JEFF’S MUSINGS: Mildly Annoyed with Ubisoft

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

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The following musings are those of the writer, do not reflect oprainfall as a whole, and is meant as a means to open a dialog. It is also an open letter to the CEO of Ubisoft Entertainment.

Ubisoft Yves Guillemot

Dear Yves Guillemot,

I… something… you… right now.

Damn, this isn’t working. I had so much hate before. Now, I’m just… annoyed.

To be honest, Mr. Guillemot, I was angry with you before. It wasn’t the Rayman Legends incident, with delaying the game for other consoles. You run a business that publishes games on tech from other companies. You need to look after Ubisoft’s best interests. And I’m sure the bankruptcy of THQ had you taking a step back and re-evaluating whether you should make games exclusively for one console. I wasn’t mad at you for that; just disappointed.

What I was mad at you for was the contradictory nature of the decision. Your company decided to take a game and delay it so that you could release it on all consoles. That’s dandy and all, but where was it for other games, I thought to myself. And I wasn’t the only one.

But then, you (as in Ubisoft) come out and turn the tides somewhat in your favor. Watch Dogs, one of this year’s most anticipated games, was revealed to be releasing on all home consoles, including the brand new PS4 and Nintendo’s Wii U. That, Mr. Guillemot, was… merely a step in the right direction.


Although, I must thank you for bringing my new best friend, Aiden Pierce, to the next console I’ll buy.

You see, you set a precedent for the future of your company when you delayed Rayman Legends so that it can be multiplatform. You basically came out and said ‘I want as many gamers as possible to have a chance to play my games.’ In all seriousness, it is a good business move. You have to meet a certain number to make a profit and having a game on all platforms is the best way to achieve that. I understand that.

But there is something missing from this for it to be true. That would be releasing ALL of your games on all consoles. I’m sure you would agree that turn-about is fair play. That’s probably why you’re publishing Watch Dogs on all platforms now and why Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be multiplatform as well. But it is only the start of repairing the damage.

There is only one true way to fix the problem: release all of your games on every platform, including the Wii U. If that means that South Park: The Stick of Truth is delayed again, if that means that shooter/Tom Clancy fans get angry over having to wait a bit longer for Rainbow 6: Patriots and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, then so be it. This is the only way to make it right.


After all, you do want every gamer to have a chance to play your games. Right?


Jeff Neuenschwander, co-Editorial Head of and fan of Ubisoft games.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.

  • Lightthrower

    But there’s barely anyone with a WiiU, it would cost more to port it than it would sell in most cases.

    • Cesar Barroso

      that doesn’t matter, you promised something, then delayed it out for the sake of gamers. If that is true, Nintendo gamers are gamers also, right?

    • MusubiKazesaru

      If I have one (which I do), I could care less about that, I just want my games

    • Cesar Barroso

      yes, I care, just because they say “if it doesn’t sell well there will be no more iterations on that console”.

    • Aiddon

      if you want the bloody thing to sell more than make games for it which will encourage people to buy it WHICH HELPS GET MORE GAMES MADE FOR IT. This is not complex

    • So 3.06 million as Dec. 31, 2012 is barely LMAO

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    So… you’re being whiny because your game is being delayed and you think other people should have to suffer too? Very Mature sir…

    • Cesar Barroso

      so you say Nintendo gamers have to suffer while you can’t. Very selfish.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Honestly I couldn’t care less what system it’s for. I don’t even particularly want the game in any form or fashion. The point is that his mentality with this article is no more intelligent or mature than that of a five year old stamping his feet when his brother eats the last cookie but he doesn’t get one until the next batch is done being made. It’s not like he’s NEVER going to see the game released, it’s just a delay, like we’ve seen in the industry for YEARS. How long was Duke Nukem Forever Delayed? (Sorry bad example since the game was awful) But how about Half-Life 2 episode 2 (or god forbid Half- Life 3). The whole mentality of the article (and your comment which just further enforces my opinion as opposed to contradicting it in any matter) is ‘I want what I want, and I want it now!’ THAT seems far more selfish to me than my comment of pointing out pointless… ‘whining’ (as I’m trying to keep this comment clean instead of calling it by what it really is). Fanboys and their damn console wars x.x good games are good games, get over the whole console supremacy crap x.x (which had NOTHING to do with my original comment, by the way)

