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Rayman goes multiplayer

UbiSoft's popular platform game franchise takes a new direction

UbiSoft have revealed the future of their long-running multi-million selling Rayman series, with the limbless platform game hero set to appear on a range of platforms over the next year. First up will be the imaginatively titled Rayman Advance for the (you guessed it) Gameboy Advance, due for release this June. Perhaps more interesting though is Rayman M, which is set to bring a "new dimension of multiplayer to the Rayman world" on PC and PlayStation 2 this November, with an Xbox version planned for some time next year.

Whether this proves to be a groundbreaking leap forward for the platform genre or an ill-advised bandwagon jumping incident remains to be seen, but we should know more when the game is officially unveiled at the E3 trade show next month. What we have been told at this stage is that the game is based on the "unique worlds" of Rayman 2, and will allow you to choose from a range of different characters (including Globox and the fairy Ly) as well as Rayman himself, with up to four players going head-to-head as they run, jump, climb, slide and shoot their way through the game.

Source - press release