Rayman 2 (early production)
- This article is about the early production of the 3D build of the game. For the original 2D prototype, see Rayman 2 (cancelled prototype).
Rayman 2 underwent a bunch of changes during its development, most which have been found through hacking and from old trailers.
- 1 Cut levels
- 2 Early names
- 3 Miscellaneous
- 4 Unused textures
- 5 Demo
- 6 Beta dialogue
- 6.1 Introduction
- 6.2 The Woods of Light
- 6.3 The Fairy Glade
- 6.4 The Marshes of Awakening
- 6.5 The Walk of Life
- 6.6 The Cave of Bad Dreams
- 6.7 The Precipice
- 6.8 The Walk of Power
- 6.9 The Tomb of the Ancients
- 6.10 The Iron Mountains
- 6.11 The Prison Ship
- 6.12 The Crow's Nest
- 6.13 The Council Chamber of the Teensies
- 6.14 The Knowledge of the World
- 6.15 Ly
- 6.16 Pirate signs
- 6.17 Debug
- 6.18 Names
- 6.19 Unknown
- 7 Artwork
- 8 Magazine scans
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Judging by the content of the PC version, the cutscene in the Prison Ship where Rayman frees the prisoners, which first appeared in the Dreamcast version, was originally meant to appear in the PC and Nintendo 64 versions.
The PC version also has leftovers from several unused levels, being the following:
Below is a list of all of the currently known early names for levels, locations and characters.
- The Technical Check-up - originally the Emission Control station
- Polokus - originally Polochus
- The Marshes of Awakening - originally the Marshes of the Awakening and the Marshlands of Awakening
- The Fairy Glade - originally the Fairy's Glade (the early name is used in Rayman Revolution)
- The Canopy - originally the Wilderness
- The Sanctuary of Stone and Fire - originally the Sanctuary of Lava and Fire
- The Precipice - originally the Great Rift
- The Top of the World - originally the Roof of the World
- The Sanctuary of Rock and Lava - originally the Sanctuary of Rock and Stone and the Sanctuary of Earth and Stone
- Beneath the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava - originally beneath the Sanctuary of Earth and Stone
The cheat code "GETELIX" is mentioned along with the other known cheat codes in the PC version, but it appears to be unused. It was most likely meant to give the player the Elixir of Life before entering the Cave of Bad Dreams.
Many textures which were later used in the PlayStation version can also be found in the files for the PC version suggestion they were originally meant to be included there as well. These include the textures for Antitoons and the stone with Ly's face. Textures from the Dreamcast version were found as well, such as the textures for Eig. Some leftovers, such as controller icons, where found from the Nintendo 64 version.
Ssssam was originally meant to be metallic.
An early, more metallic version of Ssssam.
The old font is present in the demo files.
Loading screens and artwork
Although the demos are very similar and include the same levels, there are some minor differences.
Differences from Rayman 2
- Rayman falls into the level after the Robo-Pirate animation in the first demo, instead of afterwards like in the final version.
- The total amount of cages show 0 in the first demo, instead of 7 like in the final version. Cages can however still be broken and will result in it showing 1/0 etc.
- The heads-up display can't by triggered to show by pressing "J".
- The transparency doesn't work on all textures.
- Rayman starts with the upgraded fist from the Canopy.
- The Hall of Doors uses the French name "Mapmonde".
The following text was found in the PC version's files. The text from the demo mostly includes minor differences, such as misspellings and incorrect grammar. Only the text that differs is shown here.
The following text was found in the demo. The main difference here is the mentioning of Robo-Rats.
Since they captured you, Nothing can stop them. They've taken everything And enslaved our people. Their Robo-Rats sniff out the hidden for capture. In the chaos, they exploded the Primordial Energy Core. The Energy broke into 1000 magical fragments called lums. We grow weaker. Soon, it will be too late... You must escape, Rayman You are our only hope!
