Posts Tagged ‘Assassins Creed Unity’

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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Are Open World Games Living Up To Their Potential?

Once a week most weeks, the RPS hivemind gathers to discuss An Issue. Sometimes it’s controversial news, sometimes it’s a particular game, sometimes it’s favourite things and least favourite things, sometimes a perennial talking point. This week, off the back of most of us being obsessed with Metal Gear Solid V, we’re talking about open world, or sandbox games. Big map, go where you please, kill or don’t kill – the GTA, Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry formula. And it’s very much a formula now. How do we feel about that? Has the promise of earlier open world games such as the first few Elder Scrolls been lost? And just why are we apparently giving MGSV a free pass given we often roll our eyes as Assassin’s Creed?
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Which Digital Game Store Is Best For Refunds: Steam vs. UPlay vs. Origin vs. GOG

Rumour has it that the decrepit Arkham Knight port beat a retreat on account of Steam refunds. After all, what better way to get a dastardly developer to blush and shuffle its hooves than to reverse its cash flow? Until June, when no-questions-asked refunds came into force, such a feat was impossible. Perhaps, after years of pro-consumer jabs at Microsoft and other corporates, Valve sought to make a material gesture that player interests are truly the heart of the Steam empire. Or perhaps they dislike being sued. Hint: they are currently being sued.

By now, you’ve likely encountered a shop and have a reasonable feeling about how refunds should work: if it doesn’t do what it’s meant to, you take it back. Nothing could be simpler. Refunds for digital products – or, as is often the case, licenses for digital products – are a legal hellscape of false assertions and misinformation, in large part a product of outdated legislation that no one is keen to test in court. To sift through the muck, I got in touch with Ryan Morrison, founder of the New York law firm by the same name (and no relation of mine this side of the 17th century). Whether you’re European, Stateside or in the wrong hemisphere altogether, here’s the plain English version of where and through which service your purchases are best protected and why some retailers still risk refusing refunds.

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How Thinking Like A Historian Can Help You Understand Games, From The Witcher 3 To Assassin’s Creed

There has been a lot of discussion recently in games about historical accuracy. We’ve seen a number of articles debating the absence of people of color in The Witcher 3 as well as essays criticizing Apple’s decision to remove games featuring the Confederate battle flag from the App Store. Most of this discussion treats historical accuracy as something close to gospel, beyond reproach or change. “There were never people of color in the medieval, Eastern European milieu from which The Witcher is drawn.” “There were always Confederate battle flags in the American Civil War.” For most people, using “never” and “always” with regard to history seems natural. If any field of knowledge can offer such certainty, it must be history, right?

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No App Needed To Play Assassin’s Creed Unity Anymore

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The pitchforks came out for Assassin’s Creed Unity’s bugs and performance problems, but I can’t say I ran into many of the former and the latter was never bad enough to make it unplayable. (It was worse on console, as I understand it). For me, the problem was that whatever soul the game might have had was obfuscated by its ostentatious partitioning into external systems. Sign up for this nebulous player-tracking service, install this tellingbone app, grind/play/grind, hunger hunger hunger for more. Whatever you do, don’t just play the game.

Belatedly, the situation is improving. Ubisoft are removing the need to have Unity companion app thingamywotist if you want to open certain chests (containing various loot and even an Altair skin) scattered around Paris.
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Fassassin’s Creed Movie In 2016

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The Assassin’s Creed movie, starring Michael “elephantine” Fassbender, has finally been actually properly genuinely greenlit, and production’s already in swing for jumpy-stabby silver screen action in late 2016. Given that the misfortunes of earlier Ubisoft adaptation Prince of Persia panned out resulted in Jake Gyllenhaal turning away from ultro-budget action movies, if this struggles similarly we might see the Fass slope off back to arthouse for a while. I might be OK with that.
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Assassin’s Creed Free Apology DLC Dead Kings Next Week

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’s Assassinspology Free Games Are Live

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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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Why Aren’t Ubi Games On UK Steam? We Still Don’t Know

An odd phenomenon of the last month or so is the disappearance of Ubisoft’s end-of-year gaming bonanza from the UK version of Steam. While Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, and The Crew are all available on the US and other international versions of Valve’s blue-grey shop, in Her Majesty’s The United Kingdom, they are conspicuously absent. The games can be bought, at surprisingly huge prices, through the convoluted bizarreness of Uplay, and through other portals like GamersGate or Greenman Gaming, but the most popular and widely used digital distro has an empty shelf. So what’s up?

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Liberté, Égalité, Desolés: Free DLC After Assassin’s Mess

BOO!

I’m disappointed in Alec for not having a more wacky experience in Assassin’s Creed Unity. While folks across various platform found bugs from horrifying missing faces to people on invisible minibikes, he only had performance problems. Try harder to get funny bugs next time, Alec.

Ubisoft have apologised for launching the game in such a sorry state, and are trying to make amends by offering everyone its first planned big DLC pack, Dead Kings, for free. And as that was supposed to be part of the DLC Season Pass, they’re trying to make amends to Season Pass holders by offering them a free game from a selection including Far Cry 4 and The Crew.

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Wot I Think – Assassin’s Creed Unity

stop crowding me. My processor's agoraphobic

Assassin’s Creed Unity is the latest in Ubisoft’s series of historical-set open world action-adventure games. It stars a French nobleman named Arno Dorian, who becomes an Assassin (stealthy free-running dude battling against an evil conspiracy theory) in 18th century Paris, around the time of the French revolution. It adds co-op and gear customisation to the seven-year-old formula. It’s been out for three days now, and I’ve been playing it for much of that time.

