The controversy and backlash surrounding the delay of Rayman Legends has been one of the industry’s biggest stories this year. Ever since Ubisoft delayed the game a few weeks before its Feb. 26 release so it could also be released simultaneously on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (removing Wii U exclusivity), Nintendo fans have been quite upset. In a last ditch effort to make up to scorned gamers, the company announced they would release a demo that would be exclusive to the Wii U. The announcement had little effect on calming Wii U gamers because a demo for Rayman Legends had already been released in December of last year.
Michael Micholic and Michel Ancel, two of the minds behind Rayman Legends, expressed how humbled they were by the support from the community and said that the extra time would also help in adding new content.
The challenge mode for Rayman Legends will offer new challenges that are generated weekly and daily, each with their own leaderboards. Challenges take place across five different settings with unique play styles.
The Pit tasks players with avoiding obstacles and descending as far as they can into the level. The Land of the Dead offers a race against time, while The Infernal Tower will push players up to the top of the map. The Dojo will offer up a series of challenges to test skills and the mind. The Dungeon is the final challenge map and has been created exclusively for the Wii U. Players will need to master speed and rhythm on the Wii U GamePad to excel at the challenge.
Each challenge is playable either solo or with up to five people. The challenge mode also offers several ways to meet up with friends and the competition while filtering content and comparing progress with others. Results are recorded not only to the leaderboards but to ghosts, so players can watch the progress of faster runs. Players will also be able to keep track of their performance history and awards received.
The Rayman Legends challenge mode will be available on the Wii U eShop for free sometime at the beginning of April. So far, this looks like the best olive branch that has been offered to Nintendo fans over the Rayman Legends controversy.