Last week it was revealed that Rayman Legends would no longer be a Wii U exclusive. This has resulted in a six month delay to the game while Ubisoft gets the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game ready to ship.
Understandably, fans who were expecting to pick up Legends at the end of February are really upset. What makes matters worse is that Ubisoft has confirmed that the Wii U version is 100% ready to ship. In a statement issued to Digital Spy, an Ubisoft representative said, “The only reason for the delay is to release on multiple platforms.”
Prior to this announcement by Ubisoft, an ex-Ubisoft employee took to a Spanish forum to slam the publisher’s decision to delay the game. The ex-employee had been on the Rayman Legends development team and resigned from Ubisoft at the end of January 2013.
His post has been translated to English from Spanish.
“If you’re pissed, imagine how we feel. Think on the situation, we’ve been making overtime with this game practically since May preparing [for] 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.”
Ubisoft is now scrambling to make amends to livid Wii U owners and Rayman fans. In an attempt to counteract fan ire, Ubisoft has committed to releasing a new demo exclusively on the Wii U. That means that Nintendo’s console will have two different Rayman Legends demos available via the eShop. Not sure if that will help ease the additional six month wait, but there you have it.