Rayman creator and development team protest Rayman Legends launch delay

Rayman creator Michel Ancel along with members of the Rayman Legends development team are protesting Ubisoft's decision to delay the game's launch to September, according to a photo shared by Zelda Informer writer Daniel Switzer on Twitter.

The photo above shows Ancel holding a poster bearing a drawing of Rayman crying, the speech bubble from his mouth begging, "Please." The text surrounding the character states, "Release Rayman, support Ubisoft Montpelier." The background of the poster includes crowds holding banners bearing Ancel's name, "Wii U," "Rayman" and the game's original European release day of Feb. 28.

In conjunction with the company's annual earnings report last week, Ubisoft chief marketing and sales officer Geoffroy Sardin announced that Rayman Legends, previously a Wii U exclusive, would be published for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as well. Despite the game being finished, the company decided to delay Legends from its initial release dates — Feb. 26 in North America, Feb. 28 in Europe, and March 1 in the U.K. — and launch all three versions together in September. Ubisoft noted that Wii U features would remain exclusive to that version, while PS3 and Xbox 360 versions would play similar to Rayman Origins.

In response to negative feedback from the community, Ubisoft announced it would release a second Wii U exclusive demo for Legends in addition to the demo released through the eShop on Dec. 13.

Polygon has reached out to Ubisoft for comment and will update this story with more details as we receive them.

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