Ubisoft has announced at the DICE summit that Rayman Legends will no longer be a Wii U exclusive, but will now be released on PS3 and 360 as well. This is good news for those consoles, but unfortunately the game has been pushed back once again to September 2013. The new delay is due to the game now being released on multiple platforms.
Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, gave a statement explaining why the game is now a multiplatform title.
“We heard from many Xbox & PlayStation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system. We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game.”
This has cause both love and hate towards Ubisoft and their decision. Fans of the Rayman series will of course love the chance to play the game on their respected system, but Wii U owners will be disheartened by the fact that the game will once again be delayed. Rayman Legends was originally to be a launch game for the Wii U, but was pushed back to February so they could refine the game. Now it seems they will have to wait a little longer. But it’s not only gamers who are annoyed at this delay, but also developers within Ubisoft themselves.
An ex-Ubisoft employ expressed his thoughts on the situation
“If you’re p*****, imagine how we feel. Think on the situation, we’ve been making overtime with this game practically since May preparing E3, and then almost a demo per month (Gamescom, Wii U presentation, shops, eShop, etc…) and at the same time trying to actually finish the game.”
“We had a first delay because it was obvious we couldn’t finish on time but we gave it all to be there on February. What face do you think we had when the week we had to close the game we’re being told it’s not going to be released? I couldn’t believe it.”
“For us, this means we’ve spent six months barely seeing our wives, kids, and friends for nothing because, after all, such a haste wasn’t needed. Believe it, it was a hell to swallow this news.”
I think Ubisoft are really shooting themselves in the foot with the delay being at the end of year, and especially in September, seeing as we have GTA 5 coming out that month. Ubisoft are quite daring and suicidal to launch the game the same month as as a new Grand Theft Auto, because most gamers will just buy that and be content for a month or two. It's quite possible that this delay will mean Rayman Legends won’t get the sales it deserves.