Ubisoft Maybe Thinking About Possibly Making a Rayman: Origins Sequel, Perhaps

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Posted by Alex (2024 posts) -

Rayman: Origins seemed a game doomed to fail at retail. No matter how much critics piled praise upon it (this one included), its $60 price tag and amiable, if not flashy gameplay just couldn't find a way to stand out amid the November retail rush. Still, Ubisoft reportedly did make some money on the game, which is great for those hoping Ubisoft might continue the series some day via some manner of sequel.

An image from the survey in question.

"Some day" seems perhaps a bit sooner off following this morning's Kotaku report that shows what is purportedly an official marketing survey from Ubisoft-contracted firm Arkenford. The survey images sent Kotaku's way show a few pieces of early art from the supposed sequel, as well as the claim that the new game will feature all of the same basic gameplay tenets of the first (co-op gameplay, a lengthy campaign, etc.) in a world filled with "castles, vampires, ghosts, Greek Gods, or dragons."

As with all marketing surveys, there's a goodly chance that this is all speculative and not terribly accurate, but the specificity of this one coupled with Ubisoft's assertion that Rayman actually was at least a little bit profitable, gives me more hope than usual. Considering how often tremendous disappointment wins out over true happiness in this industry, I am extremely careful about where I lay my hopes and dreams. Don't make me cry, Ubisoft. You wouldn't like me when I cry.

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#1 Posted by Alex (2024 posts) -

Rayman: Origins seemed a game doomed to fail at retail. No matter how much critics piled praise upon it (this one included), its $60 price tag and amiable, if not flashy gameplay just couldn't find a way to stand out amid the November retail rush. Still, Ubisoft reportedly did make some money on the game, which is great for those hoping Ubisoft might continue the series some day via some manner of sequel.

An image from the survey in question.

"Some day" seems perhaps a bit sooner off following this morning's Kotaku report that shows what is purportedly an official marketing survey from Ubisoft-contracted firm Arkenford. The survey images sent Kotaku's way show a few pieces of early art from the supposed sequel, as well as the claim that the new game will feature all of the same basic gameplay tenets of the first (co-op gameplay, a lengthy campaign, etc.) in a world filled with "castles, vampires, ghosts, Greek Gods, or dragons."

As with all marketing surveys, there's a goodly chance that this is all speculative and not terribly accurate, but the specificity of this one coupled with Ubisoft's assertion that Rayman actually was at least a little bit profitable, gives me more hope than usual. Considering how often tremendous disappointment wins out over true happiness in this industry, I am extremely careful about where I lay my hopes and dreams. Don't make me cry, Ubisoft. You wouldn't like me when I cry.

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#2 Posted by Phatmac (5725 posts) -

More Rayman!

#3 Posted by owack6 (213 posts) -

I hope its not too similar Origins was great but i dont want another game filled with the same platforming mechanics.

#4 Posted by Vitamultin (24 posts) -

Please and thank you!

#5 Posted by D_Bones (365 posts) -

I'm loving it right now, looking forward to completing the shit out of it. Mm time trials, hidden cages so much content such a beautiful game.

#6 Posted by loki7978 (12 posts) -

nice i love it on the vita

#7 Posted by B0HICAH (42 posts) -

S-Ranked Origins a few weeks ago. PLEASE let this come true, I'd love to do it all again!

#8 Posted by MjHealy (1840 posts) -

Hook it into my veins!!

#9 Posted by Ventilaator (1501 posts) -

@owack6 said:

I hope its not too similar Origins was great but i dont want another game filled with the same platforming mechanics.

As long as Ubisoft doesn't listen to this guy or anyone else who shares a similiarly wrong opinion, I'm interested in a sequel.

#10 Posted by MikkaQ (10281 posts) -

@Ventilaator said:

@owack6 said:

I hope its not too similar Origins was great but i dont want another game filled with the same platforming mechanics.

As long as Ubisoft doesn't listen to this guy or anyone else who shares a similiarly wrong opinion, I'm interested in a sequel.

They probably wouldn't since they invested a bunch of money (and French taxpayer money =*( ) into the UbiArt platform. I imagine that they'll be using that for any 2D games going forward, which would have a lot of shared elements.

#11 Posted by xrolfx (103 posts) -

So that's, like, a thing.

#12 Posted by phrosnite (3518 posts) -

Just give me Beyond Good & Evil 2.

#13 Posted by PXAbstraction (333 posts) -

I don't care if it's $60, I'll pre-order a sequel the second it's announced, the first one was that damn good.

