So the one game I was looking forward to the most for my increasingly irrelevant Wii U was Rayman Legends. I was so close to getting it, and almost went to slap some money down on a pre-order. Unfortunately, it has been announced that the release date is now September 2013.
Not only has the release date been pushed back, but Rayman’s latest adventure is no longer a Wii U exclusive. Xavier Poix, managing director of Ubisoft’s French studios, said the following in an interview:
When we saw all the comments when we announced the game would be focused on Wii U, all of the people that have both the PlayStation 3 and 360 were really disappointed. So we thought it was making more sense to also bring the game to where it was originally from. That means Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. So we decided to go for a multiplatform launch simultaneously.
Obviously the co-op gameplay involving the Wii U’s gamepad will remain exclusive, but Xbox and PS3 will have co-op similar to Rayman Origins.
It’s a different kind of experience if you have the Wii U. Obviously there will be cooperation on the PS3 and 360, but on the Wii U there is still this magic of having one player that can play on one system with a new experience and the other on the usual game pad. That stays a Wii U exclusive for sure, by definition.
I guess we’ll all have to wait to get our hands on Rayman Legends. Be sure to download the demo from the Wii U eShop to help pass the time.