Rayman Origins zapping holiday 2010

Ubisoft's quirky side-scrolling 2D platformer begins episodic series on 360, PS3 later this year; Wii, PC, iPad, 3DS installments possible in 2011.

Ubisoft chose a rather unusual way to herald the long-awaited return of its platformer Rayman. Toward the end of the publisher's 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference, CEO Yves Guillemot took the stage to tease a hodgepodge of Ubisoft's more covert projects, including Ubisoft Montpelier's god game Project DUST, the content-sharing platform ManiaPlanet, and Rayman Origins.

Rayman returns to his 2D roots this holiday.

Rayman Origins' sparse introduction may have led some to believe that the game remains a ways off, but such is not the case. Over the weekend, Ubisoft revealed that the first episode will arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during the holiday season. The publisher noted that the remaining, as-yet-unspecified number of episodes will roll out in 2011. Ubisoft also said that it is currently considering bringing the episodic series to the Wii, PC, iPad, and 3DS next year.

The Rayman franchise received a reboot in 2006 with the release of Rayman Raving Rabbids. However, the psychotic bunnies quickly proved to be the stars of the new show, and Ubisoft opted to excise Rayman from the series in 2009. Rayman's latest incarnation will return the franchise to its side-scrolling 2D roots, presenting a quirky comedy in which the series protagonist teams up with an oddball companion.

For more on Rayman Origins, check out GameSpot's preview from E3 2010.

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42 comments
ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

it happened now, WrongMoss! Just revealed at E3 2011, with a hoiday 2011 Release date.

WrongMoss
WrongMoss

This never happened... What's going on? :(

dodiko123
dodiko123

multiplayer would be great one player rayman and the other one globox

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

Awesome! I saw a Teensie take the picture of Rayman and Globox, and that castle in the background, what is that there for?

Sta1k4r
Sta1k4r

If it is his origin, will they explain why he has no arms and floating hands?

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

It was about time to give the series back to Rayman.

macca366
macca366

Hell yes. And Globox from Rayman 2 as the companion, no less. Woop.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

Happy to see more Rayman...the real Rayman though. Not the Raving Rabbids stuff (as cute as it is).

IceJester45
IceJester45

This looks like it will be a nice return to form for the old....whatever Rayman is.

spooky102
spooky102

Yes, rayman returns back. The last rayman game I played was Rayman 2: The great Escape although I did play 3 before 2.

Death_182
Death_182

Finally a decent rayman game

supa_badman
supa_badman

Finally, no more Rabbids. Now I can enjoy an ACTUAL Rayman game.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Awesome. No Rabbids? Beauty. @ BasilVZero Here, here. Spyro, Rayman and Crash were my favourite series before they got ruined. Good to see they haven't given up on Rayman... or Twisted Metal.

lamprey263
lamprey263

glad to hear this will be a downloadable, it looks good but I also like downloadables since they're cheaper than retail disc games, and they can be just as fun

wahyudil
wahyudil

since sonic 4 episode 1 and now Rayman episode 1 ... there will be more like this .... but still, I love Raving rabbids more than rayman, I pass ...

TJORLY
TJORLY

Good to see a Rayman Game, with y'know... Rayman in it. Man those Rabbids were dumb.

Err_T1n
Err_T1n

Well this is obvious. Why else would you review games then?

ASG_
ASG_

Why episodic content? That's just annoying.

koolkat14
koolkat14

Finally, Ubisoft! I've been wanting a new Rayman game for years. :D

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Man, wish someone made new crash bandicoot or spyro the dragon games xD

sagelund
sagelund

I remember playing Rayman 2 when I was little (only 13 as of now) and it a heck of a lot of fun. It was one of those budget games, but I didn't know and it turned out to rock. Then when I started looking into games before I purchased them, Rayman is dead in my mind. Then he returns with some freakinh rabbits, and the series dies. Ugh...

CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

Rayman 3 was one of the best platformers I ever played up until Super Mario Galaxy 2. I love Rayman.

green_dominator
green_dominator

@slyfoxmccloud I'm not angry, I.....Well I never saw the charm in the character. He has no character, I stick figure has more character than Rayman....

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

Why does it have to be episodic? Why can't it just be the new Rayman game and that's it. This cashing in on episodic gaming is getting annoying. I guess we'll have to thank Telltale games for starting this annoying new trend.

ChkChk_boom
ChkChk_boom

At least they haven't incorporated their laser tag peripheral into it

slyfoxmccloud
slyfoxmccloud

@green_dominator.... yo doggie Y u mad wen Rayman is a zombie!?!?!

wilt1725grog
wilt1725grog

Shut up green dominator! No one cares if u never cared bout the series. Rayman is a good series and i'm sure that there are plenty of people waiting for his return.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Just leave Rayman in his grave.......I've never cared for the character or series......

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

"Ubisoft also said that it is currently considering bringing the episodic series to the... 3DS next year." So wait, the 3DS might be coming out by 2011??

majidaliyare
majidaliyare

thanks for this news i like Rayman series .............always pc i send the Comment at home in iran by by

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

Hmm.. A series that went downhill... Going back to it's amazing roots... Episodes.... Coming out later this year... Sounds like exactly what Sega is doing to Sonic.

MKID232
MKID232

*Sighs* Another episodic side-scrolling reboot...

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

HOLY **** YES. DO WANT. I thought this was coming out on Wii, and I would have gotten it anyway, but on PS3? Day one dl!

73X
73X

Totally stoked about this. Loving the art direction.

allthename
allthename

yesss new rayman! bring it to pc i wiish they will make rayman 4 to.

thelostkin
thelostkin

OMG i loved the first rayman for the ps1... beautiful music and fun gameplay... can't wait for this

metalmasterW
metalmasterW

sweet..ive wanted a new rayman for a while now