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Ubisoft Announces Seven Wii Launch Titles

by Steven Rodriguez - August 3, 2006, 11:34 am PDT
Total comments: 58 Source: Press Release

You heard right... the seven launch day games include Far Cry and Blazing Angels.

UBISOFT EXPANDS SUPPORT FOR NINTENDO’S Wii WITH SEVEN TITLES AVAILABLE AT LAUNCH

More Video Game Titles for the Revolutionary New Console on the Way in 2007

Paris, FRANCE – August 3rd, 2006 – Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced that it is preparing seven titles for the upcoming launch of Nintendo’s highly anticipated Wii™. In addition to previously announced titles Rayman Raving Rabbids™ and Red Steel™, both designed specifically for the Wii, Ubisoft will deliver Wii versions of driving game Monster 4X4 World Circuit, Sony Pictures Animation’s Open Season™, a game based on the popular Far Cry® franchise, Blazing Angels™ Squadrons of WW II and GT Pro Series, developed exclusively for the Wii by MTO. Ltd. With seven announced titles available at launch and with many more titles currently in development, Ubisoft expects to provide the richest third-party lineup for the Wii’s introduction and beyond with an exciting combination of new intellectual properties and established franchises.

“We’re thrilled that Ubisoft will be unveiling Wii versions of both exclusive new IP and established franchises," said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer for Nintendo of America. “Bursting with creativity, innovation and unadulterated fun, these Ubisoft games embody the qualities that will make Wii a huge hit with gamers new and established, young and old."

“Media and analysts agree that Ubisoft has the greatest potential for reward with the new console’s launch because we believed in its potential from the beginning," said Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft North America. “With an impressive lineup of launch games that offer something for everyone, we are in a unique position to benefit from the Wii’s success in appealing to both new and hardcore gamers."

Ubisoft’s Wii Launch Titles:

Blazing Angels®: Squadrons of WW II: As a squadron leader and ace fighter pilot, leverage the Wii controller to experience intense dog fighting in the famous air battles of WW II. Air combat simulation, rating pending.

Far Cry®: As Jack Carver, use the Wii Remote to drive, shoot, slash, jump and climb your way through a rebel-infested tropical hell. First-person action shooter, rating pending.

GT Pro Series: Immerse yourself in the fast-paced action of this exclusive Wii car-racing game and take full advantage of the Wii Remote. Racing game, rating pending.

Open Season™: Allows gamers to relive the humor and adventure of Sony Pictures Animation’s highly anticipated, first feature-length CG animated film. Kids adventure, rating pending.

Monster 4X4 World Circuit: Use the Wii Remote to perform spectacular stunts, jump and race the most powerful Monster Trucks, and go head-to-head in pulse-pounding off-road competitions all over the world. Truck racing, rating pending.

Rayman Raving Rabbids™: Experience the return of Rayman when his world is threatened by a devastating invasion of crazed, out-of-control bunnies. Whether it be crazy Kung-Fu action or competing in the cow toss, players will use the Wii Remote in the most imaginative and innovative ways possible to defeat these whacky rabbids. Action-adventure, rating pending.

Red Steel™: This Wii exclusive title takes place in modern-day Japan and challenges players to master both the ancient art of the katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms. First-person action, rating pending.

Talkback

ShyGuyAugust 03, 2006

GT Pro and Blazing Angels are both a suprise, Loving the Ubisoft support.

ZachAugust 03, 2006

Wow, amazingly, game-wise it seems that Ubisoft is going to get about as much of my money this october(?) as nintendo.

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusAugust 03, 2006

I'm taking a wait and see approach to every game except Zelda and Metroid. Some of those Ubisoft games look like they have potential though. I'll be keeping an eye on them. Along with Excite Truck and a few others.

TJ SpykeAugust 03, 2006

7 launch titles? Has any third party company ever releases that many launch games for a system launch before? I guess Ubisoft is gonna show why other third parties should have jumped on board sooner.

In a way this is bad for me, I am only gonna have enougth money for the Wii and 1(maybe 2) games at launch. There are several of these games I want.

getter77August 03, 2006

Every couple days lately it seems we are getting new game announcements, even more PoP it seems!

I wonder what will happen tomorrow?

UltimatePartyBearAugust 03, 2006

Is Monster 4X4 about Bigfoot type monster trucks? Otherwise, it sounds really similar to Excite Truck.

