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Assassin's Creed

3 months ago

Free and paid episodic adventures will expand Assassin’s Creed Odyssey after launch

Pseudo-historical stabventure Assassin's Creed Odyssey is shaping up to be an enormous game right off the bat, but Ubisoft have plans to keep players coming back well into next year. Today, they unveiled their post-launch roadmap for the game. Now confirmed, the season pass includes two episodic story arcs - one featuring an encounter with the original Hidden Blade-wielder, the other taking players to Atlantis,…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey wants you to soak up the sights in its new Exploration Mode

As mindbogglingly huge as Assassin's Creed Origins was, it never felt possible to get lost in its sprawling Egyptian landscapes. For Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft want you to get a little bit lost. Spotted by Eurogamer during a hands-on preview, Exploration Mode is a new option described in-game as "the way Assassin's Creed Odyssey is meant to be experienced". Rather than hold your hand as you…

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4 months ago

The Assassin’s Creed series is taking a little lie-down in 2019

Ubisoft are giving their studios a moment to catch their breath after the launch of Assassin's Creed Odyssey in October. After debuting a new Odyssey trailer (below) at Gamescom, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that there's no sequels, spinoffs or side-games due in 2019, as reported by Gamespot. Their focus for next year will be live support for Odyssey. Probably for the best, as according to…

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6 months ago

Kassandra is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s main hero, but only in the book

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will let us play as either Kassandra or Alexios, both Spartan warriors, but creative director Jonathan Dumont told Reddit that it’s the former who is considered the canon protagonist, at least in the upcoming official novelisation. It won’t affect the game, however, as whoever you play as will be treated as the one, true hero. The game's marketing, however, seems altogether Alexios-inclined...

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Ubisoft has tried to fill Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with real Greek voices

Ubisoft has tried to fill Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which is set in 5th century BC Greece, with as many Greek actors as possible. This, of course, sounds like common sense, but it’s lamentably worthy of note in an industry that’s often dominated by Americans, regardless of the setting.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey kicks off in October

After a great many leaks, Ubisoft today finally announced Assassin's Creed Odyssey, taking the open-world murder simulator to Ancient Greece. Playing as a lad or a lass who's the grandkid of Leonidas, the Scot who was crowned king of Sparta after kicking a postman down a hole, we'll sneak, sail, and stab across the land. It largely resembles last year's Assassin's Creed Origins, obviously, but…

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10 months ago

Assassin’s Creed Origins becomes edutainment Feb 20th

On top of being a broadly pleasant surprise and a very strong return to form for Ubisoft's open-world murder-sandbox series, one of the key selling points of Assassin's Creed Oranges for me was a promised feature that wasn't quite ready in time for launch. Ubisoft are finally making good on their plans next week. On February 20th, the Discovery Tour mode will be arriving as…

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Feature: Holiday snaps

Exploring Assassin’s Creed Origins with a camera

I have been, since November, utterly enamoured with digital Ptolemaic Egypt. Assassin's Creed Origins’ snowglobe version of the kingdom makes it excellent fodder for long, meandering walks and screenshots of tantalising vistas, but it's the small vignettes of daily life and scenes of mundanity that make Egypt feel less like just another theme park. Since the first Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft Montreal has used scale as…

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11 months ago

Feature: Listen or be unmade

Podcast: Remakes, reboots and remasters

Welcome to the freshly relaunched RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show! You might think this is episode 31, but actually it’s episode 1 again. We’re rebooting it, even though we just did that last year. We’ve started by making it more accessible. Instead of three of us chatting about videogames between snippets of jaunty music, there’s just a sad man saying “Sonic the Hedgehog” over…

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1 year ago

Feature: Assassin's Apparel

The joy of Assassin’s Creed Origins’ costumes

Assassin’s Creed clothes are some of the best clothes in all games. Those layers, all those flowing, flapping, swinging layers: cloth and leather and swords and knives and pouches and harnesses. I often idly wonder, as I watch an Assassin’s Creed loading screen, how many people - how many studios! - produce Assassin’s Creed’s clothes? They’re a wonder of code and art coming together, of…

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Feature: Listen while running

Podcast: Into The Breach, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and “running away”

Cowardice is a virtue. So says the team on this week's RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. That's because our theme is "running away" - games that encourage you to flee from danger, or that give you a choice between fight and flight. Adam will run from the soldiers of Arma or the post-apocalyptic antagonists of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Brendan will scarper from poor odds in For…

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Feature: Everything is permitted (except hacking)

Have you played… Assassin’s Creed multiplayer?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. The Assassin’s Creed series has abandoned its mutliplayer modes and that makes me sad. The multiplayer, introduced in Brotherhood, was one of the most playground-like games you could find. It’s basically the game of Assassin, popular among university students, but played on cool-looking streets from the…

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Feature: Guilty as charged

Podcast: Guilty pleasures and Opus Magnum

It's a simple theme this week with the Electronic Wireless Show. We're talking about guilty pleasures - the games that make us feel a wee bit embarrassed but not so much that we won't squirrel away at them while grinning  like idiots. Alec feels a bit sheepish bringing his toy steering wheel to work when planning to play American Truck Simulator. Meanwhile, Matt remembers how…

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Feature: Niles ahead

Assassin’s Creed Origins is a world of delicate details

Our full review of Assassin's Creed: Origins is yet to come, but Edwin has been exploring its world on our behalf and sends back this report. I've only had time for a quick poke through the world of Assassin's Creed: Origins, thanks to a combination of Ancient Egypt-grade download speeds, short notice and a tortuous wrangle with graphics card drivers, but I'm already enjoying myself. This…

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2 years ago

Feature: "You killed me? Let's talk"

Have You Played… Assassin’s Creed?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The first Assassin’s Creed, with its underwhelming and repetitive missions, seems destined to be judged as Ubi’s half-decent prototype for the much better AssCreeds to follow. But as much as the sequels added some much-needed character and features, the series also lost something.…

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Feature: And how they can do it better

How historical games integrate or ignore slavery

Video games always come with an expectation that the player will suspend disbelief to some extent. Genetically engineered super-soldier clones don’t exist, radiation has never and will never work like that, and overweight Italian plumbers could never make that jump. In most cases, if we are unwilling or unable to suspend our disbelief, we may well struggle to enjoy the game and our questioning of…

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3 years ago

Assassin’s Creed Collection: When Figurine Partwork Magazines Attack

So, in news I am still not quite ready for and haven't had enough coffee to take seriously, GamesRadar have pointed out that the Assassin's Creed Collection has turned out to be a hideous partwork figurine subscription service. Is it wrong that it's kind of so terrible that I'm now really into the idea?

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Assassin’s Creed Movie Trailer Takes A Flying Leap

Would I want to watch a movie about Michael Fassbender's chiselled, time travelling jaw? Yes. Would I want to watch an Assassin's Creed movie? Slightly less so. But this first trailer goes some way to convincing me that even if the plot turns out to be about Desmond, there'll be enough leaping about and kicking to make it worthwhile watching on Channel 5 in four…

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Ubisoft’s Annual Uplay Spring Sale Now On

My calendar tells me we're now over halfway through April. The Met Office tells me astronomical spring in the northern hemisphere started on March 20. Yet the weatherman told me yesterday that I can expect highs of a whopping nine degrees centigrade here in Glasgow this weekend. I'd swear it was still winter had the annual Uplay Spring Sale not kicked off this week, with…

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