Rayman Origins was one of my favorite games from last year. It was a refreshing platformer in an age where we don't see that many anymore besides the odd Mario title. It was also one of the most absolutely beautiful titles to be released in years as the game looked like a living cartoon. Unfortunately, the game didn't do as well as I would have liked, but it is apparently getting a sequel.
That sequel is called Rayman Legends and the trailer for it has leaked. The trailer contains plenty of surprises, but let's just focus on the actual game for now. It's obvious that the Legends subtitle means that Rayman will be traveling through various world myths as you see a medieval level complete with dragon and a Greek level that's reminiscent of Disney's Hercules.
The gameplay itself still looks amazingly fun. It retains the 4 person co-op platforming gameplay of the original which is a good thing in my book. I'm of the opinion that Rayman got 4 player platforming right when other contemporaries got it so wrong. Looking at you, New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Another new feature coming to Rayman Legends is the addition of online multiplayer in some capacity. The trailer features a soccer mini-game as the example so we don't know if the game will allow online co-op in the actual levels.
The trailer in question features a surprise though. We get our first look at the game running on the Wii U. That's not all though as we also get a look at the unique functionality coming to the Wii U version courtesy of the tablet controller. It shows the game being played by four people with three of them using Wii remotes.
From there, you can see the player using the tablet to raise platforms by touching the screen. There is also some kind of NFC scanning technology going on with the player putting a Raving Rabbid on the tablet's screen which then brings the hare-brained little devils into the level. What's more interesting is the player picking up a figurine of Ezio at the end. Are we going to get an Assassin's Creed cameo in Rayman? I sure hope so.
Like I said, the trailer is a leak and Ubisoft is going into full on damage control at the moment. That means the video is not available on YouTube anymore, but we've got you covered. Rather, I should say French gaming site Gamekult has us covered. They still have the video up on their own player and here it is for your enjoyment. Check it out and tell us what you think.[h/t: Eurogamer]