Ghost Recon Online’s producer Theo Sanders has confirmed that Ghost Recon Online for Wii U is currently on hold as the development team focus their attention on the PC version of the game. Sanders made it clear that their priority is the PC version, and once that’s complete, then they may focus on the Wii U version.
“As of right now, the entire Ghost Recon team is focused on the PC version only. The Wii U version is on hold.”
“If in the future we have an opportunity to address it again, we’ll make future announcements. But as of right now we’re focused completely on the PC version.”
“It’s not a reaction to anything specific happening to Wii U. It was a really fun, cool platform to develop for. But you realise once you launch an online service that it’s an all-consuming effort, so we really wanted to have all hands on deck. It was the same dev team working on both SKUs, and [we] really wanted to focus on doing the PC version right.
“I’m not really in a position to talk about the Wii U, but our particular choice for Ghost Recon Online was purely based on the fact that we had one dev team working on both SKUs and it was an all-consuming effort with the PC launch. It’s tough launching an online game.”
Ubisoft has reconfirmed that Ghost Recon Online is still heading to Wii U, despite it not being shown at Nintendo and Ubisoft’s E3 press conferences and booths this year. Ubisoft says that while the game is still coming to Wii U, it won’t arrive until the PC version is finished.
“Ghost Recon Online is being developed for the PC first. That was always the plan. The team is taking a little bit longer than they thought they would to get Ghost Recon Online to the level and quality that they want and that definitely has had an impact on how much time they’re able to spend on the Wii U version because we want to make sure we get it right.”
“If we start working on the Wii U too soon, we might end up wasting a lot of resources because the PC is a lot easier to test and learn with. Ghost Recon Online on the PC, we can test and learn with that and apply all the best benefits we learn onto the Wii U version to make sure that it’s a great Wii U game. That’s an unusual product for a console and we want to make sure we nail it. It really is because the PC team is a lot of the same guys that will work on the Wii U.”
- Ubisoft senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key
Ghost Recon series producer Theo Sanders says that Ubisoft is really looking forward to seeing what they can do with Ghost Recon Online on Wii U. Sanders describes Ghost Recon Online as a “downloadable, dynamic shooter”. The game is scheduled to be released later this year and is hoped to be a launch title for Wii U.
“We’re looking forward to seeing what we can do on other platforms like Wii-U once we’re on solid ground with the PC launch.”