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Rayman Legends, Lord of the Rings Head to Next-Gen

Monolith's new game is, interestingly, set before Lord of the Rings.

Rayman Legends is jumping onto Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next February, and Monolith is working on Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor for every platform that’s not called Wii U.

Ubisoft revealed the Rayman Legends news on a conference call, and so far, it doesn’t sound like the game’s getting anything special for its new platform destinations. That’s okay, though, since Rayman Legends is a god damn incredible platformer that you should play.

Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor is the latest game you need to buy a copy of Game Informer to know more about, but the press releases sets this before the events of Lord of the Rings:

“In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, gamers take on the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor, moments before his own life is taken. Resurrected by a Spirit of vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, Talion ventures into Mordor and vows to destroy those who have wronged him. Through the course of his personal vendetta, Talion uncovers the truth of the Spirit that compels him, learns the origins of the Rings of Power and ultimately confronts his true nemesis.”

Despite being set outside of the main trilogy, the developers are collaborating with Peter Jackson’s camp to ensure the storyline doesn’t contradict what comes later in the world.

The only detail we know about the game right now is the Nemesis System, which sounds pretty interesting, should it work as advertised:

“Every enemy that players face is a unique individual, differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Through the Nemesis System, enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player and are distinct to every gameplay session. Gamers are able to craft their own battles, enemies and rewards within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their choices, delivering a unique experience to every player.”

The game doesn’t even have a release year yet, so hoping for 2014 might be presumptuous.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

Wait, Rayman's set in the LOTR universe? Since when?

Posted by Zaapp1

That reminds me, I should totally get Rayman on Wii U...

Edited by mrsmiley

I would be excited about the new LotR game if it wasn't being made by Monolith. They are great at releasing games that have great potential, but that are littered with bugs (Gotham City Impostors Guardians of Middle Earth). They proceed to half-heartedly "fix" the games for around 6 months before completely abandoning them without so much as a forum post announcing they are done supporting the game. Maybe they're just WB's bitch and can't do anything about it, but it still sucks.

Posted by GrantHeaslip

The subtitle momentarily confused me before I remembered there's more than one Monolith.

Posted by mrfluke

sweet, ill totally buy rayman legends on ps4.

kinda makes me think that them doing this so quickly means that next gen ports are cheap to make,

Posted by Animasta

Wait, Rayman's set in the LOTR universe? Since when?

rayman's what mordor dreams of, funnily enough

Posted by TechnoSyndrome

What exactly is the point of putting Rayman on the PS4 and Xbone? It's all hand-drawn art so it's not like the game will look or run any better.

Posted by cooljammer00

I never played God of War, but that LOTR game sounds like God of War. Or at the very least, Dante's Inferno.

Edited by Rattle618

God damn it stop using LoTR for bullshit fantasy stories that dont fit at all with what the books are going for, just make up another ip, Lord of the... Wizards, there you go, you can stop butchering LoTR now.

Posted by Vod_Crack

RIP Monolith Productions

Posted by hermes

That’s okay, though, since Rayman Legends is a god damn incredible platformer that you should play.

Seriously... go play this game.

It saddens me to see the lack of success of this game... even better than Origins.

Edited by johncallahan

@taku128: A colleague of mine asked the same thing this morning. I truly don't know why someone would think this is a bad thing. Ubi should put that game everywhere they can, more chances for people to buy and play a wonderful game that needs more support.

Edited by 1manpizza

Looking at the one picture of concept art of the new LOTR game tells me its not a LOTR game.

Posted by ddensel

Smart move to put Rayman on the new consoles. Ubi has a soft portfolio of games for Q1 with Watch Dogs delayed. The game also did not sell to their expectations, so if they can eke out a few more copies to next-gen owners starving for something to play early in the year, so much the better.

Posted by jimmyfenix

Lego Marvel got delayed on X1 so i guess Warner had to get the news about a new guardians game out quick!

Posted by LoktarOgar

I literally can't imagine how PS4/Xbone versions of Rayman Legends could/would look better than the PS360 versions we have now, unless they're making it 4K or something. Performance and artwork is pretty much perfect as it is. I mean, I guess they could cut out the loadscreens or something, but those actually serve a purpose, so that'd be a change for the worse.

