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Ubisoft: Rayman Legends Delay Will Result In A Better Game For Wii U

Posted by Damien McFerran

"When we saw we had more time, we saw all of the possibilities"

Rayman Legends should have been with us today, but we all know how that turned out. However, Ubisoft is clearly of the opinion that every cloud should have a silver lining, and CEO Yves Guillemot has made assurances that the company isn't just sitting on the finished Wii U code — it's working to make it even better than it already was.

Speaking to Kotaku, Guillemot said:

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.

Now that the furore surrounding the delay has diminished somewhat, how do you feel about these comments? If the Wii U version is going to be made even better by being held back, is that a good thing? Or would you have rather had the game on time? Drop a comment to tell us.

[via gonintendo.com, kotaku.com]

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LEGEND_MARIOID

#1

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

He's obviously trying to repair some damage there, but he may not be successful. The motion controlling of demo when u rotate the game pad could do with some fine tuning.

hiptanaka

#3

hiptanaka said:

If they keep working on it to make it better, it mitigates the damage for sure. But I still think it's unfair to say you're a launch title, and then back out. This isn't just a delay, it's a change of plans. I bet many people bought the console so early for that game specifically.

rtr0GMR1

#4

rtr0GMR1 said:

I'm not much of a Rayman fan, I don't dislike the game, I'm just indifferent to it. It's a good platformer, but whatever. My problem is that the Wii U needs games. Now. While it is true that it is Nintendo's job to sell the hardware, all first parties need to be able to depend on third parties to keep their promises. In this case, the promise of a high-demand title upon launch of a new system. Ubisoft has failed here.

Lalivero

#6

Lalivero said:

I'm just going to chalk this down as 'I'll believe it when I see it'. From the way some of that last part is worded, all it looks like is just more talk to manipulate everyone into thinking that they have care for the Wii U version. I sincerely hope they mean it because, if it arrives and the game doesn't meet expectations, they'll have no one to blame but themselves(the big people forcing the decision in the first place).

@erv I think it's safe to assume that until time passes enough.

MariosLoveChild

#8

MariosLoveChild said:

I'm pretty sure theres a million copies of rayman legends sitting in a warehouse waiting to go! lets find it and break in!!!

TheXboxHero

#9

TheXboxHero said:

After revealing all those new Wii U games, hopefully he will keep his word and make Rayman Legends a must have for the Wii U even though Ubisoft ticked off a lot of fans about the delay, at least they care about our reactions and bringing us new games that we all can enjoy.

MrWalkieTalkie

#10

MrWalkieTalkie said:

I'm practically over it now. I'm just worried about Micel Ancel because I don't want him to leave Ubisoft, but I also don't want his creativity and ideas to be repressed.

BenAV

#11

BenAV said:

If they wanted it to be one of the best Wii U games, then it should already be out now and it would be due to a lack of competition.
By September, there'll be a lot of other better Wii U games so Rayman Legends won't even be worth buying unless it's really cheap.

TrueWiiMaster

#14

TrueWiiMaster said:

Unfortunately, by the time it comes out at its new date, there will be other, perhaps larger, games competing with it. If I have to choose between Legends and Wind Waker, or Legends and Pokemon (which comes the following month), I doubt Legends will get my money, which, after all this, is really fine with me. I'll get it cheap well after release, possibly used. There's still no excuse for Ubisoft's actions.

NintyMan

#15

NintyMan said:

Adding on to the game over these next several months rather than just leave it hanging in limbo is fine, but they still should've released it on the date it was originally planned on. New content still doesn't hide the fact that Ubisoft made a blunder. As others have said, Rayman Legends will likely be facing stiff competition from other games in September. If it had been released by now like it was supposed to be, it would've been doing well right now with no serious competition.

Rafie

#17

Rafie said:

@erv Most certainly! They (Ubisoft) might as well continue to work on it if they're going to sit on a finished product! Still I'll have to give them kudos for at least making it better and finding more innovative ways for the Wii U version to stand out more than the other 2.

It doesn't bother me really. I felt bad for my children. They were so eager to play the game.

I'll still support Ubisoft. I'm sure they won't do their fans like that again with something like THIS!

AlexSora89

#20

AlexSora89 said:

Holy sheesh! I forgot that Miyamoto quote. I once saw that, but didn't recall that one.

Shigeru, Ubisoft owe you my forgiveness. In this regard, that is. I'm still mad about how they backstabbed the Wii U.

Wonder_Ideal

#21

Wonder_Ideal said:

Well, I'll be fine with waiting. I'm interested and excited to see what the devs will add. IIRC, there were some concepts they scrapped in Origins that would have been very interesting to see and would have likely made it a better game. Maybe the same goes for Legends, except this time they can fix it.

Savino

#23

Savino said:

With a little more then two weeks from release Ubi really think we believe that the game wasnt gone for gold?!
K...nice try ubi, still gona buy it used!

WanderingPB

#24

WanderingPB said:

So instead of releasing a finished game and adding a DLC in september they chose 2 delay the release..and after having so many angry gamers complain & signed a petition then they offer no real excuse but say they'll give us another demo...

