‘Rayman Legends’ Gets Delayed, Coming to PS3 and 360

Feb 7, 2013 by  

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Nintendo’s Wii U console started off with a wealth of content, but the months that followed have been short on desired software for early adopters. One of the most highly anticipated third-party exclusives on the console, Rayman Legends, was scheduled to make a splash later this month, but Ubisoft has since confirmed that there’s been a change of plans – plans that may very well upset those who’ve been longing to play the game since the Wii U’s launch.

Not only will Rayman Legends now be heading to the Xbox 360 and PS3 (much to the delight of those who own the systems), but Ubi has also delayed the game on Wii U in order to provide consumers with a simultaneous release date across all platforms. Instead of the game’s previously scheduled February 26 release, Wii U owners will now be forced to wait until early September to get their hands on Rayman’s latest platforming adventure.

The announcement of such a long delay only weeks prior to Legends‘ planned launch date will come as a shock to many – especially because Ubisoft has had a Rayman Legends demo available on the Wii U eShop since December – but the game’s eventual leap to other platforms is not so surprising. Despite reports from Ubisoft claiming that the title would remain exclusive to the Wii U, the recently lowered sales forecast for the platform is a strong sign that the market isn’t as large as Nintendo had been hoping it would be at this point in time.

All of this news will come as a significant blow to fans who went out and invested in Nintendo’s latest home console, but Ubisoft is just trying to do what’s best for business. That said, it’s odd that Ubi wouldn’t give Wii U owners Rayman Legends as a timed exclusive; especially considering how far along the game was allegedly in development.

Rayman Legends will be launching on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U in early September.

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  1. ‘Rayman Legends’ delayed and still no date for ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ on Wii U (it comes out next week for everything else). Not a good start to the year for Nintendo’s new system.

  2. Oh for the christ’s sake. I’m done. I’ve an xbox. Loyalty made me get a wii u even after the wii died an agonising death. But honestly what benefit is there to having this distinctly average money pit with a flash contoller when the 360 and ps3 have every game worth having along with exclusives. It gets sold this weekend. What a waste of everyones money.

    • Yeah, it’s bad right now, but come on: new 3D Mario & Zelda, Windwaker HD, Pikmin 3, Game & Wario, Yarn Yoshi, Wonderful 101, Monolith Soft’s ‘X,’ plus unannounced games due this year, potentially from Retro Studios – are you NOT going to want to play any of those?

      Could Nintendo have been better prepared? Absolutely, and Iwata both admitted as much and outright apologized for it in the last Direct presentation. But new consoles always come up short on games – the situation with Wii U looks worse than it is because the system is competing against mature platforms (360 & PS3) that are getting/are about to get (potentially) some of the best games of the seventh console generation: BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us, GTA 5.

      That doesn’t mean the lack of compelling Wii U games isn’t a bummer – it is. But I wouldn’t abandon ship just yet.

      • They’re good points man but Nintendo generated exclusive content is now the only reason to hang in there. As you said it currently appears that a significant portion of the Triple A games aren’t coming to Wii U and now that their most significant exclusive game since ZombieU will be neither on time or exclusive. This displays a serious lack of confidence in the unit by 3rd party. The honeymoon period appears over and it wasn’t that great to begin with.
        It seems, according to the Iwata, that the best time to own the Wii U will be sometime in September when some of it’s self generated games like Zelda hit, the eshop will probably be somewhere near respectable and, as an Irish user, Tvii might be running in Europe. Only problem is that by then I’ll have been playing BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us and GTA 5 on the xbox over the last 7 months. What will the Wii U doing aside from devaluing?
        By then we’ll also be very close to the new Xbox and Playstations which while I’m sure will be plagued by all sorts of issues will be (I’m guessing, assuming, sacrificing goats towards) backwards compatible with all of 2013 AAA catalogue unlike the Wii U which as you noted won’t even be f@cking getting them in the first place.

      • Jeff, I think your comment is extremely telling as to why the Wii U is repeating the same 3rd party mistakes as the Wii. Out of all of the titles you listed, only 2 are 3rd party games.

        Nintendo can sell Nintendo games, this has always been the case, but 3rd parties are seeing actual returns on Wii U titles and the math ain’t good. What AAA title can afford to be made just for the Wii U?

        3rd party devs are a fickle bunch, and rightfully so, they navigate the minefield of the gaming industry, where everyone takes a piece of their pie, just to get their product to the masses.

        If the masses are on the PS3 and 360 (and should shortly be on the NextBox & PS4) then why should these devs, who are one poor-selling title away from closure, risk a Wii U exclusive game? The answer to that is the future of the Wii U.

  3. Hooray for me!…Brutal for Wii U. A bad sign on a string of bad signs.

  4. The axe on a Wii-U exclusive sounds like they don’t have enough faith in their product to think people will still want to buy it on other consoles once word gets out on the Wii-U’s version.

    Or it could mean that they are weary of people complaining about having to wait on other consoles and think that might affect sales.

    /shrug

    • I think they have plenty of faith in the product, just not enough faith in Nintendo being able to sell anything on their machines besides Nintendo games.

  5. This is b*******. I don’t mind the exclusivity being lost, the more the merrier, but the Wii U game is FINSHED, so why can’t they just release it? I was really looking forward to having something to play on my Wii U this month.

  6. YES!

    this is fantastic, i love Rayman origins and i was not forking out cash for a wii u when its imo over priced in the uk and the rumors of a ps4 being released this year so this is great new.

    wonder if they use the vita aswell and sony try and get them to use cross buy but they would probably not do this as many people dont own a vita

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