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Rayman sequel announced

Critically beloved but still not the most popular kid in class, the funky-haired, no-limbed Rayman is still chugging along. Today, we learned he's getting a fourth game, which publisher Ubisoft announced will hit stores in time for the holidays.

Above: The limbless Rayman will run, jump and collect power-ups once again

In development at Ubisoft's Montpelier studio in France, the new installment in the platform-hopping series is being spearheaded by series creator Michel Ancel (who's also the man behind Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie and Beyond Good %26 Evil). Ubisoft has said that the game will arrive on "current and next-gen consoles," although it has yet to get specific on which ones it means. At any rate, we should have the first screens tomorrow, so watch this space.

April 5, 2006