Rayman Legends delay triggered creation of 30 new levels

Creator Michel Ancel also says he wasn't shocked by fan outrage.

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The seven-month delay of former Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends has given Ubisoft Montpellier time to add 30 additional levels to the game, the developer has said.

Speaking to ONM UK, senior game manager Michael Micholic spoke about the new additions. "The things we are adding aren't minor," he said. "We're not talking about adding some polish here and there, but 30 new levels and several new bosses."

Rayman Legends was scheduled to be released on the Wii U in February 2013, but was pushed back to September to make way for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the title. News of the delay angered many fans, and even caused some to protest outside Ubisoft Montpellier's offices.

Also speaking to ONM, series creator Michel Ancel said he wasn't shocked by the backlash. "It was really hard for us," said Ancel. "Of course, there are more important issues and problems in the world but we worked really hard to make something and were so involved, it was difficult for us and the fans."

Ubisoft has promised Wii U owners of Rayman Legends an exclusive challenge mode.

Writing anonymously back in February, an ex-Ubisoft developer expressed his frustration at the original delay and said that the team was working overtime for months to have the game ready for February.

"For practical matters," said the developer, "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."

Rayman Legends is scheduled to be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U in September 2013. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

61 comments
javalino
javalino

i finished rayman origins in 100% , too easy, this new rayman must be hard like rayman 1!

alrepairs
alrepairs

Honestly, for everyone who has a Wii U, please support the console and buy this game.


I have all 3.  But because I bought my Wii U for this game,  I will support this game only on that console.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

1. Glad to see the game isn't just sitting their ignored until Ubisoft gives the green light. A large part of the reason people were pissed is because the game was practically fucking done when they announced it was being delayed to allow for the ports to come out besides. Why the fuck would you delay a game for a console that has literally ZERO titles worth owning right now? This game stands to be the first game worth owning on the WiiU and instead they want the finished game to wait for the 360 and PS3 versions where people are far less likely to care about the game at all anyway. It would've been smarter to release the WiiU version first and have the ports follow up down the road, but at least we're getting new content.


2. On the subject of having new content added, it's things like this that make me love Mr. Ancel. With Capcom, EA, and any number of publishers/developers, those 30 additional levels would've been DLC. For an additional $15-$20 we would've gotten content that more than likely would've been created to begin with and intentionally withheld from us. With this situation though, not only have they given us every single level they made for this game, they've found the time to actually go and create more just for the hell of it (probably more to appease angered fans, but still pretty much for the hell of it.)


3. This is a message to Ubisoft and I hope other people support the notion: I am supporting Rayman Legends and Michel Ancel not because I enjoy the Rayman series, but because I love Ancel's work and wish to see Beyond Good & Evil 2 become a reality this next generation. I've never purchased a Rayman game, I haven't played a Rayman game since the PS1 days, and though I genuinely believe I will enjoy this game (if the demo is anything to go off of) I am choosing to buy instead of renting this game because I wish to show my support to Ancel himself.

xcollector
xcollector

Why are people even complaining. You're getting a game with even more content out of the box and it is coming to all major consoles so everyone can play. 

bksonic123
bksonic123

Still can't get over how good it looks.

Z3KR0M
Z3KR0M

Putting more levels wont change anything if you don't release it before September. (More levels= Good, Delay= 20-30% less sales even if it gets ported and worked even more)

blackothh
blackothh

altho its never good news to hear about delays, i do applaud the idea of using the time to give the game more value.

AK_the_Twilight
AK_the_Twilight

Wow, everyone seems to be throwing out the "I told you so" remarks to the Wii U owners, as if they won some beauty pageant or something. Real smart.

Here's the deal: I like new levels. Rayman Origins already had a huge amount of content, so Rayman Legends is going to be enormous. That's crystal clear. However, this doesn't deny the fact that Rayman Legends will tank in sales by being released that late this year. It will be competing with GTA V and the launch lineups of the PS4 and next Xbox. It will be ignored by the public, and Ubisoft won't make another one because the sales will be too low.

I'm going to buy it because Rayman Origins was amazing and Rayman Legends will follow in its footsteps, and I'll try it on each console. But to everyone who's rubbing this in the Wii U owners' faces, you aren't going to be playing another Rayman game because guess what? There won't be another one.

