Rayman Legends is a game many Wii U owners have been waiting for some time now, but the game has received multiple games from Ubisoft since it was shown at E3 last year. Originally supposed to be available in the Wii U launch window, the game is now tentatively scheduled for release in September. Along with that release, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners will be getting their own taste of the game as well.
Ubisoft has confirmed to VG247 that Rayman Legends is no longer a Wii U exclusive title and will be launching on other platforms this fall. This is bad news for Nintendo, as the company has counted on strong third-party exclusive support to see them through the rough patches between Pikmin 3 and Zelda Wind Waker HD. Ubisoft has previously been supportive of the Wii U with exclusives like ZombiU, so this is a surprising move.
Update: Ubisoft have finally released a statement to the press about this occurrence:
Today, Ubisoft announced that its forthcoming title Rayman Legends, already announced for the Wii U system from Nintendo, will also be released on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. All versions will now hit shelves in early September 2013.
The Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 versions of Rayman Legends are being developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, the same team behind the Nintendo Wii U game. Rayman Legends has been praised for its stunning visuals and innovative gameplay by media around the world and labelled as one of the most anticipated platformers of 2013.
“We heard from many Xbox & Playstation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system”, says Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Chief Marketing & Sales Officer. ”We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game.