Breaking: Rayman Legends Delayed to September, No Longer Wii U Exclusive

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Ubisoft announced today that their big Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends has been delayed from its original February release date – in just a couple weeks, actually – to September… and that it’s no longer going to be a Wii U exclusive. According to Ubisoft’s Xavier Poix, director of the company’s French studios, the decision was in response to disappointment from PS3 and Xbox 360 fans of the game’s predecessor, Rayman Origins:

“When we saw all the comments when we announced the game would be focused on Wii U, all of the people that have both the PlayStation 3 and 360 were really disappointed. So we thought it was making more sense to also bring the game to where it was originally from. That means Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. So we decided to go for a multiplatform launch simultaneously.”

UPDATE: Yes, this is today’s “big news.”

Find out more about what the multi-platform release will mean for the game after the break.

“Cooperation” features will be coming to the other platforms – whatever that means (probably the co-op features from Origins) – but the Wii U version will still of course be the only version to have a GamePad to take advantage of. That means that Legends will be a much closer experience to Origins on other platforms.

…it’s really about the fans. It’s really about having a very interesting universe, a mix of craziness and poetry mixed all together. We are very happy that we can bring that to many, many Rayman fans and the more we can, the better.

While I don’t really mind that it’s going multi-platform, I think a lot of “the fans” are going to be rather displeased that they have to wait six months for a game they were anticipating for a long time just so it can come to other platforms. Especially when those fans have already been given “late ports” of last year’s games as third-party launch titles.

And third parties wonder why Nintendo fans don’t go out and buy more of their games.

Source: IGN

  • zdog

    I do find it odd that they wouldn’t release the Wii U version as promised then port to the other consoles when ready. Is it a piracy concern to realase one earlier than the others?

  • HeroofTime123

    This just really sucks for Nintendo, First, Ninja Gaiden 3 which was supposed to stay a Wii U exclusive for a year is going multiplatform early and now this. It’s like all these companies are trying to troll Nintendo to death!

  • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

    … Isn’t September a lot more crowded in terms of game releases than three weeks from now would have been? I can’t see myself being able to fit this one into my budget or schedule now, unless GenGAME magically grows to the point that I can do it for a living.

    I suppose that’s not Ubisoft’s problem, though.

    • RestlessPoon

      Ubisoft must think GTA V is no competition if they think releasing Rayman in September is a good idea.

  • HylianBadger25

    I think Ubisoft is doing a disservice to Nintendo, themselves, and their fans. While I can understand the sympathy Ubisoft has for their loyal customers, They’re essentially renigging on a deal with nintendo. Its these exclusives that are more likely to sell more WiiU’s. And then rather than releasing the WiiU version in a couple weeks as expected, they’re further delaying it, angering Nintendo-based fans who have been looking forward to the game. If they Have to go multi-platform, they should at least release the WiiU version as scheduled. Then there’s still a Limited time draw for nintendo to enjoy.

    • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

      But third parties don’t care how many systems are sold… until the systems are sold. To be fair, it’s not really their job to sell systems – they don’t make them. But I think it’s created an unhealthy third-party ecosystem. I’ll write an article about this sometime.

      • HylianBadger25

        But then why do developers make console exclusive titles ever then? My interpretation of when a video game has been announced as console exclusive, is that the developer and the the console owner have struck some kind of deal, such as if Nintendo were to persuade third parties into making exclusive titles for the WiiU. This may not necessarily be the case, but it’s why I feel Ubisoft has reneged on Nintendo. Ubisoft announced Rayman at E3 as a pledge of support for Nintendo’s WiiU. While they still likely support it, this isn’t a good show of faith.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kory.pelletier Kory Pelletier

    This is a shining example of why Nintendo doesn’t like working with 3rd party developers, big ones like Ubisoft are stright-up assholes. I mean ZombiU sucked, Rabidsland sucked, and now this, perhaps the only good Ubisoft Wii U exclusive is now being delayed so they can port it to the other consoles. Bravo Ubisoft, you are wholly contributing to console gaming’s death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kory.pelletier Kory Pelletier

    This is a shining example of why Nintendo doesn’t like working with 3rd party developers, big ones like Ubisoft are stright-up assholes. I mean ZombiU sucked, Rabidsland sucked, and now this, perhaps the only good Ubisoft Wii U exclusive is now being delayed so they can port it to the other consoles. Bravo Ubisoft.

  • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

    The sad thing is, if the problem was wanting to do a unified marketing campaign for the game’s multi-platform launch, they could have still released the game digitally on Wii U this month (with no inventory risk) and then saved the marketing blitz for the simultaneous campaign, and probably lose virtually zero business. This way the game’s release is about to get crowded among a bunch of other fall games and will likely be overlooked.

    • RestlessPoon

      Did Microsoft really say that? Wow, what douchebags.

    • ……..

      If Microsoft really said that, then Resident Evil: Revelations and Ninja Gaiden wouldn’t be going there, too.

      • RestlessPoon

        Revelations is a remake/port, so it doesn’t really count. But Ninja Gaiden is a great example. Huh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Akesha.nis Ake Sha

    Seriously Ubi. GTFO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blake.wigert Blake Wigert

    Oh yeah, give in to the belly aching little bitches but do we Nintendo fans get anything in return. No, now I have to stave off game depression all the way until fucking September. The game better be worth it.When Nintendo fans complain about not getting a game or a watered down one, it’s “tough shit, deal with it, or be happy we bothered.” The one game I look forward to and it is delayed AGAIN.

    • http://www.gengame.net/ Alex Plant

      The part that really bites is that games like Assassin’s Creed III didn’t get delayed for Wii U… but a previous Wii U exclusive is getting delayed for a multiplatform release.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blake.wigert Blake Wigert

    “Go for multiplatform launch simultaneously” Oh yeah when have PS3 or XBOX ever gotten late ports, or had to wait for releases, oh yeah to my knowledge never, Wii U gets Batman Arkham Asylum or whatever a year after it was released, again to my knowledge. If the Wii U version is ready GIVE IT TO US, make the little babies wait let them see how it feels to get a lazy port.

  • Terrak

    Why should this surprise anyone? Ubisoft has to turn a profit and things are tough out there. Capcom and Square Enix are feeling the pinch too. The Wii Us current user base is low when compared to the 6-7 year userbase of the ps3 and 360. It stands to reason publishers want to make as much money as possible so they need to appeal to as much people as possible hence going multiplatform. Its not as bad as you think. Sure its one less exclusive but thats to be expected at launches and during the launch Window. Once the Wii U hits 10 million units sold (probably by October or November if things go well) and more developers have more to work with. Till then exclusivity is still not a viable option for every Wii U game. Anyway do you expect the ps4 or 720 to get many exclusives or new IPs when the launch? I dont thing so.

    I think people need to relax. Anyway if the developers did the games right the Wii U version will be the best, like Aliens Colonial Marine.

  • JeredenDonnar

    Companies aren’t trusting the Nintendo fanbase. It has been such a long time since third parties exceled on a nintendo console as opposed to sony or microsoft, that tey are unwilling to take that chance. And to be honest, who blames em? The best selling Nintendo games are Nintendo Games!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/blake.wigert Blake Wigert

      Are you surprised when 3rd party games are on Nintendo systems they are usually inferior graphically or gameplay wise to the “almighty XBOX 360/PS3′s” so it make the big N look bad or “not worth it.” I’m sure there’s a large group of people out there who would just want Nintendo’s star franchises on their respective systems so they wouldn’t have to get a “kiddy system”

      Examples of inferior games (games with noticible problems)
      Call of Duty: World at War: For the Wii, No Zombies, Graphics are limited
      Call of Duty: Black Ops: No DLC, Online connectivity is iffy
      Probably more I can’t think straight right now….

  • ………

    If they were true fans, they would have bought the WiiU to play this game instead of complaining.

  • Christopher Castelli

    Bad decision…i will no longer be buying this , or anything from Ubi…and I have boight a lot of their games for years…on various consoles…they put a knife in The backs of Wii U owners…I will not forget it…and will now delete Uplay on my Wii U ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/humulos Brent Papenfuss

    Last year, my Girlfriend and I started playing Rayman Origins, and LOVED it. We had so much fun together with it. In December we went to Best Buy to demo the Wii U, and the only playable demo was Rayman Legends, and we loved the usage of the gamepad. She did especially, because without me knowing she went and bought a Wii U because of that demo! We were so excited to be playing it this month, but NOPE!

    YOU RUIN DREAMS UBISOFT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/blake.wigert Blake Wigert

    Is there not a 3rd party Nintendo exclusive that has stayed exclusive ever. I would like an answer to this, not a hypothetical.