SPECULATION: Rayman Legends Developer Speaks Out

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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Rayman Legends LogoBy now, most have heard the news that Rayman Legends will not only be multiplatform, but also that all versions of the game will be delayed until September. More revelations have surfaced from a post that many believe was created by Xavier Poix, managing director of Ubisoft’s French studios (including Ubisoft Paris, Annecy and Rayman developer Montpellier). The bottom-line of said post: the developers of Rayman Legends are not to blame for the game’s delay.

In fact, according to the post, the developers were enraged when they heard the news. They’ve been expected to work overtime to get the game out in March, only to find that release date pushed back–and more work. Between the many demos that they had to release, he says, it was very difficult to find time to work on the actual game.

He also says that the delay will hopefully allow for some added content. He finishes his post by saying, “Rayman Legends is an excellent game and will still be, and the team that’s making it doesn’t deserve to have your back turned on them just because some men in ties one day took a wrong choice.”

In other words, he says, even though you may hate Ubisoft for doing this, don’t boycott the game.

What do all of you make of this post? Is it just some sort of PR cover-up? Poix certainly seemed somewhat positive before. Is there some truth to what he (apparently) said? And if these sentiments turned out to be 100% true, would that influence your reaction to today’s news? Be sure to let us know!


About Phil Schipper

Phil N. Schipper joined the Operation Rainfall staff to review Android games, but soon fell in love with writing news articles and Games of the Past. His dream is to make a living writing sci-fi and fantasy novels, which is why he leads the Obscure Authors Alliance in his free time. Still, even in his stories, which usually involve insane people, video games are one of his strongest influences. He describes himself as "a Mr. Nice Guy with a horrible, horrible dark side."

  • And, because as said in the post, the industry “really is that shitty”, this person will probably lose their job over this comment, OR will be forced to give a really flaccid and corporate sounding “apology” which will be a very unsubtle advert for the game in question.

  • It is enlightening to discover some light one the situation by one of the key development staff, but it won’t make anything better now that we know. If the development staff is going to promise a better game through this extension, they will have to stay true to their word and be prepared for the lambasting that is to come, should they not meet expectations.

  • Dan

    I’m buying it still, for Wii U also, but Ubisoft sucks. I hate their guts over this.

  • DeathUriel

    I am looking forward to play this game since before Wii U’s launch, and now with my Wii U and the demo at hand I am quite sure the game will be awesome and worth the wait even though I find quite weird for them to change about the whole exclusive thing as I believe that it probably won’t be the same in other platforms… I mean, no NFC, no Assimetric Co-Op (maybe with smartglass on xbox, but I doubt they will use vita for that on PS)… =/

  • Makes me feel bad for them and all the people wanting to boycott a game they’ve been looking forward to solely on principle. It wouldn’t surprise me that the developers had nothing to do with this decision. “Suits” at the top of these big publishing companies, concerned with nothing but money, are the ones responsible for crapping up the games industry.

    • bob

      But the “suits” should know better… Especially when it comes to money in this case. Right now they’re sitting on a completed game that could make them money by the end of the month, but they’re knowingly having people boycott it completely and delaying the money-making by 7 months… There’s literally no reason not to release the Wii U version now.

    • Yeah, I know. The only thing I can think of is they’d have to pay for marketing twice if they released it now. I can’t imagine a marketing budget for this game would be huge anyway.

    • Comrade

      Don’t forget, with this ass backwards thought process they will be releasing the game way too close to the holidays. (and we all know that means a TON of things coming out to cut possible profit that they COULD get by not being fucktards and releasing it now while the competition is few if any)

  • Tails the Foxhound

    Is Wii U getting Watch Dogs day one? South Park? SC: Blacklist? Did we get Far Cry? Where’s my Ghost Recon anyways? Did any of those get pushed back 7 months to launch with the Wii U version? No! Kiss my black behind Ubisoft, you get none of my money.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      That’s just awesome. So awesome, I had to say so.

    • SoulEater98

      I could not like this enough, I was looking forward to buying and playing this game after trying the demo at best buy, only to find that it’s going to be delayed for 7 MONTHS because it’s going multi-platform? BS Freaking BS.

