Posts Tagged ‘Assassin’s Creed III’

Just Release Assassin’s Creed, Not Six Different Versions

Freedom from having a clue what to buy.

There is certainly a long list of things we grumble about when it comes to game releases these days, from day one DLC to whichever mad choice of DRM accompanies, but they can all pretty much be summed up in one statement: Just release the game. It would make every gamer so much happier. And on that list is when games release themselves in different versions, with different in-game content. So that makes the six different versions of Assassin’s Creed III (the game itself) not only confusing, but pretty annoying. Especially when it’s a game that’s looking so great.

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Delawere: AssCreed III’s Co-op Wolf Pack

There are no lycanthropes in AssCreed III but I might manage a smile if AssCreed IV, which will probably be the fifteenth game in the series, had all manner of shapeshifters and undead running around in its industrial British setting. The American Wolf Pack aren’t a band of teenwolves though, or indeed a group of increasingly unpleasant men with sore heads, but rather the teams of assassins in the game’s new co-op mode, details of which IGN has extracted. Teams of up to four will work together to take down mark(s) against the clock across 25 waves. The news from Comic Con is that the PC version will be here “before Christmas” (Edit: Ubisoft’s now claiming that the delay’s not real and we all just imagined it). Here’s some footage of Boston, with commentary.

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Fassassin’s Creed

Here is a pattern:

– Action videogame is successful
– Movie rights are optioned by big studio
– Big star and/or director is attached
– ????
– Humdrum movie fails to make as much profit as hoped.

Assassin’s Creed is next to be dragged to the blockbuster movie adaptation stocks, and none other than Michael ‘only good thing about Prometheus’ Fassbender is going to wilfully endanger all his good work of recent years by co-producing and starring in it. RPS has the first exclusive image of the film, which you can see below.
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By Jingo! AssCreed III Trailer Takes Itself Seriously

Sorry mister, you're not old enough to watch us playing this.

Live action trailers are, by default, dumb. We all know it, they all keep making them anyway. But it’s hard to imagine a dumber one that today’s jingoistic bullshitapocalypse for Assassin’s Creed III. It seems to be trying to pitch the game as a brutal look at the oppression of a people, rather than running around inside your own DNA, jumping off trees and murdering people. But to celebrate America’s overwhelming envy for our shiny red coats, surviving Brits can look at the game itself in some GAME stores today. If there are any left.

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Scars And Stripes: Assassin’s Creed III

Doughnut axes were all the rage

There are three remarkable things about the new Assassin’s Creed III trailer, although ‘remarkable’ may be too strong a word really, so let’s dial it back to ‘notable’. Thing number one is that, having just read all about Rome II, I couldn’t help but think the opening of this video would make more sense as an advert for Total War of Independence. Secondly, I was surprised to learn that despite not actually being released yet, Assassin’s Creed III was the best adventure game and action game at E3. It was also the best trailer, which makes more sense. The last thing I noted was that some of the single player missions are so big that it’s only possible for consolemen to get them by pre-ordering the game in a giant box, although the PC Digital Deluxe Edition manages to fit them down an internet tube.

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Shock: Assassin’s Creed III Probably Delayed On PC?

Now this, this would be a better way to handle piracy.
Once upon a time, I believed the dreaded Ubidelay was finally sharing a suffocatingly packed grave with the publisher’s other incredibly misguided ideas about how PC releases should work. After all, Far Cry 3’s bucking the trend, so I was allowed to hope, right? But alas, Eurogamer‘s uncovered some rather convincing evidence to the contrary, at least, in the case of Assassin’s Creed III. Specifically, our blue, platform-agnostic cousin got its hands on a promotional image that prominently states “PC version out on 23rd November 2012.” That puts Connor’s eagle-scream haystack dive onto our hard drives roughly a month after the console versions. Boo.

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Assassin’s Creed III “Frontier Demo” Is Snowy, Bloody


Continuing E3’s exciting theme of deer being skewered on arrows, the Assassin’s Creed III Frontier demo – which was shown to some of the assembled ravagers of the event known as E3 – shows the new assassin chap killing a deer by creeping up on it and zapping it clean dead. That’s a great time to play a cutscene, as the developer’s narration explains. Man, I like those cutscenes. Never get tired of them. Sometimes I just sit back and watch a couple of hours of them. You only have to hit one button at the start of those ones. The little triangle button. It’s that easy. Mm.

