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Rayman Legends Delayed But Heading to PS3 and 360 Too

Those Wii U first party games had better be good, eh?

Things are starting to look just a little bit grim for the Wii U. It’s had less than stellar initial sales and it’s already suffering from a perception that there aren’t enough games coming out. This week saw confirmation that the beefed-up version of Ninja Gaiden 3 – Razor’s Edge would no longer be a system exclusive and now we’ve got news of another juicy little exclusive spreading its wings.

Rayman Legends, the sequel to Ubisoft’s gorgeous platformer, will now be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as well as the Wii U. It’s also been delayed, all three versions will hit store shelves in September of this year.

“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,” said Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Chief Marketing and Sales Officer.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be developed by Ubisoft Montpelier, who are behind the Wii U version of the game. There’s no mention of the near field communication (NFC) features that we’ve seen in Wii U videos but presumably the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions would need some sort of peripheral to enable that aspect of gameplay – the Wii U’s GamePad can do that out of the box. Perhaps this will evolve into Ubisoft’s take on the Skylanders or Disney Infinity style of game?

Source: Press Release

  1. Dom El
    Since: Mar 2012

    I can see that, as a business decision, it makes perfect sense. They’re opening their game up to a further 140 million customers, albeit with some features removed.

    What doesn’t seem to make sense is pushing the Wii U version back to be in line with the 360/PS3 version as it must surely be ready? They would have been assured of very strong sales amongst those with Wii U’s, whilst leaving Nintendo the slight advantage of a timed exclusive.

    It’s looking more and more likely that the Wii U will be solely reliant on its first-party exclusives, which is a lot to ask for a console that costs nearly £300.

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 16:54.
  2. kjkg
    Since: Apr 2010

    Fantastic news. Origins was such an enjoyable game.

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 16:56.
  3. Taylor Made
    Since: Oct 2011

    I hope they bring it to the vita too

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 16:59.
    • bigbaldwolf
      Since: Mar 2012

      I was hoping they would announce that with the console versions. I played Origins on the VIta and it was perfect. Fingers crossed!

      Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 17:02.
    • Dom El
      Since: Mar 2012

      The PS3/Vita might actually get the exact same game as the Wii U if they work on cross-play…

      Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 17:20.
      • KeRaSh
        Since: Nov 2009

        Without the NFC crap, which I would be perfectly fine with.

        Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 17:23.
      • Dom El
        Since: Mar 2012

        Yeah absolutely – I have no desire to be roped into buying extra power-ups no matter which platform it’s coming out on!

        Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 17:54.
  4. KeRaSh
    Since: Nov 2009

    Sad news for Wii U owners but fantastic news for people without a Wii U. I wonder why they pushed the Nintendo version back so far. It’s already been delayed. :/

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 17:21.
  5. The Von Braun
    Since: Oct 2012

    Double-Edged sword here:Fantastic news that game gets a chance to be played by even more people (I love Rayman Origins on PS3, as i did Rayman on Jaguar+Rayman 2 on Dreamcast), but loosing 2 exclusives in as many days?….

    Seems writing on the wall for Wii U in terms of how third parties view it, and all this before official details from Sony+MS on their next gen platforms hit.Cannot really see third party games coding for Wii U 1st (ie optimising code for GPU) when they’ll be looking to get PS3/360 versions out soon after or at same point.

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 17:42.
    • Klart
      Since: Jun 2010

      Yeah, the future doesn’t look bright for the Wii U. I can’t see it being relevant at all in two or three years. I hope Nintendo is working on a successor already.

      Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 17:54.
      • Bodachi
        Since: Jan 2010

        As long as a Nintendo console has Nintendo games then it will be fine.

        Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 18:49.
    • colmshan1990
      Since: Apr 2009

      People are really rushing to declare consoles ‘dead’ nowadays, aren’t they?

      First Vita, now WiiU… Neither are dead or even dying.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2013 at 20:17.
  6. Unterred
    Since: Oct 2009

    I’m really not sure about this. My friends who are only casual gamers tgat bought a Wii for their kids barely know or care about the Wii u and my Nintendo fan friends who love Mario and Zelda aren’t buying the Wii U yet as they can’t see the point and why its worth the money over the PS3 or XBox. If I was Nintendo I’d be worried.

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 19:02.
  7. Blair Inglis
    Since: May 2009

    Yay! Other platforms.
    Boo! Delay.
    The Wii U version will presumably be the best version, then? With that great co-operative mode and NFC stuff.

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 19:30.
  8. Kennykazey
    Since: Mar 2010


    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 21:51.
  9. LTG Davey
    Since: Aug 2008

    So angry right now. They spend months advertising that Rayman Legends is *the* reason to own a Wii-U only to delay it at the very last minute to coincide with releases on other platforms.
    Don’t get me wrong its great to hear the Rayman team will be getting more sales (highly deserving) but this whole thing feels incredibly deceiving on Ubi and Nintendo’s part.

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 22:07.
  10. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    I’ve just realised why i HAVE to play this game…

    Comment posted on 07/02/2013 at 22:16.