Last week’s news that Ubisoft would be delaying Rayman Legends—and that it would no longer be exclusive to the Wii U—got many fans angry, and seemed to damage a lot of the good will the publisher had engendered after their strong E3 2012 showing last summer. The news was so surprising and aggravating, in fact, that one of the guys who worked on the game publicly (though, somewhat anonymously) blasted the company for their decision.
“Thanks for all your feedback regarding Rayman Legends in all of its forms. We have heard you and we will continue to listen. We understand your frustration and that you want to get your hands on the game.
We are working with the development team to provide you with a new, exclusive demo for the Wii U soon. Stay tuned for more.”
The responses and comments to the announcement, of course, haven’t been too positive, since the demo doesn’t address the delay, nor the lack of platform exclusivity. A lot of Wii U fans aren’t just upset that they have to wait until September—they’re mad that this game was being touted as one of the best reasons to get a Wii U. Now that it’s going to be on many platforms, that argument lost a lot of its credibility. Needless to say, people are annoyed.
Is it likely that Ubisoft will reverse course based on the continuous negative reaction? No. But if nothing else, the bad press might keep them from doing this next time…