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Rayman Legends on PS4: Your Questions Answered

Florian Dos Santos's Avatar + Posted by Florian Dos Santos on Feb 12, 2014 // French Blog Coordinator

Rayman Legends on PS4

Next week sees the release of Ubisoft’s phenomenal platformer Rayman Legends on PS4. The limbless mascot’s latest adventure won huge acclaim when it launched on PS3 and PS Vita last year, and we can’t wait to see how its gorgeous visuals translate on the new hardware.

With that in mind, we’ve been harvesting a few of your questions via Twitter and our official forums, and put them to Senior Game Designer, Emile Morel. Read on to find out more about what you can expect from the PS4 release.

Can we use the touchscreen of the PS Vita to get the most out of the game? (Fragbeat, Netherlands)
Emile: In the PlayStation 4 version of Rayman Legends, you can use your PS Vita in Remote Play mode, which means that you can play the entire game on your PS Vita, without the need to use the TV. This mode is useful when you’re in the middle of a game and someone wants to use the TV, so you don’t have to stop, and you can continue playing for as long as you want!
As you will see, we have adapted the game controls to PS Vita so the experience is as enjoyable on this console as it is with the PS4 joystick in your hands!

However, you cannot control Murfy in touch mode on the PS Vita, because even in Remote Play mode you will continue to play the same version of the game when you use the PS4 joystick. The Murfy levels on PS4 have been designed to be played with a classic character, such as Rayman or Globox, for example. So, in using your PS Vita in Remote Play mode, you will find the originality and specificity of this PS4 version.

There are many musical levels on the PS3 version. What music would you like to add in a future game or via DLC? (CyberDie21, Netherlands)
Emile: When we were developing the game, we had a fairly large list of songs that we wanted to add to the game to create new musical levels. In the end, we kept only the best songs to integrate into the game.

If we had to make a DLC with musical levels, I could not tell you specific titles of new songs that would integrate the game because we would make a whole new selection, but I can tell you what is important in a song to make a good musical level in Rayman.

The song must have a fast enough rhythm (to match Rayman’s speed when he runs), it must have several variations from beginning to end (in order to create a good level design that surprises the player), and it must be very popular (to be easily recognised by players despite the small touch it adds to Rayman).

Rayman Legends on PS4

Why does Rayman not have a girlfriend? (Chrisdenimes, France)
Emile: I tend to believe that we do not know all of Rayman’s private life. ☺ But what is certain is that he was so busy saving the Glade of Dreams in recent years, that he did not have enough time to find a girlfriend! That’s the price you pay for being a hero!

Regarding the online challenges, will the PS3 and PS4 boards be linked or will we only see PS4 scores? (Fourcherman, France)
Emile: Online challenges on these two versions are different, and rankings on these two versions will also be separated. This will allow the best players to shine on those consoles separately and to earn the best cups. Thus, players who discover the game on PS4 will have the chance to go higher in the rankings without having to face experienced players of the PS3 version who have been training with the online challenges since last August.

Why is it that the Land of the Glades, so calm and peaceful in Rayman 3, has become so sinister and dangerous in Rayman Legends? (Lechevalierdej, France)
Emile: Everything went wrong at the beginning of Rayman Origins. Rayman and his friends were snoring so loud they pushed the inhabitants of the Land of the Glades, who just wanted to live in peace, to the limit! Crazy with anger, the inhabitants of the Land of the Glades suddenly became very aggressive and terrifying characters, transforming the landscape of the place to their own image! Since then, the Land kept this evil aspect, but perhaps it will go back to being a calm place one day. You see, in the end it’s just a neighborhood story that went wrong!

What are the differences between the PS4 version and the PS3 and PS Vita versions? (erprimo10, Spain)
Emile: There are many differences and new features in this PS4 version. In this version, thanks to the power of the PS4, the textures of the game are more compressed, so you can see that the game’s graphics are clearer and more detailed than before. You will also see that there is no loading time when you enter or exit a level, which makes the navigation even faster and more enjoyable.

