There's good news and bad news, Rayman fans. First, the bad news: Rayman Legends — the follow-up to the fun, much-praised Rayman Origins — has been delayed until this September, about six months after its original February 26 release date. The good news is that PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will also be getting their own versions of the same game in the same time period.
In a press release issued today, Ubisoft marketing exec Geoffroy Sardin said the following:
"We heard from many Xbox & 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."
The subtext here is the fact that the Wii U, while selling respectably, isn't the runaway hit that its predecessor was and Ubisoft wants to earn as much as possible off of the next Rayman title. It's going to be interesting to see how the dev team adapts the asymmetrical design of Legends — parts of which were originally meant to take advantage of the Wii U two-screen capability and the gamepad's touch input — to Sony and Microsoft's consoles. We'll have more on Rayman Legends as news develops.