Feb 27th, 2013


Today was supposed to be the release date for Rayman Legends, before Ubisoft decided that a multi-platform release was a better cash grab than pleasing current customers. Of course Ubisoft is treading around the situation very delicately, with CEO Yves Guillemot speaking to Kotaku about the game’s release date and where the game will be in September.

The Wii U the team is working hard on the Wii U [version] to make sure it continues to improve, so it can become one of the best Wii U games. We hope it can be one of the top games Ubisoft creates. What’s very important to consider is that when a team has more time, they are able to continue to improve the quality of the game. When we saw we had more time, we saw all of the possibilities. Some of the possibilities are the social features that we are seeing today, but also new bosses, new possibilities that will take the game to a level that people will love.

Of course this is the sentiment from the CEO of a company that has failed to meet customer’s expectations, but perhaps there is a bit of truth to his words. Despite the Wii U version of the game being nearly done, with these extra months in the bag the team can go behind themselves and make sure everyone receives the polished experience they are hoping for. The only real problem with this is customers are going to go over the game with a fine-toothed comb once it’s released, meaning if everything isn’t up to snuff, there’s going to be a lot of stink on fan forums and sites.

[via Kotaku]

local_offer    Nintendo  Rayman Legends  ubisoft  wii u  Yves Guillemot  
  • So the suits couldn’t justify releasing the game on time but they’ll sign off on paying devs to continue working on a game that was ready for release for 6 more months?  Yeah, ok, I believe you.  I’m happy about Watch Dogs but I’m over Rayman.  Sorry.

  • SirDjss

    bulllshit , they just want to make us happy for not releasing it NOW and they are LYING.

  • I want it now!!!! 😀

  • Sydney Ultrasyd

    Hmmm … :/

  • Andrew Comer

    It better

  • Alienfish

    Most people crap out of their backside. Not this guy.

  • This article just reeks of the same kind of bullshit that the suits high up the company like to spew up as piss poor excuses for their ignorant business practises. This in no way makes up for what they have done. The only way they can make up for this is by releasing the game when it was supposed to be released, which has now passed.

    • Fred

      I disagree. I just want to play more multiplayer Rayman. If they give us the 2nd demo soon (Free) and the Challenge mode is also multiplayer (coming out in April also Free) and they keep adding more levels to Challenge mode (which is my understanding) I’ll be content until September and it won’t cost me a dime.

      • I feel like I’m in between a rock and a hard place with this one.

        On one hand, I really admire the quality of the game and how amazing it looks; the demo made my jaw hit the floor. I can also see that the developers are working their best to get us something to play while we wait as well as packing in extra quality assurance. I can also see that they are also very frustrated with what the suits high up have done.

        But on the other hand, I’m pissed with how the suits disrespected us as gamers. I’m also frustrated now that I have one less game to play in this sparce line-up of games.

        So what do I do? Do I still get the game? If I still get the game, I show the suits that I’m OK with their choice. But if I don’t get it, I’m not showing the developers my appreciation for their work. So what do you do?

  • Im really not worried about rayman right now. Lego city undercover is just around the corner. that shoould last me until rayman launches.

  • Krzysztof Bobkowski

    Rubbish. Truth is they’re not happy with Wii U sales. Nintendo is about 1 mil units behind against their projections. End of story. The way Ubisoft treats nintendo customers is absolutely atrocious. Don’t know how about you guys but I’m boycotting this game, just feel completely betrayed. It’s a shame, because Rayman was one of the reasons why I bought this system.

    •  It is Nintendo who let the fans down, not Ubisoft.  I really do not believe that you bought a Wii U for Rayman…

      • thedeciderU

        If you like platformers with great artistic style and great visuals, you would like Rayman. It was announced at as a release title and generated a lot of excitement. Have you played Rayman Origins? A great overall experience.

      • GermGerm

        Well no one really cares what you believe, Donaaaaaaald.

      • No donny it was Ubi who made that call but again your talking out of your butt

    • Fred

      If we boycot Rayman then sales for the game will suck and it’s less likely that they’ll make as many good family friendly games like this in the future.