    • Lightthrower

      I’m not even sure Watch Dogs will be able to play on WiiU since it’s a next gen game o_O

    • No it’s not, it’s set to come out for the 360 and PS3.

    • Lightthrower

      Ubisoft never said it is coming for 360 and PS3, they only said “Watch Dogs gets official 2013 release date”. Which probably means PC, PS4 and Xbox 720.

    • I’m fairly sure those won’t be out this year.

    • RicardJulianti

      Actually, they did say it was slated to come to the 360 and PS3. The E3 demo was actually played on a PS3.

      You should read up on GPGPU’s and what they can do. If given the proper attention, instead of a simple port, the game would look better than that demo on the Wii U.

      Keep in mind this was said all the way back in June, “We have so many titles in development for Wii U right now that we need to keep that team focused and this is a very, very ambitious game. But it’s not out of the question.” -Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Tony Key

    • Lightthrower

      “In an interview with Geoff Keighley on Spike TV’s E3 live stream earlier today, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that the press conference demo of Watch Dogs was being played on a high-end PC”

    • RicardJulianti

      Even though the guy walked over and picked up a PS3 controller….

      Still though, they said it is coming to 360 and PS3 and were open to having it on future consoles as well.

    • Lightthrower

      Well you’re wrong again. It is a next-gen system, for PS4 specifically (probably the next Xbox too), announced today at the PS4 event.

    • Dustins

      wiiu is “next gen” thanks though

    • Are you seriously boycotting the game because Ubisoft did this when the developer that were slaving way at this game to get it finished and had no choice in the matter asked the consumers to buy the game and fund the next project? YOU kiss MY black behind.

      Instead of moaning about how you have to wait a few more months for a game that you thought were gonna come out this month, you could do something about it and maybe get the game out on release by signing this:
      While you’re doing that, help promote it. Take action.

    • Tails the Foxhound

      I did sign that (King Broly of GoNintendo brought it to my attention), before I even posted I think . At the same time though, if that doesn’t work screw them, they don’t get my money. Don’t try to tell me that the devs won’t get paid, employees are paid bi-weekly, they’ve been paid already (hell they even got overtime). Now if this game tanks THEN they might get fired, and I’m sorry for that, but I’m not gonna roll over and pay out my cash to Ubisoft for it’s bullshit anti-(Nintendo-)consumer practices.

    • Okay, seems there’s valid reasons for both actions. Paying or not paying. By the way, I never said I thought the developers weren’t getting paid. But you have your choice, I have mine, to let’s agree to disagree, okay?

    • Tails the Foxhound

      Hey, it’s all good. Tensions are a bit high and I always come off as abrasive anyways (or so I’m told).

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I’m sure he’s right about the developers. I’m sure it’s not their fault. That said, they’re not the ones who would get most of the money when I buy the game. The “men in ties” would. There’s no excuse for the 7 month delay, on top of the original 3 month delay. This isn’t a new Battlefield or the next Zelda. It’s a side-scroller. There’s no reason to delay the game by almost a whole year, other than to make new versions. That they would make fans wait so that other fans don’t have to get the game second is garbage. But the developers can rest assured that I’ll play the game they worked so hard on, and I’ll probably love it. I’ll just be buying used, to keep from supporting Ubisoft’s terrible decision in any way. In fact, I’ll probably be buying anything I get from Ubisoft used from now on, until they make up for this trash.

    • Derek Tomenchok

      But buying the game used doesn’t help the situation either. Instead of supporting the developer, all the profits from used game sales go straight to the store that’s selling it, (most likely Gamestop). The developer as a result sees none of the profit, which is why microsoft and sony are considering dropping the ability to play used games from their next gen consoles. Unfortunately, there is no way to buy a game and not support the publisher while supporting the developer. And boycotting the game will really just hurt us as consumers and the developers more than it will hurt the publishers. That being said, Ubisoft does come out with a lot of good quality games and I do enjoy being able to get them. Just in the last few months they had Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed 3. But this decision to delay rayman is really just unbelievably idiotic on their part.

    • TrueWiiMaster

      I’ll most likely try to get the game on ebay, so I’ll be supporting a fellow gamer rather than Gamestop. Though buying used doesn’t support the developer, buying new would support Ubisoft’s decision here. At this point it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’m not going to do that. I feel sorry for the actual developers, but they should blame their superiors.

