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Rayman Legends delayed to September, releasing on 360/PS3
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February 07, 2013, 18:33:47
Something must have gone sour between Nintendo and Ubisoft. Not even a timed exclusive, that's a massive delay.



London, UK - February 7th, 2013 - Today, Ubisoft announced that its forthcoming title Rayman Legends, already announced for the Wii UTM system from Nintendo, will also be released on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. All versions will now hit shelves in early September 2013.

The Microsoft Xbox 360® and Sony PlayStation® 3 versions of Rayman Legends are being developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, the same team behind the Nintendo Wii UTM game. Rayman Legends has been praised for its stunning visuals and innovative gameplay by media around the world and labeled as one of the most anticipated platformers of 2013.

"We heard from many Xbox & Playstation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system", says Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Chief Marketing & Sales Officer. "We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game."

Rayman Legends retains the fantasy appeal of its predecessor while adding a multitude of clever and entertaining gaming modes, new characters, new environments and a new soundtrack. The award-winning team of artists, designers and composers from Origins has also returned with an advanced UbiArt engine to include multi-dimension gameplay elements, an improved lighting system and updated game rendering that elevate Rayman's graphics to the next level.

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Posted: 02/07/13, 18:33:47  - Edited by 
 on: 02/07/13, 18:39:21    
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If only there were some precedent for porting games to other systems after launch. If only games didn't have to launch on all platforms at the same time, and could end up on other platforms later.

Oh yeah, that sounds like at least three versions of Rayman Origins. Ubisoft is full of shit.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:00:12  - Edited by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:01:40
so if I admit to Ubisoft being right can we get Far Cry 3 and AC Collection on wii u? I mean the greedy bastards want the most amount of money, so those games whould have been on Wii U as well. Holes in their logic.

What I wrote on their Facebook post: I think it's nice to bring a good game to all consoles. But to sit on a finished game for 7 months? Your logic for the delay isn't suffice either. I also expect Far Cry 3 and the Assassin's Creed Collection on Wii U since you guys want to make more money.... all of your current hit titles and future ones should come out for EVERY platform. And when they don't then I'll just know the excuse to delay a finished game for 7 months was BOGUS. Nintendo also shouldn't use your game as the EXCLUSIVE demo for their demo units in all of these stores. They could have easily used Mario but they used YOUR GAME.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:21:47  - Edited by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:29:24
I'll be honest though, there is one way they could salvage this with me. South Park, Wii U, day 1. Otherwise, I'm done. Every other franchise of theirs that I would really consider myself a fan of is pretty much dead for the time being anyway.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:22:12
I was on the fence about this game before. Now I have no intention of ever buying it--used or otherwise. Publishers really do just hate Nintendo, apparently.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:42:36
Reserving today.

EDIT- Why do PS3/XBOX players have a Piss & Moan Card which allows them to get every single game they want to by crying about it? I didn't know that came packed in; is that like, free with XBL or something? I definitely didn't get one with any of my Nintendo systems.

Anyone want to make a wager on Bayonetta 2? Very tempted right now. Apparently everybody has a price.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:48:21  - Edited by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:51:57

That too. Nintendo demoed Rayman Legends when they could have (and in hindsight, should have) demoed Nintendo Land or New Super Mario Bros. U (or both). Ridiculous.


I wouldn't take that bet. Nintendo's funding Bayonetta 2, they didn't fund Rayman Legends.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/13, 23:59:02


Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 00:00:25

You're right, It's a free gift with every Xbox Live Gold subscription. I don't know how the PS3 users get theirs, but apparently it involves having to re-buy all your old PS2 games if you want to re-play them on your PS3. Says the idiot who actually encourages this crap by buying the Sly Raccoon HD Collection and the Ratchet & Clank HD Collection.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 00:03:49
I will most certainly be canceling my preorder. Nintendo has been getting developers'/publishers' sloppy seconds for years - if really at all or even well focused/intended. If the reason for the delay is simply to release all three versions at once, why can't the other consoles get the shaft and wait it out? Just once! Color me perturbed in an anti-Ubisoft Nintendo loyalist kind of way.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 00:19:55
DeputyVanHalen said:
I'll have to post there that I'll be cancelling my preorder and waiting to pick it up in the bargain bin, preferably used. Now I'm just wondering what I should get with that $60. I'm leaning toward Ni No Kuni.

