Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft Montreal’

For Honor update ups Steel rewards, River Fort returns

Tidying up some of the week’s leftovers before we shuffle into the next… For Honor [official site] has launched an update reintroducing the River Fort map and boosting the amount Steel players earn by playing. (Steel is the virtuacash used to upgrade and customise characters.) And Ubisoft say they’re going to start communicating a lot more about what’s going on with the game. Read the rest of this entry »

A closer look at Rainbow Six Siege’s new update, Operation Velvet Shell

New additions to Rainbow Six Siege‘s [official site] roster of MOBA-style classes can drastically affect the game’s meta. Each of the content patches released so far have caused shifts in the pro scene that have then trickled down into public matches. This Tuesday brings the next, called Operation Velvet Shell. It marks the start of Rainbow Six Siege’s Year 2 DLC and introduces two new classes to the game, Mira and Jackal, and a new map called Coastline.

I was able to play with all of it ahead of its release during a recent visit to Ubisoft. The update is focusing on the idea of a deep defence – an objective that’s protected by people in the objective room but also by those in the adjacent rooms – and continuing to move away from the current meta’s focus on ‘roamers’. With that in mind, let’s get to know these armed assailants. Read the rest of this entry »

R6 Siege launching Operation Velvet Shell tomorrow

Rainbow Six Siege [official site] will kick off its second year of content updates tomorrow, February 7th, Ubisoft have announced. They held their big Six Invitational tournament over the weekend and took the opportunity to show off the new map and characters coming with Operation Velvet Shell (not a euphemism, unless you want it to be, in which case go right ahead tittering) and discuss plans for the year beyond.

My favourite of the new operators is Mira, who continues Siege’s avant-garde Changing Rooms action by popping windows into walls wherever she pleases. Perhaps a future character will paint an accent wall and hang hideous drapes to distract enemies. Read the rest of this entry »

For Honor open beta starts February 9th

Knights vs. Vikings vs. Samurai stabfest For Honor [official site] will hold a four-day open beta test shortly before launch next month, Ubisoft announced today. From February 9th through 12th, all and sundry will be able to stab each other across a variety of modes. This announcement comes after a closed beta test last weekend and, er, a cheeky little leak giving the news away. Read the rest of this entry »

Stabbo! For Honor’s multiplayer beta is go

Ubisoft’s multiplayer swordfest For Honour [official site] is in the middle of a big ol’ closed beta weekend, so I thought I’d stop by and check in with y’all. I’m not playing myself — I’m not allowed near swords since a Dark Souls-inspired incident with a broom in the RPS treehouse — so, er, how’s it going? I know Alec enjoyed being a Viqueen in the alpha and I suppose I’m curious how For Honour stacks up against homegrown stabbers like Chivalry. For those not playing, here’s a brief infoblast. Read the rest of this entry »

Might & Magic Showdown lets you paint your champs

The trailer for the new Might & Magic Showdown [official site] is either the most unabashed celebration of childhood nerdiness or a sly reminder of our collective arrested development. I’m going with the former, because I am a giant smiling child. Incidentally, this magical battling arena is now early accessible, and most importantly, there’s also a free standalone game called the Paint Workshop that lets you paint the miniatures with tiny virtual brushes.
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For Honor closed beta cutting into the end of January

Our Alec had a lark when he romped around stabbing knights and samurai as a viking (a viqueen?) in Ubisoft’s sword ’em up For Honor [official site] and soon more of us will get a go. Ahead of For Honor’s launch on February 14th, Ubi have announced a closed beta test will run from January 26th to the 29th – and you can sign up for a chance to get in. Murders! Read the rest of this entry »

Ubisoft executives fined €1.2 million for insider trading

Five executives from Ubisoft accused of insider trading have been fined a total of €1.2 million by French regulators, including the CEO of Ubisoft Montreal, Yannis Mallat, whose individual fine is €700,000. The company has said it will appeal the decision and continues to support the executives, saying that the regulator does not understand how its games are made.
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Wot I Think: Watch Dogs 2

We’ve already looked at Watch Dogs 2’s [official site] multiplayer, which is seamlessly stitched onto the game’s open world singleplayer shenanigans, and I’ve written about my first few hours with the game. Now, having worked my way through the story missions and as much of the surrounding city as possible, I’m here to tell you wot I think of Ubisoft’s latest hack ’em up as a whole.

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Watch Dogs 2 easter egg shows space game’s E3 trailer

In Watch Underscore Dogs, you could watch all sorts of grim scenes by hacking into networks. You might see a recently-released convict hold a gun to his face and contemplate suicide, or a divorced single father wank to porn while his baby bawls in another room then mutter “Shoulda washed my hands” when he goes to comfort the bairn. Ha-ha-hilarious! You wacky dudes, Ubisoft. In Watch Dogs 2 [official site], you might find a ‘leaked’ teaser trailer for a new Ubisoft game. Well. An imaginary one, at least. Some sort of sci-fi-y spaceship doodad with a twangly cowboy tune. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch Dogs 2 Launch Trailer Ready To Hack The Planet

No one believes me when I say I adore the style of Watch Dogs 2 [official site]. They tell me the open-world crime simulator is trying far too hard to be cool, that it’s nothing at all like real hacking or real hacker culture, that it barely knows what a computer even is, that the memes it blasts are woefully outdated, that it looks like it was designed for teens by a committee of dads. Yes, I absolutely agree with all of that – and adore it. Watch Dogs 2 looks like the Hackers sequel I’ve waited twenty years for.