CalibanAugust 03, 2006

"Monster 4X4 World Circuit: Use the Wii Remote to perform spectacular stunts, jump and race the most powerful Monster Trucks, and go head-to-head in pulse-pounding off-road competitions all over the world. Truck racing, rating pending."

Focus, focus.

Anyway, I'm surprised at this anouncement.

I tried the Blazing Angels PC demo and it was fun, so I hope they deliver that fun on Wii. Oh and I hope I can have online dogfights.

As for Far Cry I am currently playing it on PC and I it's ok but nothing special, not even at above average.

GT Pro Series?! Monster 4X4 WC?! LOL! At least Wii isn't lacking in racing games.

The Wii launch line-up is definately one of the toughest I've seen, so much to choose from and so little money for the majority of buyers.

Edit: Further proof for you PartyBear http://media.wii.ign.com/articles/723/723085/imgs_1.html .

Shin GallonAugust 03, 2006

Damn...the Wii launch may just replace the Dreamcast as the best launch lineup ever.

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Originally posted by: Shin Gallon
Damn...the Wii launch may just replace the Dreamcast as the best launch lineup ever.


Before this the Wii already had Zelda and Metroid and Rayman and Red Steel and EA's Madden! What are you talking about?!?!

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

WuTangTurtleAugust 03, 2006

You know its strange, I have seen Wii Announcements but very little PS3 Announcements (except for all these "doom" articles).

Man i can really picture Ubisoft's Next fiscal earnings "Ubisoft stock Raving Rabidly sky high!" yeah i kinda am getting into Rayman even though I've never played a previous title.....strange, i think its just cause the game seems so funny.

Karl Castaneda #2August 03, 2006

Far Cry, eh? Can I just say that I freakin' called it?

http://www.planetgamecube.com/rumorsArt.cfm?artid=11793

MaryJaneAugust 03, 2006

freaking awesome.

two racing games, two fps's, aerial combat, kids adventure, and adventure.

Good thing I only need to buy 4 of those... maybe 5, or 6, but at least not all 7, i'm not gonna get open season, unless i buy it for my little sister, but then i'd have to buy her, her own wii cuz i'm never getting off of mine, damn you nintendo.

vuduAugust 03, 2006

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Originally posted by: Karl
I'd put our chances of seeing this title come to fruition at 50/50
50/50 is not exactly "calling it". face-icon-small-happy.gif

IceColdAugust 03, 2006

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Originally posted by: Professional 666
Never happening. Ubisoft's support is all an.... ILLUSION.
I concur.

Karl Castaneda #2August 03, 2006

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Originally posted by: vudu
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Originally posted by: Karl
I'd put our chances of seeing this title come to fruition at 50/50
50/50 is not exactly "calling it". face-icon-small-happy.gif


Who actually fact checks in this forum? Sir, your competence will not be stood for. Prepare for war.

MaryJaneAugust 03, 2006

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Originally posted by: vudu
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Originally posted by: Karl
I'd put our chances of seeing this title come to fruition at 50/50
50/50 is not exactly "calling it". face-icon-small-happy.gif


Who actually fact checks in this forum? Sir, your competence will not be stood for. Prepare for war.


lmao, funny stuff.

JonLeungAugust 03, 2006

FarCry? I'm not big on FPSes but that seemed big on PCs so maybe this'll turn some heads. o_0

I heard a Prince Of Persia game is coming to the Wii and continuing Beyond Good & Evil hasn't been totally ruled out yet - those are the two UbiSoft franchises I'm looking forward to seeing more of. I wouldn't need them at launch, but I hope they'll come out eventually.

UbiSoft games this current-gen have tended to come out on all three consoles as well as the PC. Thanks to the controller, I'm thinking the Wii versions of games will be better, and that there will be actual Nintendo exclusives. If other third-party developers follow suit, there's nothing but victory for the "Big N".

EDIT: I forgot about Myst...how could I? o_0 I guess the series is over but I wouldn't mind that style of game on the Wii. It's rare enough as it is on PCs, and consoles haven't presented games like that very well with a usual lack of a mouse.

UltimatePartyBearAugust 03, 2006

Well, judging from the brief description of Far Cry in the ign interview, I'd say this particular version can't be ported completely intact to any other platform.

