has announced that Rayman Legends (Xbox One)
will be coming to next-gen consoles earlier than previously expected. In addition, some exciting new features will be available as revealed by Lead Game Designer Emile Morel in a recent blog interview.
First, Xbox One will see the addition of three new playable characters in the Heroes Gallery. The first two, Ray Vass and Far Glob, are inspired by Vaas from Far Cry 3
while the third, Splinter Ray, is a nod to Sam Fisher of the Splinter Cell
Finally, players have the possibility to be awarded an exclusive VIP hero called Champion Ray (along with VIP status visible on the leaderboards). Champion Ray can be unlocked by the most active and highest-ranked players in the Online Challenges, as well as through active participation and involvement in the Rayman Legends community.
According to Morel, new limited-time challenges will be available as well:
On Xbox One, you’ll find 10 exclusive challenges that you have to complete in a limited amount of time. They’re in addition to the existing achievements on Xbox 360 and that will also be in the Xbox One version. These challenges require you to perform specific actions during a limited amount of time (one week). They are associated with various aspects of the game, such as player skills, co-op play, Kung Foot, and so on.
Further, the power of the next-gen consoles will enhance the beautiful 2D art of the game, the hand-drawn work receiving sharper detail and textures from an uncompressed format. Even better, next-gen engines will reduce loading times to basically nothing; as soon as a player jumps into a painting, the action begins. One can jump in an out of levels with no loading times, making game navigation smooth and seamless.
[With the ease of streaming on next-gen consoles,] we really hope that players will share their experiences in this game as much as possible, especially in the Online Challenges where we know that the competition can be very fierce! I especially hope that the best players in these challenges will share their best runs to show other players how they do it and what special tricks they use to make these amazing scores. Personally, I know that in the dev team some of us would love to learn the secret tricks from these high-ranked champions!
Along with the possibility to share and view their best runs, players can even broadcast their Kung Foot matches. All of this will really enhance the whole competition and multiplayer aspect of the game, and will push players to try again and again to improve themselves and beat the best scores!
Finally, Morel was asked if there was anything particular that he loved about the game - any secrets he wanted to share with fans. His response:
There’s something I really love in the game: It’s all the crazy elements we placed in the background of the levels. Most people don’t notice them, but if you take your time you can see some goofy things going on there: mushrooms playing acoustic guitar and trumpet, a tree suddenly starting to move and scampering away on its two little feet, and a lot of other crazy things! With even sharper visuals now on next-gen consoles – and the ability to zoom on the PS4 – I really hope that players will see and enjoy these funny animations!Rayman Legends
for the next generation will release February 18th in North America and February 20th in Europe.