Rayman Legends for Wii U has ruffled more than a few feathers. Fans of last year’s Rayman Origins balked because Ubisoft was making the sequel an exclusive for Nintendo’s expensive new console. Wii U fans on the other hand were irked when they found out that Legends wouldn’t offer a proper single-player mode a la Origins, with solo players being forced to play escort using the touch pad rather than platforming through the stages. Then came news that Legends wouldn’t even make it out in time for Wii U’s November release. What’s a fan of Franco platformers to do?
When contacted for comment on whether or not the listing was legitimate, Ubisoft unsurprisingly said, “No comment.” A lack of comment in this case, however, is more revealing than usual. If Ubisoft didn’t have plans to continue the Rayman Origins series under that branding, the typical line to follow from markeing would be, “The only Rayman products announced at the moment are Rayman Legends for Wii U, Rayman Origins for Nintendo 3DS, and Rayman Jungle Run for iOS devices.”
A likely scenario: Rayman Legends 2 will be a multiplatform title built from the assets of Rayman Legends and released alongside that game in 2013. As affordable as the company’s Ubiart framework makes the development of HD two-dimensional games, Ubisoft would be foolish not to milk its retail releases for as much revenue as possible.
Ubisoft also hasn’t been particularly good at keeping its Rayman releases secret before an official announcement. Rayman Legends’ trailer leaked in April.
There was some worry in November of 2011 that the original Rayman Origins wasn’t enough of a sales success to warrant continuing the series, but Ubisoft said that the game did well enough to make another. Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez said in February, “We believe Rayman Origins, which is rated 89 percent on Metacritic with enthusiast reviews and is already profitable, has the capacity to become a long-term seller for the company.”
The market will support Rayman Origins 2. That fact alone lends the listing credibility.