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Unfinished Rayman game for SNES unearthed 24 years later

Creator Michel Ancel got the ROM up and running, and (perhaps jokingly) intimated that he'd like to do a version for Nintendo's Switch.

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Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Angel switched gears from posting BG&E concept art on Instagram, to revealing a prototype Rayman game he dug up while going through belongings (via GameSpot).

"We have found the old unique Rayman SNES ROM," Ancel wrote in his first post. "It was sleeping for 24 years. Time to wake it up."

His next update showed the game running on a Super Nintendo, and included a tantalizing tease. "[Four] people in the world have seen this. We thought it was lost, but somewhere in the cold electronic circuit, something was still alive. And running at full 60fps! Should do a Switch version of this."

Ancel and his fellow developers thought the Rayman ROM was lost. He posted to that effect, explaining earlier last week that they got the game up and running. When CD-based platforms like PlayStation and Jaguar came into vogue, they cancelled the game and moved on to other projects.

Unseen64 provided a breakdown of the SNES version's planned features including two-player co-op and unique graphics to differentiate it from its PSX and Jaguar counterparts, which were released in 1995.

Ancel shared insight into Rayman's legacy last week. After developing Beyond Good and Evil for Xbox, PS2, and GameCube, he and his team brainstormed ideas for a sequel, only to find available technology lacking. They pivoted to another 2D Rayman game, which became 2013's Rayman Legends.

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