Ghost Recon Online was one of the first titles we saw for the Wii U, one that highlighted Nintendo’s new-found focus on online interaction, so it wouldn’t have been too much of a stretch to expect Ubisoft’s third-person shooter to arrive at some point around the Wii U’s launch. Surprisingly, that isn’t the case.
Ghost Recon Online producer Theo Sanders, speaking to Videogamer, said that Ubisoft has decided to put the Wii U version of the free-to-play shooter on hold. Instead, Ubisoft will be focusing its efforts on polishing up and expanding the original PC version.
“If in the future we have an opportunity to address [the Wii U version] again, we’ll make future announcements. But as of right now we’re focused completely on the PC version.”
Lest you read too much into this, Sanders said that the decision wasn’t made due to any sort of problem that the development team had with the Wii U hardware. The team is optimistic about the hardware, in fact, but the team had to focus its efforts on the PC version to get it stable, feature-complete and ready to launch.
“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,” Sanders said, adding, “It’s tough launching an online game.”
It’s not the most optimistic news for the Wii U version of Ghost Recon Online, but at least it isn’t completely without hope.