Trivia / Rayman

The Entire Series

  • Breakthrough Hit: Ubisoft saw its fortunes rise because of Rayman.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • More minor than most, but Michel Ancel said that Rayman 3 was too "concrete" for his tastes.
    • Ancel has also spoken out quite vocally against Ubisoft's decision to delay the Wii U version of Rayman Legends weeks before it's original release date. Allegedly, he even threatened to leave the company over it.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Rayman M's title was changed to Rayman Arena in the US because the 'M' might be mistaken for the ESRB rating of "Mature" instead of "Multiplayer."
    • Rayman suffered more meddling when Rayman Legends was delayed for a September 2013 release to make it Multi-Platform. Unfortunately, this was around the same time other blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto V came out, thus Legends failed to sell much.
  • Port Overdosed: Every major Rayman game has appeared on several consoles:
    • The first game was initially released on Atari Jaguar, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and PC, with ports for the Game Boy Advance, and DSi.
    • Rayman 2 was released for the Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, PC, and PlayStation, followed by a PS2, DS, iOS, and 3DS release.
    • Rayman 3 was on Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox, with a digital release on the PS3 and Xbox 360 later on.
    • Rayman Origins is on PS3, 360, and Wii consoles and the portable 3DS and Vita systems.
    • Rayman Legends released on Wii-U, PS3, 360, and Vita, with Xbox One and PS4 versions in 2014, and a Nintendo Switch version in 2017.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Ly was most likely cut from Rayman M due her size and proportions being difficult to adjust in comparison to the other characters, being much taller and lankier than most. This is probably the reason Tily was used instead.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Rayman 2 was originally going to be a 2D sidescroller like Rayman.
    • Most infamous is the drastic change in Rayman Raving Rabbids from a platformer to a pack of minigames.
    • The original concept of the franchise was that Rayman is a ten-year-old kid named Jimmy, who got sucked into ...Um...? Hereitscool, a world he has created in his computer...?
    • Rayman 1 was going to be a SNES game.
    • We can only imagine how Rayman 3 would have turned out had Michel Ancel decided to work on it instead of Beyond Good & Evil.
    • Ly was possibly intended to appear in Rayman M, even making it into some of the promotional material, before getting cut for unknown reasons.
    • A Rayman 4 was in development during 2006, and it would have been the first Rayman game not developed by Ubisoft. It would have included transformations for Rayman and an entire level with cathedrals and stained glass windows in the likeness of Dark Rayman, before it eventually became Rayman Raving Rabbids.
    • Before the release of Origins there was a clearer story planned (which would've been Rayman's original adventure retold, hence the name or a return of Mr. Dark), which was for some reason, cut out before the final product released. Instead the story is brought down to Rayman and co. provoking the nightmares. This can be seen in the cutscenes leading up to the Boss Rush and final chase sequence in the endgame.
      • Several enemies were teased for, but not present for origins. Amongst them:
      • Zombie Chickens.
      • Army Ants with spears.
      • a greener version of Golly G. Golem.
      • A strange feather-less bird with a monocle, possibly a Hunter's pet.
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