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Ubisoft Would Rather You Didn't See This Rayman: Legends Internal Demonstration Video [UPDATED]

But who cares what they want? Come look at this thing! It's bonkers!

UPDATE: Ubisoft issued an official statement regarding the below video to VG24/7, clarifying that the video is NOT an official announcement trailer, but rather a sort of proof-of-concept video meant only for internal distribution.

"An internal video showing images of Rayman Origins’ sequel has leaked over the Internet,” said the firm. “This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in NO way represents the final game, the final console or their features."

So, essentially, none of what you're seeing in the video feature-wise is actually final. Meaning none of that crazy object-scanning stuff is actually confirmed (boo). That said, Ubisoft does at least confirm in the statement that this sequel totally exists, which means they're certainly working on things like this. Look, I don't even need all this crazy object-scanning crud. Just give me online co-op and more worlds to explore, and I'll be happy.

Look, here's the thing. We could very easily not have run the trailer above, which is likely something Ubisoft had planned to save until shortly before E3 as a way to hype people up for the announcement of its now all-but-inevitable Rayman: Origins sequel, Rayman: Legends. Usually we like to wait these things out, wait for official video distribution, and put things up when the time is "right," so to speak. But in the case of Rayman: Legends, I'm making an exception, because this business is just too crazy to pretend it doesn't exist.

The above video is specifically geared toward the Wii U version of Rayman: Legends. It shows new characters, new abilities, and one very specific Wii U-related piece of functionality. No, I'm not talking about the touch-screen controls, which are fine, I guess. I'm talking about the Skylanders-like ability to scan real world figures into your game and do...stuff with them? The video specifically shows examples like heart icons that can be used for health in-game, a Raving Rabbid that becomes an instant antagonist, and even hints at some kind of bizarre Assassin's Creed tie-in. I mean, what?

Don't be too surprised if this trailer gets pulled at some point in the relatively near future, as it's already disappeared from a few sources. Right now Gamekult seems to be the only site still hosting it. Enjoy it while you can, and then try to act surprised when Ubisoft shows the exact same video at its E3 press conference, as we definitely don't want to make them too angry. If we do, they might bring back Mr. Caffeine, and then nobody will be happy.

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Posted by Alex

UPDATE: Ubisoft issued an official statement regarding the below video to VG24/7, clarifying that the video is NOT an official announcement trailer, but rather a sort of proof-of-concept video meant only for internal distribution.

"An internal video showing images of Rayman Origins’ sequel has leaked over the Internet,” said the firm. “This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in NO way represents the final game, the final console or their features."

So, essentially, none of what you're seeing in the video feature-wise is actually final. Meaning none of that crazy object-scanning stuff is actually confirmed (boo). That said, Ubisoft does at least confirm in the statement that this sequel totally exists, which means they're certainly working on things like this. Look, I don't even need all this crazy object-scanning crud. Just give me online co-op and more worlds to explore, and I'll be happy.

Look, here's the thing. We could very easily not have run the trailer above, which is likely something Ubisoft had planned to save until shortly before E3 as a way to hype people up for the announcement of its now all-but-inevitable Rayman: Origins sequel, Rayman: Legends. Usually we like to wait these things out, wait for official video distribution, and put things up when the time is "right," so to speak. But in the case of Rayman: Legends, I'm making an exception, because this business is just too crazy to pretend it doesn't exist.

The above video is specifically geared toward the Wii U version of Rayman: Legends. It shows new characters, new abilities, and one very specific Wii U-related piece of functionality. No, I'm not talking about the touch-screen controls, which are fine, I guess. I'm talking about the Skylanders-like ability to scan real world figures into your game and do...stuff with them? The video specifically shows examples like heart icons that can be used for health in-game, a Raving Rabbid that becomes an instant antagonist, and even hints at some kind of bizarre Assassin's Creed tie-in. I mean, what?

Don't be too surprised if this trailer gets pulled at some point in the relatively near future, as it's already disappeared from a few sources. Right now Gamekult seems to be the only site still hosting it. Enjoy it while you can, and then try to act surprised when Ubisoft shows the exact same video at its E3 press conference, as we definitely don't want to make them too angry. If we do, they might bring back Mr. Caffeine, and then nobody will be happy.

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Posted by MooseyMcMan

I wonder how that works. I mean, that Ezio statue can't have any sort of near-field stuff in it, right? Wasn't that a collector's edition thing from 2009?

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Edited by AndrewB

Oh my god... if Nintendo built a Skylanders-esque system of scanning into their next console, I take back all the doomsaying from the other day. They will have won again. I'm buying Nintendo stock right now.

Posted by Akyho

Skylanders x 2?

Edited by Legend

I absolutely loved Rayman: Origins! Wasn't expecting a sequel especially after hearing that the game didn't sell well. Now I can't stop smiling after watching this trailer. Really excited for this game!!

Posted by TripMasterMunky

Skylanders was a game-changer.

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Posted by jukeboxzer0

Jeff is going to lose his shit and buy all those ubisoft toys.

Posted by TripMasterMunky

@AndrewB said:

Oh my god... if Nintendo built a Skylanders-esque system of scanning into their next console, I take back all the doomsaying from the other day. They will have won again. I'm buying Nintendo stock right now.

I need to buy all the shy guy figures I can get. All of them.

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Posted by Hugh_Jazz

Oh hey, look, there's actors.

Posted by Heartagram

That is kind of crazy awesome and may have sold me a Wii-U if enough games do stuff like this...

Posted by ChrisTaran

That looks sick! Still, I can't believe you can only use 1 Wii U remote on a system >_>

Posted by nesagwa

@AndrewB: Seriously, that looks great. I hope they expand on that feature at E3 (and perhaps announce a WiiU Skylanders).