#14 Posted by Tidel (360 posts) -

Got Origins on Vita; perfect for Vita. Down for a sequel as long as its on Vita.

#15 Posted by Zaxex (583 posts) -

Sell it, I'll buy it.

#16 Posted by Jolt92 (1550 posts) -

I'd buy it. Bring it on Ubisoft, fuck Assassin's Creed - more Rayman!

#17 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5140 posts) -

Hopefully they will release it closer to COD this time.

#18 Edited by Superfriend (1541 posts) -

Well, if they make a 20-30 dollar downloadable sequel that cuts out some of the superfluous (read: first half of the game) levels.. I´m on board.

But who am I kidding, this is UbiSoft! They will surely launch it on the same day a new CoD comes out, charge 60 dollars for it and make it a Wii exclusive title and ship it only to select GameStops.

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#19 Posted by iAmJohn (6114 posts) -

@Ventilaator said:

@owack6 said:

I hope its not too similar Origins was great but i dont want another game filled with the same platforming mechanics.

@Superfriend said:

Well, if they make a 20-30 dollar downloadable sequel that cuts out some of the superfluous (read: first half of the game) levels.. I´m on board.

As long as Ubisoft doesn't listen to this guy or anyone else who shares a similiarly wrong opinion, I'm interested in a sequel.

Pretty much.

#20 Posted by Moloney (56 posts) -

Great. Absolutely loved Rayman: Origins. Would love a sequel.

#21 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4970 posts) -

Just do it, you Frenchies!

#22 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4599 posts) -

yuuuus

#23 Posted by langdonx (117 posts) -

@Tidel: Co@Tidel said:

Got Origins on Vita; perfect for Vita. Down for a sequel as long as its on Vita.

Couldn't agree more.. just got the platinum this weekend after skipping it on consoles. It's a game I'd rather play on a mobile device (so long as there are buttons).

#24 Posted by RichieJohn (525 posts) -

YES!

Not far past the start of Origins but I'd happily buy a second already.

#25 Posted by csl316 (8369 posts) -

I loved Origins, and I thought i'd never love again. Gimme more!

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#26 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1763 posts) -

$60 seems like a lot for a platformer when I can get Super Mario games on the 3DS for $40, or a bunch of good, challenging platformers on PSN/XBLA/Steam for $15.

Just my two cents.

#27 Posted by lord_canti (1507 posts) -

let me guess they will use the next thing they release as a test for interest...then the next thing ...and the next thing

#28 Posted by Silver-Streak (1343 posts) -

Love this game. Still haven't finished it yet. Started playing it with my (now) wife, plan to finish it with her.

#29 Posted by allodude (190 posts) -

@OllyOxenFree said:

Just do it, you Frenchies!

You Frenchie-Canadians.

#30 Edited by big_jon (5723 posts) -

Put the first one on XBLA so I can buy it! It was a great game, but I think a boxed release was a bad idea.

I will buy it if they do that.

#31 Posted by MeatSim (10821 posts) -

Maybe?

#32 Posted by DrDarkStryfe (1104 posts) -

More Rayman Origins is always a good thing.

#33 Posted by iAmJohn (6114 posts) -

@allodude said:

@OllyOxenFree said:

Just do it, you Frenchies!

You Frenchie-Canadians.

Montpelier is not in Canada, dude. And it's also not the one in Vermont.

#34 Posted by Superfriend (1541 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

@Ventilaator said:

@owack6 said:

I hope its not too similar Origins was great but i dont want another game filled with the same platforming mechanics.

@Superfriend said:

Well, if they make a 20-30 dollar downloadable sequel that cuts out some of the superfluous (read: first half of the game) levels.. I´m on board.

As long as Ubisoft doesn't listen to this guy or anyone else who shares a similiarly wrong opinion, I'm interested in a sequel.

Pretty much.

wow there, he didn´t even reply to me as far as I can see. How about you stop messing with the quotes?

Anyway, I liked Rayman Origins, but the second half of the game was waaaay better. Those first couple of worlds just go on for too long and are too easy. Once you beat that middle boss thing and the game opens up the other worlds, things get a lot better. At least in my opinion.

A platformer doesn´t need a hundred levels to be great. If they make like 20 awesome ones I´ll be fine!

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#35 Posted by yoshisaur (2700 posts) -

@Paul_Is_Drunk said:

$60 seems like a lot for a platformer when I can get Super Mario games on the 3DS for $40, or a bunch of good, challenging platformers on PSN/XBLA/Steam for $15.

Just my two cents.