    • Cesar Barroso

      Ubisoft delayed the game 9 monists when is ready to launch, they said. Then they stated that they did it because they like to release the game at the same time in various platform so all gamers have the chance to try it. What about delaying AC3 a few weeks so it has the same chance as the other platform to sell well. What about Far Cry 3, The Stick Of the True, Splinter Cell, Watch Dog was announced but not a single word on a Wii U version, but the PS4 version got announced before it, even though that platform is not even close to come out yet.
      It seems that all of this third party publishers release mediocre ports to the Wii U, then they expect to sell well the first time they appear on a Nintendo console. They seem to forget that the first iteration of those titles didn’t sell any closer to the latest iterations. They pretend to fool Nintendo gamers with those laggy versions, and if they don’t sell at all they say it is not worth because of this or that.
      You say gamers suffer because they can’t wait some time to give a chance for the Wii U version to be ready. BUt Nintendo gamers have to wait, we NIntendo gamers need to be happy just because the game is released on our preferred console, no matter if it is 1 year after the initial release. We, Nintendo gamers, have to wait years for good games to be released on the console, just because they say the tech power of the console doesn’t allow that. But when I buy a Nintendo product, I rest assure that is as good as any other game, not matter if it is an 8-bit, 16-bit, or 64-bit game.
      You are contradicting yourself, because we, Nintendo gamers have to wait 9 months for Rayman to be released on par with the other versions. But the other gamers can’t wait 9 months for their version to be released, like we, Nintendo gamers are used to, just because Nintendo follow their own rules, without letting publishers monopolize the business as they do with Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo is not responsible for any publishing matter regarding third party titles, but yet Sony and Microsoft do that just to please them.
      Publishers want everything to make their life easier while not caring if Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo loose money selling their console. They just want profits without investing.

    • Aiddon

      indeed, they piss and moan about their games not selling on Nintendo consoles and then you notice a pattern about the product they throw at Nintendo. On the Wii they cried about how their sales sucked, but a TON of stuff on that system from 3rd parties was either crap they thought people were stupid enough to buy or games that they didn’t even ATTEMPT to give an advertising budget to. You want things to sell? Put some effort into it. Have you FORGOTTEN what that word even means, Ubisoft?

    • DarthDiggler

      QQ 🙁

      I mean they want to see if the audience builds for Wii U. Don’t negate that they want to delay it for that reason too.

    • Martin Brentnall

      Speaking as a “Nintendo Gamer” myself, I do not need to wait for games on other systems to come to the Wii U because I can already play them on my PS3.

      Contrary to your implications, you do realise that being a “Nintendo Gamer” is not mutually exclusive with being a “PlayStation Gamer” or an “Xbox Gamer”, right?

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Thank you x.x

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      So.. your basic arguement is.. you are a nintendo fanboy… and your mad because publishers aren’t putting out quality products for your brand of choice… Really this is YOUR problem, not that of the publishers. If you feel that your company isn’t giving you what you want… then MOVE TO ANOTHER COMPANY WHO WILL. Publishers are skeptical of working with nintendo and the wii u for very obvious reasons, The last three nintendo consoles haven’t been all that great in the eyes of the consumers. The N64 and Nintendo Gamecube were both ALMOST failures when compared to the other consoles of the time, and the WII sold well, but was seen by many ‘hardcore’ gamers as a passing fad of gimmicks. As a publisher, I wouldn’t want to rely on nintendo either considering their track record with the ‘main stream/hardcore’ audience. It’s your own stubborness (and I hate to take this route but… really its yoru FANBOYISM) that’s making you not move onto another product. I personally like nintendo (though it’s always my last choice when given the three consoles of the past few generations)but obviously your problem is that you feel nintendo is being ‘picked on’ when really it’s their own fault, and by extension if you as a gamer feel picked on for BEING a nintendo fan.. then move on and get a different console. You have no one to blame but yourself.

      I’m sorry to say that Nintendo hasn’t been top tier for home consoles since the SNES… everything after that (that wasn’t a portable) has been okay at best, mostly because they have been very hard on third party developers and haven’t been very good about keeping their technology at a high level.