We have also integrated a new Camera Mode on PS4. By pressing the touchpad of the PS4 joystick, you pause the game and enter this mode, and by moving your fingers on the touchpad, you zoom in and out on the image and drag the image frame; and finally, by pressing the Share button, you can take a photo and share it with everyone. This Camera Mode is a great way to observe in detail all the characters and settings of the game, and a great way of expression to create wacky images with the elements found in the game.

On PS4, you can also use the touchpad to scrape the famous Lucky Tickets, then you will really feel like you’re scraping lottery tickets (with the sound of scraping straight from the PS4 joystick)!

Finally, in this PS4 version, you’ll also find new playable heroes: Assassin Ray (a character inspired by Edward Kenway, the hero of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag), Funky Ray (a delusional character that you can unlock by using Uplay points), and Champion Ray (a character who will be offered to the best players of the community and those who live in this community; this character correspond to the new VIP status, visible in the rankings of online challenges).

Rayman Legends on PS4

Rayman is a real video game icon – how much pressure to deliver did you feel during development? (Midgar_01, Spain)
Emile: Yes, the pressure is always big when you do a famous character like Rayman because you don’t want to disappoint the series fans! The pressure on Rayman Legends was even stronger because it was succeeding Rayman Origins, which is great title, so we had to prove we could still reinvent the game and bring new ideas!

That being said, once we were completely immersed in the game’s development, we released a little of that pressure because the force of Rayman is that his world is very open and free, bringing an incredible number of new features in each episode, and that gives the impression of having worked on a brand new game, and not a title that is part of a saga that has been around for almost 20 years! Rayman’s DNA is also there in this continuous changes that always bring a fresh element!

Where did the idea of Snoop Dogg promoting the next gen version of Rayman come from and will he be a playable skin in the game? (hayzink, UK)
Emile: It was the marketing teams who had the idea of using Snoop Dogg to promote Rayman Legends. The idea immediately appealed to its comic side, which goes very well with Rayman’s world. Snoop Dogg is not necessarily the first artist that comes to mind when we think of Rayman, so the idea of bringing together these two characters, these two legends, is something weird and funny! And, in addition, it proves that Rayman evolved with time, and it currently is a part of pop culture, just like Snoop Dogg!

And no, Snoop Dogg will not be playable in the game, he appeared as a character in the game just as a little joke in the trailer.

Is there any chance of having DLC with extra musical levels and will these type of levels be featured in future Rayman games? (dogwalker4000, UK)
Emile: So far, we have not announced DLCs for Rayman Legends, but if we ever do, we will make it clear that we would include new musical levels! We loved making these levels and, obviously, people also loved playing them! People always ask us for more musical levels, so there is a good chance they will be present in future Rayman games. I think that people now associate these levels with the brand and the character! It must be said that music has always been an essential part of Rayman’s world, so it is quite normal that these levels have fully found their place in this series!

Rayman Legends on PS4

Can we expect a Rayman game that will not be in 2D in the future? I’m a big fan of Rayman Revolutions on PS2. Although 2D games have their own charm, I’d love to play something like Rayman Revolutions again. (Hgtred, Germany)
Emile: Rayman Revolution (other title of Rayman 2: The Great Escape) was a great game, and it is very possible that Rayman will be in 3D again one day. After all, the series began in 2D, and then the games were made in 3D, and finally went back to 2D with recent titles – this is a story cycle and I think that all forms are possible in the future of the series!

Is there going to be an upgrade program for PS4 players who have the game on PS3?
An upgrade program will not be available for Rayman Legends.

What was the most difficult part of the development on PS4? What was the most exciting part?
Emile: Without a doubt, our engineers are the ones who have worked the most to optimise the game on PS4 and remove the loading time. It may seem pretty trivial when it’s said like that, but the element of not having a loading time when you enter or exit a level actually changes the gaming experience. I remember the first time we were able to test the game without the loading time: we spent time entering and exiting the tables, just for the pleasure of seeing the levels start immediately. It was almost two years of knowing the game with the loading time, so suddenly not having it really changed the experience.