  • Adam Porter

    they had their chance and they blew it. i will not be buying this game

    • If you ever wanted to buy the game and play it..then buy the effing game and play it.  Stop being a whiny brat and trying to turn this into politics.

      • Lion Jegna

        They have no compassion for the sparsness that we have to undergo plus they stupid cuz no other games is out right now so its an easy case to buy a beautiful game vs getting nothing.  Now they gotta go up against grand theft FUCKING AUTO.  That just stupid cuz they gonna lose BAD.

        • Laud

          Lol, while I agree with what you’re saying try to keep it civil.

          Getting frustrated with someone over an opinion on how one feels about something isn’t going to get us anywhere.

      • DragonSilths

        When even the creator and devs from Rayman legends quit Ubisoft you think we should still support Ubisoft? Hahaha no.

      • Lion and Rey I have nothing positive to say to either of you.  Enjoy being 10.  Or enjoy being a 10 year old stuck in a 30 year old’s body.  Whatever.

        • DragonSilths

          Me? Being 10 years old…Those were the days. But alas that was 12 years ago. I am 22 not 10.

    • dr scoobie

       and screw out chances of getting a seqeul?

  • incoherent1

    To the author of the post:

    I happen to agree that they should’ve released the game for Wii U, but you’re using way too much editorial voice in your article, stating that the developer opted for a “cash grab” instead of pleasing current customers. Please just present the facts and let us come to a conclusion — we don’t need your opinions. Wii U Daily has done this a lot lately in other articles (Mass Effect 3 being another example).
    I love this site and visit it daily (often more) – you do a great job, but I can’t rely on you for news and information if it’s all getting filtered through the authors’ bias.

    Again, I agree with your opinion and your sentiment that the game should’ve been released on Wii U today — just please keep your opinion to yourself or put it on comments.

    • Bassdboy34

      Dude, it’s just a game. Calm down. 

    • Nashoba Darkwolf

      This is HIS site, if you dont like it go elsewhere. I havent seen you on IGN demanding the same thing. I frankly like when gamers and game writers give their opinion on the matter. In some regards an opinion is needed. And don’t think for one second that no media sources are bias, that is just ignorance and naivety at best. 

      • incoherent1

        I don’t read IGN because they aren’t as good as this site — look, we’re all on the same side and want an awesome blog about Wii U news & I’m entitled to my opinion on how to make it better because I support it & enjoy reading it. If he or you disagree with me, then that’s fine, but don’t attack me for sharing my thoughts.

        • All news reports always are sided one way or the other, and some more than others. For example, the Washington Post is usually more Conservative, while the New York Times is generally more Liberal.

          Here in the WiiUDaily, they seem to write in order to appeal to the majority, as most news writers and reporters do.

        • The way you expressed your opinion on the matter came off sort of arrogant.  The writer didn’t ask for your opinion on how s/he could improve this post.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with someone stating an opinion (flippantly, as in this case, even) in their writing.  I don’t think this website has ever purported to be 100% factual and “informative” (and as others have said, no writer is totally free from bias anyway), so I see no reason for you to pipe up and say, “ACTUALLY, THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE WRITTEN.” Write your own blog post then.

          • incoherent1

            You’re right I could’ve been a lot more diplomatic — point taken. That’s my fault for writing a quick response on my way away from the desk, and apologies for that.

            I do think the overall tone of some of these posts could use a lot more neutrality, however, and I think the point of having a comments section is to be able to share my views and providing constructive criticism. I may have blown that by coming across the wrong way, but I stand by my point. To go back to what I said in another comment, we’re all here for an awesome Wii U news site and enjoy reading the articles, and my comment was in the spirit of improving the site and making it better & more useful for the community.

            I think there’s a huge benefit to providing both perspectives. For example, I agree that they shouldn’t have delayed the game simply so they can do a cross-platform release all at once, but making Ubisoft out to be an evil, one dimensional, money grabbing villain isn’t helpful. The fact of the matter is that they probably expected to have a much larger Wii U install base by now, which would justify releasing it now as an exclusive. Again, I disagree with their decision, but Ubi isn’t a charity and needs to make money in order to stay in business and create more cool games in the future, and they didn’t see a way to do that launching this game on one platform only. If readers to this site were exposed to a more nuanced argument like that, some might alter their buying habits to show software developers (in general, not just Ubi), that they can be profitable on Wii U so we won’t continue to lose games in the future.

