After recent news surfaced that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge would go multiplatform, Ubisoft mentioned the same news for Rayman Legends today. It was initially believed that Rayman Legends would be a Wii U exclusive, and due to the success of the previous game, a huge boon for the system. However, news came today that Ubisoft would be launching Rayman Legends on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in addition to the Wii U. As if this news wasn't startling enough, it was also stated that the game would be pushed back from it's February 26, 2013 release date to some time in September.
Here is a quote from an official Ubisoft press release regarding the issue:
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.
While owners of PS3 and Xbox 360 can rejoice that they won't be missing out on the fun, the news does seem like a blow to the Wii U. With scarce system selling games currently available, the anticipated February release date of Rayman Legends would have been a favorable boost for the system. It also bears mentioning that the game featured tight integration with the Wii U gamepad. How might these features be translated to the other systems, if at all? Only time will tell.
Look for Rayman Legends on Wii U, PS3, and Xbox 360 featuring up to 5 player local co-op to release sometime in September, 2013.