Update 2 (Fri 25th Sep, 2020 11:45 BST): Ubisoft Montpellier has now uploaded a second post, apologising for the first.
"You may have recently seen a post on our page that includes visuals from Rayman and may be confusing," it reads. "We have no information to share at this time regarding the Rayman license. We would like to apologize for this misunderstanding."
Update (Fri 25th Sep, 2020 11:15 BST): And just like that, Ubisoft has decided to remove the Facebook post. Fans commenting on the post were getting excited over the potential for what the concept art could be relating to, with Ubisoft feeling the need to reply to each user to clarify that it isn't a new game.
Perhaps Ubisoft felt it safer to remove the post altogether, rather than cause too much excitement?
We've managed to salvage both pieces of art from the post:
Original Article: It would appear that developer and publisher Ubisoft has begun teasing a new project relating to Rayman.
Ubisoft Montpellier, the studio most associated with Rayman's development, has shared a couple of photographs to Facebook this morning. They appear to show a sketch of Rayman's head alongside various pieces of concept art.
The post reads, "Something is coming in Montpellier's studio ...What could happen in your opinion? Clue: No this is not a new game."
Naturally, it's too early to tell just what this new project will involve, but Ubisoft has warned that it is not relating to a new game. Interestingly, the post arrives just a week after Rayman's original creator, Michel Ancel, announced his retirement from the industry.
Amazingly, it's been seven years since the last major Rayman release, when the excellent Rayman Legends first appeared on Wii U and other platforms. Of course, that game has since been re-released on Switch as a Definitive Edition, but fans of Rayman's fantastical world have had quite a wait between brand new entries.
So if it's not a new game, what else could it be? Feel free to share your guesses in the comments below.
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Rayman 2 remastered would be the best.
If it's not a new game or a compilation of older titles, it'd be nice to have an artbook to celebrate the history of Rayman.
Maybe a classic collection
Big surprised Pikachu meme for any fans who didn't read that last sentence of the post
Origins on switch. Won't happen but it's nice to dream.
Yes ! A Netflix show ! Another one ! Because everything needs to become a Netflix show.
Isn't Origins fully in Rayman Legends on Switch ?
Cartoon. I imagine the rabbids one has ran its course but was successful enough that it went four seasons with the last one going straight to netflix this year (And shows typically don’t go more than two extra seasons on Netflix). It started in 2013. It a studio gives you a cartoon with that kind of lifespan you probably offer them first crack at the replacement.
Or maybe the Netflix season just had a lot of views as well as Castlevania and seeing console wars streaming Netflix wants to get any major video game they can get.
Rayman chat mobile app.
Whatever. Without Ancel on board, there's just no Rayman to me
I hope it's a Cartoon or a Remake...
It's Ubisoft, it will be annouced on all other platforms and then switch will get it a year later as digital, then year after that as physical
@Bunkerneath for £10 extra no doubt
Rayman is part of a poster campaign at Ubisoft warning it’s staff about having wandering hands around their work colleagues.
Not a new game I've been hoping the Origins/Legends style of Rayman would go full 3D for years.
@StephenYap3 I get what you mean. It's bittersweet that he left and, while I DID enjoy the Rayman 3 despite his absence, the games aren't quite the same without him. A true continuation of Rayman 2 may not ever come about.
I hope he enjoys what he's doing now and that he manages to accomplish the good he wants to.
Looking at the images, I wonder if this might be an art/history book? Maybe they'll work with Pix'n'Love to put out an international release of their History of Rayman book, which would be nice.
@Cia Just came to say the same thing. Rayman 2 is an all time favourite, I'd love to play a remaster.
@Cia @OorWullie Good to see some mutual interest in Rayman 2. A proper remaster with new assets, clean would be quite nice for sure!
Which version(s) did you guys play? There are a lot of differences across the releases.
It speaks volumes of grim content about fanship and fandoms that the fiction industries have come to worry about something like "causing too much excitement".
@Stoic I played it on the Dreamcast.
@Tibob No only about half of it. Many fans have a problem with legends origins levels as well. The original had each level build off the previous level mechanically so it felt like there was a natural progression, while legends just throws them in randomly without the order that made them so good and well designed.
@Stoic So far I've played the PC, DS, 3DS, PS1 (via the PSVita) & iOS versions of the game.
Let's hope this is real, and it's just Ubisoft trying to hide that, for a big announcement next year! Wait, would this game have a back to Legends Feature like Back To Origins!? I just hope this game has the same physics engine as Legends, that game was Smooth
@nhSnork A Rayman 1, 2 and 3 remaster, please and then Rayman M/Rush remaster.
Thanks, I went through Legends but I didn't know half of Origins was missing.
A very Ubisoft moment.
Any new Rayman game is ok in my books
Rayman used to be 3d. I would love a new 3d rayman. I'm tired of 2d games.
It seems Ubisoft went to the Sony Marketing School
@Tibob You get 40 of the 66 levels from Origins in Legends, so that's actually a little over a third missing as opposed to around half. The levels included in Legends have been selected as the "best of" the game. They have been tweaked visually with redrawn assets and are fitted into the new lighting system. Mechanical and layout adjustments are also present, and, despite the method of unlocking the levels, there's a set play order. Coupled together, these things make what you've been told regarding the levels being thrown in randomly seem fairly odd.
@Cia agreed. Please no IAP like Crash Racing
@OorWullie I think that actually might be the definitive version of The Great Escape set of releases overall, so that's definitely one of the best ways to have experienced it! I personally played it on PC. Revolution on PS2 and the PS1 version of The Great Escape had full voice acting, but I prefer the gibberish language used in the other versions.
@Luminous117 That's a lot of play-throughs! The iOS and 3DS versions are actually remakes of the Dreamcast release with minigames and a particular area missing. Rayman Revolution on the PS2 added a ton of new stuff I hear, but I haven't played it and it isn't the basis for any of the re-releases over the years. What's been your favorite version?
@Stoic My favourite's been the 3DS version.
"On the other hand, we are working on many other great games and / or event projects!" Which I don't care about. Give me the limbless wonder damn it!
@Luminous117 I'll definitely be looking into grabbing a copy of that version for myself if it doesn't come to Switch. Seems like it's just about the right time to look into collecting 3DS games as well.
Rayman without Michel Ancel is just a Ubisoft game.
A new rayman would be amazing.
@RPGamer Fun games, but that Rayman character design is so blah I'm always curious why people like the actual character. Not a diss on the games at all, but just the design of him is so 90's C-tier cereal box mascot. Plus I think his moveset would be rundundant after the recent addition of Min Min...then again, Fire Emblem, lol.
@Slowdive License is def a weird word because they own it. However, if they licensed it out to someone...maybe this is a french to english thing? Person's first language is likely french so maybe they used the wrong word?
The art style reminds of a Tim Burton movie.
@panthro would pre-order!
@RareFan sound track is amazing too.
Too late! I'm booking my tickets to France and will be rioting outside the Ubisoft headquarters until we get an all new Rayman game!
Isn't France always getting into trouble for leaking Nintendo-related stuff? 🤔
I would just like a new 3d Rayman or at the very least a Rayman 2 and/or 3 remaster/remake. The 2d games were good but it's time for a 3d game.
Bummer that it doesn't seem to lead to anything, but I'd love to see Ubisoft take another crack at Rayman. Legends was one of the best 2D platformers of the generation.
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