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Rayman Creator Protests Against Rayman Legends Delay

Jonathan Lester
Michel Ancel, Rayman Legends, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier

Rayman Creator Protests Against Rayman Legends Delay

"Release Rayman! Support Ubisoft Montpellier!"

If you're spitting feathers about Rayman Legends being delayed by seven months, despite being practically finished, imagine how the developers must feel. Series creator Michel Ancel and key members of the Ubisoft Montpellier studio have decided to protest the publishing decision the old-fashioned way: by holding up a banner outside their headquarters.

My GCSE French is a little rusty, but as far as I can tell, the banner reads: "Release Rayman, support Ubisoft Montpellier." It depicts a tearful Rayman and a prominent Wii U logo, showing the developers' support for both their near-complete game as well as Nintendo's console.

Rayman Creator Protests Against Rayman Legends Delay

Anonymous forum posts from a Ubisoft Montpellier dev suggested that the team sacrificed a huge amount of time with their families and enormous amounts of sleep in order to crunch Rayman Legends to deadline, all of which has now been wasted by the delay.

Apparently the seven month hiatus was taken to ensure a multiplatform release at the beginning of the holiday season, which might backfire since Rayman Origins tanked when it released at around the same time in 2011. It only started charting the following Spring, ironically when Rayman Legends was supposed to release later this month.

This is a welcome show of solidarity from the hard-working developers, but whether it will sway Ubisoft is another matter entirely.

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Late  Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:16

I can understand U owners' outrage and disappointment - exclusive titles and launch window lineup were important factors in them opting to buy the machine.
From a gamer point of view Ubisoft arguably have done the right thing in bringing their game to as many people as possible, though they've done it in a really bad way.
From a business point of view I think they've definitely done the right thing. They'll got lots more sales on the ps3 and 360 than they would on the U.

Despite all the protests, fuming, petitions, and vows to avoid all Ubisoft's future products, Ubisoft's shares have gone up by more than ten percent since they announced they're aborting the U exclusivity and going multi-platform.

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