Posted by TechnoSyndrome

@johncallahan: Who would buy a PS4 or Xbone that doesn't already own a 360, PS3, PC, Wii U or Vita though? It's not expanding the audience at all so it just seems like a waste of money.

Posted by Cybexx

I'm just happy to see Monolith working on something that isn't a download-only competitive multiplayer game, I think they've done an admirable job in that space but they've done their best work in single player.

A LOTR licensed game isn't quite the No One Lives Forever 3 I would hope for but it could be potentially cool. It sounds like a Bioware game.

Posted by GERALTITUDE

God damn it stop using LoTR for bullshit fantasy stories that dont fit at all with what the books are going for, just make up another ip, Lord of the... Wizards, there you go, you can stop butchering LoTR now.

I dunno, as a LoTR fan I'm really interested in expanded universe stuff. As long as the lore is legit, who cares when or where it takes place?

Just imagine if no one ever made a Star Wars game outside the movie fiction. *shudder*

Posted by Hunter5024

Man that Lord of The Rings description is hilarious. It's dripping with 90s style Grimdark Baditude. I hope Talions last name is Bloodhawk.

Posted by Mezmero

It's a riddle. What's the Elvish word for "friend"?

Posted by Pudge

Whenever I read that LotR description, it reminds me of the recent Nicolas Cage vehicle Drive Angry. This makes me pleased.

Posted by Milkman

Monolith having to make Lord of the Ring games now makes my soul weep. Condemned and F.E.A.R. were so good. They deserve better.

Posted by Hailinel

Rayman Legends: Getting sent out to die a second time.

Posted by Jack_Lafayette

Is the "true nemesis" Morgoth? It sounds like Morgoth.

Also, isn't this the plot of The Crow?

Posted by Hailinel

Also, isn't this the plot of The Crow?

Holy hell, you're right. Now I can't stop seeing Brandon Lee in Crow attire killing the shit out of orcs in Mordor.

Posted by felakuti4life

Shots fired at Game Informer!

Also here's hoping that whatever the "Nemesis system" is will be implemented into an open-world No One Lives Forever

Posted by JJOR64

Hopefully people will buy Rayman now.

Edited by MormonWarrior

Rayman Legends: 2013 GOTY and 2014's 2013 Game of the Year.

Freaking game of every year as far as I'm concerned. Forget all this GTA vs. BioShock vs. Last of Us bullcrap...RAYMAN.

Edited by shinjin977

The subtitle momentarily confused me before I remembered there's more than one Monolith.

If it was made by Monolith Soft this game just might be the best thing ever.

Posted by JesusHammer

Why does almost every LotR game besides LotRO have to fuck the lore so hard? Goddamn it. I just want a non-MMO Tolkien based game that doesn't mess with the lore.

Posted by WouldYouKindly

Hopefully the PS4 version of Rayman Legends allows you to play the touch screen levels using the vita. Would be the best of both worlds.

Posted by BisonHero

@hailinel said:

@dark_lord_spam said:

Also, isn't this the plot of The Crow?

Holy hell, you're right. Now I can't stop seeing Brandon Lee in Crow attire killing the shit out of orcs in Mordor.

Also also, isn't this sort of the plot of Spawn?

Posted by TheManWithNoPlan

Glad I held off on Legends.

Posted by hermes

@bisonhero said:

@hailinel said:

@dark_lord_spam said:

Also, isn't this the plot of The Crow?

Holy hell, you're right. Now I can't stop seeing Brandon Lee in Crow attire killing the shit out of orcs in Mordor.

Also also, isn't this sort of the plot of Spawn?

I might remember it wrong, but I don't think Spawn was resurrected and fueled by revenge... Instead he was introduced by Malebolgia to do its bidding until he rebelled.

The Crow comparison, though, is spot on.

Posted by Samba_P

Passed on Origins on the 360 because I was hoping for a next gen version, couldn't be more happy about this.