It seems like everyone is angry at Ubisoft for delaying the highly anticipated Rayman Legends: fans, Moms with upset kids, anonymous members of the development team, and now even series creator Michel Ancel himself.
Ancel, on the left, and a handful of his staff have thrown more fuel on the flames of controversy by joining the online protest against Ubisoft’s decision to delay Rayman Legends into September. Together they stand holding a hand drawn picture of their beloved protagonist soaked in tears begging Ubisoft to “please” release him. The rest of the poster reads “Release Rayman. Support Ubisoft Montpelier.”
Hyped heavily as a Wii U exclusive, many fans are feeling the bitter sting of having to wait through the entire summer just for Ubisoft’s business decision to simultaneously release the game across all platforms. Now that it’s out there that Ubisoft Montpelier has all but wrapped up their development on the Wii U version, it’s more than transparent that this is indeed a money making decision from the corporate side of the company.
Upsetting your fans is one thing, as they will be quick to forgive once the game knocks them off their feet, much like how 2011’s Rayman Origins did. However, upsetting the guys who bring your product to the level of quality it’s well known for is a mistake no company should ever commit. I wonder if Ubisoft will respond to the latest developments in this firestorm of bad press, and if this team will find secure jobs come the following morning.
I know that this is not the first time Michel Ancel has butted heads with his publishers, and he’s emerged every time unscathed. Must be nice to be so ridiculously talented.