A Rayman Legends developer has lashed out at Ubisoft for delaying the release of the already-complete Wii U version some seven months.
The game was due to launch on February 26 exclusively on Wii U, but was delayed so its availability would align with the release of the just-announced Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.
Posting on Spanish forum EOL under Zeta69 (translated by NeoGAF), the developer – who has quit the company – blamed “men in ties” for the delay, and expressed anger over the crunch his team has been in to prepare the game in time.
"If you're pissed, imagine how we feel," they began.
"Think on the situation, we've been making overtime with this game practically since May preparing E3, and then almost a demo per month (Gamescom, Wii U presentation, shops, eShop, etc...) and at the same time trying to actually finish the game.
"We had a first delay because it was obvious we couldn't finish on time but we gave it all to be there on February. What face do you think we had when the week we had to close the game we're being told it's not going to be released? I couldn't believe it.
"For us, this means we've spent six months barely seeing our wives, kids, and friends for nothing because, after all, such a haste wasn't needed. Believe it, it was a hell to swallow this news."
According to the developer’s profile, the game was completed on January 9.
"I'm firm in what I said back in the day," they added.
"Rayman Legends is an excellent game and will still be, and the team that's making it doesn't deserve to have your back turned on them just because some men in ties one day took a wrong choice.
"This industry is really that shitty."
Fans were equally outraged over the game’s delay, and took to Ubisoft’s Facebook page to let their displeasure be known.
A petition has also surfaced seeking the reinstatement of the original Wii U release date. It is 236 signatories shy of its goal of 7500 supporters.
“Ubisoft has disappointed hundreds of thousands of their fans by delaying an almost completed game for a further seven months so Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Rayman Legends lacking Wii U centric features can be released at the same time as the Wii U version,” it reads.
Ubisoft has tried to quell the outrage by promising a new demo of the game for the Wii U.
“Thanks for all your feedback regarding Rayman Legends in all of its forms,” it said.
“We have heard you and we will continue to listen. We understand your frustration and that you want to get your hands on the game.
“We are working with the development team to provide you with a new, exclusive demo for the Wii U soon. Stay tuned for more.”
Last week, Ubisoft acknowledged that the only reason for the delay was to allow a simultaneous release across all consoles.
"There are no issues with the game development," said Ubisoft PR specialist Sarah Irvin.
"The only reason for the delay is to release on multiple platforms."
"I know it's not an elaborate, 'convincing' answer, but it's the simple truth."