Ubisoft CEO says Rayman Legends on Wii U wouldn't "sell enough"

Guillemot defends decision to delay the game and go multiplatform.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said the once-exclusive Wii U version of Rayman Legends wouldn't have been able to shift enough copies to be successful, which is why the French publisher delayed the title alongside developing Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Vita versions.

"What happened was that we saw the Wii U was not going to sell enough," said Guillemot in an interview with VentureBeat. "The game is going to be fantastic, and we didn’t want those creators to wind up in a position where even after making a fantastic game, they didn’t sell well enough."

"We decided that we had to come out on enough machines that players can try it out on any one that they have, and give more time to both improve the game on the Wii U and create versions for the other consoles."

Despite news of the delay angering hordes of Nintendo fans anxious for promising new software on the Wii U, Guillemot thinks Ubisoft made the right call. "I think it was the right decision for gamers and for the team. My role is to make sure that the team is happy with the quality of the work they do and the reach they can have. The quality is there now, because they had more time. They’ve expanded the possibilities of the game. It’s much bigger content-wise. We have new bosses in key levels and so on. The experience is much more complete."

As an apology to Wii U owners, Ubisoft released the game's Challenge mode for free as an attempt to soothe the wait for the game. Rayman Legends will be released on August 30 in Europe, and September 3 in North America.

"I think it will be one of the best games we’ve ever done," concluded Guillemot.

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soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Dear Ubisoft CEO, 

Please step down and gtfo. 

Sincerely, the people of planet Earth

mechag2
mechag2

In other words: "We found out we wouldn't make as much money as we wanted. So we decided to go back on our word so we could."

Seems like money is ALL that matters with 3rd parties these days. Very few companies have any integrity.

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

Its not about selling enough, its about screwing over certain customers....

LS-Chaos
LS-Chaos

FU Ubi!! Not for this, don't care about this LOL didn't play the other one, just FU in general for all the other crap.

darkjedilink
darkjedilink

Uhhh, Yves?  Your own team disagrees with you.

wyan_
wyan_

He definitely made the right call. I have a Wii U because I can afford to buy a console for just one game, (ZombiU) but even the average hardcore fan needs to see more third party support before they will consider buying a Wii U.

SirNinjaCube
SirNinjaCube

Is he not aware that this is going to make the game sell worse? Wii U users are going to boycott the game because they got shafted and the PS3 and 360 sales probably aren't going to make up for it. Also, they're releasing it at the worst time possible because now it's going up against fall must-haves like GTA V.

I was going to get this game, but now I'd rather spend my money on Pokemon X and Y.

jon_bone
jon_bone

You would of if you released it in Feburary.

gkoolaid
gkoolaid

I have nothing to contribute to the story I just thought the black chick was cute

ziqi92
ziqi92

I understand that companies need to make money, but I can't help but to feel like this is ridiculous somehow...

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

And the hits keep on coming for the WiiU...Rayman is a complete 180 from WiiU exclusive to WiiU excused.

javalino
javalino

Thank god they made the decision. Otherwise i would have to wait for a WiiU emulator . just like i did when Rayman Origins came to Wii. I played flawless on the Emulator with my Ps3 gamepad connected to the PC. And after i bought the PC version when it got released. Because i would never use a Wii or even a WiiU, its a sin !!!!

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

awesome decision. Usually I dislike Ubisoft, but I pray they stay clever like this :D

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

Why would they think such a thing when Nintendo didn't even put Mario on their Wii U demos but Rayman Legends instead, while continuously advertising the game alongside their 1st party offerings? In February, the Wii U practically had nothing coming out except Rayman Legends so all the more the game would've gotten a good amount of attention. If the game bombs when it comes out, especially on other platforms, there's no one to blame but Ubisoft. 

ewjiml
ewjiml

The irony of Yves' statement is I since Rayman is one of the few games to take FULL advantage of the gamepad, it would have sold systems.  You can say what you want but if Rayman was released in February to good reviews, it would have sold well.  The Wii U, at the time, was having a severe game drought (just like NOW) and Rayman would have been the only new game available for Wii U for awhile.  But apparently, releasing a game in September is better since GTA 5 and a few other heavy hitters are coming out....right?

thetravman
thetravman

I'm pretty sure we all knew that. But hey, they were one of the few, or only ones, that admitted it. Still doesn't explain why they delayed a finished game 6 months (it's probably Microsoft's policy but of course they won't admit it).

mike468
mike468

It doesn't matter what Nintendo fans think. They need to do what is right for their company. I've never played or am even interesting in the Rayman series, but I'm glad they recognized that they wouldn't be able to sell enough copies of the game on the Wii U to justify its development. Its also good because it it lets more players experience the game.

Psychikos
Psychikos

I think we all figured that out a while ago, thanks. XD

theblackfrog
theblackfrog

F*** off ubi, after that wii u thingie dont gonna buy it...well u release it when there are way better games on the market...in feb every wii u owner would have bought it....there were no other games out.

RepoxMan1225
RepoxMan1225

And now it'll sell even less on the Wii U with this 7 month delay. Could've just released it back in February when 90% of Wii U owners were going to buy it because it was all that was out there, and released the others console editions in September. 

Brilliant strategy Ubisoft. 

