Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

Podcast: The RPS Electronic Wireless Show returns! Listen to us talk Far Cry 5, Prey and Old Man’s Journey

Hark! It’s the sound of our sweet voices taking up an hour of your precious time. The RPS podcast of old, the Electronic Wireless Show, has returned in a fresh new body. We’ve got news, interviews and silly features, as well as some of the traditional idle chat.

This week, Pip, Adam and I are chatting about Far Cry 5‘s “Last Supper” image, the recent layoffs at Hitman developer IO Interactive, and enjoying a jaunt through melancholy puzzler Old Man’s Journey. There’s also some Quickfire Questions with the developers of survival puzzler Rain World, news from Paradox Con and lots more.
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Far Cry 5’s story isn’t going to destroy/save anything

There have been some strange old murmurings around the glacial reveal of Far Cry 5 [official site], people worrying about it in all sorts of strange ways. And as the final reveal appeared at the end of last week, and we learned that – sigh – yes it is about a doomsday cult and your efforts to thwart them, I’m left wondering at what it could have been. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Trek: Bridge Crew drops out of hyperspace

Virtual reality Kessel Run ’em up Star Trek: Bridge Crew [official site] has dropped out of hyperspace and into cybergoggles. It lets players pop on their goggs to serve as crew aboard an Empire starship, each taking control of one specific bridge station and hopefully not totally botching it. It’s a bit like Artemis but less serious or Spaceteam but less silly. You can also play on your lonesome with AI crewmates, if you’d like. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is out now for Rift and Vive cybergoggles. Read the rest of this entry »

Far Cry 5 trailer reveals doomsday cult, planes, bears & 2018 release date

Far Cry 5’s [official site] first full-length trailer is heavy on the plot, showing a cult that will bring people into its fold “by force if necessary” and all the grimness that entails, but it’s also packed full of colourful car-chases, wide open countryside, and there’s a bit where a man is being chased by a bear. Oh, and planes. There will be planes. The game will be out February 27th 2018 and you can see the trailer below.

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Trackmania 2 Lagoon roars out

Ah, a tropical getaway! Sun, sand, surf, and speeding through loop-de-loops into corkscrews at 300mph until you sick up your sangria. That’s the fun offered by Trackmania 2 Lagoon [official site], which launched today. The latest in Nadeo’s wonderfully silly racing series takes the tropical environment from 2016’s Trackmania Turbo and whacks it into the interconnected ecosystem of Trackmania 2, bringing new modes and whatnot too. It looks like a good time. Check out the launch trailer.
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How Far Cry 5 can reclaim the open world crown

Poor Ubisoft. They crafted this enormous open-world icon-riddled niche of their own, trod it into the ground while flogging it to death, and then other people came along, borrowed their ideas, and built superior games with them. In the last year, despite decent showings from Far Cry Primal, The Division, Watch Dogs 2, and Wildlands, players and critics were beginning to weary of yet another open map of odd jobs. None was particularly at fault, but we were experiencing perhaps the sense of diminishing returns, and certainly the weariness of fatigue. And then this year we got Zelda: Breath Of The Wild from Nintendo and Horizon Zero Dawn from Sony. Pow. Two platform-pushing monoliths that schooled Ubisoft at their own games.

In the wake of being so astoundingly outshone, what can Far Cry 5 [official site] do to reclaim the crown?

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Far Cry 5 trailers tease new setting: Montana

Update, May 24th: Ubisoft today released some artwork which sure makes it look like Far Cry 5 is about a kooky Christian cult. Watch yourselves, gang: the master satirists of Ubisoft are at it again. Who wants to place bets on how many times they say “subversive” during Friday’s big reveal event?

Well, I wasn’t far off in my prediction that Far Cry 5 [official site] would be “set in the fiefdoms of a post-Brexit Britain.” Ubisoft have squeezed out a quartet of teaser trailers for the next open-world FPS and yeehaw, it’s off to that America. These trailers show teensy corners of Hope County in Montana, and… that’s about it. It’s set in Montana. When it is set is unknown. One’s mind might jump to the Wild West but these look pretty dang modern to me. We’ll find out for certain at a a proper big reveal-y thing on Friday. E3 season drags everything out. Read the rest of this entry »

South Park: The Fractured But Whole coming in October

The mighty parpin’ sweary babies of South Park: The Fractured but Whole [official site] will arrive on October 17th, Ubisoft announced today. It’s the the superhero-themed RPG follow-up to The Stick of Truth, which riffed on epic fantasy movies. All right, superhero jokes are maybe a little behind but hey, so is the game. And you know what else is behind? A bottom. And you know what comes out of bottoms? Farts. See the power of crime-fighting farts in this here new trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Far Cry 5 & The Crew 2 announced, Ass Creed teased

Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2, Ubisoft announced today, as if you hadn’t already guessed. That’s it. They have nothing of substance to say about either game. Oh, and would you believe that more Assassin’s Creed is coming too? Astonishing. Ladies and germs, we truly are in the runup to E3. Ooh I swear it starts earlier and shoutier every year! Back in my day, E3 was held in secret in dark stone chambers and the only way you could tell what happened was to watch for logos forming in your tea leaves. Read the rest of this entry »

For Honor season 2 launches new maps and classes

Ubisoft’s staborama For Honor [official site] has kicked off its second season of competitive play with an update adding two new maps and, initially only for season pass holders, two new characters. The sneaky Shinobi and stompy Centurion will become available to other players on May 23rd, but all stabmen are invited today to murder in the new Temple Garden and Forge levels. Alongside all this is a big ol’ update with changes including rebalancing gear, fixing bugs, and making levelling faster. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildlands has new mens to shoots in Fallen Ghosts DLC

War on drugs simulator Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] is getting its second expansion on June 6. In Fallen Ghosts you fight against a well-equipped band of nasty folk called Los Extranjeros (“the Foreigners”), who rise out of the brewing civil war that has erupted after you’ve taken down the game’s original baddies, the Santa Blanca cartel. It’s almost as if sending four gung-ho gringos to fight narcotrafficantes with helicopters and grenade spam doesn’t actually stabilise a country. Who could have foreseen this? Sad!
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Rainbow Six Siege: Hong Kong delayed while Ubi shore up game health

Operation Health

We’re onto year 2 of the Rainbow Six Siege [official site] calendar (where does the time go?) but, within that, season 2 of the tactical FPS is no longer bringing the usual new map and operators. Instead the trip to Hong Kong is being shunted back while the devs devote the season to performance, stability and rejigging their update pipeline. This being Rainbow Six Siege it was never going to be called “Q2: the developmental pipeline, servers and game performance season” and thus we have Operation Health. Read the rest of this entry »

Into Egypt: next Assassin’s Creed leaks

We were on a break! (Entirely topical references for you there). Yes, it appears that Assassin’s Creed is back after a year-odd hiatus from its traditionally annual release cycle. Various leaks have it that the game is named Assassin’s Creed: Origins, is set in ancient Egypt and looks, well, just like the image above.

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The Division is having a free weekend

Happy news for fans of bullets and snow. Shooty third-person not-quite-MMO The Division [official site] is free this weekend, which is probably enough time to murder everyone in New York. As usual with these things, progress will carry over if you choose to buy it afterwards. But you can always just take in the atmosphere for the weekend and never return. It’s quite to nice plod around Hell’s Kitchen in the fog, watching dogs poop (see above) and listening to angry people shout at you from the windows.
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For Honor season 2 adding Shinobi and Centurion in May

Shinobi and Centurions will join the historical battlefields of For Honor [official site] when season 2 kicks off on May 16th, Ubisoft announced today. The Samurai faction’s Shinobi is a nippy Assassin type armed with two sickles on chains (kusarigama, if you want to get technical), while the Centurion is a Vanguard/Assassin hybrid who fights for the Knights with a gladius. The update will also bring new maps, new gear, and a rebalancing of the gear stats system. Probably some other stuff too. Bits and bobs. Read the rest of this entry »

Rumour: Vivendi making another play to acquire Ubisoft

Vivendi vs the Guillemots, yesterday.

Vivendi, former parent company of Activision and Blizzard, have been trying to snaffle up fellow French firm Ubisoft for several years now, against the latter’s own wishes. That’s what they call a hostile takeover, kids. And now they’ve signalled that they’re making a move to acquire the whole kit and kaboodle this year.
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Resync: For Honor’s High Fort map returns

Ubisoft’s stabfest For Honor [official site] once again has all the maps that were in it at launch, seven weeks ago. Two of ’em were pulled due to performance problems, see. River Fort returned last week alongside the patch boosting Steel rewards and now High Fort is back too. Something about those Forts in particular was causing the most desync problems. I guess the game lacked fortitude. Fortitude. FORTitude. Like a fort. Like in the maps, which have forts and have ‘Fort’ in the name. FORTITUDE. FORTS. FORT. FORT. FORT. FORT. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Have You Played… Rayman Legends?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

2013’s Rayman Legends is the most recent game I’ve been playing with my three-year-old daughter, and by ‘playing’ I mean ‘she watches me play while asking approximately 80 Why? questions per minute.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Radio silence: Ghost Recon Wildlands launches big patch

Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands [offiical site] has inhaled a big bag of fixes and tweaks today with the release of Title Update 2. They range from fixing the framerate while the game saves to adding an option to mute every radio in the game. Sure, Wildlands might be a small spin on an increasingly tired formula but it is one with co-op, and we don’t have many options for AAA-pretty open-world murderfriends. So yes, splendid, let’s shake off some of these bugs. Read the rest of this entry »