I paid off Project X Zone, Soul Hackers, and plunked down $20 on The Wonderful 101. If I weren't so pissed, I'd send Ubisoft a big THANK YOU.

Whelp, I did my small part and posted on their Facebook page. I feel a little better.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 00:27:59  - Edited by 
 on: 02/08/13, 00:56:09
This is a strange move. I don't have a problem with the game releasing on other systems, but to delay the Wii U version again makes no sense, unless it wasn't ready yet but that seems unlikely. The game would have definitely sold better had it been released this month with no competition.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 01:15:32
Ubi decides to throw away the good will with nintendo fans they tried to build over the wii u launch.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:04:22

Maybe we can cash in our P&M Cards to whine an early release out of them.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:09:15
Zero said:
Is this game really going head to head with GTA though? Seems like different markets.

Both should be really good games though, so for people who are into good games, a choice has to be made. Initially, it was too bad that Rayman and Bioshock Infinite were coming out the same day, but once Bioshock got delayed it was a no-brainer I'd be getting Rayman in a few weeks. Now? Depending on the holiday lineup and whatnot, I'm not sure I pick it up for a while. It was a guaranteed $60 for Ubisoft just yesterday, but now I don't know when I'll be getting it, and for which system, and what price. At the end of the day, it's probably not a day-1 purchase for me anymore, and it has nothing to do with the quality of the game but the timing of the release.

I agree that in general, they have very different target audiences but it still hurts Rayman's chances of getting picked up by someone who otherwise may not be into that type of game. You want to release these games during a slow time of the year so that it doesn't get overshadowed.

Zero said:
From Ubi's Facebook:

As many of you know the release of Rayman Legends on Wii U has been delayed until September. It's not all bad news though as you will now be able to collect those legendary Lums on PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.

We never want to delay a game and for that we're sorry. We made the tough decision to push back the release so we could offer it on multiple platforms. Stay tuned for more.

This seems very illogical to me. The other versions won't really sell any better, and the Wii U version will sell much worse.

Honestly, this is so bizarre. If it was ZombiU being ported, I wouldn't be as surprised but Rayman is really a great fit for the Wii U and Nintendo platforms in general. As the only real big game over the next few months, you'd think Ubisoft would be thrilled to have Rayman releasing when it was.

And as bizarre as porting Rayman is, holding the Wii U version back for a simultaneous release just makes no sense whatsoever. There will be more competition on Wii U by that point, and it's not going to sell well in September on 360/PS3. There's more to this story. Man, this is worse than Capcom announcing the RE4 PS2 port before it came out on GameCube -- imagine if they held RE4 back until the end of 2005 to have a simultaneous launch with PS2? It looks like such a smack in the face of Nintendo. It definitely fits the bill of "very interesting news", considering Ubisoft seemed to be the one western third party that was really supporting the Wii U out the gate.

This move almost seems less about sales and more about Ubisoft maybe no longer betting on the Wii U's chances. There's no reason to not launch a finished game in just a couple of weeks. I hate to use the "third party sticking it to Nintendo" line since I think 99% of the time it's unwarranted because the business rationale behind it usually makes plenty of sense, but it's hard to view this move in any different light. This one I don't get.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:17:12

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:20:55
This ought to be good. I haven't jumped on to the ubi community on miiverse yet. Only saw bun's pic.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:29:51

Saw a few IGN posts about how it's much more expensive to market the game twice. This is assuming they are even going to market the game in the first place, though.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:38:37

Is that our Dan at 1:32? Cel_Sniper?? --Man, I'm only 9 minutes in, where is T-Bun? Did i miss him?

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:43:34

I've seen some people mention that too, but I find that pretty tough to swallow. If they even care about the game's chances, they'd have to market it a hell of a lot more come September than they would now. What more marketing do you need than "this is the game to own on this system for the next several months"?

Someone else has also suggested the argument that the Wii U will have a larger install base by then, but you need quality software between now and then to drive that install base. Games like, I don't know -- Rayman Legends. *bangs head against desk*

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:48:01
This makes no sense business wise whatsoever. No one will buy it on X360 and PS3 but they will buy it for Wii U and why is it being delayed. Ubisoft, I love ya, but this was a massive mistake.

Posted by 
 on: 02/08/13, 02:48:35
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