Temperedelm
Temperedelm

With its new release date I'm not going to buy it, too many other better looking games coming out right around the same time.

jd7904
jd7904

I was going to pick this game up before, but it might get lost in the mix now unfortunately. too many other games coming out close to its release date. will probably pick it up later at a discounted price

Bowser05
Bowser05

I have absolutely no problem with more people being able to enjoy this game. What really upsets me is not only were we promised the game at a certain time, but the devs themselves even said the game is done and ready to go. So while they work on porting it, I don't see why Ubisoft can't just let the game be released on time as planned. I am enjoying the Challenges, but the fact of the matter is that it is merely a little bit of candy to try to distract us from the fact that they let us down. Not sure if I will get this game anymore because the launch window now coincides with other games I'd rather have, and I hope Ubisoft suffers because of this. Then on the other hand I don't want to not support the actual devs because I love them and they deserve the support. Tough choice.

drybones41
drybones41

That does make sense since the WiiU has a smaller user base , but GTA5. They picked the worst time to release it though.

mario1028
mario1028

Look, putting ANY game on more consoles makes the most sense if you're a 3rd party, so I don't blame them for releasing it on the others, too. What does NOT compute, though, is delaying it on Wii U. Why not take advantage of the software drought and seize the opportunity a TIMED exclusive would represent? Wii U owners get it when promised, and everyone else gets it eventually. Win, win. Instead, they delayed it for one group and chose to release it when other big titles will have been released, or are on their way, increasing the odds the game just gets lost in the shuffle. Even the people working on the game didn't get that move.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

well whatever the reason, at least it's something with quality coming to the Vita, so that's a plus.

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

While the concern for sales is valid, why would that prevent Ubisoft from tweaking its strategy a bit more conservatively by going ahead and releasing the Wii U version on time as a timed exclusive, then releasing the other versions later? Maybe they were afraid that consumers would wait for the 360/PS3 versions instead of going for a Wii U?

FWIW, the Challenge App is pretty fun.

ArcoJawa
ArcoJawa

@Zacmaccraken Except for the hateful slur, it's true.............. then again, PS and Xbox fans are no different, hell your an example of that~

danielmbg
danielmbg

@SirNinjaCube REally? If every player of Wii U decides to not buy the game, it will still sell a lot more than before. Wii U sales were ridiculous.

And still, they had more time to improve the game, I see no reason for anyone to boycot a company because of that.

And about timing, GTA V will be released in November. And the games are so different, that this won't change. Really, I'll buy both of them, because I really like them. Games are not like Cell Phone, you buy the ones you like the most. If you like 2 games, you'll buy them both.

darkjedilink
darkjedilink

@ziqi92 It is ridiculous, because he says he did this "for the team."

You know, the team that was told to work mandatory 80-hour weeks for four months straight to get the game to launch on Wii U, only for the completed game to get pushed off for eight months.

Kaihaku279
Kaihaku279

@BlazingSpeed Clever but dId you read the article? It was delayed for a multiplatform release but it's still coming for the Wii U. So, not so excused.

Kaihaku279
Kaihaku279

@javalino Nintendo's anti-piracy policy seems to be weird hardware, it would be interesting to see how a Wii U emulator worked unless you synced a gamepad with your PC.

96augment
96augment

@javalino Rayman: Origins, when it came out, was released for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii.

Kaihaku279
Kaihaku279

@ewjiml Absolutely true. I have never bought a Rayman title but I was going to pick this one up because of the Wii U's software drought. By the time it finally comes out? Forget Rayman, I'll be playing Pikmin and gearing up for Sonic.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@ewjiml 

Yeah, trying to compete with big hitters like GTA5 with a niche game in a niche genre when they could've had great timing with the Wii U during a game drought doesn't seem that smart to me.

It's like Kingdoms of Amalur releasing alongside Skyrim.  Or any not so big-name game releasing alongside a big name one like Call of Duty.  Not exactly the best idea.

Kaihaku279
Kaihaku279

@thetravman This man speaks truth.

Kaihaku279
Kaihaku279

@RepoxMan1225 Exactly. I've never bought a Rayman title before but I was going to pick this up because of the software drought. By the time it comes out I'll have plenty of other games to play.

Kaihaku279
Kaihaku279

@jd7904 If it had come out on it's release date it would be a very different story but I can't see me picking this up now that the end of the Wii U's software drought is in sight...even if I came across it discounted. Plenty of other games will be out by then that I'd rather play.

Kaihaku279
Kaihaku279

@Bowser05 I absolutely agree but I'm even more up in arms about Dues Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut for exactly the same reasons.

Bixchpudding
Bixchpudding

 @Bowser05 Microsoft has a policy where 3rd party games can't be released for other consoles first.

Kaihaku279
Kaihaku279

@mario1028 Absolutely. I have never bought a Rayman title but I was going to pick this one up because of the software drought. Not now, by the time it comes out I'll be playing Pikmin.

bijwmoc
bijwmoc

@RandyAU93 Apparently, Microsoft has some policy that doesn't allow timed exclusives.

javalino
javalino

@96augment @javalino  But PS3 and X360 dont have emulators, and i dont have a PS3 Anymore , just the gamepad i keeped. 

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

@bijwmoc Um, the Call of Duty "first on Xbox" DLC releases aren't timed exclusives, then?

96augment
96augment

@javalino Rayman: Origins came out on Steam a while ago. You don't need an emulator for it. 

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@craigprime @bijwmoc @RandyAU93 

I agree.  Scre 'em and their anti-competitive policies.  It's not like X-box owners are the kind to buy Rayman much anyway.

According to their ads and research it all seems to be Call of Duty / Pizza Hut / Mountain Dew / Doritos / NFL guys.