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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 PatchMaster

The game looks awesome. The skylanders stuff, not so much. If games like this and SSB will require us to buy little toys to access dlc consider me pissed.

Posted by Heartagram

@prencher: I was speaking of the ability to scan things in via the touch screen but you an be pejorative if you want. I didn't ask if you wanted it I said I did.

Posted by Jetfire

Innovation is nearly synonymous with Nintendo at this point. Will Sony or Microsoft bring anything new to the table with their new systems? Only time will tell, but I for one am glad the big "N" is around.

Posted by Alphazero

Skylanders in MY Rayman? Chop Chop is going to get things done.

Posted by JJOR64

As much as I loved Origins, this seems like it's coming out too soon.

Oh well. Still going to buy it.

Posted by Pudge

@Tofford: Yes it is. Why the hell is Ubisoft using BTTF tunes?

Posted by beef_melody

I was interested until I saw SOCIAL GAMING and then I knew the game is going to be tied on PC to Uplay and that makes me sad.

Posted by BlueWolverine

At about 1:20 on, does anyone play a game like that?

Posted by griffo0

I can pretty much guarantee that this video is pulling a Molyneux and it's not going to be as awesome as it looks to scan those objects in on that little Wii-U screen. Also, that totally was music from Back to the Future toward the end.

Posted by chrismafuchris

The video features multiple people using WiiU tablets. Does this mean the WiiU supports more than one?

Posted by Gangway

oh, btw, Back to the Future Music at the end

Posted by cikame

I liked origins because it is a great example of what you can do in a traditional platformer on modern hardware.
 
This might be too much.

Posted by DarkFury

@Gangway said:

oh, btw, Back to the Future Music at the end

Yeah, noticed that too!

Edited by pancakehumper

@chrismafuchris said:

The video features multiple people using WiiU tablets. Does this mean the WiiU supports more than one?

No it doesn't?

Posted by TheGorilla

Looks fantastic except for that awful looking WiiU stuff. I can't wait until that system comes out so I can not buy it.

Posted by MormonWarrior

@jillsandwich said:

Those dudes are using four Wii U controllers at once.

@pancakehumper said:

@chrismafuchris said:

The video features multiple people using WiiU tablets. Does this mean the WiiU supports more than one?

No it doesn't?

Thank you. No they aren't.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

@beef_melody: All it means is that there is going to have the Need For Speed style active leaderboards stuff.

Anyway I am excited for the Wii U's potentials for more experimental and psychedelic games.

Posted by Lego_My_Eggo

GREAT SCOTT! where this sequel is going, we don't need roads.

....1.21 gigawatts etc. etc.

Posted by MattyFTM

I'm no expert, but that doesn't look like the sort of thing you release as an internal proof of concept video. That looks like a trailer. I mean, if you're showing it to developers and things, there is no need for it to be so flashy and polished. If you're showing it to investors you might want it to be flashy and polished, but there would be financial information and shit like that. That's a trailer.

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Posted by Purple_eye

Whether this is a trailer or not, i want to see more companies proclaiming the epicness of their rendering engine.

Posted by CornBREDX

I found the Wii U stuff more interesting then the game itself (I heard about this already but didnt see the video). Not to say the game isnt good, I love Rayman origins (I still have the original I think Origins is better) there's just so little about the WII U to even mention it makes you go "hmm?"

That being said, I'm surprised they made a sequel. I thought Rayman origins was a flop? If not that's good to know, we need more great games like that. So few platformers last few years worth playing (outside maybe a few Mario games).

Posted by NintenJoe
Posted by jillsandwich

@MormonWarrior: Welp, my mistake.

Posted by Obinice

Christ.

Posted by steelknight2000

Rayman on the Wii U might look something like this...

Posted by Korwin

So if my Wii U gets stuck by lightning I can fight Ezio in Rayman?

Posted by selbie

@Lego_My_Eggo said:

GREAT SCOTT! where this sequel is going, we don't need roads.

