Rayman Legends delay 'humbled' Ubisoft, Wii U getting free mode

Ubisoft offers Wii U owners Rayman Legends' challenge mode early.

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After upsetting the Wii U's Rayman Legends fans by announcing a delay to make way for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the once-exclusive title, Ubisoft will be releasing the game's challenge mode for free on the Wii U eShop.

"We just wanted to reach out and let you know how truly humbled we were by the outpouring of support from the community and the fans about the announcement of the delay of Rayman Legends, and let you know that it definitely hurt us to see you guys so upset about the delay," said senior game manager Michael Micholic on Rayman's Facebook page.

"We have another two fans sitting in front of the studio protesting," added creative director Michel Ancel.

The challenge mode for Rayman Legends will be released in April and will offer a series of daily and weekly challenges for between one and five players, though Ubisoft did not say how much original content this mode would contain.

Players' records across these challenges will be stored on leaderboards.

The challenge mode will replace Ubisoft's previous promise of an exclusive demo. Rayman Legends will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U in September.

For more information on Rayman Legends, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

97 comments
SythisTaru
SythisTaru

Guys; It's just a Rayman game, calm down. It's not that important.

Raxyman
Raxyman

Wow. Really? People were whining because it's going to be multi-platform? WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

Exclusives are ONLY good to the companies. But fanboys will be fanboys. Never seeing the big picture...

theblackfrog
theblackfrog

so it was planned as exclusive, now it comes out on xbox and ps3, too? and then the wii u owners have to wait till xbox and ps3 version is out? thats uncool ubisoft...

64-bit
64-bit

i love this game, i will buy a wii u just for it. 

ABakedAlien
ABakedAlien

Everyones buying GTA V instead of this game, when its released. Ubisoft just commited suicide with this move. Thats what they get for trying to be greedy. They just fucked over the fans and the developers. I love Rayman and I was stoked when I found out its no longer a Wii U exclusive. But making the Wii U owners wait when its already finished and releasing it in september along side GTA V is just retarded. GTA V vs a 2D platformer? Im sorry but Ill be choosing GTA V. Not to mention the legend of zelda wind waker remake is also likley coming out around that time. I cant wait till Ubisoft looks at all the disappointing sales and realize what they did.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

Ubisoft, release the Wii U version which is already finished, and apologize.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Ubisoft...just fricking relase the game as you promised its finished....people are supposed to wait or just be happy with a stop-gap measure so you guys can cash in? I own all systems and Dont like what Ubisoft has done here...theyre doing a money-hungry cash grab.....and its an ugly sight.....

alrepairs
alrepairs

Thus far the trolls against Nintendo are as follows:


Tripwolf

QueuingforPS4

WingchopMasta

Seekerofangels

TTdog

emperiox

Corrus

mr_azim

and perhaps...3 others i've forgotten.  These guys enter every related Nintendo article, to insult and cherish its' "hopeful" demise.


Dreamfist11, dunno..he seems to have trolled like, a year ago, but became normal as of recent....like he doesn't give a crap either way..

Emptycow on the other hand, is from an entirely different realm of space.



interrasteral7
interrasteral7

Ubisoft, please plan to release Rayman Legends on the Wii U on February 26, 2013 already!

silversix_
silversix_

free mode is pretty much a stfu and wait wiiu owners from ubi

wexorian
wexorian

Hey PPL they delay To next year because they want to make PC , Mobile, tablet versions also!!!

pathosfire
pathosfire

I can understand their predicament.  The Wii U playerbase alone does not offer enough return on investment, and they have to delay it because of the licensing agreements with other console manufacturers.  I think this would have been avoided if the Wii U sold well enough originally.  But now they're stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Upset fans by delaying, or tank their financials by keeping it Wii U exclusive.

CyberAly
CyberAly

If Microsoft's licensing requirements are to blame for this, then how about cancelling the Xbox version instead of delaying the Wii U version? Microsoft will never learn if companies keep bending over backwards to accomodate them.

mechag2
mechag2

"We just wanted to reach out and let you know how truly humbled we were by the outpouring of support from the community and the fans about the announcement of the delay of Rayman Legends, and let you know that it definitely hurt us to see you guys so upset about the delay - but we're still not gonna change it."


