Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Has Trans Character

N.B. Ned Wynert not pictured here

It wasn’t fair that last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Unity became the fall guy for an entire industry’s reluctance to make its digital people diverse. Unfortunately the apparently contradictory excuses, rather than acknowledgement of oversight, for cutting playable female characters from a game whose headline feature was co-op play with customised avatars made the situation much worse. In any case, the series now seems determined to be more inclusive, starting with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate [official site].

We already know that you can switch between its male and female protagonists, twins Jacob and Evie Fry, and now it’s been revealed that the supporting cast will include a trans man.
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New Rainbow Six Siege Closed Beta Launches Today

When I played Rainbow Six Siege [official site] back in April I was enamored. Its round-based terrorists vs. counter-terrorists is fundamentally similar to Counter-Strike, but the destruction tech that underpins it and allows you to smash through any wall makes a fundamental change to the weapons, your tactics, and the level design.

The next closed beta launches later today and there’s a new trailer introducing its maps and things below.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Adds Jack The Ripper DLC

Turns out it was The Scarecrow all along.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate [official site] will be getting a Jack the Ripper campaign as part of its season pass DLC. Alice would like us to think that she called this turn of events months ago. She didn’t. In May she was all “tbh I’m astonished it’s set too early for Jack the Ripper [AssCreed Syndicate is set in London, 1868 while the five generally accepted Jack the Ripper killings all date from 1888] – I was convinced they’d go for him playing a pivotal role in The Conspiracy.”

It was in fact Graham who said: “I’m sure he’ll feature in a big bit of DLC.”

Ten points to Graham. Here’s the trailer and some thoughts:

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Ubisoft Launch Assassin’s Creed Council

Ubisoft have launched something called the Assassin’s Creed Council which appears to be a souped-up version of a devblog with a promise of some exclusive content and a side helping of “community”. I have been going through the comments to see what I can learn from the community. So far I know someone made a real life hidden blade using a drawer runner, some power tools and actual blades.

Right, I guess we should cover what the Council is in a touch more detail:

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Choose Your Own Clancy: Rainbow Six Art Of Siege

Ubisoft have launched an “online training platform” for Rainbow Six: Siege [official site]. Completing the five exercises included in the current Field Training section of the program and you’ll earn an invite to the beta, which is due to launch in a fortnight, on the 24th of this month. I was hoping for a rigorous series of exercises, designed to sort the Clancys from the chancers, but Art of Siege is more like one of those interactive trailers. A drone-cam gives an overview of the situation, you choose a point of entry and then select options to watch the mission play out.

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Where DRMs Come True: Ubisoft Opening Theme Park

Look, every theme park rapidly becomes outdated. That's why I'm using this image. Not just because it was the best multi-brand picture I found on their Facebook page.

Haven’t you always wanted to meet Sam Fisher and take home a photo of him pretending to snap your neck? Why not bungee from a Venetian rooftop into a haystack (don’t worry, it’s not real hay!)? Dare you ride a rollercoaster named Uplay? All these dreams and more may very well – let’s say it: will almost definitely – come true, as Ubisoft have announced plans to open a “next-generation theme park” in Malaysia.

That “next-generation” bit has caused some confusion in the RPS treehouse, but we think we’ve cracked it. Read on for our ideas:

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City Living: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s London

Almost every time I watch a trailer for an Assassin’s Creed game, I think the same thing: I want to go to this place but I do not want to spend my visit climbing up the walls, collecting feathers, and bumping into people (and bumping people off). My repetitive cry of “great city, tedious experience” has itself become tedious. But here I go again because Ubisoft have released a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate [official site] and when the marketing department considered the target audience they wanted to reach, they were looking at a picture of me. It’s a beaut and I’m going to pretend it’s a trailer for a tourism simulator. Or Dishonored 2.

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Far Cry 2’s Clint Hocking Rejoins Ubisoft

Cursed for some unknown slight, Far Cry 2 and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory designer Clint Hocking has been doomed to wander the game Earth until the second coming of Ouya. Since leaving Ubisoft Montreal after FC2, he’s joined then left LucasArts, Valve, and Amazon Game Studios. As curses often compel people to, he’s come full circle.

Hocking today announced that he has joined Ubisoft, this time their Toronto studio. What he’s working on is a mystery, but he seems keen to set down roots.

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Adam & Eve It: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate PC Date

Mate, am I supposed to be happy to hear from you? Evie's having none of that.

Cor blimey luv a duck and stone the crows [be kind then cruel to birds -ed.], you won’t Adam and Eve [believe -ed.] what Ubisoft have done to the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate [official site]. I’m only joshing: you will absolutely believe that Ubisoft have confirmed the PC version is coming a month after the console release. It’s their flipping copper hand and eye [modus operandi -ed.], innit?

Having been a bit vague about the launch before, Ubi have now pegged down a Windows release date of November 19th – consoles are October 23rd.

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Giveaway 3000 Codes To Giveaway

Giveaway: Might & Magic: Heroes 7 Closed Beta

The closed beta for Might & Magic: Heroes 7 [official site] begins today and we have 3000 codes to giveaway. They’re first-come, first-served, and the beta runs from 26th August to 2nd September. To grab one, hop below and follow the instructions.

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