Rayman Origins

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VideoRayman Origins 3DS gameplay footage

Version for Nintendo's handheld finally launches next month.

VideoMaking of Rayman Origins video uncovered

Ancel! Guillemot! Multiplayer! An orchestra!

Video10 ways to beat Rayman Origins

Bosses! Treasure! Coins! Speed!

Key events

14th November 2011

Rayman Origins Review

28th September 2011

Rayman Origins gameplay footage

Rayman's lost SNES prototype unearthed

A mostly armless proof of concept.

Before Rayman helped define the 90s with his edgy lack of limbs and colourful French spirit, he was originally conceived by Michel Ancel as the star of a Super Nintendo adventure. Now the prototype for this canned platformer has been unearthed and released by Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap creative director Omar Cornut.

Sony launches PlayStation Vita sale to celebrate console's first birthday

Sony launches PlayStation Vita sale to celebrate console's first birthday

Up to 50% off games, with further discounts for Plus subs.

PlayStation Vita is nearing its first birthday, and to celebrate Sony has launched a decent sale on games.

The sale starts tomorrow, 6th February and runs for two weeks. There's up to 50 per cent off Vita games, with further discounts for PS Plus subscribers.

Highlights include PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for £15, Rayman Origins for £15 and Everybody's Golf for seven quid.

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Kirby's Dream Land 2 3DS eShop release date

Kirby's Dream Land 2 3DS eShop release date

Get sucked in to Nintendo's latest downloadable offerings.

GameBoy platformer Kirby's Dream Land 2 will be released on the 3DS eShop this Thursday, Nintendo has announced.

The monochrome adventure sees Nintendo's pink puffball teaming up with new friends Rick the Hamster, Kine the Fish and Coo the Owl. The trio of critters amplify Kirby's powers in the fight against King Dedede. It's yours for £3.60.

3DS endless-runner Bird Mania 3D also launches. It looks a bit like Whale Trail, except you control a blue parrot. It costs £1.80.

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Ubisoft domain Rayman Legends suggests possible sequel title

Ubisoft's unannounced Rayman Origins sequel could be called Rayman Legends, a set of recently registered domain names suggests.

Addresses for RaymanLegends.com and Rayman-Legends.com were registered by Ubisoft this week, Fusible reports.

Ubisoft has yet to formally confirm a Rayman Origins sequel, although a marketing survey unearthed last week offered a brief glimpse at the game.

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Rayman Origins sequel in the works - report

Rayman Origins sequel in the works - report

New game mentioned in marketing survey.

A sequel to last year's rather lovely Rayman Origins platformer could soon be coming down the pipe, according to a purported Ubisoft marketing survey.

As picked up by Kotaku, the form, disseminated by marketing firm and regular Ubisoft collaborator Arkenford, apparently offered a brief clip from the apparent sequel.

"The sequel to Rayman Origins will feature brand new settings: legendary worlds filled with castles, vampires, ghosts, Greek gods or dragons," read the survey blurb.

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Rayman Origins 3DS delayed

Ancel's acclaimed platformer held back until June.

The 3DS version of Michel Ancel's charming Rayman Origins 2D platformer has been delayed.

What would happen if GAME died?

An investigation into how it would affect you.

Does anything really matter until you're personally affected by it? It's easy enough to ignore financial reports and credit warnings and gloomy editorials - but try ignoring an empty shelf. Try ignoring GAME, the UK's largest specialist video game shop chain, being unable to to stock Ubisoft's PlayStation Vita games (until today), Wii role-playing game The Last Story and Tekken 3DS.

GAME stocking Ubisoft's Vita launch titles from tomorrow

GAME stocking Ubisoft's Vita launch titles from tomorrow

No word on The Last Story or Tekken 3DS though.

GAME will stock Ubisoft's Vita launch titles from Tuesday, 28th February.

The high street specialist confirmed the introduction of the stock in a short statement issued this afternoon to VG247.

"To confirm, the Vita Ubisoft titles will be available in all of GAME's channels from tomorrow."

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Gameplay signs off with £5 Gamestation.co.uk voucher

Soon to be closed online shop Gameplay is giving its customers £5 to spend at Gamestation.co.uk ahead of the merger of the two websites.

Emails are being sent to Gameplay customers now with voucher codes for use in Gamestation.co.uk (thanks duckmouth!).

The fine print reveals the vouchers are valid until 31st March, and a minimum spend of £10 applies.

