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Rayman Legends Won't Arrive Until Q1 2013

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Launch day disappointment

When it comes to big third-party exclusives, Rayman Legends is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated Wii U launch window releases. We say launch window, as Ubisoft has now confirmed that the title isn't due to hit stores until Q1 2013, which means any date between 1st January and 31st March next year.

In a statement given to, Ubisoft confirmed the news and, as expected, promised that additional time was being given to improve the game.

Rayman Legends will launch worldwide in the first quarter of 2013.

We're happy that fans are excited about the game, and we are taking the time to make sure we deliver a game that lives up to and hopefully exceeds their expectations. We'll have more details to share soon.

After widely-held expectations that this would be there on day one, it does seem possible that this is more of a tactical decision, though no doubt the development team will work on further refinements with the extra weeks available. With the system's fairly lengthy list of launch day releases, and of course blockbuster competition on other systems, Ubisoft may have been concerned with the prospect of the platformer being overshadowed and lost in the crowd, as seemed to happen with modest sales of Rayman Origins. The publisher will no doubt be keen, also, to put plenty of launch day marketing muscle behind its other Wii U exclusive, ZombiU.

Was Rayman Legends on your launch day wishlist, and if so is this a big disappointment or more of a minor annoyance?


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I really like the look of this game, but with Zombi U, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario bros U already pre-ordered i didn't have room for Rayman on my day one list! So for me this news is actually great, as I have a great game to look forward to very early in 2013, and I'm now likely to pick it up after all!



RebeccaGunn said:

Oh bums, was rather looking forward to this, understand that delays happen - but it was easilly one of the best titles in the Wii U line-up. Maybe it's to fix up single player proper or something

All the same, slightly sad news, though may be good for the Wii U to have an anticipated title release a little outside the initial launch day



b_willers said:

I've only just started Origins so this works out great for me. Would have been fun to have played this version with the family over Christmas though, fingers crossed they put out an early demo.



b_willers said:

Also if the delay is to make improvements to the game I must say well done to Ubisoft for not rushing it out just for the sake of being there on day one.



ajcismo said:

Good. Spread out some of those year one, killer titles. My wallet is going to be hurting enough as it is between launch and Christmas.



47drift said:

I sure hope this means they're polishing out that single player. I was really hoping to get this at launch.



Megumi said:

So I guess this also means that Rayman Origins 3DS is delayed yet AGAIN. lol
Anyways this sucks. T.T



Suportedcofe said:

I guess I have to cancel my pre order and get assassins creed 3 instead. It is a let down but there are many games for me to enjoy before it comes out.



Smitherenez said:

awwww, this would have been my day one game

But I guess that they need the extra time to build a better game, so I don't really mind. MarioU it is then.



Cyrso said:

Only game why I'd consider a Wii U buy, personally.

No Wii U for me anyways.



erv said:

Better great than early.

Makes the launch day purchases easier for me anyway How much money did nintendo hand them for this one, I wonder, with mario now being a more obvious choice and system seller - this is probably a commercial deal more than a tactical one. But do improve anything you can get your hands on ubisoft, I'll buy your game eventually



Shanksta said:

This news kinda sucks. They are right about there being alot of games though so I have no problem spacing out some of my purchases because there are way too many as it is. IM GONNA GO BROKE! Lol



dudey300 said:

I am deeply upset after reading this news. I played this demo at Eurogamer, and was looking forward to picking this up on launch day. Must re-think about what game to buy now!



StephenYap3 said:

Eh, not disappointing to me. Yes, I do want that game, but there are other titles to help me wait. New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land, to name those few.



Auracle said:

While I REALLY want this game, the flood of other great titles should help me cope.



bennyt said:

Shame, was my most anticipated game but I'm sure the extra time will be worth while.
Another game to look forward to in 2013 alongside Monster Hunter, Game and Wario and Pikmin 3.
Leaves me with:
Nintendo-Land and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed as getting on day one and Assassins Creed 3 and NSMBU as possibles

I'm really hoping though that The Wonderful 101 and Scribblenauts Unlimited will make launch day/before Xmas in EU



Rapadash6 said:

I wasn't planning on getting this game at launch because of NSMBU. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who feel the same, so it's probably for the best that this is delayed a couple months because it'll recieve more attention.



C-Olimar said:

Well, when faced with NSMBU or this, every casual will pick Mario and gamers would still probably pick Mario, so it's a good decision.



Void said:

I wasn't interested in Rayman legends, so this won't really affect me.



Bluewind098 said:

Shame oh well probably can't get a Wii U till this time next year so it doesn't bother me too much. In fact if anything as long as it's good and gets the regognition it deserves after Mario has Christmas I'm not too concerned.



SirSmugleaf said:

Well Rayman Legends was confirmed for launch in the UK!
So is it coming Q1 2013 in just America or Eurpoe as well?



Molotov said:

And I Can Get It On My HTC ONE X Already.
Which By The Way Has Games With Graphics That I Have Yet To See On The 3DS (Glowball, Dead Trigger, etc)



Marios-love-child said:

It was on my list but NSMBU, FIFA 13 and Nintendo Land will be enough to keep me going over the Christmas period. (I'm getting the Wii U at launch but only opening it on Christmas day



rjejr said:

Tactical decision. This way it can be $60 in March, otherwise it would have been $20 by March. No reason to have it compete with Mario - even though I prefer this Mario is the reason people buy Nintendo systems - plus Ubisoft were competing with themselves w/ ZombieU, AC3 and I think several other games. Seems like an easy decision to delay this even if it were already "gold".

On the bright side, this reaffirms my decision to wait on my WiiU purchase until Pikmin 3 releases or an offer I can't refuse.



Firejonie said:

What everyone else said. It's smart sales wise, not to mention we'll have our hands full with many other games.



Wonder_Ideal said:

I'm disappointed over its delay, but happy that they are working on improving it. It will give me time to work on some other games.



Henmii said:

A pity, since it's the most interesting Wii u game so far! I guess Ubisoft feared it would fail sales-wise because of New super Mario bros Wii u, hence the delay! But I fear it will fail anyway, especially in the first quarter!

At least I will buy it, of that you can be sure!



Grodus said:

I was going to get it for Christmas, but if it is Q1, than it's not much of a delay.



sinalefa said:

I don't mind. As has been said, it won't compete with Mario (so that somewhat benefits Nintendo as well) and it gives them more time to polish the game.

Still, this and Pikmin 3 being released next year just reinforce my wish of not getting the Wii U at launch.



aaronsullivan said:

New Super Mario Bros. U was going to win this battle in our household. Smart to move the release out.

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