Ubisoft’s Wild Arena Survivors, just released on mobile, has intriguing origins. While many would assume the new game was an original idea, life started out as a new game in the Far Cry series.
Was Wild Arena Survivors Ever Far Cry Mobile?
Ubisoft’s Wild Arena Survivors is an all-new Battle Royale game on mobile. The hectic, which takes place on a tropical island, certainly seems to be a spin-off of Far Cry. According to mobile gamerthat’s exactly what it was.
In a recent article, a source close to Ubisoft told the outlet that the new Battle Royale was once a Far Cry mobile game. However, at some point, Ubisoft decided to get out of the series and create an original IP address.
The source claims that Ubisoft has distanced itself from Far Cry due to marketing costs. With the name Far Cry on it, the studio should give the game a decent marketing budget.
Furthermore, the report explains that Ubisoft takes very little care of its mobile games. This explains why many had no idea until this article that Wild Arena Survivors was even on mobile.
“You’ve got the publisher we all know — Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy — and you’ve got mobile, that’s the forgotten kid,” they said. “Mobile has very little oversight, support or funding from the larger parent company.”
A Ubisoft mistake
According to the source, this is an ongoing trend within Ubisoft. With mobile projects allowed to do their own thing, titles like Wild Arena Survivors and others are said to be sucking money. The source said:
“I can imagine” [Ubisoft] spent more money than they should have on development, and this is an attempt to recoup what they can and also learn from releasing a full real-time multiplayer game. Even if games are bloated and expensive and show poor stats, if there are lessons to be learned from releasing them, it’s worth doing”
Still, Ubisoft is still working on other mobile games. For example, The Division: Resurgence and Rainbow Six Siege mobile. While the studio may have made some blunders, they are certainly unstoppable.