Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

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

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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

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

HitRecord’s claim that it’s community collaboration, not spec work for Beyond Good & Evil 2 rings hollow

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There’s a dark cloud looming over Ubisoft’s Beyond Good and Evil 2, and I’m not just talking about the one in the stunning E3 trailer. Alongside a lot of good things at the E3 showing of the game was a section on how Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord was going to be handling the inclusion of community-created art and assets for the game. While creators will be paid if their work is used, it still sounds like high-risk speculative work to me (spend time/money making stuff now, hope someone pays later), despite Gordon-Levitt’s woolly claim otherwise, posted on Medium here.

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Every PC game at Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference

Ubisoft’s conference included everything we expected, from a closer look at Beyond Good & Evil 2, to confirmation of the leaked Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, to the now traditional (and delightful) Just Dance dancy party. If you don’t have time to watch the conference in its entirety however, here is a showcase of the trailers that were shown and links to the associated news from Ubisoft. Read the rest of this entry »

The Crew 2 open beta starts next week, preloading now

A free four-day open beta is coming next week for The Crew 2, Ubisoft’s open-world car/boat/plane/motorbike/helicopter/STUFF racer, ahead of the game’s full launch later this month. Pre-loading for the beta has already begun, and absolutely I have it chugging away in the background right now so I can explore its recreations of some of my favourite corners of the USA. You’ll find me parked amongst big trees or in a river. Read the rest of this entry »

For Honor marches into Chinese history with four new warriors and a 4v4 siege mode

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Brutal medieval axe grinder For Honor is getting four new Chinese warriors as part of an update called Marching Fire, Ubisoft have said at their E3 announce-a-thon. It’s also getting a new 4v4 game mode about besieging castles, as well as a to-be-revealed “endless” singleplayer mode and some equally unknown two-player co-op stuff. The game’s cut-down Starter Edition is free for keepsies right now too. It was all announced with the battle pizzazz of a slow-mo cinematic trailer, which you’ll find below. Stabby stab. Read the rest of this entry »

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 the return of naval combat to the series is quite welcome. It also leans on the drama a bit more, with dialogue options and even optional romances. Here, come watch all this. Read the rest of this entry »

The Division 2 adds raids and drops season passes

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Tom Clancy’s shooty MMO-lite The Division 2 has a lot of endgame planned for those who burn through its main story, Ubisoft announced at their E3 press conference. After completing the story, you’ll get to choose a prestige class with its own dedicated special weapon, as well as unlocking a new set of “specialisations”. You’ll probably need a few of these extra ranks under your belt to tackle the new 8-player raids, which (if the high-level stuff in the first game was any indication) will put most squads through the wringer. It also looks like it’ll have a more reasonable approach to expansions and updates for dedicated players, saying many episodic updates will be free.

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Ubisoft show off multipirate shipfights in Skull & Bones

What sets Skull & Bones apart from Sea of Thieves? Being more of an action-RPG and having enemies who can actually put up a decent fight, for starters, going by a new gameplay explain-o-trailer for Ubisoft’s upcoming shared-world multiplayer pirate shipfight sandbox action-RPG. It gives a broad overview of customising your ship’s loadout, ship class special abilities, engaging in shipstealth to slip past watchful NPCs, plundering booty, teaming up to fight real big ships, backstabbing piratepals, and making your pirate ship just look real cool. Read the rest of this entry »

Trials Rising is backflipping out in February 2019

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A new dirtbike crashing simulator has been announced by the makers of the Trials series. Trials Rising will be out in February next year, says creative director of Redlynx, Antti Ilvessuo, who arrived at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference riding a motorcycle and wearing an Evil Kineval suit, a costume only bettered by the dancing Panda bandmaster from earlier in the show. Anyway, new Trials. Read the rest of this entry »

Jade and Pey’j return in Beyond Good & Evil 2

A new Beyond Good & Evil 2 trailer hot out of E3 reveals that Ubisoft’s sequel/prequel isn’t nearly as far removed from the first game as assumed, as both Jade and Pey’j are in it. It’s pretty cryptic, as Jade seems to be with those naughty Alpha Sections, but I’m just so happy to see my dear uncle Pey’j again.

