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So Ubisoft announced today that Rayman Legends would be appearing on the PlayStation Vita. This isn’t too terribly surprising considering they had decided a while back to make it multi-platform, but it still is not really fair to Wii U owners. Apparently they are going to add things which were supposed to be Wii U only features, like challenges & leaderboards.

Now I’m not a big Rayman fan personally, never really got into it. I have played the demo on Wii U for this game a few times though. It’s not a bad game per se, just never got super into it. I could probably get into it though if I had the full game. But I still think it’s pretty crappy of Ubisoft to do this to Wii U owners.

I get why they are doing it, they are a business and want to make as much money as possible, but it still seems like they are doing one thing and saying another. They keep saying oh yes we are going to support the Wii U big time and then they make this game which by the way was supposed to be a launch title originally I’m pretty sure and turn into a launch window game. Then a few weeks before it’s scheduled release date they said they are pushing it back until Fall because they want to make it multi-platform. They came up with a challenge mode & leaderboards for the Wii U eShop to sort of placate Wii U owners. People seemed somewhat satisfied with that, but then now with these features seemingly being added to the Vita version, why should Wii U owners bother with the game anymore? They tried to support it and Ubisoft said the heck with you guys basically. I know some people are super pissed about this and I don’t blame them one bit. I would be too if I were a big Rayman fan. Even Ubisoft employees like series creator Michel Ancel were pissed off about it. There were even rumors he was considering leaving the company over it.

I have a feeling this game is going to bomb sales-wise. Ubisoft has alienated pretty much all the Wii U owners who would’ve bought it at launch in November or even at the delayed release in February. And traditionally “kiddie” games don’t do well on Sony or Microsoft systems as the user base tends to consider themselves “above” that, in general terms anyways. I know there are people who own those systems who have no problem with games like Rayman and would enjoy them, just as there are those who own Nintendo systems and also enjoy “hardcore” games. I just think Ubisoft is shooting themselves in the foot with this game and are dooming it to failure.

And then you have the fact that Grand Theft Auto V is scheduled to release just 2 weeks after Rayman Legends and it’s just a recipe for disaster. If the game had released in February it would’ve had a lot more shelf space and eyeballs on it and potential for higher sales. With the delay it’s going to be a more crowded market and will probably wind up being ignored. If Ubisoft wanted to make the game multi-platform to begin with, then they should’ve said so from the beginning and committed to it from the beginning instead of saying it would be Wii U exclusive. I get that the Wii U is not selling as well as it could be, but making exclusives non-exclusive is not going to help the situation any.

I feel bad for the developers of the game and fans of the series because of what Ubisoft management has apparently decided to do with this game. I don’t agree with their decisions about it at all. But who knows, maybe I’m wrong? Maybe the game will sell millions upon millions and be one of their best-selling games of all time? I hope for their sake it does well, but I just don’t see it happening.

What do you all think? Were you going to pick up Rayman Legends originally? Are you still going to get it? Which system would you get it for if you do? Do you agree with Ubisoft’s decisions regarding the game?

Source: GameSaga Original

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