The Wii U Loses Yet Another Exclusive, Rayman Legends
Just yesterday we heard the news that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge would be heading to the Xbox 360 and PS3, shedding its status as a Wii U exclusive in the process. Not exactly a major blow to the console, but news yesterday of yet another exclusive jumping ship might just have more of an impact. Ubisoft revealed yesterday that not only will Rayman Legends be delayed, it will also release on Xbox 360 and PS3.
If you’re thinking “Well, it’s only Rayman,” you probably never picked up on one of the best titles in 2011, Rayman Origins. Rayman Legends looks like even more rampant platforming craziness, and I must say I was disappointed when it was revealed as a Wii U exclusive. Apparently I was not the only one, and it didn’t take long for Ubisoft to realize that they could easily increase their sales monumentally by releasing the game on more platforms.
“We heard from many Xbox and PlayStation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system.”
While it’s good news for fans like me, it’s also a bit of a surprise and a statement on the health of the Wii U. Ubisoft we’re one of the chief third-party backers when Nintendo first revealed their new console but lately the developer has struggled to put anything out exclusively, stating that the Wii U system was hard to convey. This just adds to the many software woes the system has had, with hardly any titles to choose from and even less exclusives, Nintendo has already apologized for this by announcing some new Zelda and Mario titles, but with third-party exclusives dropping support left, right and center, it’s a bit of a worry for the future of the Wii U.
Regardless, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Rayman Legends are being developed by the same Ubisoft studio as the Wii U versions, with the studio announcing that the game will only release in September this year. It really is something to get excited about and if you don’t believe me go pick up a copy of Rayman Origins. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.