Ubisoft have invested heavily into Wii U with original and exclusive content such as ZombiU and Rayman Legends, cemented by the likes of, er, Rabbids Land and ports such as Assassin’s Creed 3. It’s safe to say that the majority of Ubisoft’s worldwide studios were working on one Wii U project or another.
This support for Nintendo’s new platform has extended to their more open online system, where doors have been left ajar to support other online platforms such as Steam, Origin and Ubisoft’s own Uplay.
And this is where Ubisoft come in again, as they’ve launched an official Uplay app for Wii U, integrating their Wii U software lineup with the Uplay online platform.
Here Uplay’s ‘Actions’ and ‘Rewards’ system is tightly integrated with Wii U software. Complete an ‘Action’ to unlock Uplay units, which can be redeemed for in-game rewards. For example, 20 Uplay units in ZombiU are earned for reaching a survivor score of 2000.
This is a fairly significant development. It means EA or Valve could potential get Origin and Steam apps up and running on Wii U at some point in time for their respective software to integrate with those online platforms.
While Nintendo is happier to have their software support Miiverse over achivements – through integrated online accomplishments and high scores appearing right in the games themselves – smarter developers can still implement this functionality using other online platforms on Wii U, such as Uplay.