            If offered, I’d be happy to write a blog post for the site and contribute (not being snarky at all — putting my money where my mouth is). 🙂

    • Thumbs down incoherent.  You have no good reason to critique a free service.  If I was the creator of this site I would temporarily ban your IP address for trying to act like you have a stake or a say in what happens here.

    • Metal_Man_v2

      I have seen some less than well written articles on Wii U daily in the past, but asking the author to completely remove their opinion from their writing is naive.  There is nothing wrong with putting your opinion in an article, as long as it is done in a professional way, ie. using the facts presented to make a point.  That said, this article is fine.  If you don’t like the posts though, you are free to go elsewhere.

    • MasterPpv

      This. Need more of this sensibility here on this site. And I actually like this place.

      • incoherent1

        Agreed — I love this place. Should’ve made that more clear in my first post if it wasn’t already.

        Also, apologies to Ashley for calling her a him. 🙂

    • val berger

      This is the problem with blogs in general. authors here aren’t real journalists and don’t know some basic things about writing. I don’t say they can’t write, it’s more a publish-thing which professionals finish a study for. But considering, that this website wouldn’t exist if those bloggers wouldn’t just do it anyway, it’s not a bad thing. yet I totally agree that articles always need to be written neutral.

  • AAAkabob

    Yea? it’s gonna be improved from a finished state? Tell me exactly how Ubi, don’t feed us non specific bullshit. I want to know exactly how many features you added w/ 8 more months!

  • Eli Valentin Villanueva

    It will be a great game….but right now they have to thinkl about all the games that will arrive in november….sales are not going to be the same, and well for many wallet´s it is not possible to buy all the hot titles at one time, sure i will buy this but not at the release…just a humble opinion and hopes not more DLC after this overtime……I hope a finished and polished game UBISOFT 🙂

  • Johny

    i call bullshit on this one

  • That was a subjective article.

    • Retro Cool

      Aren’t all articles subjective?  If you go to PS4 Daily, those articles are just as subjective as any other articles that you may read from or any magazine that pertains to a system. I for one still feel and believe the “TurboGrafx 16” was far superior than Nintendo back in the day, but I will leave that subject alone.

      Being subjective to a particular subject, especially a subject as sour as this particular “baby game”, as you might have put it on other articles here.  All the other so called “hard core gamers” whined and cried like a little baby about having this “baby game” for their system.  Ubisoft “heard their cries” and opted to not only wait to let a finish game be on hold until the fall but outright lied to the consumer and false advertised to those who purchased the “U” in thoughts that this game would be an exclusive to the system.So to say this article is possibly subjective, most likely, but don’t be baby about it.It lowers your ability to try to come out intelligent when all you do is boggle those who read your subjective opinion on things.  

      If, you, can do better on writing an article, please do so.  Add your subjective points and give us reasons as to why you feel this article was subjective and not just say it is. Lets face the truth here, your subjective opinions are mainly the same as saying something is subjective to begin with.  It only makes you look like a hypocrite, bias and downright unintelligent person.

      If you do not want to “argue/fight” with those on here, please be more concise on your opinions and think it through.  Not only will you “possibly” gain some respect (though at this point in time, I feel that will never happen for you now) but you might even enlighten those who might thought otherwise.

      •  Fool, I can be subjective because I am not a journalist who has a website writing articles!  Journalists are supposed to report only the facts, not to try and get the reader to feel a certain way about the subject of the article.  Of course real journalists always bend the rules by claiming “some people say that…” or some other tactics.

        • Since when are these writers “journalists”?  I have never considered people writing online about video games “journalists.”  They are bloggers.  They can  write their damn opinions if they want to.

  • Fred

    Does anyone know if the Challenge mode will be multiplayer? My 3-year old loves being Murphy on the demo and we play together way too often. I’m hoping that we don’t run out of demo plays before the Challenge mode is released.

