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.

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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.

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