Ubisoft ‘Hurt’ by Fan Outpouring to Rayman Legends Postponement on Nintendo Wii U
French games developer Ubisoft, which stood side-by-side with Nintendo at the 2012 E3 when unveiling some of the earliest titles for the Wii U home console, has made an apologetic appeal to gamers following delays to the release of latest addition to the popular Rayman series – Rayman Legends.
Michael Ancel, the creator of the Rayman games, personally took to the official Facebook page for the Ubisoft franchise to address the postponement which has caused serious set-backs for the Rayman Legends exclusive release on Wii U.
The game was originally suggested for a November 30th, 2012 release on Nintendo’s platform, which was then pushed back to February 26th, 2013 and then again to September 9th for a simultaneous launch with Xbox 360 and PS3.
This ten month delay was an obvious cause of frustration for Nintendo gamers and Rayman fans, especially considering Ubisoft has confirmed the Wii U version of the game is in fact complete and ready to launch. Legions of fans have been very vocal about those frustrations, with a pair of devoted gamers even camping in front of the Ubisoft HQ in protest.
Ancel has now posted on the social site saying “We just wanted to reach out and let you know how truly humbled we were by the outpouring of support from the community” adding “It definitely hurt us to see you so upset about the delay.”
As well as the public plea in hope that gamers will stay patient, Ubisoft has offered some small consolation to Wii U owners eagerly awaiting the chance to play the latest Rayman game. It has announced that the multiplayer Challenge Mode will be released separately, ahead of the full games release and for free via the Nintendo eShop in April.
Let’s not forget that it was Ubisoft that unleashed one of the most gore-some Wii U titles yet – Zombi U. So let’s not be too harsh on them!