Leaked survey points towards a Rayman Origins 2.
The whole five artists who worked on Rayman Origins returned enough profit for a sequel
Rayman Origins, probably the most charming platformer of 2011, is getting a sequel according to a leaked survey. That’s despite five artists being involved in the game, and initial sales being poor.
Rayman Origins sold 50,000 copies, and returned a profit. Ubisoft said during an investors call in February that the title could be a long-term seller for the company. Along with its release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, the game release on the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS. Rayman Origins is the type of game which is a perfect fit during journeys on a portable devices, and the gorgeous hand-drawn art style looks fantastic on HD displays. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the game released on the Wii U later this year.
The images that revealed a sequel is in the works came from a Kotaku tipster, who was sent a survey from marketing Arkenford who works with Ubisoft. The game shows a setting that moves away from the Glade of Dreams, but retains the drop-in and drop-out co-op from the first game.
Images point toward new world, tweaked level design
On the new setting, the survey will feature new world with castle, vampires, ghosts, Greek gods or dragons. Origins feature a wide variety of environments – though from traditional archetypes, such as a desert world and a water world – so less traditional environments are welcome.
It’s important to note this doesn’t officially confirm a sequel is in the works, but does at least suggest Ubisoft is thinking about one. The images show Rayman fighting a dragon, the possible return of the treasure chest race mode which shows a ghost of Rayman (a previous time?) and a distance figure that could decrease as players get closer. This is purely speculation, though.
The only confirmed piece of news is that a sequel would be very, very welcome. Ubisoft dropped the $60 price tag of Origins pretty quickly to boost sales, so a download-only – and cheaper – titles could do very well on a wide range of devices.
Ubisoft hasn’t commented on the images.