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Laurent Detoc: You will be able to shoot using the remote; you will also be able to throw grenades, punch, jump, run and balance to keep from plunging to your death. You will also be able to drive cars, trucks and boats. If you're looking for a game that allows you to experience the true beauty of the Wii and its revolutionary remote technology, this is it.

Sounds promising.

GoldenPhoenixAugust 03, 2006

This support by Ubisoft is jaw dropping, I believe this would be the first time in the last few generations (not sure about NES or SNES) where a 3rd party matched or surpassed Nintendo when it came to launch titles.

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 03, 2006

None of these titles are online!

Can you not see the FAIL JELLY inside this donut!??

Athrun ZalaAugust 03, 2006

we don't know yet! face-icon-small-tongue.gif

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IGN Wii: Are there online modes planned for any of these games using either Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or WiiConnect24?

Laurent Detoc: We will be able to provide more information on this feature for each of the new games soon.


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BlackNMild2k1August 03, 2006

Shouldn't the headline to this article read "Launch Window" instead of "Launch Day"? or did I miss something here?

NuclearSpeedAugust 03, 2006

that blazing angels announcement has caught my eye. I'll be wtching that and hoping for the best so I can get a nice flight game.

GoldenPhoenixAugust 03, 2006

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Originally posted by: BlackNMild2k1
Shouldn't the headline to this article read "Launch Window" instead of "Launch Day"? or did I miss something here?


I think IGN says something to the affect that it is for sure launch day and you aren't misreading it. So sounds like these games are coming out for launch day! I wonder how long they have been in development?

IceColdAugust 03, 2006

I just hope they aren't rushed..

... exactly HOW easy is it to develop for the Wii?

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

IceColdAugust 03, 2006

I don't care how easy it is to develop for the Wii. It was easy to develop for the GameCube, but time was still needed to polish the titles and make the quality as high as possible. I want games that achieve their potential in terms of controls and everything else. And please don't bring up the whole Rogue Squadron / 9 months thing; that game is conducive to a short development cycle. Just look at other games like Resident Evil 4 or Zelda:TP to see how they needed more time in order to be fully finished, even with huge development teams. Ubisoft is being very ambitious with wanting these for launch, but I'd rather them be late and more polished than early and unfinished.

Well... since you brought it up...

Blazing Angels (which I'm eyeing for possible purchase) is a game in the vein of, yes, Rogue Squadron, and may or not be a port of its XBox version.

Actually, a lot of these may be simple ports or "enhanced ports." Still the thought is nice, and while I already plan on buying Rayman and Red Steel, I may just pick up a third Ubisoft title...

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

IceColdAugust 03, 2006

I just don't want them to support the Wii like this but not give their best to make them A+ games. If they are present at launch but leave a lot to be desired, they probably won't sell very well. Ubisoft might take this as a sign that even though they backed the Wii strongly, their games didn't sell. This is, of course, a false assumption, since the games wouldn't be altogether too good, but it may happen. And if it does, then other 3rd parties would take notice, and neither they nor Ubisoft would support the Wii as strongly. Many of them are still taking a wait-and-see approach, and they will be inspecting the Wii launch to see if their games would be viable on the console in terms of sales. I salute Ubisoft for all the support, but now I want them to do the right thing and polish these games before they are released.

I know this is the worst case scenario, but it really could happen, and I don't want it to.

BlackNMild2k1August 03, 2006

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Originally posted by: BlackNMild2k1
Shouldn't the headline to this article read "Launch Window" instead of "Launch Day"? or did I miss something here?


I think IGN says something to the affect that it is for sure launch day and you aren't misreading it. So sounds like these games are coming out for launch day! I wonder how long they have been in development?
Actually I'm the one who originally quoted IGN this morning >HERE< and they said Launch window, not launch day.
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Originally posted by: BlackNMild2k1 on Aug 3rd @ 9:44am
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Ubisoft's Seven Wii Launch Titles

It has another five - yes, five games planned for Wii, and they'll all arrive in time for the platform's launch window.

It would be retarded for Ubisoft to release all those games on the launch day and have their own games competeing against each other for the same gaming dollars. It would be much more beneficial to spread out the titles over the first few months b4 Christmas and maximize the potential sales of each title by not making the go up against each other.

