According to a questionable report from 4chan it appears that Rayman may be set for DLC in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. A video was leaked showing Rayman in the roster. The video seems to be pretty convincing and for those that remember a Nintendo employee from Canada seemed to imply that Rayman would be playable last August. Check out the video below.
Update: The video has been confirmed as a fake.
The creator of Rayman, Michel Ancel recently spoke to Nintendo Power and stated that he was surprised just how powerful the Wii U is. Here is what Ancel had to say:
“What surprises me with Wii U is that we don’t have many technical problems. It’s really running very well, in fact. We’re not obliged to constantly optimize things. Even on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions [of Origins], we had some fill-rate issues and things like that. So it’s partly us – we improved the engine – but I think the console is quite powerful. Surprisingly powerful. And there’ a lot of memory. You can really have huge textures, and it’s crazy because sometimes the graphic artist – we built our textures in very high-dentition. They could be used in a movie. Then we compress them, but sometimes they forget to do the compression and it still works! [Laughs] So yeah, it’s quite powerful. It’s hard sometimes when you’re one of the first developers because it’s up to you to come up with solutions to certain problems. But the core elements of the console are surprisingly powerful.
“And because we’re developing for Wii U, we don’t have to worry about cross-platform optimization.”
“We can push what the console can do; push it to its limits. And of course, we have a new lighting engine. In fact, the game engine for Origins was mostly just classic sprites in HD, but now we can light them and add shadows and all these things. So there is some technical innovation with the engine itself.”
Source: Nintendo Everything
Ubisoft has been a huge supporter of Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U, since the beginning. They were set to have 3 of their Wii U titles (Assassin’s Creed 3, Rayman Legends and ZombiU) available at the launch of the console, but it looks like Ubisoft has decided to hold back Rayman Legends until 2013 now. No specific reason was given for the delay, but Ubisoft did release this statement:
“Rayman Legends will launch worldwide in the first quarter of 2013.”
“We’re happy that fans are excited about the game, and we are taking the time to make sure we deliver a game that lives up to and hopefully exceeds their expectations. We’ll have more details to share soon.”
Ubisoft announced Rayman Legends would be a Wii U exclusive shortly after E3 earlier this year. Although the game does have many Wii U specific gameplay features many were confused by Ubisoft’s choice. Chris McEntee, designer on the upcoming Rayman sequel, explained it is certainly possible to have the game go cross platform, but to do that would mean asking to much from potential buyers.
“Well, technically we could do it with SmartGlass [for Xbox 360] and with the Vita being linked to the PlayStation 3. The possibility could be there, but we chose to really focus on Wii U specifically because it has a special toolset, and because everyone that buys it gets what they need to play the game.”
“We don’t want to have the player dependent on other technology that they have to purchase to make sure they can play the full experience. Here you buy the Wii U system, you buy the game, and you can experience all of the content without extras. And we didn’t want to give somebody half of the experience just for the sake of getting it out on another console. We want the player to get everything that we have to offer them from this game.”
-Chris McEntee, Ubisoft designer
It looks as though we may finally get a release date for Rayman Origins for the 3DS. BestBuy.ca is listing a November 6th, 2012 release. This could finally be the end of the wait for those who have been waiting on this version of the critically acclaimed title. There has not been an official announcement from Ubisoft, so we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. Rayman Origins released on Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 November of last year.
IGN was recently able to unearth new information about Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends via unseen video they’ve revealed. Via Twitter, Rich from IGN stated “Every world in Rayman Legends has an associated musical level. And half of those will feature licensed music.”. Click Here to see the footage of Rayman’s Castle Rock level.
Michel Ancel, the creative mind behind the Rayman series, spoke with French site GameBlog about Nintendo’s upcoming home console, Wii U. Ancel had much praise for the system speaking of how it is a system for “core gamers”. According to Ancel the system has a huge amount of memory and praised the Gamepad for adding layers of complexity rather then simplifying a gaming experience and loves how the power of the system allows for an HD experience on the TV while also outputting a resolution of around 800X480 on the tablet while also keeping a 60 i/s framerate.
Ubisoft confirmed in a trailer shown at the recent Gamescon event that Rayman Legends, their follow up to the very well received Rayman Origins, will in fact be an exclusive Wii U release. Release of the game was announced to be this Christmas, which likely just means within the holiday season.
Ubisoft now has two Wii U exclusives releasing within the systems launch window. The Wii U does not have a solid release date as of yet, but many speculate it will release mid November in North America and in December in Europe.