Rayman Legends, a game that was unique to Nintendo’s new game console, the Wii U, has been delayed for seven months due to Ubisoft (the game’s publisher) wanting the game to be released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 instead of being a Wii U exclusive. Rayman Legends was previously slated to be released for the Wii U on February 26th, 2013. That’s right – Ubisoft delayed a game that was completely finished because they want a multi-platform release.
In Ubisoft’s defense… They need to make money. Releasing Rayman Legends on multiple game consoles is the best way to do this.
However… It is one thing to delay a game that is still in development. That is perfectly understandable. It is something completely different to delay a game that is completely finished. The developers have stated that they had a finished game on their hands. Hell, some stores may have been preparing to put shipments of the game into their stockrooms. Delaying a game less than a month before release for something as stupid and trivial as a multi-platform release is absolutely idiotic. There is absolutely NO reason that Ubisoft couldn’t have released the game for the Wii U on the intended release date. None. Ubisoft is basically shelving a finished game (which may actually be finished, in that retail copies of the game may be sitting in a pallet in some warehouse) for seven months because they want more money. This move is also a huge kick in the groin to Nintendo, as they were really banking on Rayman Legends to be a system-selling game. Check out a Wii U kiosk next time you’re in Target or Gamestop. What’s the game that is available to try out? Is it Mario Bros. U? ZombiU? No. It’s friggin’ Rayman Legends.
Ideally, I believe that Ubisoft should just stick to the February 26th release date, or as close to it as they can. The developers can work on porting the game to other consoles in he same amount of time. Nothing changes, except that Ubisoft and, more importantly, the developers at Ubisoft Montpellier can make some cash by, y’know, ACTUALLY SELLING THEIR FINISHED PRODUCT.
That won’t happen. But I will gladly eat my words if it does.