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What’s the state of DRM in 2020?

Back in the late 2000s, digital rights management - more commonly known as DRM - made itself difficult to ignore. CD copy protection programs such as SecuROM infamously limited the number of times players could install games like Bioshock on their PC, while Assassin’s Creed II required players to maintain a constant internet connection despite the fact it was a singleplayer game. At the time,…

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Ubisoft are revamping four vintage Anno games

Ubisoft today announced revamped rereleases of four vintage games from the colony-building strat-o-sim series Anno, due in June. The Anno History Collection will bring new versions of Anno 1602, Anno 1503, Anno 1701, and Anno 1404 will newfangled fanciness including 4K resolutions and multiplayer matchmaking, all while preserving save compatibility.

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Have You Played… From Dust?

The god game genre hasn't had many breakout hits, and it's hard to argue From Dust is one of 'em. But despite a load of hoo-ha about DRM when this first released on PC, back in 2011, it's probably the most meditative god games I've ever played. You're not omnipotent, you see. You don't actually have a lot of powers. You can move sand around…

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Eivor will lay down the bants in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s traditional Viking rap battles

Will the real Medieval History majors please stand up? Ubisoft previously tossed out a tidbit on "viking rap battles" that will make an appearance in Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Creative director Ashraf Ismail has popped up to say a bit more about how these historically-inspired showdowns will take place in Valhalla. Apparently flyting (or fliting), as it was called by anglo-saxon and norse folks, was like, a…

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That Rainbow Six Siege mobile knock-off has vanished after Ubisoft sued Apple, Google, and the developers

Area F2 may as well be called Area 51 now that Ubisoft have sued Apple, Google, and the developers of the mobile game that looked suspiciously similar to Mr. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Area F2's developer Ejoy have now posted a statement confirming the game's closure and it's been delisted from both the Google Play Store and App Store.

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Feature: Everything we know about Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date, gameplay, and trailers

This past week has revealed a little more information about Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Even though we've yet to have had a proper "gameplay" trailer, we know a fair amount about the Viking Assassin's Creed thanks what has been uncovered in interviews.

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Apparently Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be bigger than Odyssey, actually

Forget review scores. The only true way to judge a game's quality is the converted square kilometers of its virtual world. Or so you'd think, with how big a talking point it is during the marketing campaign for every big open-world adventure. For a minute there, it sounded like Assassin's Creed Valhalla would actually be smaller that its enormous predecessor Odyssey. Not so, says a…

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Rainbow Six Siege’s next two operators are inbound with Year 5 Season 2

Rainbow Six Siege's year 5 plans are marching along. Season 2 for the year is officially titled Operation Steel Wave and as promised it's bringing two new operators and a rework for the House map. Ubisoft gave a look at Ace the medic and Melusi the tracker and their new gadgets during a reveal livestream today. Both are joining the roster with Steel Wave on…

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Ubisoft are suing Apple and Google over alleged Rainbow Six Siege knock-off

Outside of the occasional free weekend, you can't play Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege for free - never mind trying to get it running on your phone. Unfortunately for Ubisoft, it seems that particular space has been filled by an unnervingly similar tactical FPS. This week, the French publishers filed a lawsuit against Google and Apple, demanding Area F2 - an alleged clone of Rainbow…

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Feature: Everything we know about Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date, gameplay, and trailers

Assassin's Creed Valhalla may have had a "first look gameplay" trailer, but it didn't really show us much. In fact, we know more about the Viking Assassin's Creed from what has been uncovered in interviews than anything else and there's a lot of information to unpack.

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Both of Assassin’s Creed’s educational Discovery Tours are free to keep this week

You've tapped out those skill trees, but have you levelled up your brain? Until next Thursday, both Greek and Egyptian flavours of Ubisoft's historical learn 'em up Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed are free to pick up and keep forever. Go on, get yourself a slice of ancient education without all that stabby Assassin guff to deal with.

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Ubisoft will host their digital showcase Ubisoft Forward on July 12th

Hear ye! Hear ye! Ubisoft have announced E3 part 25: Ubisoft Forward to occur on July 12th, 2020. That's all you need to know, right? Naw, alright fine.As we know, E3 was cancelled because of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. June's fast approaching though, so publishers and developers who would've been up on stages saying pretty words like "the next decade of gaming" are now detailing…

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Xbox say they “set some wrong expectations” for yesterday’s gameplay reveals

After lots and lots of #hype in the form of a livestream digital painting reveal that was the precursor to a proper trailer which was also just a precursor to what we were assured would be a first look at actual gameplay, folks were a bit let down by the not very gameplay-looking new video for Assassin's Creed Valhalla during Microsoft's Xbox 20/20 event yesterday. Microsoft's…

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The best bits from the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla no-gameplay gameplay trailer

I would not characterise Assassin's Creed Valhalla's new gameplay trailer as being chock full of gameplay. Being real: it is clearly mostly cinematic sequences made in the game engine, i.e. they are all scenes that we may encounter during the course of playing the game, and on that basis we can't have 'em under the Trades Description Act. But I couldn't spot a hot second…

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All the PC news from Microsoft’s Xbox Series X showcase

Did you miss today's Xbox Series X stream? While the first of Microsoft's many planned streams for their new machine was naturally concerned with their new tellybox, there were still enough multi-platform announcements and trailers going around for us PC folks to get excited over. Here's our rundown of what happened during today's showcase.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s first gameplay trailer is here

Ubisoft just dropped the first "gameplay trailer" for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, showing us a more of their upcoming game about Vikings keen to slit throats as much as split skulls. It's a gameplay trailer not a gameplay video, unsurprisingly, so we're still waiting for an actual look at the game in action. But if you enjoy cutscenes and seeing stabbings, axings, battering-rammings, and arrowings, oh…

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A pitch video for a new Prince Of Persia leaked years ago, and people only just noticed

A pitch video for Prince Of Persia Redemption has appeared, a hitherto unknown and apparently cancelled entry in Ubisoft's fantasy stab-o-parkour series. It shows several minutes of mocked-up jumping around, swordfighting, magic, and an impressively vast beastie. What's weird is that this video has been on YouTube since 2012, barely unnoticed until yesterday. It has been confirmed as real by Jonathan Cooper, who was the…

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Try not to get squished by falling safes in Rainbow Six Siege’s new event mode

A new event started in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege yesterday, introducing The Stolen Goods, a limited time game mode where players have to attack or defend a 1920s British mobster hideout full of safes. There are a few twists to this new mode, but the important one to know right now is that the floors are completely breakable, allowing players to shoot out the…

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Rainbow Six Siege’s Grand Larceny event invites you to an old-timey British heist

For the next two weeks, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is swapping out hostages and bombs for safeboxes full of… well it doesn't actually say what they're full of. I imagine it's money, or gold, or something that old-timey English gangsters like, because it's all part of the Grand Larceny event, inspired by 1920s British mobs. Ubisoft have reimagined the old Hereford map to create…

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