Ubisoft also announced a scheme to include fan-made artwork and music in the game–and pay the creators for it–through Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Hit Record. Hmm! Read the rest of this entry »

Watch Ubisoft’s E3 livestream here tonight

We’re alllmost to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, just a few more hours of livestreamed announce-o-trailerblasts until the industry’s biggest marketing love-in opens in Los Angeles. Our boy Brendy is over in that Americky to report from the E3 showfloor but, before all that, the pressblasts. Next up is a big’un, Ubisoft, starting at 9pm (1pm Pacific) tonight. Click on through to watch the livestream. Read the rest of this entry »

The Division 2 fighting for Washington DC in 2019

Ubisoft today revealed The Division 2, continuing their near-future post-apocalyptic online open-world shooter-RPG series. This time, players will be fighting for survival–and to establish order–in Washington DC. Unlike the first game’s snowy New York City, this seems quite a pleasant place, aside from the virus and all the gangs and factions murdering each other. Here, watch the first lump of gameplay footage in a demonstration vid from Ubi below. And yes, you bet your botty it includes ha-ha-hilarious scripted banter between players. Read the rest of this entry »

When and where to watch the big E3 livestreams

Publishers are lining up to announce and show off their upcoming games at their big annual press conference-o-market-o-ramas, starting today. This is all livestreamed nowadays, and it’s certainly more comfortable to be watching from home than the conference rooms (sorry, Brendy), and it’s always a lark.

Cars descend from the rafters for no reason, lights flash, music plays, terrible terrible just awful jokes are told, YouTubers and Twitch streamers amble meekly onto stage, the assembled games media whoop and cheer wildly at the next year of mega-budget 7/10 games, and there are always pleasant surprises. Here’s who to watch, where, and when. Read the rest of this entry »

Far Cry 5 fan map takes us back to Jurassic Park

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I was not the biggest fan of Far Cry 5. I found it fun-ish if deeply to completely flawed and if I ever have to do a Pilotwings mission in a sandbox murdersim again I’ll lose my mind. Also, I’m pretty tired of killing dogs and I’m equally tired of drug addiction as a trope to motivate bad guys in games. I have thoughts and they are legion. I was still somewhat kinder in my evaluation than my RPS colleagues who (rightly) lambasted it for a terrible story and perhaps the worst ending in video game history. That said, from the moment I loaded up the user maps and map editor on day one, I claimed that this was going to be the most interesting part of Far Cry 5 moving forward. And that’s most of what I’ve been playing ever since. This Jurassic Park map should show you why.

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R6 Siege invades Villa in Operation Para Bellum today

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Summer’s almost here, so Rainbow Six Siege is kicking in the door of a nice Italian villa ostensibly to stop terrorists or something but more likely to claim a place in the sun. Operation Para Bellum launches today, the latest free content update, with the new map, new operators (well, not for everyone just yet), bug fixes, tweaks, and balance changes. The reviled ‘dropshot’, which let players drop to prone without upsetting their aim, diving to the floor and murderising the poor opponent who’s left shooting at air above them, is banished for starters. Read the rest of this entry »

The Crew 2 plots first year of free content updates

New modes and vehicles are coming to The Crew 2 in free updates, Ubisoft said today. With the drive-o-fly-a-sail racer launching later this month, they’ve started gabbing more about their plans for what comes after. Beyond the obligatory paid season pass gubbins, at least a year of regular free content updates will bring goodies from hovercraft races to loads of new vehicles. Generally I’m up for anything that will let me race hovercrafts through traffic on snowy roads like some Appalachian ruffian. Read the rest of this entry »

Bag a free copy of The Crew 2 when you buy a new GTX 1080 or GTX 1080Ti

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I don’t know about you, but there’s still a little part of me that feels cut up about the fact we won’t be getting Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards as soon as we’d hoped. I know, I know, no one really needs to buy a new graphics card in this day and age – especially when most of today’s best graphics cards are a) finally back down to normal-ish prices and b) pretty damn fast anyway – but it wounds me, all right? Deep.

The good news, happily, is that Nvidia are finally starting to bundle games in with their graphics cards again, which was always a sweet little extra when you’d just spent hundreds of pounds / dollars on a new card. And what better way to show off your new GPU, apparently, than with Ubisoft and Ivory Tower’s bananas open world racing-sailing-flying-and-biking bonanza The Crew 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Far Cry 5’s Vietnam War story DLC is should be out now

The Vietnam War is the unlikely setting for Far Cry 5‘s first DLC, released today, through far stranger is yet to come. The ‘Hours Of Darkness’ stars Wendell Redler, the fella in the main game who sends us on a thrilling fetch quest seeking a dozen cigarette lighters, as we revisit a terrible time in his ‘Nam days. Given the sensitivity and insight with which Far Cry 5 explored the allure and dangers of cults, it’s thrilling to contemplate how they might interrogate myths of the- naw, I’m just joshin’ you.

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GOG’s Summer Sale opens with a Xenonauts giveaway

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Maybe my perception of time is getting a bit wonky in my old age, but didn’t we just finish Spring Sale season a week or two ago? No matter – cheap games are always in style. GOG’s summer sale opens with a giveaway of Goldhawk Interactive’s solid X-Com tribute Xenonauts. GOG also asked us to pick a few favourites from the sale, so check out our list on GOG. Read the rest of this entry »