Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

Assassin’s Creed Rogue PC Release Date Announced

By Graham Smith on February 5th, 2015.

Ubisoft have some strange habits, one of which is setting two teams to make two games in the same series simultaneously – one destined for next-gen consoles and one for the ‘previous’ generation of consoles. Even more strange, the presumably lower budget latter often turns out to be better, as is reportedly the case with Assassin’s Creed Rogue [official site]. Where Assassin’s Creed Unity‘s Parisian streets were littered with bugs, Rogue more simply followed up on the ship captaining of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Now we know when it’s finally coming to PC: March 10th.

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The First 45 Minutes Of Grow Home

By John Walker on February 5th, 2015.

Ubisoft’s Grow Home [official site] was unveiled barely two weeks ago, and is out now. Beginning as an experiment in procedural animation, it’s finished as a genuinely delightful little project. BUD, a heartbreakingly charming little robot, is charged with growing a giant plant up through floating islands, in some effort to re-oxygenate the Earth. Doesn’t matter. What matters is his gorgeously stumbling, clumsy movement, and the giggly delight of having him climb. I stumble and giggle through the first forty-five minutes of the game, below.

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Ubisoft Restore Games After Key Reseller Mess

By Alice O'Connor on February 3rd, 2015.

The eagle represents... let's say key resellers? Ubisoft? Video games? I'm not very good at these satirical captions.

Ubisoft have returned Far Cry 4 and other games to the accounts of folks who’d unknowingly bought game keys from resellers selling a load obtained “using fraudulent credit card information.”

Cast your mind back to January, when Ubisoft up and removed games from people’s Uplay accounts without notice or warning, only explaining later that the keys were iffy, bought from Origin with wonky details. Ubisoft’s initial stance was that folks should seek a refund from the reseller who sold them the key, but they’ve changed their minds. Folks who activated their iffy key and had started playing now have their game back.

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Heroes Of Might & Magic 3 HD Released, Problems Abound

By Shaun Green on January 31st, 2015.

The list of games that have caused me sleepless nights (because I didn’t go to bed) or hindered my ability to get anything done (because I was playing them) is not a short list, but somewhere near the top is New World Computing’s indisputable classic* Heroes of Might & Magic III.

News of an official HD re-release was therefore exciting, though my family, friends and colleagues may have felt otherwise. The original HOMM3 (because really, who types the whole thing out every time) still has buckets of charm and is perfectly playable today, but the idea of re-drawn and re-animated creature sprites plus support for higher resolutions and widescreen appealed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ubisoft: Cancelled Keys Bought Fraudulently From Origin

By Alice O'Connor on January 28th, 2015.

Satire, yeah? The mission area represents... a thing and the bow is... another thing?

Ubisoft last week deactivated copies of games including Far Cry 4 and Watch Underscore Dogs for a number of folks who had bought them from game key resellers, later briefly explaining the keys had been “fraudulently obtained”. Now they’ve said a bit more. The keys in question were bought from EA’s digital store Origin with fraudulent credit card details then sold on by resellers, Ubi have explained. EA confirmed this, and have also removed Ubi’s games from Origin to somehow “protect against further fraudulent purchases”, which seems a bit weird. Ubi are directing folks to their resellers to get refunds, and at least one plans compensation.

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Ubisoft Cancels “Fraudulent” Uplay Keys From Re-Sellers

By Graham Smith on January 27th, 2015.

For all the trouble the internet gets itself into, do you know which word we don’t use enough? “Fracas”. Here’s today’s: Ubisoft have deactivated a set of Uplay game keys it deemed “fraudulently obtained,” leaving gamers who bought those keys from re-sellers out of pocket and full of ire. A thirty-page forum thread (at the time of writing) over on the Ubi site is full of stories from people affected.

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The Climb: Ubi Announce Grow Home

By Philippa Warr on January 23rd, 2015.

Falling probably not a great option

Ubisoft have announced Grow Home, a climbing game about nurturing plants and producing seeds.

The idea is that you’re playing a robot called BUD who wants to oxygenate his home world and thus you must persuade a beanstalk from another planet to produce seeds. I will tell you more about the game but I also have questions.

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Trials Fusion Online Multiplayer Finally Rolls Out

By Alice O'Connor on January 23rd, 2015.

I couldn't think of a Harry Hill-enough gag, sorry

Being in a motorbike accident is, I’ve been told, terrifying and awful, just awful, the pits, ugh, frightful, I really don’t think you’d like it. Yet watching a motorbike accident is, I’ve seen on You’ve Been Framed, a rib-tickling barrel of laughs. Tempering the horror of the first with the joy of the second, Trials Fusion now has online multiplayer to go with its local play. Nine months after the game came out, you and seven other folks can finally zip, flip, and shatter your hips together.

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Let’s Not Play: Far Cry 4

By John Walker on January 9th, 2015.

The internet is awfully busy. And it’s not just pictures of butterflies disguised as serial killers – an awful lot of it is made of “let’s play” videos. These are what the young people call “content”, in which you can see someone else playing a game because you’re too busy to do so. But what this half of YouTube distinctly lacks is people not actually playing the games properly. That’s why Rock, Paper, Shotgun is here. Here begins a series in which I don’t get on with playing a game properly, but instead mucking about with all the fun they have to offer outside of their main straight lines. This starts with my obsessive need to remove every ? from Far Cry 4‘s map.

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Assassin’s Creed Free Apology DLC Dead Kings Next Week

By Alice O'Connor on January 7th, 2015.

Rats!

The city and catacombs of Saint-Denis will open up to Assassin’s Creed Unity players on January 13th, Ubisoft have announced, and it’ll be free for everyone as an apology present for releasing the game in such a poor state. Here’s a thing I know about Saint-Denis: during the Revolution, the royal tombs in the Basilica were cracked open and their contents tossed into pits in the yard and oh no over the course of telling this story I realise this’ll be the setup for Dead Kings. Of course it will. They have to Assassinate all of history don’t they, those people. You can see a little of this fanciful retelling in a new cinematic trailer.

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Ubisoft Survey Reveals Potential Far Cry Locations

By Philippa Warr on January 5th, 2015.

Begone, elephant! Unless you picked that last option or whatever.

Psssst! You wanna hear some gossip? WELL! So, Eurogamer told me that some friends of theirs told THEM that a marketing research survey told them – the friends not Eurogamer – that they wanted to talk future Far Cry game settings. I *know*, right?

Apparently the talk came in the form of a survey which asked players to make their preferences regarding potential settings such as Alaska, zombies, dinosaurs and Vietnam known.

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Have You Played… Call Of Juarez Gunslinger?

By Alice O'Connor on December 23rd, 2014.

Bang bang.

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

As an accomplished and habitual liar, I take pride in my art and follow a simple rule: if you’re going to lie to someone, at least make it entertaining for them. So, dear video games, I’m not impressed when you set up an unreliable narrator to reveal gasp I’m dead or gasp I’m the killer or gasp something something metaphysics. Call of Juarez Gunslinger‘s turns me into a gunfighter blowing away a dozen outlaws in the blink of an eye with my twin revolvers. Ayup, that’ll do nicely.

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Ubisoft’s Assassinspology Free Games Are Live

By Alec Meer on December 18th, 2014.

GO

If you’re one of those whose bought Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s DLC Season Pass at launch, you’re getting a big fat Sorry from Ubisoft whether you felt you needed it or not. They need your forgiveness. They burn for it. The publisher’s apologies for Unity’s many and various bugs and performance issues comprises a choice of one of the following: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, The Crew, Rayman Legends, Watch_Dogs or Just Dance 2015. We already knew that! But now it’s actually happening right now go go go go

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