Remember when Call of Duty: Ghosts was announced earlier this year? Activision said it was coming to every major console, but the Wii U logo was noticeably absent from the launch trailer. This led to months of speculation going back and forth on whether or not the next title in the franchise would indeed make its way to the Wii U.
Well, Activision finally put an end to the speculation today by announcing that Call of Duty: Ghosts will make its way to the Wii U this fall. It will launch day and date with the current gen versions of November 5.
“As we have said before, we’re committed to doing everything we can to support the Wii U, which is why we’re excited to be bringing some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world to the platform this year,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “The Call of Duty franchise continues to be one of the most powerful forces in gaming and Skylanders continues to enchant new fans around the world. Our studios have been hard at work creating brand new immersive experiences perfectly suited to the Wii U platform and our fall lineup has something for everyone.”
So, will Call of Duty: Ghosts offer any sort of exclusive Wii U features? At the moment, Activision is only saying that the Wii U version will include “Wii Remote and second-screen Wii U GamePad support.” We can only hope that Activision will also push to release DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii U. Treyarch still hasn’t released any of Black Ops II DLC for the Wii U version, and it’s looking like they never will. A little assurance would go along way to convince Wii U gamers that Infinity Ward isn’t going to screw them over on DLC.
If Call of Duty isn’t your thing, Activision will also be releasing Skylanders SWAP Force, Angry Birds Trilogy, Angry Birds Star Wars, Spongebob Squarepants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge and Wipeout Create and Crash on the Wii U later this year. They’re not exactly what you would call core games, but Nintendo needs all the third party support it can get. Activision is one of the few third parties that can just throw cash at products that may or may not succeed, especially when going up against Nintendo’s own games this holiday season.