiday quarter. The shift in release dates of competing products, the disappointing launch of the Wii U™, uncertainties regarding next-generation hardware, and subscriber declines in our World of Warcraft business all raise concerns, as do continued challenges in the global economy. For these reasons, we remain cautious. However, our focused and disciplined approach to our business has served us well in the past, and through continued investment and careful management of our costs, we expect to continue delivering shareholder value over the long term as we have for the last 20 years.”
-Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer, Activision Blizzard
As you already know Call of Duty: Ghosts was officially announced today by Call of Duty publisher, Activision. The press release the company sent out failed to mention a Wii U version of the game, but the Wii U logo features prominently on the teaser site. Online news publication The Examiner contacted Activision to find out about the Wii U version. Here’s the company’s response.
We don’t have any news for the Wii U at this time, as we aren’t dating next generation platforms yet. Stay tuned.
Update: The teaser website that everyone keeps referring to is actually a fake, according to Activision’s community manager.
new teaser trailer today for their upcoming game Call of Duty: Ghosts. The teaser site, which went live a few days ago, says to expect snippets of live gameplay at the Xbox reveal on May 21. Ghosts is confirmed for release on Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and “next gen platforms.” A Wii U version, however, is still unconfirmed. What do you think of the teaser trailer?
As expected, Activision has officially unveiled the
Update: The Wii U logo is featured on the teaser site, but the platform wasn’t mentioned in the press release. Gamers are also unable to preorder the Wii U version of the game.
Activision has confirmed that Fast & Furious: Showdown will not be released in Australia on the Wii U. It comes as a surprise to Australian retailer EB Games who verified last month the game would be released as part of a movie tie-in with the Fast & Furious series.
The street-racer game is the fourth title to be pulled ahead of its release, joining 007 Legends, Walking Dead: Survival Instinct and The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition, which is more than a little troubling for Wii U owners. Fast & Furious: Showdown will still be launching in North America (May 21) and Europe (May 24) as scheduled.
An Activision employee reportedly told Calvin Hall at this years DICE summit that the company is throughly disappointed with sales for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Wii U. The employee says that Activision gave Wii U owners the definitive version of Black Ops 2 with Off TV features, and Nintendo fans quite simply didn’t support it. He went on to say that developers just aren’t enthusiastic about Nintendo’s latest home console and the only reason publishers are still going to bring games to Wii U is because they don’t want to damage their relationship with Nintendo. However, he did say that Activision will continue to support the platform.
“Activision didn’t expect much from Wii U sales of Black Ops 2, but they sure didn’t expect it to be that abysmal. Activision gave Wii U owners the best version of Blops 2 with Off TV features, and Nintendo fans didn’t support it. It’s easy for Nintendo fans to trash publishers for not giving them ports, but publishers have wisened up. They realize Nintendo fans are all talk. Nintendo fans are vocal with their mouths, but when it’s time to open their wallets, they’ll spend that $60 on New Super Mario Bros instead.”
“There’s just no enthusiasm for it. The only reason publishers are still going to bring games to Wii U is because they don’t want to damage their relationship with Nintendo.”
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Update: It turns out that this story by ‘Calvin Hall’ was fabricated.
Activision and Marvel Entertainment have announced that The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition for Wii U will arrive on March 5th in North America, and March 8th in Europe. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game launched late last year. The Wii U version of The Amazing Spider-Man will be available at launch for $40 and includes four on-disc expansions. The average review score for the Xbox 360 version of the game on Metacritic was 69.
Fast Company made a list of the 10 most innovative video game companies of 2013. Topping the list is Angry Birds developer Rovio, Chinese media holding company Tencent, Skylanders publisher Activision and Microsoft. The world’s largest video game company, Nintendo, comes in at fifth for ‘asymmetric gaming’ with the Wii U console. On Fast Company’s list of the 50 most innovative companies of 2013, although it recently released a brand-new video game console, Nintendo isn’t ranked, but Rovio, Activision and Microsoft are.
Developer Terminal Reality’s upcoming first-person shooter, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, which is based on The Walking Dead television series, launches next month. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game will be released in Australia, Europe and North America. However, the Wii U console’s version only hits North America and Europe, as the game’s publisher, Activision, today confirmed that, based on customer demand, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct for Wii U will skip Australia.
“As with every game release, publishers decide which platforms to release based on customer demand. Unfortunately it wasn’t there for the Wii U sku on The Walking Dead.”
Chilean video games retailer Zmart is currently listing Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 for the Wii U console. However, this doesn’t confirm whether the two first-person shooters are coming to Nintendo’s latest console, as confirmation can only come from the games’ publishers. What we do know, however, is that Activision is working on another Call of Duty title, which will be released this year, and we are supposed to hear news from EA on the next installment in the Battlefield series within the next couple of months.