When the launch line-up of games for Nintendo’s Wii U console was officially unveiled last month, we finally knew what to expect when the system hit store shelves on November 18. However, Nintendo made a clear distinction between games that would be released alongside the system, and which ones are expected to hit within the “launch window.” This is defined as the time period between November 18, 2012 and March 31, 2013. One of the standout titles for the Wii U during E3 2012, and many subsequent conventions, was Rayman Legends. This game was a perfect showcase for the new console, and it was originally expected to be a launch title. Unfortunately, Ubisoft have now officially confirmed that this game won’t be gracing the new platform until Q1 2013 at the earliest.
While no specific reason has been given for the delay, Ubisoft has indicated that they are taking their time to ensure that Rayman Legends lives up to fan expectations. This could mean that the game is behind schedule, or they are still working out technical issues that made pushing back the release date necessary. The good news is that the delay won’t be too lengthy, as the game is still expected to launch within the first quarter of 2013. This is still within the launch window for the console. The delay, while unfortunate, doesn’t come as much of a surprise. When Nintendo unveiled the official launch line-up in September, Rayman Legends was conspicuously absent from the list. It was included in the launch window roster, which made me conclude that it wasn’t going to be a launch title.
Game delays are becoming commonplace, with high profile titles like Tomb Raider and Bioshock: Infinite both being pushed back by the developers. This breeds fan disappointment, but if the end result is a better game with fewer bugs and technical issues, it’s hard to argue that the wait time is worth it. The Wii U launch roster is still looking strong, with exclusive games like New Super Mario Bros U and ZombiU being released alongside quality cross-platform titles, so you’ll still have plenty of games to play on your new console.