I guess the english PR does say available at launch, but that could still mean "launch window" and not "launch day". It just wouldn't make sense to release all of those games on Day 1.

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusAugust 03, 2006

Yeah, you gotta love how publishers never seems to factor in that a game just wasn't very GOOD or wasn't marketed well. Instead they just act like Nintendo fans have some personal grudge against them and will never buy their products (which is only true for EA). ;-)

HocotateAugust 03, 2006

Wow, this is very good news face-icon-small-smile.gif Most of the games on the list do not interest me, but these are the type of games that will turn some non N-fan's heads. The way things are going, it seems pretty much impossible for the Wii to come in 3rd this gen.

CapAugust 04, 2006

this actually kind of seems like a bad thing for ubisoft to do. it isnt that i dont like to see the support for wii, but 7 launch day games? you're pushing 7 games on a limited user base and competing against some of nintendos own launch titles(and red steel, a ubisoft game game that has recieved quite a bit of hype), and other third party offerings. how many copies of each game do they expect to sell? maybe ubisoft knows something we dont, and nintendo is shipping out 3 million systems at launch or something. i know that the wii is cheap to develop for, but it just seems strange.

couchmonkeyAugust 04, 2006

I take IceCold and Cap's stance: this is exciting news, but I'm afraid it will backfire. Mediocre game quality for us, poor sales for Ubisoft due to spreading out sales. What I do like is that this lineup it covers more genre bases. Blazing Angels may get sales purely because it's the only dog fight game on the system.

Even so, I'm at least one person who probably won't buy any of these. Maybe if they get glowing reviews, but right now I've already got Zelda, Metroid, WarioWare, Red Steel, Rayman, Excite Truck, Sonic, and Super Monkey Ball on my tentative "must buy" list. Suddenly I've gone from my E3 "must have EVERY GAME!" mentality to, "There's just too many, I have to narrow it down".

CericAugust 04, 2006

I think Ubisoft is going a little more longterm with this. This is a great way to get our support early. Plus knowing that in the third party arena at least they have little competition and the lack of even real hints that these games where coming out I doubt they send something unpolished. Personally they'll probably keep these on the shelf for a while.

The GT Pro exclusive racing game could be a big deal if it's any good. Blazing Angels also sounds like a perfect fit on Wii.

Where's Splinter Cell?

CericAugust 04, 2006

Not launch.

UltimatePartyBearAugust 04, 2006

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Originally posted by: Ceric
I think Ubisoft is going a little more longterm with this. This is a great way to get our support early. Plus knowing that in the third party arena at least they have little competition and the lack of even real hints that these games where coming out I doubt they send something unpolished. Personally they'll probably keep these on the shelf for a while.


Conspiracy theory time! Maybe Ubisoft really is thinking long term. They see an opportunity in the Wii if it becomes a big hit, and they're willing to make some sacrifices to make that happen -- sacrifices like letting their own games cannibalize each other's sales in order to give the Wii launch an unprecedented variety of games, and therefore phenomenal hardware sales. What's in it for them? Ultimately, higher future profits due to lower development costs on a system with a gigantic install base, but also a hefty image boost. They may want to be as strongly associated with games on Wii as Capcom and Konami were with games on the NES and SNES. They can establish their franchises as the premiere games of the system, so in the future when EA releases a game in the same genre as Ubisoft, the legions of Wii fans will have a preference for the Ubisoft game.

That's almost certainly giving them too much credit.

MarioAugust 04, 2006

It is long term. They saw what Sega did with the GC and wanted in on that. Sega were there at launch and shortly after with Sonic Adv 2 which was a pretty big deal. After that they could release almost anything on GC and it'd sell half a million.

NinGurl69 *hugglesAugust 04, 2006

Except Amazing Island (Amazing Failure) and Virtua Quest (Actua Flop).

=D


Really all this "support" will fall to pieces once we find out the world-famous Ubi-Shanghai is behind all this ports and "optimizations".

Karl Castaneda #2August 04, 2006

Doubtful, Pro. Ubi Shang is too busy screwing up Splinter Cell: Double Agent to worry about screwing up Wii launch titles.

Smash_BrotherAugust 05, 2006

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Originally posted by: Mario It is long term. They saw what Sega did with the GC and wanted in on that. Sega were there at launch and shortly after with Sonic Adv 2 which was a pretty big deal. After that they could release almost anything on GC and it'd sell half a million.


