The Wii U has well-documented issues with its third-party support, with EA backing away from the system completely for the moment and Bethesda’s Pete Hines recently saying that “The time for convincing publishers and developers to support Wii U has long passed,”. However, Activision have now stood up and declared that they want to help the Wii U.
Eric Hirshberg, Activision’s chief executive of publishing, thinks that is important for the industry to support itself; in a recent interview with CVG, Hirshberg said that he wants “all of the great games in this industry to succeed because more people will be playing games and that’s better for all of us.”
Activision is doing a decent job already at supporting the platform; they are publishing six games for the Wii U in 2013, with the most notable being Call of Duty: Ghosts.
“Nintendo has been a great partner for us. It’s had hardware hits and misses in the past, but it has always found ways to remain completely relevant. It has some of the best game-makers in the world, and I wouldn’t count them out.”
Also, Hirshberg acknowledged that the Wii U isn’t performing quite as well as hoped – but he also had more positive words to say about Activision’s mentality towards supporting the platform: “Nintendo is a very successful company but obviously having a rough go with the Wii U launch thus far. I’m sure Nintendo and the rest of the industry wanted a different result for the Wii U, but if we can add to the appeal of the platform then we absolutely will.”
Are you happy at Hirshberg’s words, or would you like to see Activision do more? There is notable frustration towards the lack of DLC available for the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Wii U, but could that change for Call of Duty: Ghosts?