Rayman Legends was always meant to be a Wii U exclusive. The game has been a poster child for Nintendo’s new console ever since the hardware was revealed. Legends has been playable at conventions for almost a year now, and even made an appearance at rAge 2012. The demo has been available on the Wii U eStore since the end of last year and Nintendo touted the game as one of the their console’s launch window titles. Rayman Legends was supposed to release in less than three weeks on 26 February. It’s now been delayed for six months.
The delay is due to Ubisoft announcing that the game is going multi-platform. “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.”
Shortly after this announcement was made, angered Wii U owners took to the Uplay Miiverse page to express their outrage at Ubisoft’s decision. There’s some pretty crazy stuff that’s been posted, and somebody has taken the time to scroll through the whole lot and upload it onto YouTube. The entire clip is seventeen minutes long. That’s a lot of vitriol and digital spittle. We’ve embedded the clip after the jump in case you feel like ogling some gamer dissatisfaction.
We can understand the frustration at the delay of the game considering the likelihood of the Wii U version being ready to ship is pretty high. Many gamers, however, are upset because it’s no longer a Wii U exclusive.
Read into this what you will, but Rayman Legends is the second title in a few weeks that Nintendo has lost as a third-party Wii U exclusive. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge has also been announced for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 when it was initially meant for Wii U only. Any guesses on what the trifecta title will be?