Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

Ghost Recon Wildlands PvP hits open beta this summer

The promised PvP multiplayer mode for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] will arrive in autumn, Ubisoft confirmed today, and be preceded by an open beta test this summer. If rolling around invading a country with the lads isn’t enough japery for you, you’ll be able to team up to shoot a squad of four rival blokes. With the scale, vehicles, and different playstyles of Wildlands, 4v4 could be a pretty interesting prospect on a big-enough map. Unfortunately, Ubisoft have named the mode Ghost War, which has me hoping for something quite different. Still, at least they didn’t name it World War G. Here, watch this: Read the rest of this entry »

Might & Magic Showdown shutting down

Might & Magic Showdown [official site], Ubisoft’s faux-tabletop wargame where players can paint their own miniature warmen, will shut down without even leaving early access. Fraser Brown said it was a lovely painting tool handcuffed to a rubbo game, so this isn’t much of a surprise. Ubisoft have already pulled the game from sale and will shut down the servers on July 31st, making the game unplayable. They do at least plan to offer full refunds to everyone who wants one, though do be warned that you’ve only got until the 31st to get your £16 back. Read the rest of this entry »

Rainbow Six Siege to get rando cosmetic loot packs

The next update for multiplayer shooter Rainbow Six Siege [official site] will add random loot packs to its plank-smashing and head-shotting. Update 2.1.1 will add “Alpha Packs” that contain cosmetic items like flashy gun skins, spikey helmets, colourful balaclavas and the like, which you’ll earn basically on a dice roll after every win. This is part of the game’s “Operation Health”, which was the studio’s way of spinning the cancellation of some seasonal stuff and postponing of some other seasonal stuff into something that sounded reasonable: a health check. Turns out part of getting a health check is creating a gambling game where you roll dice for hats.
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Watch Dogs 2 getting a 4-player party mode for July 4th

You can’t properly celebrate July 4th, the infamous date when Americans discovered fireworks and those really patriotic hats, on your own, which is why Ubisoft is putting out a free Watch Dogs 2 [official site] multiplayer update. On Tuesday, you’ll be able to jump in-game and fool around in a slew of 4-player party mode activities. Take a gander at the trailer below.

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Has Assassin’s Creed managed to find itself during its gap year?

sliding down a pyramid is probably a lot like falling down a hill

During the Assassin’s Creed: Origins [official site] demo I played at E3, I pressed the wrong button and thought I’d broken the game. I was trying to switch to my bow while sneaking and I accidentally meditated, causing time to fast forward. The sun wheeled around the sky, sank below the horizon, and night fell. The developer guiding me through the experience – an environmental artist – was slightly taken aback, but we rolled with my mistake and I got an accidental peek at the nightlife of Ptolemaic Egypt. Colour me intrigued.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2’s in-engine demo of space flight

Ubisoft showed off the sweary monkeys and multicultural vistas of Beyond Good and Evil 2 [official site] at last week’s E3, but the CGI trailer was light on details. It was a big explodey, gorgeous-looking spectacle with no solid information. Now they’re showing some “in-engine” footage to the public, which was already seen by a few journos at the show, courtesy of Michel Ancel’s video below. He calls it a “mix between a technological demonstration of the engine that we call ‘Voyage’ and the actual game with some gameplay elements”. So, a tech demo then.
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Star Trek: Bridge Crew adds voice control

Bossy captains can now order their crew about simply by shouting in Star Trek: Bridge Crew [official site]. No, I know that’s how the VR spaceship-commanding game already how it works in multiplayer, but this is in singleplayer. Ubisoft have rolled in IBM Watson’s voice-recognition technology, which means AI-controlled crewmates can follow orders you holler. Voice control in games is usually a bit wonky but, having watched what happened when Pip & co. played Bridge Crew, I suspect even the worst voice control would be better shipmates than some real people. Read the rest of this entry »

Far Cry 5 has a great dog

Far Cry 5 [official site] is a Far Cry game. It’s impossible for me to say whether it’ll be a great Far Cry game, an adequate Far Cry game or a poor Far Cry game, but after playing it at E3, I can definitively state that it is a Far Cry game. Clearing out a town of angry cult members, I sniped, shotgunned, stealthed and ‘sploded my way through a bunch of buildings, and had a jolly good time.

You know about this though. You’ve played a Far Cry game, right? So let’s assume all of the vehicles and guns and missions are working fine, and if not we’ll figure that out when we have review code and can take a proper look. For now, it seems best to talk about the dog. Read the rest of this entry »

Skull and Bones is about being a ship, not a pirate

Skull and Bones [official site] is a game I’ve wanted for a long time. That has nothing to do with its setting or style, though a Black Flag follow-up of sorts is an attractive proposition – but, no, the appeal of Skull and Bones is more abstract. This is the result of Ubisoft having one of their apparently specialist studios build an entire game around their specialism. Almost like a mega-bucks version of the animation experimentations of Grow Home.

In this case, it’s not procedural animation. Here, we’re with Ubisoft Singapore and the wonders of water.

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Steep expansion carves path to 2018 Winter Olympics

Steep Winter Olympic expansion

Imagine a world in which Steep [official site] was a game about brewing tea. Instead of racing down snowy peaks you’d be keeping an anxious watch over a set of mugs, trying to gauge the strength of a brew and serving it to a visitor’s specifications. Harder levels would feature darker mugs making it hard to tell whether you’d got a tincture on your hands or something so full of tannins your cheeks would pucker at the bitterness.

