Ancel: Rayman Origins’ move to retail due to “the way franchise works”

Tuesday, 21st June 2011 07:22 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Michel Ancel has clarified why Rayman Origins made the jump to a retail release, saying it was how “the franchise works.”

Speaking to MCV, series creator Ancel said that the content for Origins was just too much for it to remain as a downloadable title as it was previously planned.

“We moved to a boxed product because of the way that the Rayman franchise works,” he said.

“In a Rayman game, you get all your powers and go back and revisit areas. It is like Zelda in that regard. And that format just isn’t compatible with an episodic download model.

“We didn’t want people to feel obliged to download each episode. So the structure of the game drove us to the boxed game.”

As well as that, Ancel said there was demand for a boxed copy of the game from fans of the series.

“A huge amount of people asked for a boxed game – Rayman fans were demanding it. Which is quite funny, when you consider what people say about the rise of downloads.”

Rayman Origins launches later this year for PS3, 360 and Wii.



  1. StolenGlory

    O RLY?

    I thought it was moving to retail because that’s how ‘profit forecasts’ work :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. AHA-Lambda

    @1 – are you kidding? this game looks amazing but i fear it will not find retail success =s

    Its actually depressing nowadays that any retail game that looks remotely out of the norm w/o huge marketing behind it R* style will most likely bomb at sales.

    I’ll be buying this anyway tho

    #2 4 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Sadly, that will probably happen and the game won’t find the sales success it deserves :(
    Most PS3/360 gamers are busy purchasing military shooters and Wii owners only care about hardcore Nintendo games and casual titles.

    #3 4 years ago

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