Look, I’m being baselessly snarky, so ignore me and watch it – because he sure does kill some redcoats – and have a read of this. That’s better. Much better.
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E3 Day Zero: When Game Violence Becomes Vile

One of the most striking scenes of yesterday’s E3 press conference gauntlet didn’t take place on a stage or a screen. It wasn’t rehearsed or pre-planned, and it most certainly wasn’t expected. I sat in a jam-packed arena-sized auditorium and watched a game demo unfold on a screen bigger than my hometown. OK, that wasn’t the surprising part. I’d been doing that all day. This one, though, came to a rather abrupt halt when – mere inches away from the camera – a man’s head erupted into a volcano of hyper-detailed gore after a point-blank shotgun blast. And then: deafening applause from hundreds of people.

This was the blaring exclamation point on the end of a day of gleefully grotesque neck-shanking, leg-severing, and – of course – man-shooting. I can honestly think of maybe five games – in four multiple-hour press conferences – that didn’t feature some sort of lovingly rendered death-dealing mechanic. And oh how show-goers cheered. So then, have we all become brainless barbarians with a lust for blood bordering on fetishistic? Hardly. That’d be a simple black-or-white (or, I suppose, red) answer, and this issue’s a whole lot messier than that.

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He’s On A Boat: Assassin’s Creed III Footage

Scenes at RPS's Jubilee party, yesterday.

Assassin’s Creed III done released a big pile of video last night, along with four new screenshots. There’s a silly CGI trailer that helps no one, but also a great big chunk of in-game footage that shows off the sneaky, jumpy, stabby and animal-hurty ways of a far more rural Assassin, and then some of the ship combat. Click on the pics for bigger versions, and see the trailers below.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 Dev Says PC Players Need Controller

No, don't W! For your family, just S.

According to an interview with Gamespy, Assassin Creed 3’s creative director, Alex Hutchinson, has declared that Ubisoft won’t be “investing hugely in a mouse and keyboard setup”, instead suggesting that PC gamers use a controller to play the game. Which at first may look like another reason for us to hitch up our skirts and stomp angrily to the protesting grounds, but I’d argue that perhaps he’s right.

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Talkin’ Bout Assassin’s Creed III’s Revolution

There’s some muttering in the audience as Tommy Francois, IP development director at Ubisoft leads us through a sixty minute history of Assassin’s Creed III’s development. From concept work in 2010 to animation tests to proof of concept videos to details on the historical research, we’re being shown everything except the game itself. For a game this size and in this age of wham, bam, now preorder ma’am promotion, this sort of gently passionate round the houses development discussion is highly irregular. ‘Just show us the trailer lol,’ I am entirely prepared to bet at least one of the hundreds of journalists in this crowd has written in their notes.

Much as getting to see how the game evolved from its original concept – ‘social stealth’ set during the American War of Independence – and just how closely it’s stuck to it across nearly three years of development is personally fascinating, there is a part of me that does just want to be shown the trailer lol. Then I get it.
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Fear Not: Assassin’s Creed 3 *Will* Be On PC

Connor flees from the angry PC gaming mob

Yesterday’s Assassin’s Creed III firsto-revealo-CGIo-trailero created a spot of inadvertent drama by leaving out a single word in a sentence of text at the end. That word was ‘date’. And the sentence it should have been in was ‘PC format release to be confirmed.’

Cue screaming. Not by me, as I did think it was clear, but some people got the wrong end of the stick because of the peculiar wording.

To them I say, it’s okay! It’s okay! It doesn’t mean that they’ve got cold feet about making a PC version. It’s meant to say ‘PC format release date to be confirmed.’ We have double-checked this with Ubisoft, and while we still don’t know quite when the PC version is due, we can reassure you that it is indeed due. Hugs!

Team America: Assassin’s Creed 3 Revealed, Properly

Ice, ice, bladey

The American Revolution is a fascinating setting to have moved AssCreed onto, and not just because it puts me in mind of my beloved Colonization. Proto-technology, a wildly changeable climate, shades of grey on both sides of the conflict and recognisable mythology to apply conspiracy theories to. My major concern is that the English will be cast as one-note boo-hiss baddies, but then again the real-life modern day England is currently being governed by boo-hiss baddies, so I suppose it’s apt. Nonetheless, we’re told that new and unspellable Assassin hero Ratohnaké:ton is “of Native American and English heritage”, so presumably there will be some sympathy for King and country in there after all.

After a week of leaks and rumours, Ubisoft have officially revealed, explained and entrailerised the confusingly-named fifth Assassin’s Creed. Snow, tomahawks and George Washington await you below.
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