What a world that would be. In THIS reality, however, Steep is about snowsports which means a Winter Olympics-themed event was an obvious candidate for an expansion. Swaddle up for the announcement trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision & Ubi making Transference

When actor Elijah Wood appeared on screen during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, his little face wedged between scenes with banks of old TVs and weird technology, I briefly though Ubi were making a game based on the unexpectedly great Dirk Gently series off Netflix. Nope! Wood was there to gab about Transference [official site], a collaboration between Ubi and the production company he co-founded, SpectreVision.

Transference is a “psychological thriller” jacking into the digitally-recreated memories of a family to explore (and maybe alter) how they their lives got muffed up. Despite what this E3 trailer might suggest, virtual reality goggles are not mandatory: Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is online world of space pirates

Oh look at that, Beyond Good and Evil 2 [official site] has been shown off at E3 (sans ampersand), featuring anthropomorphic monkeys, criminal pigs, Hindu and Buddhist temples projecting neon lights, angry space police with silly missiles, steering wheels in the shape of skulls and quite a lot more. It’s an explosive trailer and you should probably see it for yourself so get down there and SORT IT OUT.
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Far Cry 5’s E3 trailer shows yup, it is still goofy fun

Good news: yes, Far Cry 5 [official site] is still totally a game to goof off and dick about with a pal in co-op. It inevitably would be a goofy playground, as much as Ubisoft played up their boring satire about a cult in Montana, but I’m glad to see an E3 trailer leaning more on the goof. Along with a wee bit of gameplay, this video fresh out of Ubisoft’s E3 presentation has your dog fetching guns, a co-op pal smashing around in a huge truck, and generally loads of big explosions and loud noises. Read the rest of this entry »

Skull and Bones is Ubisoft’s open-seas pirate ’em up

The splendid ship combat of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is returning, in a way, reworked and expanded to become a standalone game. Ubisoft today announced Skull and Bones [official site], an online pirate ’em up with players pootling around the ocean scrapping and looting. A crude analogy: like like Black Flag meets World of Warships and maybe The Division. Here, see some salty action in this multiplayer gameplay trailer fresh out of E3: Read the rest of this entry »

The Crew 2 shows off racing by land, sea, and air

If it has an engine and goes fast, it’ll likely be in The Crew 2 [official site]. Ubisoft have pulled the cord to part the red velvet curtains and reveal their sequel to their 2014 open-world online racing game and coo, it’s got a lot of fancy-looking fast things. Cars! Planes! Power boats! Dirtbikes! Dune buggies! Sports bikes! Helicopters! I did not expect myself to be excited about this but coo, I do like how many ways there are to see its minature USA. Have a look in this nine-minute trailer fresh out of E3: Read the rest of this entry »

Gasp! Surprise! Assassin’s Creed Origins announced

Oh, would you Adam and Eve it! Ubisoft are bringing murder simulator Assassin’s Creed back from sabbatical with a trip to Ancient Egypt for a prequel named Assassin’s Creed: Origins [official site]. Ubi announced Ass Origins during Microsoft’s E3 announce-o-rama, seventeen months after word of a prequel leaked and one month since we heard its name. But you must act surprised, as this is E3 and we have to be polite. Here, check out the announcement trailer and some gameplay from the demo: Read the rest of this entry »

Play The Division, Steep and Trials Fusion for free this weekend

The Division outside banner

There’s a platter of free stuff going at Ubisoft this weekend. Post-apocalyptic online shooter The Division [official site], winter sports sim Steep [official site] and two-wheeling platformer Trials Fusion [official site] all available to play for diddly squat until 8pm on Sunday (UK time) through Ubisoft’s Uplay client.

Now, I know some of these games are getting long in the tooth but there are probably some of you out there that, like me, have been meaning to play at least one of them but have never got round to it.

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Warning: Ubisoft’s servers are wonked today

If you’re planning to play a spot of For Honor tonight or perhaps a little Rainbow Six Siege, er, revise your plans. A lot of Ubisoft’s online servers and services are down today for reasons unknown, disrupting games and causing trouble. Ubisoft say they’re investigating and want everything shipshape but if your Monday date night involves ninja fights, you might want to formulate a backup plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Assassin’s Creed?

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

The first Assassin’s Creed, with its underwhelming and repetitive missions, seems destined to be judged as Ubi’s half-decent prototype for the much better AssCreeds to follow. But as much as the sequels added some much-needed character and features, the series also lost something. Most people will probably be happy it’s no longer a part of the game, but I really liked it when you had a long, final chat with the people you killed. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks Friday the 13th, Gwent, CrossCells and preparations for E3

The RPS podcast of yesteryear, the Electronic Wireless Show, is now the RPS podcast of presentyear after a triumphant return. In this episode (two in one week!) we chat about our E3 expectations, the asymmetrical multiplayer slasher Friday the 13th, Witchery card game Gwent, and maths-em-up CrossCells.

Also featuring listener’s questions and Patch Adam, in which we jumble fake patch notes into a pile of real ones and ask Adam to guess which are true and which are false. This week: Crusader Kings II!
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