The development of Camera Mode was particularly interesting as well, because it is a great tool for players to finally see all the details that our artists have placed in the character animations and decorations (including the backgrounds). When this mode was available, we played a lot trying to create the craziest images by stopping the game at the best moments. I cannot wait to see the crazy images that the community will create using this mode!

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30 Comments

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+ cubbielovr on February 12th, 2014 at 6:24 am said:

I already own this game for the PS3, so I am very saddened by the fact that there will not be a discount for the PS4 version but I understand why. If anyone has not played this game, this is as close to a perfect platforming game you can get. Highly recommended!


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+ Macello on February 12th, 2014 at 6:28 am said:

Ubisoft claimed that the Vita version of Legends would have the same content as the console version, but it did not get any trophies added with the Invasion levels. They have never addressed this. Also, the platinum on the Vita is much harder to achieve thanks to the Diamond cup requirement.


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+ Studdzilla on February 12th, 2014 at 6:52 am said:

I’m sorry but regarding remote play and if you plan on using this feature more than the large screen than I highly recommend just picking up the Vita version which is cheaper and uses Vita’s touch screen features. Obviously if you plan to play on the big screen and use remote play when needed than the PS4 version makes more sense.


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+ VideoXPG on February 12th, 2014 at 6:56 am said:

I seriously loved Rayman Origins back on the PS3. I held off on Legends because of the upcoming PS4 release, but I’m glad I held out, so excited to get this for my PS4 next week! I’m intrigued as well by Assassin Ray!


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+ yowzagabowza on February 12th, 2014 at 7:31 am said:

Well, i loved origins and plated it on ps3 and vita. I loved legends too, until i had to grind out stupid online challenges everyday for 4 months. I know it was a way for Ubisoft to limit used game sales and trade ins, but strictly BECAUSE of the trophy lists, i wont be buying either the vita version or ps4 version.


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+ MrBeens on February 12th, 2014 at 8:29 am said:

Thank you very much for answering that the challenges from the PS3 will NOT carry over to the PS4.

I now know that there is NO WAY IN HELL I will be buying the PS4 version because of that.


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+ Tekn0tize on February 12th, 2014 at 8:31 am said:

I only own a PS3 and not a PS4 but I’ve played both Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. I have to say that Rayman Legends is one of the best platfomers I’ve ever played. I can’t say in words how great this game feels and for anyone who is a platforming fan, I’d highly recommend it. In fact, I’d go so far as to say Mario has met it’s match. Yeah I said it.


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+ chrisgomez3030 on February 12th, 2014 at 8:37 am said:

another port, not bad but ps4 needs some real exclusives.


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+ Welmosca on February 12th, 2014 at 8:43 am said:

Hey great avatar Florian.Game’s good but ports are nothing more than cash-grabbers….I won’t support this.Good for those who still don’t have the game.


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+ TigerStealth on February 12th, 2014 at 8:48 am said:

Cross-buy to vita? If I buy for PS4 do I also get it for vita? I understand there is no upgrade/discount if I currently own it but my question is if I buy it first for PS4


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+ leighismine on February 12th, 2014 at 8:49 am said:

Man, 2nd screen, to make this more like the WiiU version would have been perfect for this game. Why aren’t devs using this more? I hate that I have to have a separate phone app for most 2nd screen games so far. Why not build it in?

Remote play is OK, but it’s not game changing. WE WANT 2ND SCREEN!!


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+ samiamiamsam on February 12th, 2014 at 9:24 am said:

A pure platformer! Got it for Vita, thinking about getting it for ps4. Wish their was a discount, but anyhoo….


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+ INFIDEL_JIHAD on February 12th, 2014 at 10:15 am said:

Aways happy to see more content come to the PS4 … I can’t wait for E3 I think sony is really gonna bring it considering the financial success of the PS4 … They are onto something good.. I cannot see them dropping the ball … Cheers to you sony and PlayStation


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+ shrimpdude on February 12th, 2014 at 10:25 am said:

I guess this means no cross-save? Shame, that would’ve been a good reason for me to buy the game again.


