A few days ago, I reported on the rescheduling of the upcoming Rayman Legends game. The concern has been that the change of release dates, and more importantly, the shift from Wii U exclusive to multi-platform is some kind of inter-industry show of no confidence in the Wii U’s ability to turn a profit for a game. The console has had a hard time selling itself and hardly lived up to expectations. However, there’s a strong case to be made for the fact that many consoles don’t do so well on release day. This can mainly be attributed to the fact that the predecessor platforms simply have more and a wider range of titles to choose from. Wii U simply does not have enough games yet to justify its $350 price tag. Quite frankly, for that price, you can get an Xbox 360 slim and two to five games.

I am a Nintendo nut. I love Nintendo. I have multiple DSs, a Wii, an SNES, an N64. I’ve played Nintendos for years. But despite all that and the fact that I was SORELY tempted by Batman: Arkham City‘s Wii U exclusive enhanced edition, I do not have the kind of money that would allow me to purchase a console that really only has a handful of games available and a thoroughly unimpressive lineup in its release schedule. While, yes, the console will run Wii games, I don’t buy consoles to play games that I can play on machines I already have. This is a truth I suspect holds true for many gamers out there.

That said, Rayman Legends was going to be one step toward rectifying that problem. However, with Ubisoft ‘jumping ship’ as it were, that step has effectively been hung out to dry. It’s no surprise, therefor, that Michel Ancel, Rayman creator, and several other members of the in-house development team over at Ubisoft Montpellier have publicly started protesting the shift in both scheduling and in the exclusive agreement the larger company of Ubisoft had with Nintendo. Seen in the featured image above, the group of protesters is holding a banner which states: “Sortez nous Rayman. Soutient a Ubi Montpellier.” which, translated, means: “Release Rayman. Support Ubisoft Montpellier.” The image also features a crying Rayman saying “SVP”, short hand for “S’il Vous Plaît” or “Please” in English.

It’s clear that the development team was as blind-sided by this decision as the fans were. Rayman Legends was to be one of the more impressive titles released on the Wii U in the first few months of the year. It’s also been reported that other members of the team have spoken out against the company for its decision, saying things as harsh as: “the industry is really that shi**y.”

Hopefully this anger across the board will sway Ubisoft in some way. However, for the moment, the game’s rescheduling holds.

Sources: Gamespot

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Vanessa F

Vanessa is the Founder/CEO of Gamer Assault Weekly, LLC. She is an active member of the industry having worked with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Ubisoft, id Software, and CSA. She spends her time working on the site, attending as many gaming conventions as she can, and playing with friends on all systems.