Speaking to Digital Spy, a Ubisoft representative said the Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends wasn’t delayed due to development issues, but instead to accommodate a multiplatform release.
“There are no issues with the game development. All of the information was in the press release, the only reason for the delay is to release on multiple platforms,” Ubisoft public relations specialist Sarah Irvin said.
If the Wii U version of the game is finished why can’t it be released ahead of the newly announced Xbox 360 and PS3 versions?
“We usually release all of our platforms simultaneously (aside from PC),” Irvin said. “We’ve made special exception sometimes in the past but it’s definitely just on a case by case basis and not our standard practice. I know it’s not an elaborate, ‘convincing’ answer, but it’s the simple truth.”
Fans have not taken lightly to the news of the delay, going as far as starting an online petition to reinstate the February 26 launch date. However, one person, believed to be a developer on Rayman Legends, has expressed a rather negative attitude towards the delay on Spanish forum EOL and has been translated on NeoGAF. It reads:
I completely understand you but you have to understand one thing. This is not a decission taken by the development team, this comes from really really high up, so please don’t pick on the game.
If you’re pissed, imagine how we feel. Think on the situation, we’ve been making overtime with this game practically since May preparing E3, and then almost a demo per month (gamescon, 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 practical matters, you’ll have to wait for some months for the game to be released and will most likely serve for more content to be added and do it better. For us, this means we’ve spent 6 months barely seeing our wifes, kids, and friends for nothing because, after all, such a haste wasn’t needed. Believe it, it was a hell to swallow these news.
Even then I’m firm in what I said back in the day, Rayman Legends is an excellent game and will still be, and the team that’s making it doesn’t deserve to have your back turned on them just because some men in ties one day took a wrong choice. This industry is really that shitty.
Rayman Legends for the Wii U is now scheduled for a September release alongside an Xbox 360 and PS3 version.
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Source Digital Spy