  • Personally, I think the best course of action for Nintendo fans would be to make sure the Wii U version sells like hotcakes, so Ubisoft thinks to themselves, “Hey, maybe we made a mistake delaying the Wii U version like that.”

    • That would not be their train of thought. Their thought would be: “Oh, good thing we delayed the game because it didn’t deter them at all from the Wii U version.”

    • Better than boycotting it and having them say, “See! We were right to port it! It wouldn’t sell anyway!”

    • Cesar Barroso

      it just wont stand a chance against GTAV, Pokemon worldwide release in october, and existing Wii U titles like Lego City, Monster Hunter, Bayonetta, Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD, Pikmin3, Mario Kart and Mario 3D plus Yoshi’s Yarn on the horizon. It was never going to sell like hotcake but it was the right time when Wii U owners were hungry to prove the capabilities of tha system with those graphcs and when no other games was released since january. A good game does not become great because of its qualities but also for the time released and other similar factors.

    • madmofo145

      That’s the really confusing part. Origins was universally praised in gaming media, yet only managed to sell 50,000 copies it’s first month, likely because it was put up against game like Skyrim. Why would a company take a sequel to a great but poorly selling game, something that would likely be considered a cult hit, then delay it 7 months, infuriating their biggest fans, only to release it in a crowded month during whats sure to be another crowded holiday season? It’s like Ubisoft doesn’t want the game to make money.

  • fjurbanski

    It’s just a lose lose situation all around. I think the best course of action is to bombard them with emails asking that the Wii U version get its proper release date. If there are enough emails, there is a small chance they would listen. If that works, then it’s a no brainer: buy it.

    If that doesn’t work, then it becomes tricky. If we “vote with our wallets” and don’t buy it… then they’ll just think that Wii U owners don’t want 3rd party games (something many devs already think). They’ll assume that it didn’t sell simply because it was the Wii U version, and won’t take the responsibility for the problem they created. If we do buy it even after being delayed… then they’ll just think they made the right choice and will make the same bad choices in the future. Either way we’re kind of screwed. The only good outcome I see is that that people can convince them not to delay it…

    • Cesar Barroso

      its late, next month Lego City Undercocer, Monster Hunter will be out. No chane for them, it should has been February when nothing was announced for the Wii U.

    • For this reason, I think that if you either boycott or anti-boycott (buy the game but do so to make a point rather than just because you want the game), you should let Ubisoft know what you’re doing rather than just leave them to assume one motivation or another.

    • fjurbanski

      Definitely. If every person affected by this sends Ubisoft an email, they’ll know exactly where they stand with the fans.

  • Was just watching Kwings reaction to this and he pointed out that you could probably blame Microsoft. Apparently if a game is mutiplat. for all consoles that the game must be release at the same time is Microsoft’s Policy… If that’s true, Ubi should just drop the 360 version… Otherwise for sure no reason to delay the WiiU version….

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      Hmm interesting! Wonder if that’s why?

    • Sony has a similar policy in Japan.
      If you release a game on another console, then take it to the PS3, it must have additional content. It’s why Tales of Graces f has the future arc, Idolm@ster 2 has some of the DLC songs, Tales of Vesperia has Patty and Flynn…

    • Garlador

      That’s not always true, though. Mass Effect 1 and 2 were ported later and had zero PS3-exclusive content.

    • ME1 wasn’t ported to PS3. ME2 was, and it had that “interactive comic book” thing to catch people up with the story of the first game.

    • DJ

      Actually ME1 was just ported to PS3 last December as a part of the Mass Effect Trilogy. ME2 wasn’t ported, it was actually remade using the ME3 engine for PS3.

    • Oh right, I forgot about the trilogy thingy.

    • Tails the Foxhound

      Patty and Flynn were cut from the Xbox version before there even WAS a PS3 version. Hell, the English VAs even recorded the additional Mystic Artes that are in the PS3 version (they’re hidden in the English Xbox game’s data).

  • Well canceling my preorder….

