An Audience With: Michel Ancel – Rayman's creator on making meaningful moments in games
Michel Ancel is an anomaly in Ubisoft’s system: a lone creator working with a tiny team in Montpellier, apparently far from the eyes of the company’s Parisian editors. Where the likes of Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed occupy thousands of developers in numerous studios across the globe, Ancel’s team fits in the Villa, a converted house on a residential street. Now starting his 25th year at Ubisoft, and returning to 3D triple-A development after four years spent in the company of his creation, Rayman, Ancel talks about the past, present and future of small-team development.
Back to 2013 Sale Starts Tomorrow
2014 is starting to fly by — it’s already February! — so we are taking this week to get a bit nostalgic and take a look back at 2013 and highlight some games you might have missed with the Back to 2013 Sale. Starting tomorrow through March 3rd, we’re discounting some great games from the past year, with even deeper discounts for PS Plus members.
Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a year to play all the games you might want to, and sometimes titles just slip through the cracks. Didn’t playDiablo III,Spelunky,Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition,Guacamelee!orRayman Legends? Pick these games (and more) up this week at up to 50% off, or up to 75% off for PS Plus members.
Rayman Legends is on sale for $41.99 USD, or $29.39 for PS Plus members.
Rayman Fiesta Run Gets Controller Support On Your Mobile Devices - FunTouching
‘Rayman’ is a fun sequel of the successful ‘Franchise’ owned by ‘Ubisoft’. The game which is available on both iOS and Android, just got a little better; at least for Android users. ‘Ubisoft’ has announced earlier today that the Android version is getting controller support. Now both the iOS version and the Android version support the feature.
The game which was already a worthwhile purchase at 2.99USD just became more fun to play; that is, if you need physical buttons to enhance your experience.
Rayman Legends On Wii U Is Still The ''Definitive Version'' According to Digital Foundry
It’s the Wii U version of Rayman Legends that remains the definitive edition of the game, with the title taking advantage of the GamePad’s unique features in ways that genuinely add variety and more fun to the gameplay. Let’s not forget that while this game may have been ported to a vast range of different hardware platforms, it started out life as a Wii U exclusive, built around the unique capabilities of the system. Indeed, it’s the Nintendo console that offers the experience that the developers originally intended for the game, before the last-minute switch to a multi-platform release.
Review: Rayman Legends PS4/Xbox One offers little reason to double-dip
"A tremendous platformer with a handful minor flaws that won’t affect your enjoyment too much. New-gen features aren’t worth upgrading for, though.
From a graphical standpoint, there’s not much to say: Legends already ran at 60fps at 1080p resolutions in its last-gen incarnation, and it’s hard to see any kind of visual upgrade here. It’s still mesmerizingly pretty, of course, but is it so wrong for us to want even more? A definite plus is the near-instantaneous loading on Xbox One and PS4 - you’ll enter a painting and be playing within a couple of seconds.”
'Rayman Legends' on Xbox One & PS4 was finished in December, says Ubisoft
Rayman Legends was one of the highest rated games when it debuted last September, and players who are planning on picking it up on Xbox One or PS4, you’re in for yet another stellar experience.
"We started working on these next gen versions in July last year, a few weeks before the release of the current gen versions of the game. And we finished in December so it was around 6 months of work for a rather small team. We were very happy with the game we released on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC and Vita, so we didn’t want to change anything in our original version."
Rayman Legends Interview: PS4/Xbox One Benefits, Optimization, eSRAM Challenges And More
Ravi Sinha: Rayman is a celebrated icon in the video games industry and it’s great to see the franchise going from strength to strength. What can you tell us about the future of the Rayman series and how will next gen consoles define its course?
Emile Morel: What is great with this brand is that during the past 2 years we’ve seen successful Rayman games on home consoles, handheld consoles, as well as mobiles. So it means Rayman is really back and people are now aware that this is a quality brand. With so many supports, there are many potential futures for the Rayman series, but for the moment we don’t have any official announcement to make.
As for the next gen consoles, I think they can offer great things for some future Rayman titles, especially with the social features being one of their biggest strengths. I can’t wait to see people sharing screenshots and videos of their Rayman Legends’ sessions on next gen in a few weeks!
Mass murderer Breivik threatened hunger strike over Rayman Revolution, PS2
Convicted Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik threatened to go on a hunger strike unless he’s given a PlayStation 3, access to more adult games, a PC and a nicer chair, the AFP reports.
"Other inmates have access to adult games while I only have the right to play less interesting kids games. One example is Rayman Revolution, a game aimed at three year olds,” Breivik wrote in the letter, according to the AFP.
Rayman Legends on PS4: Your Questions Answered
Can we expect a Rayman game that will not be in 2D in the future? I’m a big fan of Rayman Revolutions on PS2. Although 2D games have their own charm, I’d love to play something like Rayman Revolutions again. (Hgtred, Germany)
Emile: Rayman Revolution (other title of Rayman 2: The Great Escape) was a great game, and it is very possible that Rayman will be in 3D again one day. After all, the series began in 2D, and then the games were made in 3D, and finally went back to 2D with recent titles – this is a story cycle and I think that all forms are possible in the future of the series!
Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a journey through a world with strong consequences, says Michel Ancel
Michel Ancel talks about emotional resonance and discovery in his next project – likely to be the much-anticipated Beyond Good & Evil 2 – in the new issue of Edge, which goes on sale Thursday February 13.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Rayman creator and Ubisoft Montpellier boss, Ancel wasn’t able to go into specifics but does suggest that his next game aims to fulfil a long-held ambition – to ‘create moments that will stay with people forever’. It’s something he doesn’t feel he or the game industry at large has really achieved to date.
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