    • Cesar Barroso

      fanboysm? i haven’t say anything at all about other consoles.
      We’ll see which company stay on the industry for more time.
      Nintendo still have 50 years ahead at least. And that is if they loss $200 millions every year. We’ll see which publisher stay on track with more quality games. People think all mature games are quality games. U have not realize the amount of mature shovelware on those systems.
      Let Sony keep giving the specs developers and publishers want to see which company will go down first. Like if third party publishers were right.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      What are you talking about? I never once said there wasn’t going to be a crash. The problem here is you are talking down to me as if you have some kind of insider knowledge that you don’t, not to mention the fact that you are constantly changing the subjects of the debate to try and make yourself more intelligent and it’s not working. I have written a well thought out rebuttal to everything you have said, and instead of proving how I’m wrong you are side stepping the arguements entirely. You don’t have to mention the other consoles brands or talk down to them to not be a fanboy, you have continually stated that Nintendo can do no wrong, and that is proof enough of where you stand. Nintendo is a long lasting company and they aren’t doing as poorly as sony or microsoft are, I never said anything to the contrary. I said why publishers probably don’t want to give their games to nintendo as their only means of selling. Honestly I don’t think this new console generation is going to do all that well for ANY of the big gaming companies because the cost of making games is going up and people are getting less and less interested in being ripped off by the corporations. It doesn’t matter if the games are ‘mature’ or not, people are getting sick of every console having another Mario that’s just like the other ones, or on the other hand another Gears of War or Assassin’s Creed that’s just like the other ones. Yes Nintendo has quality titles, as do the other companies. Yeah people are going to get fewer choices and are going to stick to what they know, but the nintendo brand isn’t the only well known brand anymore, in fact, a lot of gamers are getting rather sick of them because they’re basic mode of game making is the same now as EA and it’s constant re-releases of Call of Duty. Honestly if you’ve played on 2D mario game you’ve played them all (and this is coming from someone who truly enjoys the games and has played all of them except for the new release on the Wii U).

      Anyway, regardless of all that, this topic has strayed EXTREMELY far from what it was originally about. My Point was, don’t whine and complain when things don’t go your way and it’s YOUR FAULT. If you want games that are on a system that you don’t own… go buy the system! I understand not having enough money, but once again, you chose your loyalty and have stuck too it, don’t whine and complain when things don’t work out for you because of a choice YOU made. You are still going to get your precious Rayman, you are just going to have to late a little bit longer, it’s not like they’ve cancelled it outright.

  • Cesar Barroso

    You are right Mr. Jeff Neuenschwander, it is just a step on the right direction. It is almost as if Ubisoft is doing it because of Rayman debacle. Still need to prove consistency

  • MusubiKazesaru

    I agree and that’s a more mature look at the whole Rayman situation, I don’t see the point in 3rd party exclusives for the most part, just release everything for everything

  • madmofo145

    The funny thing here is you mention THQ and why their going under might be reason to make things multi console, yet the opposite should be true. THQ’s biggest failure and largest money loser was uDraw, which was created for a single console (the Wii), did quite well, then was ported to the PS3 and XBox only to sell so poorly it set into action a chain of events that destroyed a company.

    While the lack of inclusion of specialized hardware is likely to ensure that Rayman doesn’t sink Ubisoft, the fact that the game was being designed to take advantage of the unique hardware exclusive to the WiiU could mean that the ports end up being lackluster. If you couple this with it’s new release date going up against a number of huge games and the the imminent release of two new consoles, and this move could end up seeing the game fail across each console. If anything I think the death of THQ should be a wake up call to companies about the power of single platform releases. Multi Platform consoles can be great, but some titles fit certain environments better then others and targeting the largest user base may fail if the game is better suited for a niche and enthusiastic audience.

  • When Ubisoft announced that Watch Dogs was coming to Wii U, they redeemed themselves in my eyes.

  • val

    If you wanted multiplatform games you wouldn’t buy a Nintendo console.

  • Martin Brentnall

    “After all, you do want every gamer to have a chance to play your games. Right?”

