While Rayman Legends was one of the major centerpieces of Ubisoft’s Press Conference (or at least the portion that was focused on the Wii U), there were some questions as to whether this game would be an exclusive title for Nintendo‘s new console. The unveiling of a new character whose gameplay relies solely on the use of the tablet controller gave the impression that the best way to play Rayman Legends would be using four Pro controllers and one tablet, but that isn’t necessarily the case.
Ubisoft won’t say whether or not Rayman Legends will release for multiple platforms, but there are stressing that the game will be one of the Wii U’s high-profile launch titles. Take that special character out of the experience, though, and gamers are left with a title that feels eerily similar to Rayman Origins, a multiplatform title that played just as well no matter what console it was on.
In reality, Ubisoft is probably trying to ensure that Rayman Legends is positioned as a Wii U title first, and a PS3 or Xbox 360 title second. Having experienced the game on Wii U I can say that it looks and plays great on the console, but the verdict is still out on how fun the tablet controller implementation is.
In keeping with the Ubisoft and Wii U partnership news comes word that Splinter Cell: Blacklist, a title that was kept relatively secret until its debut at E3, might be coming to the Wii U as well. The confirmation only comes by way of a product page for Best Buy, but given Ubisoft’s partnership with Nintendo on a wide swath of titles this would make sense.
Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition has already shown us what the tablet controller can do for gameplay that requires a lot of gadgets and gizmos, and it just so happens that Sam Fisher has plenty of them.
No comment from Ubisoft, however, but don’t expect this to be a launch title like Rayman Legends – Blacklist is targeting Spring of 2013 for its release.
If you knew that the only difference between Rayman Legends on the Wii U was the new character would you be more inclined to pick up that version? How could Splinter Cell: Blacklist benefit from being on the Wii U?