After some confusion over how Rayman Legends would play as a single player experience, we finally have concrete answers. According to lead game designer Emile Morel, 80% of Rayman Legends will be traditional platforming, with no GamePad poking required. The additional fifth of the game will be levels designed around the new mechanics featuring Murphy, wherein players use the GamePad touch screen to assist a player onscreen.
We heard before that playing these special levels in single player will put the player in control of Murphy, while the AI controls Rayman. If this idea seems dull to you, fret not! Morel has confirmed that these levels will be optional, so players going solo will not have to play them at all! “We’ve included enough Teensies and lums in the more “traditional” maps to progress through the world without playing these maps,” Morel said to Official Nintendo Magazine. “That said, these levels are really fun, and playing as Murphy in solo or in multiplayer is really a new gameplay experience that only the Wii U GamePad can offer you.”
This news comes as a relief to those of us who prefer to play our platformers all alone late into the night. I personally dislike the idea of having to guide around a Rayman controlled by AI, so I’ll save the optional levels for when I have some pals over. Unfortunately, I must remind you all yet again that Rayman Legends won’t be coming out this month, but in early 2013.
Source: Official Nintendo Magazine