Ubisoft: Wii U games cost less than $1 million to port
Ubisoft is working on no less than seven Wii U games the company will have available for launch. Five of the biggest of those titles are ports. And according to a Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot during the company’s latest investors meeting, the Wii U ports are not that expensive compared to making original games. He said,
“Out of the 7 games we have for launch, five are ports, so those are games for which there is a quite small re-investment to make. The two original games are ZombiU and Rayman, so those are more expensive.”
Guillemot added that it costs less than $1 million to port games to the Wii U, which is a lot less than making a title for the console from ground up. The ported games include Assassin’s Creed 3, Just Dance 4, Rabbids Land, and others. Because of the relatively cheap cost of porting games to the Wii U, Guillemot told investors that Ubisoft “doesn’t have a huge investment in the Wii U”.
Despite this, Ubisoft is still the biggest third party supporter of the Wii U in terms of the amount games in development. So far the company will be bringing seven Wii U titles to the console this year, and two more titles sometime in 2013. Knowing that it’s cheap to port games to the Wii U, it could pave way for plenty of third party franchises to find their way to the new console.