End of story.

wookiegr
wookiegr

The exclusive challenge mode is being forced to look at a picture of yourself holding your Wii U and not crying.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

Series creator Michel Ancel said "Of course, there are more important issues and problems in the world but we worked really hard to make something." What more important issues could  there be for a game company, than delivering their games?!!

leeko_link
leeko_link

Awesome, I would had get this game for my 3rd PS3 Slim or my 5th Xbox 360 like everyone else later this year had both consoles not break on me already. Guess I'll just get the Wii U version then.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

I enjoyed Rayman Origins much more than I have any of the classic Mario reboots.  Some of the fast paced levels are just insanity and I love it.

telaros
telaros

So what? People who supported the game and its devs, won't be getting these? What about those who bought the PC version? Can we expect some DLC or update??? 30 freaking levels and several bosses is nothing to sneeze at! What are we chopped liver?

Knowing how steam updates and contracts go, I bet we will see those levels.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I read the delay article when this happened, and I was only ever upset that the game was only coming to Wii U.

But now it's coming to REAL game consoles? I don't have to buy a child's toy to play it!?

Thank you Ubisoft, delays are so worth it sometimes.

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

They turned a lousy situation into something pretty cool. Michel Ancel's team is topnotch. I don't have a Wii U yet (I will within the year though), but anything they throw at me I'd be willing to support.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

30 extra levels that is almost enough for a third Rayman game. But at least they did something with it during the delay.

001011000101101
001011000101101

This and GTA V is all I need this year. Weird combination, now that I think about it.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Even if it was just being polished, that'd be fine, as long as the game was good.


Look at Bioshock infinite. Great game, in part because it was given time to be polished.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Lesson to all developers.. The more time you have with a game the more you can do with.. Yes I'm talking to you Activision and the majority of Ubisoft.. Take a leaf out of Rockstars books... Anyway, so happy to see the addition of 30 levels! I'm glad these guys/girls haven't just polished it and let it be.. Great team of people who made my favourite game of 2011, can't wait!

Pseehaw
Pseehaw

What about PC version? :)

MythicalDrago
MythicalDrago

Hmm Ubisoft needs to take it a step further and offer the game in a wii u bundle as well. well really nintendo needs to do a few bundles it'll make it easier to get started with wii u

Supabul
Supabul

So there giving us the DLC, thanks

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

I hope it releases around my brithday:D  

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

"Of course, there are more important issues and problems in the world"
Like we give a damn, we wanted the game a month ago, now in september the game gonna flop

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

woohoo, see Wii U players? It's great compensation^^

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Nice but it better not be 30 new levels of DLC.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

the employes deserve a big compensation. this can be matter for court.

cf_Kage
cf_Kage

Wasn't the game meant to be released on the Wii U first as part of the exclusivity? I thought it was released already!!!

Hayasmez
Hayasmez

Lets wait and see how many of those levels are some sort of time delayed, console exclusive or super premium rayman's foot edition exclusive DLC. Props to the devs though, i feel bad for them working in those conditions.

Prats1993
Prats1993

Thank god its coming to additional platforms and not just the fuckin Wii U

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@jflkdjs I believe he is talking about the Ubi's decision to try and optimize profit by releasing it as a multiplatform title for all consoles at the same time... 

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@leeko_link You must be hard on the ps3 to go through that many, I'm not sure if the model I bought is just more dependable(last of the Fat version) or the ps3 slim got cheaper but I'm surprised you went through more than 1 ps3. 360 on the other hand is another story... Seems about normal.

96augment
96augment

@telaros The 30 levels and new bosses are added to all versions of Rayman: Legends. However, Wii U owners will get a challenge mode.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@VenkmanPHD

I agreed with you, until I read this part:

"But now it's coming to REAL game consoles? I don't have to buy a child's toy to play it!?"

Right there, you sounded like an ass.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@SuprSaiyanRockr Many publishers and developers greatly undestimate the importance of a polished product. Sony has to be #1 on my shitlist for this one mainly because they rush all the franchises I like(GT5, WH, SH). 3 games that could have been greatly improved if they didn't feel the need to toss them out the door early.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

@RabidBurp was rayman not a PC game at the beginning of time ?

desert_thief
desert_thief

@Prats1993 But still, the Wii U version will have the upper hand in terms of functionality, such as Off-TV support, Touchscreen mechanism, Better Co-Op (Playing as Murphy on Gamepad, while others using either Wiimote + Nunchuck, Classic Controller Pro, or Wii U Pro Controller).

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@gamerboy100 @VenkmanPHD He sounded more like a high school kid trying too hard to me... He's probably one of the many whiny kids people complain about on XBL and PSN... 

Thirty-Thirty
Thirty-Thirty

 @PSBEATSALLDEAL @MythicalDrago @Supabul Either way i think that's what he meant.