Rayman creator Michel Ancel– and the developers behind the mascot’s next adventure– have taken to the streets against their own employer, Ubisoft.
The conflict? Earlier this week the “men in ties” (as they’re being blamed) at the company decided to delay the Wii U release of Rayman Legends to September 2013. By having the game hit store shelves alongside Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, one would think they’re aiming to make a bigger splash and greater sales figures.
The group’s protest banner features Rayman in tears, with the words “Release Rayman” and “Support to Ubi Montpellier” above and below. Picketers are drawn holding signs that read “Wii U,” “Rayman,” “Michel Ancel” and “28/02/13,” the game’s original release date for Wii U.
Ancel et al. aren’t alone. The delay was an unpopular move among Nintendo fans, who last fall were informed that Rayman Legends would in fact be exclusive to Wii U. Now it’s being dragged down by its console competitors despite being ready for launch, and Ubisoft’s way of burying the hatchet (by offering Wii U owners an exclusive demo of the game) isn’t enough.
Whether or not Ancel and the gang have any sway over Ubisoft’s business decisions doesn’t take away from the heart behind this protest. Release Rayman!