  • Nintendofreak

    just like laura u lost all my love n respect….not u rayman im talking ubisoft

  • Nashoba Darkwolf

    BULLSHIT! Gods got horns! 
    Sorry but I will no longer be even thinking about this game. Ubi screwed us and screwed up big time. This game was ready to ship six months ago. 

  • YoG99

    A delay on Rayman will result in less sales … starting with mine.

  • You are all such petty little biznatches about this honestly.

    If you ever wanted to buy the game and play it..then buy the effing game and play it.  Stop being a whiny brat and trying to turn this into politics.  You guys are raging over your consumer “rights” that don’t exist.  The company made a decision, deal with it.  What, you have to wait NOT EVEN A YEAR?   How can this bother you?  I remember waiting years for starcraft ghost to come out..which it never did.  Do I hate Blizzard for that?  No.  Stuff happens.  Don’t trip.
    ——————————————————————————————————–This is what the reaction of a normal person who doesn’t live for games or feel entitled to determine what the best business decision for a company is, “Oh, they are postponing Rayman until november?  That sucks!  I was looking forward to that game.  Well at least it isn’t cancelled.  I’ll have to figure out what games I want to play until I pick this up in November.”

    • sdmac200600

      Omg dude thank you. I knew I couldn’t have been the only one who don’t care that it’s being delayed. If you were gonna buy it in the first place, then why not buy it just because it got pushed back some months. It’s honestly stupid

    • MasterPpv

      I’ve also been extremely disappointed with the amount of hatred shown towards the company for this. Yes, it sucks, and yes, if the game was finished they could certainly release it now on Wii U and on the other consoles later and they probably wouldn’t lose that many sales (if any), but the level of blind hatred shown towards Ubisoft for the current situation is ridiculous.

      To be clear, I am a big Nintendo fan. And I would’ve loved to have Legends remain an exclusive, since Nintendo sorely needs them right now. I also would have loved for it to have released today as planned. But I’m also a fan of gaming in general. If the game that comes out in September is better because of the team having extra time they didn’t know they were going to have, I’m happy.

      I am quite often in agreement with the masses on this site. I, like them, want the best for Nintendo and the Wii U and would love to have lots of awesome games, especially exclusives, releasing all the time on the Wii U. But sometimes (and this is getting more and more frequent and out of control), the masses here act like a fanboy horde. And I’m willing to be critical of them in times like this. We need to realize that not everything is going to happen as we want it to, and that we need to handle those times maturely. Saying “I’m not going to buy this game now” shows that someone is making a decision based on an emotional reaction and not necessarily considering whether they actually want the game or not.

      • I agree!  . .. .. . . .. Paha “Fanboy Horde”.  I better get my Cricket Bat ;).

    •  I agree I was pissed that Rockstar delayed GTA V as I was all ready to go and I was even going to pre-order the game, which I never do.  I am glad that I did not pre-order.  I like to see a set release date first.  I was mad, but since there was nothing I could do, I just have to deal with it and still be the ultimate master online for GTA 4.

  • JuleyJules

    Of course they’re going to say it wasn’t done and the extra time will allow them to make it better.  The problem for a lot of Wii U owners is now they just don’t care!  By September there will be lots of games like Lego City, Pikmin, The Wonderful 101 and Zelda WW HD.  Rayman could have done great on the Wii U now but may suffer in sales because of this delay – whatever the truth actually is.

  • Teves153

    But u said the wii u version was finished. Stop lying to us and give us the damn game

  • DragonSilths

    Damage control. Besides Watch Dogs, We Nintendo fans dont want to see you’re ugly backstabbing face ever again Ubisoft. Like the saying Get N or get out. You chose get out.

    • Gamefreak361

      Speak for yourself.

  • MadCrain

    Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.

  • Srpg2ishere

    Better game or not no one is gonna buy a Wii U just to get a game they can get on the other 2 competing consoles. And with big major titles and new next generation games/consoles no one is even going to know this game even existed.

