Rayman Origins is set to explore the hilarious and colorful world of creator Michel Ancel in classic 2D platforming style later this year, and we couldn't be happier. Ubisoft's mascot Rayman hasn't been seen in awhile, no thanks to those rabbids overshadowing him with their buggy eyes and iconic screams. But now the no-armed wonder is back, hopping his way across visually-intense landscapes in a prequel that explores the character's roots, as Jeffrey Matulef explains:
"While we've seen a resurgence of 2D games lately, they're usually low budget digital downloads or for the graphically subpar Wii. Games like Donkey Kong Country Returns and Muramasa: The Demon Blade looked good, but left plenty of room for improvement with our grossly powerful HD consoles untapped. There seems to be a notion that if a game is 2D it's lesser, and thus making a full-priced high-definition one is virtually unheard of. Rayman Origins seeks to go against this and prove that 2D can be every bit as beautiful and enjoyable as 3D."
So no, it's not Beyond Good & Evil 2, and I'm just as crushed as you that we didn't get to see Jade and Uncle Pey'j back in action. However, from what I've seen of Rayman Origins, my pain will soon be gone, replaced with childlike joy and gorgeous eye candy. If you want to see what's consoled me in this difficult time, head over and check out the full Rayman Origins E3 2011 hands-on preview!