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An Exciting Post About AssCreed Unity’s PC Performance

Now that I’ve a) got code and b) got said code to run after a ton of tinkering, I’ve spent a couple of hours with gaming’s latest whipping boy, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Given yesterday’s web brouhaha about its shonky performance on console, it seems worth sharing my technical experiences with it on PC too.

Below are a bunch of numbers, if you like that sort of thing. TLDR: it’s not disastrous, but something sure ain’t right.
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No Assassin’s Creed Unity Review From Us Because…

AssBro denied

…Well, primarily because we didn’t receive code until today. It seems some multi-format sites have had console versions ahead of release, but no dice in PC-land, at least not here. Though folk in the US have been able to buy the game since 12am. Maybe I should have moved to America and pulled an all-nighter just for this.

Whether this is related to various reports today that Ubisoft jumpy-stabby sequel has a number of performance issues, particularly with regard to framefrate drops and pop-in, we can’t know. Just wanted to tell you why we won’t be holding forth one way or another for a few days yet, basically.
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New Ubi Games Vanish From Steam In More Countries

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Update: “We are looking into it at the moment,” an Ubisoft representative has told us about the later vanishings outside the UK. Meanwhile, two dear readers in Finland and Germany comment that the games have disappeared from Steam for them too.

When Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, The Crew, and Far Cry 4 all vanished from Steam in the UK earlier this week, the publisher made cryptic mention of being “in discussions with Valve”. What’s so weird or special about the UK that our Steam wouldn’t get Ubisoft’s big fancy Christmas lineup? Turns out, we’re not so special any more. These games are vanishing from the US and Australian stores too, VG247 noted, suggesting something bigger than a regional quirk is afoot.

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Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed, The Crew Not On Steam In UK

U-boo-soft, more like. It looks like the developer of Far Cry 4, The Crew and Assassin’s Creed Unity won’t be releasing any of those games through Steam in the UK.

Speaking to PCGamesN, the publisher confirmed that they have been in discussions with Valve about Assassin’s Creed Unity, “but for the time being the game is not available via Steam in the UK. In the meantime, UK customers wishing to purchase the game digitally can do so by visiting the Uplay store, our retail partners or other digital distributors.” The Crew and Far Cry 4, meanwhile, are listed on Steam throughout the world but not in the UK, suggesting they might befall the same fate.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Just Wants You To Co-operate

With a title like its own, it would be dreadfully inappropriate were Assassin’s Creed Unity not to have co-op. So fortunately, it does. And Ubisoft wants to prove this to you, via the motion picture excitement of a trailer. Featuring much man walking slowly away from camera.

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Mont-Martyred: Assassin’s Creed – Unity

Today, I give thanks that there is yet another trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Unity crouching in a corner of my inbox, hidden hype-blades snarling somewhere within. I’m genuinely grateful for this one because it manages to contain all of the reasons I’m excited about a new Assassin’s Creed alongside most of the reasons that I’ll probably stop playing after an hour or two. The good stuff first – Ubisoft’s gargantuan CreedCrafting studios make big budget pop culture history that I’m always delighted to explore. The bad is the cloaked figure leaping from a rooftop, doing the same old things in another city, in another time. Following, jumping, stabbing, killing. Where’s the mystery?

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Editorial: Assassin’s Creed Is No Longer Critically Relevant

I always think music is a better model for videogames than film: individual series of games can be thought of as performers, reaching a feverish apex of popularity before settling into comfortable grooves and hoping for the rare, Kylie Minogue-like creative resurgence.

What’s unusual about music is that most of its critical discourse revolves around pop. It’s not because pop music is what’s popular – though that helps – but because pop is obsessed with the new. It’s an eclectic, hybrid genre, grabbing new sounds, new ideas, new fashion from wherever it can, subsuming what it needs and discarding the rest. When pop finishes with an idea, that idea either dies or it calcifies as its own genre and people stop talking about it.

In short, Assassin’s Creed is now the adult contemporary of videogames. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is Michael Bolton.

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Ubi Trying Really Hard To Not Delay Assassin’s Creed On PC

Assassin’s Creed’s history with PC tardiness is about as well-documented as the Templars’ involvement in history isn’t. Almost annually, the story is the same: Ubisoft is non-committal about a PC date, release gets close or close-ish, and then the publisher suddenly announces a delay of a few weeks. It’s nearly as much of a tradition as annual Assassin’s Creed releases themselves. But will it happen again this time, or has Ubisoft finally kicked its inexplicable (or at least thus far not well-explained) delay habit to the curb? Well, if nothing else everything’s going according to plan so far. Ubisoft told me that it’s trying really hard for a simultaneous release of Assassin’s Creed Unity.

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Yes All Men: Assassin’s Creed Bro-op Controversy Escalates

I’m afraid this is going to be a long one, because the debate around Assassin’s Creed Unity not inculding any female avatar options in its co-op mode didn’t half snowball overnight. Ubisoft are now backtracking on their initial defence that this was a workload issue, and instead claim it’s a deliberate narrative-based decision – however, this only opens up more questions.

In the meantime, a former Assassin’s Creed animation lead has called foul on the original claims that animating a female character results in an unbearable workload increase, while elsewhere at E3, a Far Cry 4 dev claimed that excessive animation needs are why there are no playable women in that game. Who to believe, eh?
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