Ubisoft bringing Just Dance 2017, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition and Steep to Switch at launch, more later
SAN FRANCISCO — January 12, 2017 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Just Dance® 2017, Rayman® Legends Definitive Edition and Steep™ will be part of the lineup for Nintendo Switch™.
Ubisoft has been at the forefront of the constantly evolving video game industry, leading development of exciting games for each new platform launch. For years, Ubisoft and Nintendo have been partnering to deliver original, creative and memorable entertainment gaming experiences.
Nintendo Switch combines the best of two worlds: mobile handheld and traditional at-home console gaming. This new console brings Ubisoft and its teams new opportunities to express their creativity, develop fresh ways to play and push the industry boundaries once again.
“Ubisoft will initially be bringing Just Dance 2017, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition and Steep to the Nintendo Switch. We’re proud to be working closely with Nintendo on this new console, making sure players can enjoy great games on a device that shares the same philosophy these games: great accessibility and the ability to bring people together,” said Xavier Poix, Ubisoft managing director, French Studios. “These three games are just the beginning. We will share more about other exciting projects for the Nintendo Switch at a later date.”
Just Dance 2017 – Dancing with anyone – anywhere, anytime
2017 will be the first Ubisoft game released for Nintendo Switch at launch. The chart-topping dance track, “How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris & Disciples, will be available as an exclusive track for Nintendo Switch owners via Just Dance Unlimited.* This hit song joins 40 tracks already available in the game, including “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, “Lean On” by Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake, brand-new hits like “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5, party favorites like “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé and classics like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Nintendo Switch players will also have three months of free access to Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand subscription streaming service, which offers more than 200 additional songs and access to exclusive tracks, with new hit songs added all the time.
More accessible than ever, Just Dance 2017 can now be played anywhere, with up to six players at the same time using a Joy-Con™ controller or by using the Just Dance Controller app (which turns your smartphone into a controller).
Rayman Legends Definitive Edition – Exploring Rayman’s legendary worlds
Players’ all-time favorite, Rayman, is back in the game thanks to Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, the ultimate version of the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends created by Michel Ancel. This edition includes all the game’s traditional features, such as Kung Foot, plus some brand-new surprises. Nintendo’s history has included the Rayman brand since the franchise’s beginning, with titles such as Rayman® Advance for Game Boy Advance, Rayman® 2 The Great Escape for Nintendo 64 and Rayman Raving Rabbids® for the launch of Wii™.
Rayman, Globox and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a different mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting.
Steep – Experiencing action sports in the beautiful open world of the Alps
In Steep, players drop in to the Alps and ski, snowboard, wingsuit and paraglide through the game’s massive open world playground, filled with exhilarating activities and breathtaking views. Developed by Ubisoft Annecy, Steep is designed for a culture that’s all about sharing experiences with the world. Steep features seamless multiplayer, populating the world with players as they naturally explore the Alps. Players and friends across the globe can take on challenges together or compete with each other to snag the top spot on the leaderboard. The open world of Steep will be further enriched by the majestic slopes of Alaska in a free update available this year.
*“How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris & Disciples is available through Just Dance Unlimited and can be accessed either via the free trial or by subscribing. The track will be available for all platforms later this year.
There's a chance we might not see the Rabbids game this week. It's been given more development time. Nintendo and Ubi pushed it back.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 11, 2017
For the record, I do think we will see it. Just saying that they're back to working on it now. https://t.co/hHIoYiaQuo— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 11, 2017
For all the talk about this rumored game, it would be a real shame to not see something for it during the presentation. Even if it is pushed back in terms of released, I'd imagine there's some sort of teaser trailer ready to be shared.
The following info comes from Liam Robertson, who has proven himself to be in the know with multiple games/leaks before.
I want to talk about everything I've heard about this Mario/Rabbids crossover game so far to give people an idea of what it might be like.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
I haven't played it myself, but I hear it is closer to a strategy RPG style thing like X-Com than a conventional RPG.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
I don't know what the title is. There was a rumoured name a little while back that had "Mushroom Kingdom Battle" in the title, I think.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
It's set in the Mushroom Kingdom and the rabbids dimension is sort of invading it. Most of the enemies are evil/warped rabbids.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
It does feature Mario and various other main series characters. Nintendo has apparently been very controlling of how they are used.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
There are also rabbids themed around various Mario characters like Mario and Luigi (costumed rabbids, that sorta thing).— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
It was Ubisoft who pitched the game to Nintendo a while ago. Nintendo gave them the thumbs up and was happy to do it and closely oversee.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
Gameplay is largely strategy based. There are many weapons and there is a focus on equipping your characters with the appropriate weaponry.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
There are a lot of in-game stats to take into account as you strategise. Different weapons have different properties like poison.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
The game is content complete and localised, ready to ship. Has been since late last year.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
Don't assume it's a launch game though. I think they're holding it back. https://t.co/4xMOt7nVdI— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
I'm leaving the big stuff for surprises on the 12th, but that was a little something that got me much more interested in Rabbids RPG.— Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) December 31, 2016
I know I was taking a break from leaks but screw it, I'm calling this. Grant Kirkhope is composer on the Switch Mario Rabbids RPG. https://t.co/n745etLUFk— Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) December 31, 2016
Well that would be another lovely surprise for the game. When this sucker actually gets revealed, it's going to have a lot to live up to!
While I've never heard of the guy above, the information he gives out has been backed up by Laura Kate Dale. In my book, that makes things a bit more believable. According to him, Assassin's Creed is going to come to the Switch on day one, and it's going to be the same game you get on Xbox One and PS4. Ubisoft is aiming for platform parity between the games, which is excellent news to hear. Outside of that, all we know is that the game will take place in Egypt. Let's see if we find out on Jan. 12th!
I would really, REALLY love to have a chance to play this. I always find this kind of thing interesting. I am quite a big fan of the original Rayman, so getting a chance to play this version that predates it would be so exciting!
Awhile back, we heard that Dubai's IMG World indoor theme park was going into a partnership with Ubisoft to bring some of their brands into the park. Now we've learned that both Rabbids and Just Dance will have some sort of features within the park, although specific details haven't been given. A Just Dance attraction is easy enough, but what kind of weirdness do you do with the Rabbids?!
Well this is certainly very interesting. There's been a rumor floating around that Nintendo and Ubisoft have teamed up on an RPG for the Switch that brings together the worlds of the Rabbids and Mushroom Kingdom. It's just rumor for now, but the Ubisoft 30th anniversary celebration has some content that fans the flames of speculation.
As you can see above, the video features a Ubisoft event where Mario, Luigi and Toad-style Rabbids are on display. Is this a little tease of the rumored project, or nothing more than oddly coincidental art?
The following snippet comes from a Famitsu interview, in which Ubisoft's EMEA boss Alain Corre was asked about Nintendo's Switch...
''We have big expectations for the innovative Nintendo Switch. Our Just Dance franchise, for example, is one that people enjoy with families. With the Nintendo Switch in hand, children, their parents, or even their grandparents, would be able to dance out in the backyard on holidays. Doesn’t that sound exciting (laughs)? The hardware really helps expand the possibilities of fun, people of all ages will be able to play games anywhere. We hope to have a wide variety of software available, but we’re unable to go into details just yet. Sorry (laughs).''