Michel Ancel is just as sad about the Rayman Legends delay as you are, gentle/angry Wii U owner. So much so, that his studio staged a protest to get his Ubisoft overlords to change its collective mind. But it's not - so instead, the game's Challenge Mode will be released as a separate, free download exclusively for Nintendo fans.
The mode, which was to be a part of the full game, will be released early as a gesture of good will to fans who have been waiting for Rayman Legends to launch on the new Nintendo platform. It should be arriving on the Wii U eShop sometime in April.
Ancel and senior game manager Michael Micholic announced on Facebook
, and said they were "humbled by the outpouring of support from the community" following news of the delay. "It definitely hurt us to see you so upset," Micholic added.
Rayman Legends Challenge Mode will offer weekly and daily stages of increasing difficulty for 1-5 players to tackle. The mode will support online leaderboards and rival ghosts to race against. The Mode replaces the studio's earlier promise of releasing a demo of the game to satisfy Wii U owners.
Ancel and Micholic revealed that the delay time will also be spent adding new characters and level features to the existing game, so that Nintendo fans aren't just sitting about waiting for a finished game to hit the shelves.