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Michel Ancel, dev team protesting Rayman Legends delay

Rayman creator appears in images marching against game's recent delay to September.


Rayman Legends' recent multi-month delay is not sitting well with creator Michel Ancel or some members of the game's development team. Eurogamer has obtained a series of photos depicting Ancel and other developers protesting the game's recent delay and loss of Wii U exclusivity.

Image credit: Eurogamer
Image credit: Eurogamer

Development on Rayman Legends for the Wii U was reportedly finished, but the game was pushed to September so it could ship simultaneously for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U.

Ubisoft chief marketing and sales office Geoffroy Sardin said in a statement that the company heard from Xbox and PlayStation gamers saying they "really wanted" to play Rayman Legends on their current platform.

"We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game," Sardin said at the time.

Ancel and other developers appear in the image holding a banner with the words: "Sortez nous Rayman. Soutient a Ubi Montpellier," which translated means, "Release Rayman. Support Ubisoft Montpellier." A crying Rayman is also depicted in the banner, with a speech bubble stating "SVP" or "Please."

Last week, an unspecified former Rayman Legends developer criticized Ubisoft's "men in ties" for delaying the game. This developer maintained that Rayman Legends will be an "excellent" game at release, but lamented that the reported business decision to delay the game is an example of how "this industry is really that shi**y."

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