Posted by Bravestar

I hope online is online coop and not just minigames. if it is online coop it's a first day purchase.

Posted by Ravenlight

Okay, maybe this Wii U thing will actually be something special. Skylanders ahoy!

Posted by Emrimion

They play "How to train your dragon" music from 0:48 on to 1:18. Another tie in? I want to play a toothless!

Posted by dbz1995

Music in the middle of it sounded like it was from the How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack. The game itself looks awesome-Rayman Origins was a blast, so I'd think this'd be also. I want Batman in my Rayman.

Posted by FatWhiteLump

There goes Jeff's wallet.

Posted by louiedog

Epic Rendering Engine? So, first Unreal Engine 4 game?

Posted by MeatSim

How many toys is Jeff going to buy this time?

Posted by Superfriend

BANNED in the UK!

Well, if Ubi has anything to say about it.. banned everywhere? Stupid big companies, can´t even keep a few secrets.

Posted by Hardtarget

now that's a trailer

Posted by WilltheMagicAsian

So how long until a kid breaks the screen on the Wii-U's controller by slamming his toy on it?

Posted by xite

Hahaha an Ezio Skylander. Jeff would lose his shit.

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Posted by iAmJohn

This seems like a game wildly losing focus of the simplicity that made Rayman Origins so fucking good.

Posted by Zippedbinders

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

I was excited up until the Heart and Rabbid figures, and then my head just goddamn exploded. Skylanders can go eat a dick, Nintendo has raised the fucking bar.

Posted by EuanDewar

This looks cool as fuck. Dat music, awesome.

Posted by Harkat

SKYLANDERS TECHNOLOGY IN WII U?

Sign me up!

Posted by White_Lando

That's some weird use of Back to the Future music towards the end.

Posted by Hot_Karl

This looks

INSANE.

Holy shit dude, do want, and I even told myself that Rayman Origins was just enough Rayman to last me for a long while. Looks like we have a Wii U system seller (for me).

Posted by RagingLion

Well this is interesting.

Posted by Dustpan

That Ezio cock tease.

Posted by WJist

So, this is how Nintendo might be doing DLC, right? Not sure how to feel about Ubisoft aping Activision here. It has potential down the road for Pokemon Toys to be used in a game, but...Ezio in Rayman games?

Posted by Zabant

Guys, that was the back to the future music right? i'm not insane RIGHT?!

Posted by hagridore

I wish I didn't know about a Beyond Good & Evil sequel. 'Cause what happened to that?

Posted by ThePhantomStranger
YESSSSSSSS.....
Posted by Abendlaender

Oh GOD Mr. Caffeine. Alex! Why do you have to remind me....

Tom Calancy!

Posted by ThomasJamison

Can the Wii U do multitouch? Because if it can I wonder if the "scanning in" works by looking at the points the object makes contact with on the touch screen and then compares to a database of objects to figure out what it is. If it works like this you wouldn't have to have near field anything in toys and you could even just patch in new things and could explain how an old AC2 toy could work.

I have no idea if the Wii U's touch screen has the sensitivity to do this, but it was the simplest way I could come up with.

Posted by nintendoeats

If this is Skylanders for adults, I'm not happy about it.

Posted by Autechresaint

Nope, nope nope nopenopenope. Don't like the idea of having to buy toys ala skylander. I've already spent so much money on the wii and it's peripherals. I give up. No more nintendo in my household, and this is coming from a lifelong nintendo fan.

Posted by Dustpan

@hagridore said:

I wish I didn't know about a Beyond Good & Evil sequel. 'Cause what happened to that?

If this game sells well they MIGHT make it, maybe.

Posted by Autechresaint

I mean wtf, so I have to use a freaking toy to activate something that used to be done with a simple menu click? Is this where we are heading?

Posted by Cubic

The Wii U touchscreen features don't seem all that compelling, basically the same thing as the Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves did with the Move controller. Detecting figures put on the screen might be pretty cool though, although it doesn't seem like something that would be a particularly big selling point for me. I've got too much crap in my house already, and if this became a 'thing' for Wii U games I'd lose most of the figures the week after I got them (and I'd certainly not be able to find them if I came back to a game after a month).

The game does look pretty good though, not massively different from Origins but it doesn't really need to be.

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Posted by algertman

That one kids is high as fuck playing that game.

Posted by hermes

The question of how that would work is pretty valid. Both toys look like old collections, so I guess there aren't chips included in. If it can scan anything and it react in some way (with only a handful of items having special abilities), it would be cool but far too futuristic. My guess is that the trailer is mostly marketing and, while the functionality will be available, it will be with a selected set of new toys using bluetooth or something similar.

Either way, I don't care. I loved Origins and will definitely play the new one.

Posted by Space_Sandwich

I definitely heard How to Train Your Dragon music in here. And I definitely shat my pants immediately after hearing it. I reeeeaaallllly hope this is real. Dat lighting...

Posted by super2j

Rayman is going to have a bright future if it keeps up at this pace.

Posted by LifeByDegrees

All but inevitable sequel? I thought people were worried about Rayman: Origins paying for itself?

Posted by two_socks

Man I really don't wanna use the Wii-mote for another whole generation.

Posted by Little_Socrates

@Zabant said:

Guys, that was the back to the future music right? i'm not insane RIGHT?!

It even uses a snippet of the main theme at that last moment before the doors shut. I'm pretty sure the HTTYD and BTTF music are only in there because this wasn't meant to be released to the public.

That said, I'M DOWN EITHER WAY.

Posted by prencher

@Heartagram: I know. I can't wait to raise and lower platforms.

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