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GAME won't stock Ubisoft Vita launch games

GAME won't stock Ubisoft Vita launch games

Lumines, Michael Jackson, Rayman: Origins, Asphalt Injection and Dungeon Hunter Alliance get the chop.

GAME has confirmed it will not stock Ubisoft's Vita launch games.

Lumines, Michael Jackson, Rayman Origins, Asphalt Injection and Dungeon Hunter Alliance will not be available to buy from GAME stores across the nation when Sony's PSP successor launches at midnight tonight.

"All customers affected by this decision have been made aware of the situation and we will continue to communicate any updates to customers through our Twitter and Facebook feeds," GAME said in a statement issued to VG247.

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The Simpsons Arcade, Far Cry 2 headline PS Plus update

The Simpsons Arcade, Far Cry 2 headline PS Plus update

Plus, free Final Fantasy V, 50% off Rayman Origins.

PlayStation Plus subscribers can pick up the impending re-release of 1991 coin-op classic The Simpsons Arcade free of charge for a limited time this month.

Konami's cartoon tie-in is available at no charge from 1st February to the end of the month.

It's a bumper few weeks for PS Plus members, with Far Cry 2 and Final Fantasy V among the other freebies up for grabs. There's also substantial savings to be had on Rayman Origins, Sonic Adventure and House of the Dead 3.

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Rayman Origins for PC announced

Rayman Origins launches on PC on 30th March, Ubisoft has announced.

It launches as a boxed product in shops and as a download. It's already available to pre-order from the Ubishop for £19.99.

Michel Ancel's lovely platform game launched on PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 in November last year. Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita versions are in the works.

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Ubisoft confirms Vita launch line-up

Ubisoft confirms Vita launch line-up

Plus, dates for Rayman Origins 3DS and Future Soldier.

Rayman Origins, Lumines, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Asphalt and Dungeon Hunter Alliance will all be available from the Vita's 22nd February launch, publisher Ubisoft has announced.

A new release schedule sent out today includes one other Vita game - an undefined Assassin's Creed title marked for "calendar 2012".

Elsewhere on the publisher's revised slate, the 3DS version of Rayman Origins is down for 16th March, while PC and console versions of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier arrive some time the same month.

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Rayman Origins sells 50,000 in debut US month

Rayman Origins sells 50,000 in debut US month

While Sonic Generations misses the top 20.

The fate of two of the big name titles missing from yesterday's US November top 10 has been revealed.

NPD analyst Anita Frazier told Eurogamer that Michel Ancel's well-reviewed platformer Rayman Origins sold just over 50,000 copies during its first four weeks on sale.

She didn't reveal where it placed on the chart, though, for some context, Super Mario 3D Land managed 625,000 and didn't make the top 10.

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EU PlayStation Store update 23rd November

EU PlayStation Store update 23rd November

Daytona! Robin DLC! Rayman Origins for £47.99!

Sega's revival of Dreamcast racer Daytona USA heads up this week's list of downloadable launches on the EU PlayStation Store.

Daytona boasts smoother graphics, a sharper soundtrack and an unwavering 60 frames-per-second, all of which helped Martin wave a 9/10-bearing chequered flag in Eurogamer's Daytona USA review of last month's XBLA version.

PlayStation Plus subscribers are rewarded with a 30 per cent off the price of Daytona and 20 per cent discount off 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which launches as a download this week for £19.99 for everyone else.

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Rayman Origins Review

Rayman Origins Review

Drawn to the past.

In 2004, Disney Studio Head Michael Eisner made a business call that had devastating creative implications. He announced that the labour-intensive 2D animated cartoon style that had defined the studio's output throughout the 20th Century was no longer financially prudent or culturally relevant. Rather, the company's creative future lay in 3D CGI, the Pixar aesthetic that was both cheaper to create and animate as well as being more current for young audiences.

There seemed, to Eisner, to be nothing to lose: he would incur fewer costs, audiences would experience increased happiness. So, in one fell swoop he fired all of the studio's 2D animators and sold off the equipment used to create so many animated classics, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to Aladdin.

It's a trend that's been echoed by the video game industry since the advent of 3D, with hand-drawn 2D art rarely seen outside of indie games and mobile titles today. The cost of creating and animating 2D assets is exponentially higher than doing the same with 3D models that can be given a virtual skeleton and then posed and manipulated with ease. Higher resolution screens have exacerbated the decline of the 2D form, as the amount of work needed to create pin-sharp 2D graphics has multiplied with each technological leap. Blockbuster gaming's embrace of 3D makes sense on paper, then. But it also comes with the implication that 3D art is the natural evolution of 2D art.

