Become a hero of legend...Rayman Legends
is the upcoming sequel to the critically acclaimed Rayman Origins
. The story goes that one day, Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies are taking a stroll through the forest, when they stumble upon a tent filled with several beautiful paintings that seem to tell the story of a mythical land. As they're taking a closer look at a medieval themed picture, it suddenly sucks them up, and our heros find themselves in the mythical world depicted in the paintings. With this, Rayman and the gang's newest adventure begins, as our heroes set out to discover the secrets of this mythical land.
The game was originally set to be released as a Wii U
exclusive in February 2013, but a couple weeks before its release date Ubisoft
announced that it would be delayed until September in order to have a simultaneous multiplatform launch on Xbox 360
and Playstation 3
as well. As an apology, the Wii U
got the game's Challenge Mode as a free download in April. Plus, the production team is using the extra time to add a lot of additional content to the game, including dozens of new levels. The sequel retains the first game's gameplay, art style (though the characters have a more painted look to them), and 5-Player co-op (5 players on the Wii U
version at least has been confirmed in the demo), but goes in a more fantasy-based direction, with worlds based off fairy tales and Greek Mythology
The official site can be found here
Rayman Legends contains examples of:
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: The costume rewards from the previous game are back, but if the background to the official website◊ is to be believed, there's gonna be a lot more variety.
- An Axe to Grind: Barbara, unlike Rayman and pals' fisticuffs, wields an axe.
- Art Evolution: Legends moves away from the Thick-Line Animation of Origins in favor of a more painterly look, to show off the latest version of the UbiArt engine's ability to light 2D characters in real time with 3D lighting.
- Balloon Belly / Pop Goes The Human: Happens to any character who dies, like in the first game.
- Bare Your Midriff: The default outfit for new character Barbara.
- Blank White Eyes: Whenever any of the characters freak out or get hurt.
- Bubblegloop Swamp: Toad Story and, presumably, the rest of the world it takes place in.
- Cloud Cuckooland: Naturally.
- Co-Op Multiplayer: With Rayman, Globox, Barbara, and a Teensie. You may be able to unlock more characters like in the previous game, however.
- A fifth player can use the Gamepad to play as Murphy, who can manipulate platforms and mess with enemies. However, you can do this style of play with as little as two players as well.
- Cute Bruiser: Barbara and Estelia.
- Deranged Animation
- Dem Bones: The main enemies in the Fiesta De Los Muertos world.
- Development Gag: The appearance of Rabbids in an in-house concept trailer could be a bit of a reference to the cancelled Rayman 4, where they were the main mooks of the game before it turned into Rayman Raving Rabbids. The level they're shown in even looks like a 2D version of early screenshots of Rayman 4.
- Everything Trying to Kill You
- Fantastic Light Source: Several demo levels show off luminescent flora plants that are used to keep enemies at bay.
- Fiery Redhead: Barbara.
- Frogs and Toads: The main enemies of the beanstalk and underwater worlds.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Bubble Dreamer blows his bubbles out of something that looks very similar to a Hookah.
- Goomba Stomp: Like in the first game, just one of many ways to defeat enemies.
- Gotta Catch Them All: There's even more to collect this time around. According to this video, there's at least 600 Teensies to collect, ten of them in each level. Collecting all ten will get you a gold trophy, and collecting 600 Lums will also get you a trophy. The Skull Coins also return and are vital to collecting all the Lums in a level.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Sir Rayelot.
- Late Arrival Spoiler: The magician comes back as an antagonist spoiling the twist of Rayman Origins for those who haven't yet played to it.
- Masked Luchador: The boss of the Fiesta de los Muertos world.
- Mickey Mousing: Legends uses this even more than its predecessor. This trailer devotes an entire stage to matching Black Betty by Ram Jam, and another uses "Eye of the Tiger".
- Musical Gameplay: Each world has a level based completely around this, half of which will use licensed music.
- Portal Picture: This is how you enter levels and switch characters.
- Recycled Trailer Music: The music used in the Rayman Legends concept trailer comes from the film How to Train Your Dragon.
- Scenery Porn: Back in full-force with a new oil paint-like art style.
- Sea Monster: The Magician calls on one to attack Rayman and friends.
- Shifting Sand Land: The Fiesta De Los Muertos world combines this with Day of the Dead elements.
- Shout Out: The fact that you enter levels via paintings should remind platformer fans of a certain other platform game.
- The mere mention of the name "Castle Rock" is one to the works of Stephen King.
- The toads in the underwater world wear Splinter Cell goggles.
- Sprite Polygon Mix: Some aspects of the game, such as the dragons, are polygons, while the rest is done in sprites.
- Underwater Base: The Magician has one of these
- Variable Mix: In spirit of its predecessor, but seemingly even more so this time.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Slapping from the first game has been kept. Expect more of this trope!