The following text was meant to appear during the intro when the pirates dragged Globox into Rayman's cell. Most of it was found in the demo, though the second line (No! Not the whip!) can't be found in the final game as well. It was most likely not used to keep the game at a low age rating.
No! Not the whip!
This following text was found in the demo.
Howdy, rayman! glad to see that you escaped!
plan saved Rayman! But... Where's Daddy?
Erm, you see... we've got separated... Not there Daddy Globox? Boohooooo! We want our Daddy! Now don't worry kiddies! I'll bring your dad back! But first I've got to find LY. She often comes here. Have you seen her around? Some nasty pirates took LY over there! Hummm... I gotta help her!
And the energy has become very difficult to reunite.
He's the Spirit of the World. His power is limitless.
So go away! Come back when you have the name.
I have hidden a precious treasure inside here. You can have it for yourself, If you are faster than me. I'll give a head start, But don't delay! If I catch you, I'll show you no mercy...
To increase your chances Here's some vital energy
I want the treasure!
No treasure for me!
THE DREAM TEAM
In the demo files, the same text appears, but with a different third option.
I want the treasure!
No treasure for me!
I wanna set my buddies free !
You didn't fall into the trap.
I think you deserve a much tougher Shootout
Note how Polokus doesn't mention him not being able to use his powers above the ground.
This cutscene was later used in the Dreamcast, PlayStation and PlayStation 2 versions with the PlayStation 2 one being slightly altered. This suggests that it was originally meant to be included in the PC version as well. The text can be found in the final version of the game.
we're all with you!
one last effort, and the pirates will only be a bad memory!
go for it, rayman! you can do it!
don't listen to him! he's nothing but a dirty liar!!
take him out and we'll finally be free!
we're all with you, little buddy!
win, and i'll melt my gold to make a statue of you.
i've taught you well. don't let me down!
you are the greatest hero i have ever known!
we'll be dancing to bring you luck!
The following text can be found in the final version of the game and was most likely mean to be spoken by Razorbeard during the boss fight against him.
i'm not afraid of you!
i'll feed your remains to the piranhas!!
go ahead and relax! you're about to die!
i'll show you what i'm made of!!
look how easily we tame these savage beasts!
i'll decorate your gravestone myself!
ha! globox was a better fighter than you!
did you remember to say goodbye to ly?
you're going to pay for what you've done!!
Lava bath is served, rayman! Have fun!
Eat this! Hahaha!!!
Come here and Fight!
you won't escape!
You are so ridiculous!
Note how there's no mentioning of Polokus here.
So, did you guys figure it out? Are you the real king?
Uh...More or less. We're a Bit better organised now.
fight hard! Freedom depends on your fists!
The following text can be found in the files of the final game. It is unknown where they were going to appear, though the second one was most likely meant to appear in the Fairy Glade.
Err. No Level played
Le Monde des Pirates
The following text, found in the demo, suggest that key mapping was originally going to be possible in the PC version.
The Sanctuary of Lava and FIRE (The Sanctuary of Stone and Fire).
The Sanctuary of rock and Stone (The Sanctuary of Rock and Lava).
Beneath the sanctuary of rock and stone (Beneath the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava).
Emission Control station (Technical Check-Up).
AXEL: Guardian of the sanctuary of water and ice
FOUTCH: Guardian of the sanctuary of lava and fire
UMBER: Guardian of the sanctuary of rock and stone
In RazorBeard's personal cabin.
You'll pay for this! No! You can't come in here!
Quickly, Rayman! we want our papa!
A bunch of screenshots and artwork have been found from early versions of Rayman 2.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJQcHip4tDE Rayman 2: Mysteries of the Hall of Doors at YouTube
- Rayman Revolution trailer
- Rayman 2 trailer
- Rayman 2 trailer
- Rayman 2 trailer
- Rayman 2 interview
- Royal V music video
- Video showcasing all unused content from Rayman 2
- A playlist of IGN's Rayman 2 early and late prototype gameplay