Although Nintendo themselves unveiled Ghost Recon: Online for Wii U at E3 in 2011, it seems that it may never reach the console.
Videogamer is reporting that Ubisoft have put Ghost Recon: Online ”on hold” while they focus completely on the PC version – which means that we could never see the Wii U version arrive.
“As of right now, the entire Ghost Recon team is focused on the PC version only,” said producer Theo Sanders. “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.”
Ubisofts departure could be the start of more titles leaving the service if multiplatform development becomes tricky – especially due to the Wii U’s features. The problem of third-party support is one Nintendo are now rather familiar with, but it’s early days and Wii U pricing and sales will dictate whether publishers jump onboard or not.