....1.21 gigawatts etc. etc.

Back to the Wii U

Posted by yoshisaur

I loved Rayman: Origins, and there is just something about that "trailer" that makes me uneasy. The change in graphical style and addition of filler (mechanics and characters) makes unhappy.

Posted by The_Nubster

Rabbids? I'm kind of sick of them. It started out as a fun thing, but Rayman and Rabbids should be separated.

Posted by Cybexx

I'm just happy Rayman: Origins did well enough for Ubisoft to greenlight a sequel. Origins really really looked like it was going to be a critical darling and commercial failure.

Posted by Syndrom

@louiedog said:

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

lol no

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Looks like the Wii U has the same RFID scanning technology that is in Skylanders. Either that or Ubisoft is doing some crazy voodoo magic with the Wii U controller.

Edited by AndrewB

@Kato said:

@AndrewB: Why are people missing out on this news?

It's official. The "scanning stuff" IS built into the Wii U. It was already announced, ages ago. It's called "NFC." Aside from the Skylanders-style stuff, many phones and credit cards have NFC in them as well, meaning you could make a fast purchase by tapping your card on the controller.

Because I've paid incredibly little attention to the Wii U and had forgotten I knew that already.

Call it Apathy Syndrome.

Posted by Vandal

All I want to know is why they were using music from Back to the Future. And to say stop it.

Posted by fjor

@TheGorilla said:

Looks fantastic except for that awful looking WiiU stuff. I can't wait until that system comes out so I can not buy it.

looks awesome ...i will buy it

Posted by ShiftyMagician

I forsee a large unwanted collection of plastic things with NFC in Jeff's future.

That aside, hoping the game sticks to what was shown here because it all looks fantastic.

Posted by delivered119

Wow, I haven't played Rayman in ages but this one looks promising. :)

Posted by Mokes

Oh my god.. a sequel to Rayman Origins? LIFE IS STILL WORTH LIVING!

Posted by Andy_117

I hear Back to the Future soundtrack in those final minutes. I mean obviously they haven't bought a composer in yet in early stages of development, but still. Good choice of trailer soundbites.

Edited by ComradeKhan

Its like Skylanders but its Rayman... its Raymanders

Edited by ComradeKhan
@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.

Its been known for a while that the Wii-U will support near field technology... Jeff was talking about it a while ago.
Posted by Eyz

I can't wait!

And apparently people who have bought collector editions of Ubisoft games, those that came with the statues, will be able to get new levels???

And why are so many of you guys in the comments thinking the original was a flop?? Rayman Origins' been clearly a hit! And with all the new and upcoming ports of the game on various systems, it just keeps getting better! The game was amazing anyway~

Posted by liako21

that shit cray

Posted by dropabombonit

Alex I had forgot about Mr. Caffeine and you just had to ruin my day, watching him crash and burn was painful

Posted by BBQBram

Why wouldn't they want me to see this when it makes me want to give them money already?

Posted by daedelus

@algertman: Yeah what was with all that smoke in the second object scanning scene (obviously bong smoke). lol.

Posted by frsty13

Origins already looked gorgeous, but this? This new rendering engine makes it look phenomenal.

Posted by Shaanyboi

@Eyz said:

I can't wait!

And apparently people who have bought collector editions of Ubisoft games, those that came with the statues, will be able to get new levels???

i doubt that's the case.... if this is an internal video, then that's probably them pitching this to the higher ups, being like "Hey, what if we had stuff that we could insert in the game?" It's likely they just grabbed it because the idea was cool. NOT that that collector's statue has any actual tech to allow for this stuff...

Posted by MocBucket62

Saw the trailer, and the art style looks even better than Origins, which is saying something! Man this make me want to get Rayman Origins so I can get ready for this game!

Posted by Bacchus

Looks like the Wii-U tablet is still tethered with a wire.

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