    The implication here is that gamers are denied any means to play specific games, which is absolutely not true. Owning a Wii U does not prevent you from also buying a PS3 or a 360, if you want to play Southpark. You are given equal opportunity to play any game released in your region as anyone else, but you might need to buy a specific piece of hardware to do it.

    Delaying a Wii U game for the PS3 and 360 makes sense, based on the installed based of those systems. Delaying a PS3 and 360 game for the Wii U… doesn’t.

    For what it’s worth, I own a Wii U. And a PS3. 🙂

    • dubaloseven

      I think alot of gamers forget that gaming is inherently a luxury. The fact that people actually think their being done wrong because a publisher didn’t put the game on their system of choice, or offer DLC they (incorrectly) think they’re entitled to because it’s on disc (or its released on launch day) is absolutely absurd. If you don’t like the way a certain publisher does business, simply avoid them. You can voice how you think they’re way of doing things is wrong, but by throwing a tantrum or demanding they do it differently you’re being just as greedy. Why? Because its a luxury, which means you’re only entitled to what they give you.

  • fruitspunch_samurai

    What the hell is going on with the South Park:The Stick of Truth?

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Last I heard it was cancelled? It would be really awesome if that wasn’t the case though.

    • fruitspunch_samurai

      Well, that’s messed up.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      It is very likely that I’m wrong.. I kind of stopped following it once the company started talking about calling it quits.

  • mike

    You guys don’t understand…
    There are a few Wii u out there, but the number is ridiculous, compared to the ps3 or x360 that people own.
    if they release it now, not only it won’t sell billions of units, but, and this is the main reason for the delay, if the game turns out not being a 9-10/10, and instead, due to the weak Wii u power, the game is just ‘average’, even compared to rayman origins, the game will start gathering 5 and 6/10 on most forums, people will bash it the most they can, and that will be a real negative and bad advertising. With that bad advertising, many potential ps3/x360 buyers may end up skipping the game, specially because there will be many things to buy, like a new ps4 or next Xbox. Bad sales NOW on the Wii u would mean bad sales for the other consoles.

    For avoiding this, for avoiding any comparison with rayman origins, if the game isn’t perfect, on the wiiu, they prefer launching it along the ps3 and x360 version. Even if the Wii u version performs less better, all the versions will be mixed up, and any good reviews on the ps3 or x360 will just cover the average ones, on the Wii u, and at the end, everybody will grab a version for the console they own.

    For me, this is the true reason. Adding more content, or more this or more that is just BS.
    Rayman origins , on the ps3(played version) was a true marvel, 1080p at 60fps, handmade textures, animations, etc. Color pallette as incredible, moving from the jungle to fire to ice, etc, was just perfect. For me, it was one of my top 3 platformers ever. Just like all the other studios did, I am sure ubisoft will be able to optimize the code, and make everything even better than the first ray man, by using every single Hz the ps3 can give. I guess the first version was already hard to match, for the Wii u, based on all the ports that were made, where the ps3 and x360 versions were far superior. So, if ubisoft already have some bad time trying to equal the first rayman quality, I think it will be hard to match the future rayman, and the Wii u version could end being the less good. As I said above, an average version would mean bad reviews and press, and would definitely influence sales on the other consoles. Once again, for avoiding this, ‘let’s release the 3 versions at the same time, people won’t have time to do AB comparisons, and will buy the game’.

    Specially now that people are so pissed, because of the delay, most websites would revenge, and would give scores like 5/10, as a big ‘f*ck u ubisoft’

    Honestly, I wish Nintendo had used the cash spent on that expensive touch controller, and instead, had built the Wii u with 4 GB of RAM, a much better CPU and GPU. I’m sure people, even Nintendo fans, would prefer having a game 2 or 3 times prettier, bigger, better, than being able to select items,etc, on the heavy touch controller.

    For a console that will be used by many young people, playing with the touch controller is like letting a 4 yo kid play with a brand new $800 iPad. Risky, huh? If it falls once, twice… the third time will be too much, and the device will be broken. How much does that touch controller cost? Cheap? Don’t think so.

    Long post, sorry. But I really think those are the real reasons for the delay.Thx for reading.