Everyone favorite limbless action platform hero Rayman is turning 20 this year and Ubisoft is planning a celebration of the storied character ahead of the Rayman Adventures mobile and Apple TV game set to release on December 3.
In a press release sent to us, Ubisoft says that they are planning on doing a livestream on Twitch today with series creator Michel Ancel and the development team at Ubisoft Montpellier. Viewers will be able to ask the developer, who incidentally is also working on PS4 exclusive WiLD currently being developed by his new studio Wild Sheep, questions about the franchise. They will also be playing the very first entry in the Rayman franchise during the livestream. The livestream is scheduled to start at 8 pm PST, and can be watched on their official Twitch channel here.
In the press release, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot had this to say:
Rayman is one of Ubisoft’s most iconic and beloved characters, and he is still going strong 20 years after his creation. That is a testament to our teams’ expertise and passion, and our ability to take the Rayman franchise in exciting new directions. As a fan of Rayman from day one, it’s always an exciting and special moment for me when we welcome a new installment in the series. I’m looking forward to Rayman fans getting their hands on Rayman Adventures and to creating more adventures and fun with him in the years to come.
The Rayman franchise is a very old one by gaming's standards. The first game, simply called Rayman, saw the light of day in 1995 on the Atari Jaguar and has since spawned quite a few sequels (even trying its hand at 3D platforming for Rayman 2: The Great Escape) and spinoffs like the Raving Rabbids franchise, and has since sold more than 28 million copies. The franchise went on a bit of a hiatus until late 2011, when the franchise went back to its 2D-platformer roots in the form of Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends, which were both very well received. Here's a timeline of all the games in the franchise so far, with some nice bits of trivia thrown in for good measure.
Being the 90s kid I am, I have very fond memories of the Rayman franchise. I think it was among the first games I played when my family got a PC and the character has always been on my periphery ever since. My love for the series got rekindled when Rayman Origins got released and before I knew it I was platforming my proverbial heart out. Legends is actually one of the few games I have a 100% completion rate on, and I hope that they come back to major systems for a sequel to Legends after they're done with promoting Rayman Adventures.