So this bit of news came out.
To pretty much no one's surprise, poor Rayman Legends didn't sell as well as Ubisoft hoped along with Splinter Cell Blacklist and this led many to believe this might be why Watch Dogs got pushed to 2014.
I really can't speak for Splinter Cell Blacklist. Though it didn't seem to get as hyped as that sort of game usually does. I do remember seeing tons of ads for it and Gamestops preorder commercial but perhaps Splinter Cell is one of those series that people have just lost interest in. If any of you have theories on that one, feel free to discuss in the comments.
However with poor Rayman Legends it's pretty obvious. Had the WiiU game released in March like it was planned, it might have done well. There were no major releases to compete with and the WiiU's library was barren and screaming for a game like Legends. Hell I was really close to buying a WiiU when Legends was released in March, but we all know that just weeks before release, the suits at Ubisoft delayed the game for a multiplatform release. Now the guys at Brainscratch made the point. Third party publishers don't care about selling consoles. They want to sell games. The last few years, third party exclusives are far and few between. We all remember all the once Playstation exclusives that jumped ship when the PS3's early sales sucked. But many couldn't grasp why Ubisoft couldn't just release the nearly finished WiiU version of Legends then release the others later on. Well we can blame Microsoft for that. They somehow weaseled publishers into a deal that if a multiplatform game comes out, it has to come on the 360 first. Everyone knows my hatred for Microsoft and the Xbox runs red like a ring of death. Whether it was charging people to play online AND filling dashboard with ads or watching Rare's slow painful decline so this was just another thing to ad to my list.
It does amaze me how the last few years most publishers avoid releasing anything during the same time as the next Call of Duty and yet how was it smarter to release something the same month as both GTAV and Pokémon X/Y? If you all recall Rayman Origins was released the same time as the latest Call of Duty game as well and it was a miracle that one went on to sell well, mainly only after a price drop and word got around of how good it was.
At times I feel like Ubisoft doesn't want Rayman to succeed. We all know the original Raymans were not massively popular to the level or a Mario or Sonic or even a Ratchet and then Rayman was upstaged by the Raving Rabbids, who have a show on Nickelodeon now (and it's as stupid as you think). Origins was going to be an episodic download game but something happened and Ubisoft made it a full disc release which was nice because then it wasn't limited to just PSN and XBLA. But Origins being released alongside CoD and Legends being released alongside GTAV and Pokémon, seriously Ubisoft, you can't complain about your game not selling well when you purposely release it alongside stuff you know everyone is going to buy. People only have so much disposable income and many can't afford 2 $60 games in the same month.
And this also goes back to the fact that so many big games get released in the holiday season, while summer's almost always a drought despite more kids being off from school and having time to play. I wonder if the game industry will ever get this right.