Have you played Rayman Origins? The amount of joy and depth that came from that game in terms of art style and game-play were down-right criminal that it didn't get the exposure it deserved. We all know it was from bad timing, but still, it's heart-breaking.

#36 Posted by Zippedbinders (983 posts) -

Origins is about $20-30 new wherever you go. You guys should probably get it if you found $60 too steep.

#37 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@Paul_Is_Drunk said:

$60 seems like a lot for a platformer when I can get Super Mario games on the 3DS for $40, or a bunch of good, challenging platformers on PSN/XBLA/Steam for $15.

Just my two cents.

The main portion of 3D land on 3DS is half as long as Rayman, so hey by that logic it should make up for the $60 price tag.

...wait what? It's not even $60 anymore, it's like $20 or 30 at the absolutely max. You shouldn't be comparing it at that price.

#38 Posted by Sweetz (507 posts) -

It was $60 on consoles? I can see how that'd turn off many people. I got the PC version at $30, which seemed more appropriate.

I really loved the game until the last world, at which point it got too hard and stopped being fun. I was looking for an entertaining, colorful platformer - and it was exactly that for 80% of the game. Then it became a punishing Super Meat Boy style twitch fest that permits no mistakes and I really don't know what they were thinking. If they want to do that for the bonus levels, ok fine, but way to turn off more casual players with that last stretch of the game. I persevered and ended up beating it, but came away nearly being soured on the game and forgetting all the fun I had before that point.

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#39 Posted by Behonkiss (68 posts) -

Origins was my favorite game of 2011. To say that a sequel would make me happy is an understatement.

#40 Posted by kurtbro900 (117 posts) -

The first one was pretty good. I'd be happy to see a sequel.

#41 Posted by Suits (240 posts) -

Pick a reasonable release date this time for once

-_-'

#42 Posted by redbliss (647 posts) -

This is great. I really like Origins, so even if they do a Mario Galaxy 2 type of sequel I think I would be happy.

#43 Posted by Tidel (360 posts) -

@langdonx: For sure -- I find platformers in general are a perfect fit for (actual) handhelds. It's a genre I prefer on a smaller, crazy-gorgeous screen, intimately close, with a button layout that reminds me of SNES.

But I'm biased. I want everything on Vita.

#44 Posted by owack6 (213 posts) -

@Superfriend said:

@iAmJohn said:

@Ventilaator said:

@owack6 said:

I hope its not too similar Origins was great but i dont want another game filled with the same platforming mechanics.

@Superfriend said:

Well, if they make a 20-30 dollar downloadable sequel that cuts out some of the superfluous (read: first half of the game) levels.. I´m on board.

As long as Ubisoft doesn't listen to this guy or anyone else who shares a similiarly wrong opinion, I'm interested in a sequel.

Pretty much.

wow there, he didn´t even reply to me as far as I can see. How about you stop messing with the quotes?

Anyway, I liked Rayman Origins, but the second half of the game was waaaay better. Those first couple of worlds just go on for too long and are too easy. Once you beat that middle boss thing and the game opens up the other worlds, things get a lot better. At least in my opinion.

A platformer doesn´t need a hundred levels to be great. If they make like 20 awesome ones I´ll be fine!

All i was saying is i would like some new gameplay added to what they already made, if they just want to make some new levels why not call it dlc and sell it for 15 dollars instead of 15.

I'm sure new stuff will be added and hopefully michelle is going to be lead on this project aswell.

#45 Edited by Mumrik (1077 posts) -

I'll buy and play it with friends if they put out a proper sequel.

Bonus if it remains possible to play without anyone using Rayman.

#46 Posted by JackSukeru (5909 posts) -

I am mostly indifferent about this, what I played of Rayman:Origins wasn't particulary interesting aside from a few good ideas and a neat artstyle.

#47 Posted by efman (208 posts) -

Yes to this in every regard. Origins is such a delightful grin-fest.

#48 Edited by langdonx (117 posts) -

@Tidel said:

But I'm biased. I want everything on Vita.

Me too! It's hard to find the time to sit in front of a proper TV/Console or Monitor/PC now that I have kids. Having my Vita in my pocket is great for those times when they're watching a show or actively playing together in the play room.

ETA: And gaming on my Android is just not satisfying.

#49 Edited by dopplerganger (80 posts) -

I bought it for $50 and felt it was worth every penny. played single player and co-op with my friend. A sequel would be welcomed. I love platformers and most now of days don't really blow me away.

#50 Posted by RageKage14 (69 posts) -

I really dislike news stories like this. It fills me with false hope when a sequel isn't a guarantee.

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