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Over 110 animators come together to create a Rayman 25th anniversary animated tribute

Happy 25th, Rayman!

We've seen a number of amazing fan-animated tributes for games in recent months. There's been a special project for the intro to Pokemon Silver, a tribute to WarioWare, and a lot of other awesome works that brought together numerous talented fans. Today we get a piece that celebrates the 25th anniversary of Rayman.

The feature above includes the work of over 110 animators, and uses all sorts of different animation styles. You'll see traditional hand-drawn content, claymation, pixel art, and much more. The end result is nearly 13 minutes of animation that shows Rayman a lot more respect than Ubisoft has recently!

Thanks to MarkProductions for the heads up!

Michel Ancel (creator of the Rayman series) announces his retirement from the gaming industry

Thank you for everything, Mr. Ancel

After 30+ years of service, video game designer Michel Ancel has announced his retirement from Ubisoft and the gaming industry as a whole. Moving on to instead focus on his second passion, Ancel will be spending much of his time on a new project in a wild life sanctuary that's "dedicated to education, nature lovers, and wild animals".

Previously overseeing development for WiLD and Beyond Good & Evil 2, he gives us his reassurance that both projects are "going super well" and that there are "beautiful things to be seen soon."

Michel Ancel was most well known for being the creator of Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil, and as a personal long-time fan of the series, it's bitter-sweet to see him move away from game development. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors with wild life, and are thankful for everything that he's done for the industry.

Today is very special for me. After more than 30 years, I’ve decided to stop working on video games and fully focus on my second passion: Wild Life!

My new project takes place in the real world and consists in a wild life open sanctuary dedicated to education, nature lovers and ... wild animals.

Many of you might want to know what will happen to Wild and BGE2. No worries, since many months now the teams are autonomous and the projects are going super well. Beautiful things to be seen soon.

May the fox be with you 🦊

Ubisoft details their support for the Switch in China

4 titles on the way

Ubisoft is continuing their friendly relationship with Nintendo by bringing 4 of their titles to the Switch in China. The company's lineup includes Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Just Dance 2020, Rayman Legends, and Rabbids: Adventure Party. You can check out a promo trailer for all four games above.

Rayman animated series in the works

The limbless hero heads to TV!

Ubisoft revealed interest in creating some TV projects awhile back, and now they're moving ahead with a franchise Nintendo fans can appreciate. Its been confirmed that Rayman is getting a cartoon adventure, and it's going to be a 'comedy-adventure," according to reports. Other than that, we don't have any details on when it'll release, or where we can expect to watch it.

Remi Gazel, the composer for the original Rayman, has passed away

Rest in peace, Mr. Gazel

We're sad to report that Remi Gazel, the composer for the original Rayman, has passed away. Gazel unfortunately lost his years-long battle with cancer. Funeral services for Mr. Gazel will be held on May 31st, 2019.

Our hearts go out to Mr. Gazel, his family, friends, and anyone else impacted by his passing.

Some fans are convinced they see Rayman hiding in Smash Bros. Ultimate's Battlefield stage

A legitimate tease, or crazy talk?

This is one of those stories that transports me back to the early days of the internet. The days when people scoured images of games and claimed that insane secrets were hiding in plain site. Those discussions lead to very passionate people who believed the rumors to be fact, and others who thought those fans were crazy.

The video above takes a look at Smash Bros. Ultimate's Battlefield stage, where some people claim they can see Rayman frozen in a block of ice. As you might suspect, some think Rayman is 100% there, and others think it's nothing more than a visual trick. Which team are you on?

Brawlhalla - Kung Foot footage

During the three-week Rayman event, Kung Foot will replace the Brawl of the Week, so you can queue for Kung Foot matches as well as play with your friends locally or online. The default mode is 2v2, but in couch mode and custom lobbies, you can create Kung Foot games with anywhere from two to eight players.

Brawlhalla Dev Stream Montage - Rayman & Kung Foot Gameplay

Brawlhalla: An eternal battle arena where the greatest warriors in history brawl to prove who's the best that ever was, is, or will be. Every match is an epic test of skill, speed, and strength, and every victory brings additional glory and bragging rights to the winners.

Kung Foot mode being added to Brawlhalla

Rayman is coming to Brawlhalla on November 6, and Brawlhalla is coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One the same day! As part of the launch celebration, we're adding a new game mode: Kung Foot! Based on the Kung Foot minigame from Rayman Legends, players compete to hit, kick, and blast a soccer ball into their opponent's goal while defending their own. Anyone who has played Kung Foot in Rayman Legends will be familiar with the game. Really, anyone who's ever seen a soccer ball will get the idea pretty quickly. One twist is that the more the ball gets hit, the farther and faster it travels, so things can get out of hand fast.

We've had a blast here at Blue Mammoth adapting Kung Foot to Brawlhalla. It's fun to rediscover each Legend's signature moves in this new context, and it's even more fun to confound your opponent with surprise angles of attack.

During the three-week Rayman event, Kung Foot will replace the Brawl of the Week, so you can queue for Kung Foot matches as well as play with your friends locally or online. The default mode is 2v2, but in couch mode and custom lobbies, you can create Kung Foot games with anywhere from two to eight players.

Rayman has a special place in my heart. We founded Blue Mammoth in 2009 to make great online games in the hand-drawn style we love. When Rayman Origins came out in 2011, it sent a breath of fresh air into the hand-animated adventure game genre, and was an inspiration to us. We're really happy to get to bring Rayman to Brawlhalla, and we hope you enjoy playing Kung Foot as much as we've enjoyed bringing it to Brawlhalla.

On November 6, Brawlhalla will be available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. As always, Brawlhalla is fully free to play, and of course Kung Foot is free as well.

Japan - Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition first day sell-through in Japan

Did you know that the Rayman franchise isn't very popular in Japan? I honestly had no idea until right now, but apparently that's the case. Sadly, not even Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition on Switch could change that fact. The first day sell-through for the Switch title was just 10% of the initial shipment. While that may seem shockingly low, that figure is in-line with the series' sales in Japan.

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