Nintendo’s recently launched Wii U has had a difficult time building momentum, and recently, an even more difficult time keeping 3rd party exclusives. Ubisoft revealed this morning that Rayman Legends, which was supposed to launch later this month, has been delayed until early September (though no exact date has been given). This delay is to give Ubisoft time to develop for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
In today’s press release, Ubisoft marketing executive Geoffroy Sardin stated:
We heard from many Xbox and Playstation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system. We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game.
His phrasing that fans of other platforms had wanted to play Legends on their “current system” may imply that this title was always going to go multiplatform, but was intended for next generation consoles. Regardless, one must wonder what this sudden news will do to Ubisoft and Nintendo’s relationship. The fact that this news comes only days after Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, an enhanced Wii U port, was revealed to be getting a PS3 and Xbox 360 rerelease, implies that this may be a recurring trend.