  • i will buy it if it will still get a early release and if it results in a better game then update it when the release comes out for 360/PS3

  • MugenHiryu

    *Cough* BULLSHIT!!!

    • RyuNoHadouken


  • Dominic Coradazzi

    Yep, they really fucked Rayman Legends up
    I really hope it’s worth all the wait

  • Jon Turner

    Delay, shmelay.  It doesn’t matter to me.  I’m getting this no matter what.  Do I think Ubisoft made a bad mistake?  Yes.  But they ARE giving us WATCH DOGS AND AC3 DLC.  There’s no reason for me to hate on them.

  • Sordel

    Ubisoft doesn’t seem to realise that no one cares any more how good the game is. Wii U owners won’t buy it because they got dicked around and PS3/360 owners won’t buy it because it’s a “conversion from a kiddy Nintendo console” (on top of which they’ll all be saving for their new shiny boxes).

    The only thing going for this game originally was that it was the Only Thing Going (in Spring 2013) for the console it was going to launch on.

  • Destiny64


  • So basically the Wii U version will have “extra” stuff that the PS3/Xbox version won’t have? It kind of already had that with the idk, BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP FOR WII U UTILIZING THE GAMEPAD THING! I still wish it just would’ve came out already, but anything extra they can add to it go ahead. I will still be too busy with other games to even get it to be honest. They just picked such a bad time to release it.

  • GTMacc

    Too late for any of this now, its been released in the busy time of the year for games, this ones going to be down the pecking order for purchasing now. probably wait for when its in the bargain bin.

  • Fred

    When I first heard about the delay I was mad and bitter (Rayman Legends was going to BE MY BIRTHDAY), but as time has gone by I’ve gotten past it. I LOVED Rayman Origins and I LOVE the Rayman Legends Demo so I’ll buy this game, but I really wish Ubisoft would have released it according to the earlier plan.

  • I think that the Team that works on Rayman was kinda pissed when Ubisoft said they’re going to release the game for mutliple platforms. (Not sure about this though) But I really believe that atleast the team will do as much as possible to deliver us an even better game as little “present” for letting us WiiU owners wait 😉

  • Acke3095

    They just say so cus many Wii U owners got realy angry when they did it to a multiplatform game. Just read in the Uplay miiverse community.

  • SYates

    I care not for “social features”. I really think that this is a very bad excuse (in lack of a better word) for delaying the game. They’re trying to make it sound like the primary reason they delayed was to improve the Wii U version when we all know that really it was to port it to other platforms to rake in a bit more money, regardless of our hopes of a Wii U exclusive as they promised. It’s unacceptable. Don’t let Ubi pull the wool over your eyes.

  • MetroidZero

    LAME. They could’ve released it on time and then added patches and/or DLCs to make it better. Fail again, Ubisoft.

  • smashbrolink

    I really, really hope that they differentiate the Wii U version from the others in more than just the game pad, with all this extra time that they seem so glad to have.
    It’s the least they can do for breaking release date promises.

  • John Andalora

    My big concern with the fact that Ubisoft decided to delay the game is that there is a demo of Rayman Legends inside every GameStop Wii U.
    Quite honestly, it was the game that got me interested in the Wii U to begin with.
    Thinking that it was already out (since I didn’t consider that they’d demo a game that wasn’t released), I got the Wii U for Christmas.
    After I realized that it wasn’t out, I planned on getting it when it released.

    Am I agitated that it didn’t come out when it expected? Yeah. I mean, I’m still going to buy the game. But pushing it back after getting so excited for it weeks before its release is quite a letdown for me.
    But, mostly, I’m concerned for the Wii U.
    The Wii U doesn’t really have a big library of exclusive games for itself, which is one of the reasons people like me buy new systems. If companies constantly hold off games that were considered Wii U exclusive to make them cross-platform, it’s going to hurt both the fans of the Nintendo franchise and those people who were considering getting a Wii U. Most people who won’t buy a Wii U yet won’t buy it because there aren’t any games that they feel are good enough to get a Wii U for. 
    And if they can play those games on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, then how can the Wii U receive further customers if they have no special games just for it’s own library?