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Rayman Origins sales will help Beyond Good & Evil 2

Rayman Origins sales will help Beyond Good & Evil 2

Success will Pey'j wages at Ancel studio.

The success of cel-shaded adventure Rayman Origins could help the long-awaited Beyond Good & Evil sequel see light of day.

Ubisoft designer Michel Ancel, creator of both franchises, will get "more leeway" should Origins perform well at retail, the company's sales exec Tony Key told Industry Gamers.

"Ultimately, Rayman is [Ancel's] original creation, and if all the people that love Beyond Good & Evil understand he is more than a one trick pony... and that if Rayman: Origins does well, it gives him more leeway for other opportunities because he has to build up his studio," Key said.

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Rayman Origins demo release date announced

Rayman Origins demo release date announced

For PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

Ubisoft will release a demo for Rayman Origins on Wednesday 9th November.

The demo goes live on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

It contains three maps from the Jungle, Food and Ocean worlds. Collect nine Electoons and you'll unlock a new costume. A custom map to navigate through the worlds is also included.

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Ubisoft announces Vita line-up

Ubisoft announces Vita line-up

Rayman, Lumines, Assassin's Creed, more.

Rayman Origins, Assassin's Creed and Lumines are among the titles Ubisoft is bringing to the PlayStation Vita, the publisher has announced.

Asphalt, Dungeon Hunter Alliance and Michael Jackson: The Experience are also "currently in development" for Sony's new handheld, according to its Gamescom announcement.

No word yet on exactly what form that Assassin's Creed game will take, but we'll update as soon as we find out more.

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Ubisoft announces huge EG Expo line-up

Ubisoft announces huge EG Expo line-up

Assassin's! Driver! Ghost Recon! Rayman!

This year's Eurogamer Expo will host a huge showing from developer Ubisoft, with some of the year's biggest titles such as Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Driver: San Francisco available to play on the show floor.

High-tech shooter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and beautiful platformer Rayman Origins will also be on show.

For racing fans Ubisoft is bringing World Rally, while those who prefer a boogie can try Just Dance Kinect.

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Rayman Origins

Hands free.

Rayman Origins doesnít take an old school approach to game design merely because itís a 2D sidescroller based around an aging Ubisoft mascot. Itís old school because itís hard. Not Demonís Souls hard, perhaps, but it would still rather send you to your doom than provide you with a glowing breadcrumb trail or one of those last-minute rewind getaways beloved of The Prince of Persia. Youíll die in Rayman Origins, and youíll die quite a lot. Youíll get over all that, though, because the game is so precise, and because itís so joyfully intricate.

Splinter Cell Trilogy HD release date

Splinter Cell Trilogy HD release date

Rayman Origins nailed down, too.

The Splinter Cell Trilogy HD will be released exclusively for PS3 on 23rd September, Ubisoft has announced.

Rayman Origins will be released in November on PS3, Wii and Xbox 360.

Ubisoft's new schedule also provides a "calendar 2011" date for Wii and Kinect game The Black Eyed Peas Experience.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 "needs power"

Ancel discusses possible next-gen release.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 might be too ambitious for the current generation of consoles to handle, creator Michel Ancel has revealed.

New screens, details for Rayman Origins

New screens, details for Rayman Origins

Gorgeous platformer now confirmed for Wii.

First plot details and a batch of new screens for Ubisoft's stupidly pretty Rayman Origins platformer have landed.

The game sees Michel Ancel's limbless hero dispatched by the Fairy Council to liberate the Glade of Dreams from the "nefurrious" Darktoons.

There's four player jump-in/jump-out co-op, with you choosing between Rayman, best buddy Globox and one of two wizards known as the Teensies.

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Rayman Origins now a full retail release

Ancel platformer due late 2011.

Ubisoft's retro-fabulous 2D platformer Rayman Origins is no longer a downloadable game, as originally announced at E3 2010, according to the latest issue of Game Informer.

Rayman Origins for 3DS and Wii?

Ubisoft thinking about it.

Rayman Origins, the upcoming downloadable 2D platformer starring everybody's favourite limbless adventurer, is being "considered" for release on the 3DS and Wii.