The internet erupted with rage this week when Ubisoft announced that Rayman Legends, originally intended as a Wii U exclusive, would not be released as scheduled February 26th - instead, it would be delayed until September, so it could be released alongside a PS3 and Xbox version. Wii U owners - several of whom claimed they only bought the Wii U for Rayman Legends - went on a screaming rampage across every viable forum. One youtube user posted a nearly twenty minute-long video scrolling through the angry Miiverse posts - some of which were downright violent.
Amidst all this, one of the developers of Rayman Legends posted on a Spanish forum, EOL, his feelings about the delay. He said, “I completely understand you but you have to understand one thing. This is not a decision 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 wives, 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.”
Apparently he wasn’t alone in his feelings of disappointment, because today Eurogamer posted pictures of members of the French development team, alongside Rayman creator Michel Ancel, holding up banners in support of the Wii U version of the game. The signs say, “Release Rayman. Support Ubisoft Montpellier,” “Wii U,” “Michael Ancel,” and “28/02/13.” You can also see a crying Rayman, asking, “Please.”
It’s hard not to feel for the dev team on this one. The question is, will the fan rage and protests of the development team do anything to sway those “Men in ties?” Or will Rayman Legends still come out in the fall, when it has to compete against much bigger titles?