Beyond Good & Evil was a wonderful game — from cleverly varied gameplay to fabulous soundtrack to characters you just can’t forget. It was painful, then, to watch it sink to the bottom of the ocean, never to be heard from again. After that debacle, it seemed certain that creator Michel Ancel would be out on the street. We all just waited for the other shoe to drop.
It was good news, then, to hear that he had been hand-picked by Peter Jackson to make the King Kong game. Considering Jackson’s golden boy status, the whole King Kong venture (movie, game, and everything else) seemed like a sure thing. So, when the movie underperformed and the game fell flat along with it (heck, ubisoft actively told us not to buy), it was clear that ugly had somehow managed uglier.
That’s why today it is particularly nice to see Ancel back in the saddle with Rayman. First glances might have you thinking it would be better for him take on something more ambitious than this suits-say-you-gotta return to his roots. But the screen shot hints that we may well be in for something quite special. I mean Rayman with an afro and sunglasses atop a tarantula chasing bunnies that look scared out of their wits? Oh yeah, this is the good stuff.