Disappointment over a six-month delay of a video game’s release may be a first-world problem. But there’s a good case Ubisoft is holding Rayman Legends back from Wii U while it gets the newly announced PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions ready for a September release.
Going multiplatform here isn’t raising garden-variety console fanboy butthurt. There are many understandably pissed off Rayman fans who just want the game originally promised at the end of this month.
So to tide them over, Ubisoft is giving them a special Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends demo. Yes. A console-exclusive demo. Another one.
“We are working with the development team to provide you with a new, exclusive demo for the Wii U soon,” Ubisoft said on its Facebook page yesterday. Yeah, there already is a demo for this game — technically Wii U exclusive! — and it’s been available since December.
This — I mean, this is crap. Come on. A second demo? That admits the game is ready on the Wii U and Wii U gamers are forced to wait because the machine isn’t selling to Ubisoft’s satisfaction. Better to just apologise for the delay and say nothing else, rather than tacitly admit your Wii U fans are being screwed for a business priority. But then, this is Ubisoft, which — ask PC gamers — excels at alienating large segments of its customer base.