By Megan Farokhmanesh on Apr 22, 2013 04.22.13
Rayman Legends' online challenge mode will launch as a free app through the Wii U's eShop April 25, Ubisoft announced via press release. Ubisoft announced the app in February as a mea culpa to fans for the game's delay. The app will include four daily and weekly multiplayer challenges for up to five players, and each challenge will include its own leaderboard. A demo of the mode was released earlier this month. Previously a Wii U exclusive, Rayman Legends is currently slated to launch for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as well in September.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Apr 10, 2013 04.10.13
The promised second demo for Rayman Legends on Wii U, which hits later this month, gives players a chance to test the game's online mode, including an exclusive Wii U-only level, Nintendo announced today. The demo includes a look at the game's online challenge mode, which is made up of four levels, including the Wii U-only level "Murfy's Dungeon." As previously reported, new challenges will be added on a daily and weekly basis, each one with its own set of leaderboards. In February, Rayman Legends senior game designer Michael Micholic and creative director Michel Ancel took to Facebook to address fans' distress over Ubisoft's decision to delay the Wii U version for release alongside its PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. In a video message, the pair said they would release the full...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Feb 12, 2013 02.12.13
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...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 08, 2013 02.08.13
One day after Ubisoft announced a six-month delay for the Wii U version of Rayman Legends, the publisher told fans it is working with developer Ubisoft Montpellier to make a Wii U-exclusive second demo of the game. "We understand your frustration and that you want to get your hands on the game," Ubisoft said today on its Facebook page. "We are working with the development team to provide you with a new, exclusive demo for the Wii U soon. Stay tuned for more." The existing Rayman Legends demo has been available in the Wii U eShop since Dec. 13. Many Wii U owners had been anticipating the release of Rayman Legends, which was originally scheduled to launch in three weeks. They were furious to hear yesterday's announcement that they'll instead have to wait an additional six months until...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 07, 2013 02.07.13
Rayman Legends is no longer exclusive to Wii U — it will also be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and publisher Ubisoft has delayed the launch of the Wii U version to early September, when the game will launch on all three platforms. Ubisoft Montpellier, the studio behind the Wii U version, is also making the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. "We heard from many Xbox & PlayStation owners and Rayman fans who told us they really wanted to play Rayman Legends on their current system," said Geoffroy Sardin, Ubisoft's chief marketing & sales officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in a press release. "We decided to give the fans what they wanted while at the same time broadening the audience exposed to this innovative and memorable game." Rayman Legends is a follow-up to 2010's...
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 07, 2012 12.07.12
Rayman Legends, the Wii U-exclusive sequel to Rayman Origins, will be available in North America on Feb. 26, 2013, Ubisoft announced today. The platformer includes returning favorites Rayman, Globox and the Teensies, and introduces some new faces, Murphy and Barbara. It features a number of GamePad-specific features such as the ability to play as a support character and perform actions that help other co-op partners through the game's colorful side-scrolling levels. Interested parties will have the opportunity to try Rayman Legends for themselves next week: A demo will be available worldwide in the Wii U eShop on Dec. 13. Ubisoft announced earlier today that Rayman Legends will launch in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on Feb. 28, and in the U.K. on March 1.
By Emily Gera on Dec 07, 2012 12.07.12
Rayman Legends will launch to Wii U in Europe on Feb. 28 and in the U.K. on March 1, Ubisoft announced today. The upcoming Rayman title, a Wii U exclusive developed as a follow-up to Wii platformer Rayman Origins, was initially intended to be part of the Wii U launch lineup before being pushed back for a release in early 2013. Prior to the console's launch, Nintendo announced a playable demo for Rayman Legends would become available through the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 18. Rayman Legends allows the user to make use of all the Wii U has to offer, with the GamePad being used to control Murphy, a green lightning bug who can zoom ahead of Rayman and manipulate the level's environment by lifting platforms and moving obstacles. No North American release date is yet available beyond the...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Dec 01, 2012 12.01.12
Ubisoft's Uplay app, which grants exclusive awards and benefits, is now available for Wii U as a free download in the Nintendo eShop. Once the app is downloaded, users must either login to or create a Uplay account. Through the account, the app automatically retrieves user information; users can then view news, rewards, achievements and more. Another option on the Uplay website, "Uplay TV, Friends & Shop" is labeled as "coming soon." No other details are given.
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 06, 2012 11.06.12
Ubisoft estimates it sold more than 3.5 million copies of Assassin's Creed 3 during the game's first week of availability, according to the company's financial report for the first half of its 2012-13 fiscal year. The figure is more than double the number of sales from Assassin's Creed: Revelations' first week in 2011, the report said. Ubisoft's first financial half-year ended on Sept. 30. So while the company's earnings report doesn't factor in Assassin's Creed 3 sales, the game's significant marketing costs — along with those for Ubisoft's other third-quarter releases, including Far Cry 3 — raised selling expenses and led to a current operating loss of €58.1 million ($74.4 million). But Ubisoft believes that marketing spending will pay off in the third fiscal quarter, which...
By Brian Crecente on Nov 05, 2012 11.05.12
More than 5,000 Wii U kiosks are beginning to roll out at a variety of retailers nationwide today, Nintendo announced. The kiosks will be set up in participating Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Toys ‘R' Us stores. Among the games featured in the interactive demo stations will be Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, SiNG PARTY, ZombiU and Rayman Legends. You can find out where the closest demo station is by heading over to Nintendo's official website. The Wii U launches on Nov. 18 in North America for $299.99 or $349.99, depending on which package you pick up.