Very true, like the DoA series on Xbox.

Sega more or less made Sonic a Nintendo character at first. Shame they didn't stick with that plan...

GoldenPhoenixAugust 05, 2006

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Originally posted by: Smash_Brother
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Originally posted by: Mario It is long term. They saw what Sega did with the GC and wanted in on that. Sega were there at launch and shortly after with Sonic Adv 2 which was a pretty big deal. After that they could release almost anything on GC and it'd sell half a million.


Very true, like the DoA series on Xbox.

Sega more or less made Sonic a Nintendo character at first. Shame they didn't stick with that plan...


I may be wrong, but haven't Sega's games sold best on the Gamecube?

Smash_BrotherAugust 06, 2006

That's what I mean, but then Sonic went all console and has since started to suck in terms of game quality.

What's even more of a shame is the fact that games like Toejam and Earl 3 went to the Xbox to die while they would have definitely survived on the GC.

GoldenPhoenixAugust 06, 2006

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That's what I mean, but then Sonic went all console and has since started to suck in terms of game quality.

What's even more of a shame is the fact that games like Toejam and Earl 3 went to the Xbox to die while they would have definitely survived on the GC.


Ah ok, I forgot all about toejam and earl for Xbox! I'll have to pick that up sometime, I also believe Panzer Dragoon Orta sold like crap as well. YOu would have thought that Sega would have gotten the message that "Hey GC is a good place to put our games, not Xbox", no wonder their consoles failed after Genesis with stupid descisions like that.

RequiemAugust 06, 2006

Hey, Sega's not the only one. *looks at Soul Calibur*

Bill AurionAugust 06, 2006

People are just now realizing that Sega is built around horrible business decisions? face-icon-small-smile.gif

CalibanSeptember 05, 2006

I've got news for you suckers, go here http://www.vgmfusion.com/, download episode #118 and listen to the interview with this Ubisoft developer has to say about Far Cry: Vengeance, very good news indeed.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorSeptember 05, 2006

That is too much work. Especially when you could just tell us what they say.

NinGurl69 *hugglesSeptember 05, 2006

I refuse to increase their ad revenue.

CalibanSeptember 05, 2006

Pale, braindead today? Little boy, if you have not noticed they have the whole episode indexed just for the lazy bums, and if you are still too lazy just skip to time 11:14 and that's where the interview starts.

P666, I don't know what you mean by your statement because lately you've been sarcastic, meh *sticks tongue out*.

bustin98September 05, 2006

Far Cry Wii is now Far Cry Vengence (as noted above).

They are happy with the graphics as the series is known as a graphic dependent one. The developer feels that second gen games will push the Wii further, but FC:V is pushing it quite a bit.

The controller is working perfectly. Testers report they are surprised by the things that can be done. One example is zooming, just push the controller forward.

The game has a tweaked storyline from another game, though maps are new. (I don't remember the game, possibly Instincts). But the crew wants to attract old and new fans of the series so it needs to be new content.

Solid 30 fps, 480p and widescreen support.

Split screen multi, looking into sending new content via WiiConnect24, online multiplayer in the future?

I think this will be the first Far Cry game I will buy.

IceColdSeptember 05, 2006

Yeah, I had heard the interview on Caliban's link before - very promising! Of course, we'll have to wait for some videos and impressions, but it looks like it has potential..

ShyGuySeptember 05, 2006

Their Podcast needs more Svevan

IceColdSeptember 05, 2006

EDIT: Sorry..

SvevanEvan Burchfield, Staff AlumnusSeptember 05, 2006

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EDIT: Sorry..

I'd like to think that this was some rude comment about me and the Podcasts, but alas I am sure it was a technical error of some sort.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorSeptember 06, 2006

I don't think I'm braindead. :-/

CalibanSeptember 06, 2006

What caught my attention is the possibility to release a patch, or they can just leave code for when WiiConnect24 is fully functioning so we can play online, so I'm assuming that RedSteel might have an integrated online multiplayer option but it will only function when the time comes.

Pale > No offense intended by my comments, just slaping your face to the obvious...damn there I am again, sorry.

ShyGuy > If I wanted to compare both podcasts I would have created a new thread just for such topic. Your avatar says it all.

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