This week, news about Ubisoft’s decision to push back the release date of Rayman Legends for the Wii U, as a way of making the former Wii U exclusive title concurrent with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, was met with rage by many internet users (not an exaggeration, try to search Youtube for vLogs).
In the middle of all the flames, one of the devs of Rayman Legens posted his feelings about the delay on a Spanish forum:
“I completely understand you but you have to understand one thing. This is not a decision taken by the development team, this comes from really really high up, so please don’t pick on the game.
If you’re pissed, imagine how we feel. Think on the situation, we’ve been making overtime with this game practically since May preparing E3, and then almost a demo per month (gamescon, Wii U presentation, shops, eShop, etc…) and at the same time trying to actually finish the game. We had a first delay because it was obvious we couldn’t finish on time but we gave it all to be there on February. What face do you think we had when the week we had to close the game we’re being told it’s not going to be released? I couldn’t believe it.
For practical matters, you’ll have to wait for some months for the game to be released and will most likely serve for more content to be added and do it better. For us, this means we’ve spent 6 months barely seeing our wives, kids, and friends for nothing because, after all, such a haste wasn’t needed. Believe it, it was a hell to swallow these news.
Even then I’m firm in what I said back in the day, Rayman Legends is an excellent game and will still be, and the team that’s making it doesn’t deserve to have your back turned on them just because some men in ties one day took a wrong choice. This industry is really that shitty.”
The dev was not alone, as Eurogamer recently posted pictures of the French dev team alongside Rayman creator Michel Ancel holding banners in support of the Wii U version of the game. In case you No Habla Frances (I blame the Germans!), the sign says ““Release Rayman. Support Ubisoft Montpellier,” “Wii U,” “Michael Ancel,” and “28/02/13.” I don’t think the picture of Rayman crying needs to be translated, though. Crying is a universal language that can only mean one of two things: 1. you are sad or 2. You’re sexual predator who just got maced.