  • I’m pretty sure no one thought the developers were to blame for this to begin with. I really wish there were a way to support the devs with my money while at the same time NOT supporting the publisher.

    I’m preparing myself now for a comment from Ubisoft in about a year’s time that says something along the lines of, “_____ isn’t coming to the Wii U because our other releases haven’t sold as well as we’d hoped on that platform,” as if they had nothing to do with that.

  • As upset that I am, scratch that, as how FURIOUS I am about this decision, my curiosity peaks as to how they are going to implement gamepad play as the game character “Murfy” was specifically made to be used by the gamepad itself as the 5th playable character.

    Smartglass has yet to come out for MS? What does Sony have, “The Move”? Which, from what I gather, NO ONE REALLY USES. Plus, I will still be able to play it on the gamepad itself and take it with me to another room.

    The newer systems have come out to show any possibility at this moment to make it as unique as they have done so for the Wii U and the gamepad itself.

    Understanding from a business perspective, it is probably more about the $$ and the worry that the game wouldn’t sell as much on the Wii U. It makes sense, but now Ubisoft is in the position of false advertising, promising “U” owners this was an exclusive. Due I have a right to sue? Probably not! Maybe? Anyway…..

    I really do hope that in time other IPs will reach the Wii U such as Watch Dogs.

    In my opinion, this was a matter of trust and I can not speak for everyone, but how can I trust a company who so easily backs out on their promises. At least, release the game now and keep their promises to “U” owners and not wait to September because the other consoles are crying unfairness and their rules and regulations calls for universal release.

    With that matter at hand, I call foul play, but at least give me something to trust you and not a demo because now I am just more frustrated by the tactics the company has fallen upon.

    Will I still buy it? Most likely! Will I purchase on the day of release? Probably not! I feel I can wait until that day I can find it used or it has dropped down in price considerably just because I feel I do not want to give them my full amount of my hard earned money. What have they shown me!

  • I wasn’t planning on boycotting this game. Problem is, Rayman Legends will be coming out when the Wii U’s library is going to start picking up steam. As opposed to coming out when it will stand out with no competition, it will be coming out when there are several other titles not just for Wii U, but the other consoles. Delaying it was a poor business decision on Ubisoft’s part and it annoys me even further to know that the developers are the one to feel the pinch.

  • Lightthrower

    My god, Activision yesterday saying that they’re not pleased with WiiU sales for 6-11 years old demographic and now Ubisoft delaying an exclusive to port it elsewhere? Nintendo once again failing on the 3rd party front…

  • dbclick

    They probably delayed it because they only want to spend money once on a marketing campaign instead of twice (and other overhead costs associated with launching a title). I’m guessing they predict they will save money on marketing due to the lower expected turnout of possible Wii U sales vs. sales from 360 + PS3 (and possibly Steam if they port it there as well) given the various install bases. Which means they don’t think they’ll sell many Wii U copies either way.

    In math terms: (Wii U sales now + marketing x 2 + Multiplat sales later) < (marketing x 1 + Wii U sales later + Multiplat sales later)

    I'm don't agree with this analysis, given the heavy hitters Legends will be going up against later in the year, but that's analysts for you. I think the solution is to nix most of the marketing for the Wii U launch and release it now, given the lack of Wii U releases at the moment and Origins' cult status.

  • I hate to go there, but I’m surprised at all the people here yelling “BOYCOTT!” Is boycotting all Nintendo products what got us Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower?… Boycotts in niche markets don’t work.

  • If they wanted to make money why was it a WII U exclusive to begin with?How many consoles did they think Nintendo was going to sell in 3 months?There are no excuses,there are many people that bought a WII U just for that game.

  • Lionel Maduro

    I Will boycott this game and all other Ubisoft games because of this.. It’s unfortunate for the developers but I can’t accept to be treated this way. They have to realize they can’t do what they want and the only thing the people making these decisions listen to are sales, nothing but sales.

  • i dont know if it would be that hard, but why dont they just leave ubisoft?
    I mean, doesnt the studio own the rights to rayman?
    I mean, larian studios is self depented and doesnt need approval
    i just feel bad for the wii u owners, but even more for the developers

    i mean granted i am SUPER HAPPY its comin to ps3, but this just isnt right :/