The game’s not out on PC until the end of the month but the launch trailer is already here. Ubi must have been hacked, yeah? Read the rest of this entry »

Ubisoft’s First VR Game, Eagle Flight, Is Out

Big publishers have been cautious about virtual reality but are starting to dip their toes into the cyberpool now PlayBoxes are floating in it too. Ubisoft have a few VR games coming and this week launched their very first, Eagle Flight [official site]. It’s a fly ’em up set over (and through and under) the verdant ruins of post-humanity Paris, soaring as an eagle in singleplayer explore-o-challenge mode and multiplayer capture the flag. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch Dogs 2 PC-O-Rama: A Delay, But Fancy Features

As is customary with their all-singing, all-dancing, all-icon-collecting megagames, Ubisoft have delayed the PC version of Watch Dogs 2 [official site]. While the Hackers reboot’s console launch will go ahead on November 15th, the Windows release is now due on November 29th. Ubi want to polish it up so it doesn’t suck on PC at launch, see. On the bright side, it does sound like they’re paying attention to the bells, whistles, and sliders some demand – an uncapped framerate, field of view options, 2160p resolution support, an optional high-res texture pack, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch Dogs 2 Gameplay Vid Takes Us Shopping

When Ubi announced Watch Dogs 2 [official site] at E3, they promised a lot more hacktivist goodness as we assumed the role of Marcus Holloway, a Dedsec member set on sticking it to The Man with the help of his smart phone and legions of social media followers.

Ubisoft’s Colin Graham walked us through 20 minutes of Watch Dogs 2 gameplay this week, giving us a nice look at the game’s various hacktivities, driving mechanics, and other fun features. Oh, and we got to go on a shopping trip. Here, take a look yourself!

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VR-o-rama: Ubi Date Star Trek, Eagle Flight, Werewolf

While most big publishers are being conservative about the latest virtual reality fad – unsurprising, given that cybergoggles can cost you eight hundred chuffing quid – Ubisoft are diving right into the cyberpool. Ubi already making eight-player VR games, which seems a touch optimistic. But hey, you need games to spread hardware, so points for effort! Today Ubi announced release dates across October, November, and December for their first three big VR games: the long-time-ago-in-a-galaxy-far-away co-op spaceship ’em up Star Trek: Bridge Crew [official site], the free-flying Eagle Flight [official site, and the party game adaptation Werewolves Within [official site].

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Rainbow Six Siege Expansion Aims To Squash Cheaters

On August 2nd, Rainbow Six Siege [official site] will introduce its next expansion DLC, Skull Rain, which introduces the usual two operators and a map. All that’s great, but what’s potentially better is a new anti-cheat system which will hopefully put ‘cuffs on the perps ruining this lovely game with their cheating ways.

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Ubi’s For Honor Out Valentine’s Day, Gets Pair Of Trailers

If there’s one thing I really don’t like about E3, it’s the expo’s ability to make me feel old. “There’s no way that was announced a whole entire year ago,” is a phrase I’ve become accustomed to saying, and Ubisoft Montreal’s upcoming hack-n-slash murderfest For Honor [official site] is the latest game to make me do so. Why? Well it’s now got a release date and two new trailers 12 months on since its reveal. The first is a typically made-for-E3 story cinematic, and the second a more gameplay-y look at its single-player campaign with Vikings and samurai scrapping.

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Watch Dogs 2’s E3 Gameplay Trailer Is Good Silly Fun

XTREME HACKING

Watch Dogs 2 [official site] looks like a modern-day video game reboot of the seminal Hackers and I can’t tell you how much I’m into that. Cocky young punks and ruffians free-running wild and listening to banging tunes while they stick it to The Man is right up my cyberstreet. It’s so over-the-top and that is why I adore it. It can’t be serious, can it? It can’t. I adore it. Look how much fun these scamps are having in the 11-minute first gameplay trailer!

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Hack The Planet: Watch Dogs 2 Coming November 15th

Watch Dogs 2 [official site] will come out on November 15th, Ubisoft declared today, formally announcing the open-world crime simulator. It’s jetting off to the sunny San Francisco Bay Area and it… looks fun? Not simply fun-to-play fun, but actually having a sense of a fun, with colours and people who look like they’re having fun and no moody uncledads anywhere in sight. Here, jack into this announcement vid-o-rama:

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Rainbow Six Siege Gets Discounted Starter Edition

Starter editions – concise versions of bigger games that sell for a fraction of the price – are all the rage these days. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege [official site] is the latest inline, so, instead of parting with £30/$50 of your hard-earned cash so as to sample the environmental destruction-heavy FPS that Adam really quite liked, why not consider dropping just £12/$15 on its Starter Edition? You’ve got until June 19 to do so.

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