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Rayman creator and highly-respected game designer Michel Ancel has appeared alongside members of the Rayman Legends development team in a series of photos protesting the game's delay by company bosses.

Ubisoft last week controversially delayed the game's Wii U release until September. The game had been finished, the delay was simply to release the title simultaneously with the new PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.

Ancel and his team appeared holding a banner baring the words: "Sortez nous Rayman. Soutient a Ubi Montpellier."

"Release Rayman. Support Ubisoft Montpellier." (Thanks Eurogamer.fr for the translation).

Rayman's crying face is seen in the middle of the poster.

A speech bubble emanates from his mouth. It simply says "SVP" - "please".

The background of the poster includes crowds holding banners that read "Wii U", "Rayman", "Michel Ancel" and "28/02/13", the game's intended release date before the delay.

An un-named ex-developer spoke out earlier this week and blamed Ubisoft's "men in ties" for the delay. He described the news as having been "hell" to hear after months of hard work to finish the game.

Ubisoft responded to fan fury at the decision by promising another Wii U demo.

Eurogamer has contacted Ubisoft for comment.

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