The Wii U's impressive launch window has slowly become a barren wasteland. The one shining light of hope was February 26 - the launch of Rayman Legends. Now that title has even been pushed back further into the year, but hey, at least more people get to enjoy it now.
Ubisoft announced today that Rayman Legends has been delayed to early September. The reason being that the game is now being retooled and developed for the PS3 and Xbox 360. It seems that Rayman fans didn't particularly like the idea of having to buy a new console to enjoy the latest game in the franchise.
"We heard from many Xbox & Playstation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system", says Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Chief Marketing & Sales Officer. "We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game."
The delay is most assuredly due to the game having to be completely retooled for the other platforms. The Wii U version of Rayman Legends makes extensive use of the Gamepad for puzzles and other gameplay elements. The game will likely face some significant changes on other platforms.
It's unfortunate that the Wii U version was delayed again, but this hopefully means the game will perform far better at retail. Being a Wii U exclusive means that you'll get maybe a million units sold tops as Nintendo's newest console hasn't exactly been selling out. A delay and porting the game to other consoles will hopefully help the game reach its highest sales potential.