Earlier this week, we reported on a set of leaked screenshots that all but confirmed the news that a sequel to the superb Rayman Origins is in development. Today, the game, known as Rayman Legends, has been confirmed, both by a Ubisoft representative and a leaked video showing the game running on Wii U.
The video is interesting for a few reasons. First and foremost, Rayman Legends looks freakin’ amazing, to use the technical term. It shows off new environments like a medieval warzone complete with fire breathing dragons, new characters, mini-games, and the ability to challenge your friends in competitive games. The video also shows Rayman Legends making use of the Wii U tablet’s near field communication feature, which allows it to scan physical objects (in this case, a heart, a Rabbid, and for some reason, Assassin’s Creed’s Ezio) into the game.
Finally, the video also shows only one Wii U tablet being used at a time, while everyone else uses the old Wii Remotes. This was something that was cause for concern about the Wii U at E3 in 2011, though at the time, Nintendo assured me they were working to allow the console to support more than one at a time. However, a statement by a Ubisoft representative offered some explanation, saying “An internal video showing images of Rayman Origins’ sequel has leaked over the Internet. This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in NO way represents the final game, the final console or their features. This video was destined for internal production teams who often create game prototypes with work in progress development kits.”
Is this just damage control by Ubisoft? We’ll know more around E3 when Nintendo is expected to reveal new details about the Wii U. In the meantime, check out the Rayman Legends footage below before Ubisoft takes it down.