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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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