*facepalm*

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

I think most Wii U owners would rather have the fucking game that when it was supposed to be released for them over a worthless extra game mode most of them wouldn't have bought anyway.

alrepairs
alrepairs

I hope they delay GTA:V to make an iphone version.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Throw some scraps to the Wii U owners in an effort to shut them up.

LastRambo341
LastRambo341

I'll definitely get the WiiU version for their hard work :)

Sfr528
Sfr528

It makes no sense.  If they have the ability to release a part of the game for free on the eShop -- why not just put the whole game for its price tag. 

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

The delay pissed me off, but this actually makes me happy. We'll be getting a good chuck of the game sooner, and for free too! The loss of exclusivity wasn't the frustrating part, the delay was, and even if the apology sounds like more corporate bullshit, I can certainly appreciate it. It's not Ubisoft's fault that Microsoft has shitty licensing requirements.

Wingus-T-Dingus
Wingus-T-Dingus

" it definitely hurt us to see you guys so upset about the delay,"

C'mon man.

mr_azim
mr_azim

LOL "we have two more fans protesting with us"..... so that's what.... 6 people?  pathetic.

mr_azim
mr_azim

Maybe because the other Wii-U games are crap?  It's basically Mario vs Rayman vs Crap games.

Bjwalker1371
Bjwalker1371

@Raxyman It wasn't about it being multiplat... It was due to the fact that the Wii U version is finished and due to release in next week... about 3 weeks from the time of the announcement. The game would have been great in the current software drought for the Wii U. Now, it's going to be going up against so many other great games in the fall such as GTAV, LOZ WWHD, and a lot of other generally great games. People were looking forward to it... It was originally a launch title for the Wii U and many bought the Wii U to be able to play this games. Its been one of the more anticipated Wii U titles.

amroto
amroto

@ABakedAlien since when do ppl buy only one game? and GTA V compared to Rayman Legends :D ?...i think both games will ace it each in their own way

hystavito
hystavito

@alrepairs   By putting in that much effort, you're giving them evidence to say you're just a super fanboy :).

Naylord
Naylord

@CyberAly This is true, but no one wants to go first in terms of teaching Microsoft a lesson. I mean not putting out an Xbox version is a pretty daunting thing to do considering how well games usually sell there.

Sampawende
Sampawende

@FAIL_TR0LL Why does it always have to be Wii U owners vs PS3 owners vs  Xbox owners ?

I own all the consoles and play accordingly. I'm still pissed about Rayman delay because I wanted to play it on Wii U specifically. But that does not mean that I'm desperately waiting idly for a great/scrappy game of any sort.... I'm fully enjoying my Ni no Kuni right now and I could still play it until the next Zelda, Xenoblade, TLG, KH [put a name here except Rayman Origins].


alrepairs
alrepairs

@mr_azim Gamespot intentionally said this, to queue the trolls.

You guys are so easily manipulated, LMAO.

Gazz64
Gazz64

 @mr_azim thats the thing though, there not crap games, there ports of games that were successfull on other platforms. Now Nintendo has a machine comparable to their competators they are prone to these cross platform release conditions. Nintendo owners (me included) will just have to build a bridge and get over it!

alrepairs
alrepairs

@hystavito @alrepairs Calling one fanboy as a blind strike is also considered troll behavior.

Their names are unavoidable when it comes to criticizing Nintendo and whomever might "slightly" support them.

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

@Naylord @CyberAly Cancel it on Microsoft, and if the gamers don't care, world carries on. Otherwise, direct the gamers anger at microsoft and hold the cards.

IllegallyAwesum
IllegallyAwesum

@alrepairs @mr_azim note: I am a WiiU owner and use it regularly. I'm just not such a deluded fanboy that I can't acknowledge a currently low user base.

GSJones1994
GSJones1994

@alrepairs @hystavito Well, those people you mentioned may also be some of those people that just can't get over the fact that Nintendo defeated Sega back in the 90s console wars.  You forgot to mention Plasmid_king by the way.

hiphops_savior
hiphops_savior

@Naylord @hiphops_savior @CyberAly That install base will be too busy playing GTA 5 to even care. Add in another MW for the sheeps to devour, and why would they care about some game that looks too kiddie. Worse, it's also gimped because of a feature that it cannot get.

Naylord
Naylord

@hiphops_savior @Naylord @CyberAly In order to do this though you have to be prepared to lose out on the huge install base of the 360. Most developers arent willing to risk that kind of coin in the name of justice unfortunately.