Honestly this whole situation has me callous and even though my son wants the game im not even gonna consider buying it until next year and im not downloading their 2nd demo to shut me up

Sean_Aaron

#26

Sean_Aaron said:

I would have preferred the as-promised release, however the advance release of a game mode gratis combined with improvements is mollifying.

I think one thing that Nintendo could do to help third-parties gauge interest is have a "wish list" in the eShop - even if people intend to buy a disc it would still be a central place to collect this data for sharing with publishers.

seronja

#27

seronja said:

fine by me, if they would leave the game as it is i would be angry, now that they still work on improving the wii-u version, now i'm glad they delayed.

SonataAndante

#28

SonataAndante said:

Yeesh, unlike most everyone else I'm not angry about this anymore. Go on all you want about Ubisoft just wanting to save face, but I have faith in Ancel and his team following through. Sure, in most other cases I would agree that it's probably a load of bull, but I trust the Rayman team. Origins was one of the best games I've played in years, they've earned my respect. Do I think it was improper to just suddenly delay the game so close to release with a flimsy reason behind it? Yes. I was with all of you in being upset about that. Do I think the game will all the better for the delay now? Also yes. If they were just sitting on the finished game I'd still be mad, and while I would normally be mistrusting of statements like the one in the interview, I don't think Ancel and Co. will let us down.

Maybe I'm just being a bit naive about this, but I'm cynical most any other time.

SteveW

#30

SteveW said:

@seronja - that's what thay wanted to hear... people being glad of the delay... I really doubt that we will see any worthwhile improvements in the game at all, I'm sure they are too busy with the 360 and PS3 ports to worry about changing the Wii U version now.

Jukilum

#31

Jukilum said:

What they should do is give the Wii U developers a huge bonus and reimburse them for their overtime with six months of paid leave.

FineLerv

#32

FineLerv said:

I'll buy the game if it's the best game available at the time it's released. If not, my money goes elsewhere. It's that simple.

LordessMeep

#33

LordessMeep said:

They may be improving the game but the fact remains - would Rayman Legends still sell in as much in Q3 as it would've in Q1? Only longtime fans of the series would be dropping money on RL while other, bigger, titles would get priority over it. On the plus side, hopefully the added content would be good enough to appease the people who would buy the game.

strongest_link

#34

strongest_link said:

This was a game just about every Wii U owner/prospective owner wanted. But once we have Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, Lego City Undercover, Mario Kart, Wind Waker HD, Yoshi's Yarn, 3D Mario, or whatever makes it to the Wii U before the Winter, will Rayman Legends be as appealing as it was? I already find myself caring less about this game.

Bankai

#36

Bankai said:

It's sad that the CEO of Ubisoft is reduced to stating the obvious.

Surely he has better things to do.

MagicEmperor

#37

MagicEmperor said:

@Whirlpool I used to agree, but Duke Nukem Forever kinda proved that a delayed game can eventually be bad.

Most of my frustration is gone, so I'll just take that free April online mode and get the game in September. Nothing we can do about it.

Fillytase

#38

Fillytase said:

That's good for them to keep working on the game as long as they have all that extra time.

Also, all you people saying you're going to deliberately buy it used to "make a statement"--YOU ARE NOT HELPING. The suits at Ubisoft will just be validated in their belief that the Wii U version wouldn't sell enough on its own to warrant the exclusivity in the first place.

Neram

#40

Neram said:

Yeah, the possibilities of raking in more cash by breaking exclusivity and releasing it on multiple platforms.

aaronsullivan

#41

aaronsullivan said:

The delaying it was still a slap in the face to Wii U pioneers, but the strong response is pressuring Ubisoft to get it right and is also getting us a pretty sweet compromise in that weekly challenge game in the eShop.

With the other Ubisoft games coming to Wii U (and apparently in the plans to come to WIi U all along) I think you can't really ask more of the company at this point.

I have to say, I'd like someone to admit publicly that it's Microsoft strong arming them into this decision by an unwritten policy (can't release on XBox if you released somewhere else first) if that is indeed the case. I still don't buy the simultaneous marketing thing as the sole reason. All that negative public press and Ubisoft image smearing and the subsequent and necessary amends including significant sales on games would not be worth that.

Making the Wii U version better could also include more "Murphy GamePad" levels which I have always been a bit worried they'd skimp on... he didn't mention that, however. :o/

Matillion

#42

Matillion said:

All fine by me.
But then again, I don't have the console, plus, I rarely buy games.
Might get all this for the holidays, though.

TreesenHauser

#43

TreesenHauser said:

As long as they're continuing to improve the Wii U edition that we were promised, I'm fine with it.

Chunky_Droid

#44

Chunky_Droid said:

the fact remains that we'll all get to play it eventually, and I have over 50 games I haven't finished yet so I'm right until September... when I buy Grand Theft Auto V and Wind Waker (which in reality is the greatest hurdle Rayman is facing right now)

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