Hey Ubisoft, How Did Delaying Rayman Legends Work Out For Sales?

Playeressence - I hate to say I told you so Ubisoft, but……I told ya so. I wrote a article back in February saying that Ubisoft is sending Rayman Legends out to die. And by the looks of things, I was dead right.

Here is a snippet of my article I wrote the day Ubisoft decided to delay Rayman Legends on February 7th:

“Mark my words ‘Ubisoft will regret delaying Rayman Legends on the Wii U’ its going to come back and bite them in the ass. There is too much competition out there for Rayman Legends to succeed in September. GTA V, Mario, Zelda, and new consoles will overshadow it.”

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4logpc1678d ago

I don't think delaying it was the wrong choice.

Ubisoft, like many others, expected there to be more games from Nintendo to move Wii u units, when that didn't happen, Ubisoft had to make the choice.

If Legends was released only on the Wii U, it would of bombed hardcore.

Legends problem is the price. I am not saying its not worth the $60, but it is a hard sell for any full priced 2d platformer unless you name is Mario.

Ubisoft should of released it at $40.

Megaplaynate1678d ago

Wasn't it MS fault? I read something about requiring same day release on multiplats. Or maybe it was just Ubisoft trying to get more sales. Anyway my brother really loves this game.

csreynolds1678d ago (Edited 1678d ago )

If memory serves, didn't Legends come with Origins' levels for free? Providing I am not wrong, I think $60/£40 RRP for two great platformers is perfectly reasonable...

gpturbo811677d ago

correct. there is more than enough content to warrant the price.


It was. Many people would have bought it in February when they had nothing else to play.

4logpc1678d ago

Wonderful 101 begs to differ.

jcnba281678d ago

"If Legends was released only on the Wii U, it would of bombed hardcore."

How does that make any sense when the Wii U version sold more copies than either the PS3 or 360 version?

Wii U has an install base of just under 4 million, PS3/360 have 80 million and the Wii U version still sells more copies.

4logpc1678d ago

I don't believe ubi has released any sales numbers besides, "missed target"

4logpc1678d ago

Nice,but i still dont think releasing it any earlier would of changed a thing. Rayman Origins didnt take off untill its pricecut happened.

3-4-51678d ago

How much game are you getting in Rayman legends vs an RPG for the same $60 price?

2D platformers aren't games you can play 3-6 hours a day for weeks at a time and not get bored.

We need price regulations. $60 for games that pack a ton of quality content.

2D platformers and other games I can beat in 5 hours shouldn't be allowed to be more than $40.

Deadpoolio1678d ago

Oh for the love of Christ quit trying to use the stupid wah wah RPGs have more content....Not everyone plays those ya know....

Munnkyman1678d ago

I dont think it would have bombed hardcore. At the time everyone that had a wii u was waiting for it.(since their were not other games out) like lego city it would not have bomb because it had no other games to compete with. Delaying it put it in a bad month to come out and also gave wiiu owners a reason not to get it.

rainslacker1677d ago

I actually brought a Wii U mostly for this game. I know another person that did the same. At the time it was going to be released, there was nothing else to look forward to, and it would have come after a fairly heavy post launch software drought.

I ended up getting it on the PS3 because that's my preferred system, but Rayman Legends was a highly anticipated game for the Wii U before it's delay, and it still sold half decent when it finally did launch.

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syne491678d ago

I am sad this may be it for Rayman in the traditional platform sense. That being said this game was amazing and made more amazing by the delay. Sales be damned if it helped a products quality increase as much a it did. As long as you enjoyed it thats all that matters.

_QQ_1678d ago

The sales gave us rayman orgins levels. It didn't improve much quality. It was a great game but they certainly messed up by delaying it.

syne491678d ago

Look we have had this conversation before. Do i really need to list all the stuff it added? Sure why not.

Kung Foot Mini Game
Invasion Levels led by Dark Rayman
3D Boss Battles
The 40 origin levels
And of course extra polish.

Yeah though by all means only acknowledge the origin levels.

_QQ_1678d ago

Release wiiu version in feburary, Release other versions september with extra content and give the wiiu version an update.

harrisk9541678d ago (Edited 1678d ago )

Even it it "underperformed" just because it doesn't appear on the NPD list, how many of those retail copies were sold on the WiiU? I would venture a guess that the delay helped sell more copies on the PS3 and XB360. Yeah, I am sure that Ubisoft is hanging their heads in shame that a small, unknown blog is saying "I told you so." Really? Think much of yourself that you had some sort of vision based upon your intimate knowledge of the gaming industry, development, marketing and the inner workings/financial status of Ubisoft?

Honestly, Rayman Legends is a great game that will likely sell well during the holiday season as it is a great stocking stuffer for parents looking for quality games for their kids and something that they can enjoy with their kids together, as well.

By the way, I bought 2 copies: one for my son's PS3 and one for my PS3 so that we can play together when he is over my house. Those are 2 more sales that would not have happened if it was only on the WiiU.

_QQ_1678d ago

It would have sold at least 2X as much during the wiiu drought period. or just during a slow month for games in general as most wiiu owners own multiple systems and were buying GTA.

Gemmol1677d ago

your missing the point your two sales do not make up for developing and transferring everything to work on ps3 and 360.......basically they end up making a lost trying to port the game to system that did not even want it.....if they had left it Wii U alone they would not of lost much money

Amigaengine1678d ago

This is a fantastic game on the WiiU, for the life of me dont understand why "gamers" are hating on this one ?

WiiU has very few games in general so it makes no sense for nintendo based websites to condone boycotting games when you know it only hurts Nintendo in the long run.

Dunban671678d ago

Rayman would have sold far less if they released as planned- all the author had to do is look at sales of all wii u games w the exception of Nintendo Land and Mario U- nothing has sold well- look at Wonderful 101 - great game -sold like sh--.

I hope Rayman, W 101 and Splinter Cell all get a sales boost over the holiday-

I am sure Ubisoft is regretting their support for the Wii-U to date- they get nothing but flack from many Nintendo fans yet they supported the Wii U when Nintendo would not

mydyingparadiselost1678d ago

Legends sold better on Wii U than 360 or PS3.

jcnba281678d ago

Then how do you explain the fact that the Wii U version of Rayman Legends sold more copies than the PS3 or 360 version?

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