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+ ROLO_ONFIRE on February 12th, 2014 at 11:36 am said:

Not having to control Murfy is great, I don’t like to play as him at all, that’s why I haven’t finished the game on my Vita. Murfy is fine for the challenges, but on the story mode there are just too many levels where you have to be him, which I don’t like. I like Origins better because there’s no Murfy.


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+ flatliner718 on February 12th, 2014 at 11:38 am said:

will be be able to use our PlayStation Vita or Playstation 3 save files on the ps4


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+ Kchow23 on February 12th, 2014 at 11:44 am said:

I thought that more compressed textures is a bad thing isn’t it?


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+ Aided_Onslaught on February 12th, 2014 at 11:58 am said:

Will the second player be able to earn trophies? My wife and I play 3rd party games on Xbox last gen for mainly for this reason. I’m disappointed so far that so few games support this. MAKE IT HAPPEN!


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+ tusunami on February 12th, 2014 at 12:37 pm said:

Now i past on this when there was a flash sale for this game for the PS Vita. But now that’s it’s on the way for PS4 this will be a interesting transition indeed!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ krae_man on February 12th, 2014 at 2:31 pm said:

“How awesome is your game?”

“So Awesome”

How about answering the following question:

Are you going to fix the final level of awesomeness trophy glitch where your broken servers cause people to pass the insane 6000 point threshold without getting the trophy?


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+ shadysaiyanz on February 12th, 2014 at 3:14 pm said:

@18, same thing i was going to ask. I bought the Lego Movie game, while fun, my gf isn’t earning trophies too while we play.


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+ AQUALEAD_ on February 12th, 2014 at 3:23 pm said:

No upgrade program? I guarantee this game will be heavily discounted, if not free, on PS+ by the end of the year


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+ SilvaHaloAlpha on February 12th, 2014 at 3:32 pm said:

I will be sticking to the Wii U version of the game. I found that the Gamepad functionality added quite a bit to the gameplay. I really hope that, as the PS4 hardware becomes more familiar, developers decide to include functionality similar to the Wii U Gamepad in PS4 games by way of the PS Vita instead of just giving us remote play.


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+ YungShep on February 12th, 2014 at 8:37 pm said:

wow…alot of you commenters are really cheap and want EVERYTHING FREE or feel like you have some sense of entitlement because you bought the same game on a previous console… sometimes you need to consider the developer and the time it takes to make games on new consoles.

i just saw the price point is only at 39.99. so if some of yall really complaining about a 40.00 ps4 game, get rid of your console, the next gen is not for you.

for me, i bought rayman origins on vita, loved it, was waiting to get legends on the ps4, due to the crisp visuals and remote play..i like that ps4 on the go idea alot.

you can have my monies next week, well played Rayman


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+ hotandserious on February 13th, 2014 at 12:22 am said:

Have it on the Vita and will download it Day 1 to my PS4!
I need it on my hard drive!


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+ Elvick_ on February 13th, 2014 at 12:59 pm said:

The first answer is weaksauce. Second Screen doesn’t allow you to mimic the Wii U functions?


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+ Aided_Onslaught on February 13th, 2014 at 2:51 pm said:

To add to what I said on my previous post. I would pay $60 dollars AGAIN if it meant my wife earning trophies as well as me. If not, I’ll just rent it.


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+ ElektroDragon on February 18th, 2014 at 11:16 am said:

I’m a little upset that you can’t use the touchpad to control the Murphy levels. This was one of the best parts of the Wii U version. But I’m glad to see touchpad support at least implemented in some areas.

Also disappointed you don’t allow Vita to control Murphy levels like the gamepad on Wii U.

I’ll be getting this on PS4 like I did on Vita, but my Wii U version will forever be the definitive one.


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+ ElektroDragon on February 18th, 2014 at 11:18 am said:

@27: Totally with you on that one. Any couch co-op game that doesn’t award Trophies to player 2 on PS4 is horribly lazy and deserves the bargain bin.


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+ abondainer on February 19th, 2014 at 11:38 am said:

It totally sucks not to have the upgrade feature from ps3 to ps4.


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