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  • Ubisoft: Problems with Assassin’s Creed Unity Made Them Stronger

    Every cloud has a silver lining, even the blackest ones.

    Ubisoft is making another addition to the Assassins creed entry for 2015 and it’ll use the same engine that powered Unity.

    Unity as many know had major issues when it first launched, which CEO of Ubisoft Yves Guillemot explained:

    When you [build a new engine and tools], it's painful for all the group, and everything has to be recalibrated. And with [Unity], a few things were not perfect when the game was launched."

    Guillemot also added "steps are sometimes painful" but they will allow the team to improve the overall quality of the product. Yves was very confident that these problems were lessons learned last year, and that they will be able to take the once-revered series.

    He said "At launch, the game had suffered from frame rate issues and bugs which have had a strong resonance among the community. We are blessed to have such passionate and committed fans, and we will always strive to earn their trust and support. We took that situation very seriously, and our teams have been working relentlessly since launch and have provided constant and direct progress updates to our fans."

    The rumor is that the next arc will be taking place during Victoria London, and here’s hoping that it will be an awesome game.

     

  • EA: Next Titanfall Won't Be An Xbox Exclusive

    And so what was foreseen, was what happened

    CFO of EA or Electronic Arts Blake Jorgensen hinted that the next Titanfall game would be without a doubt be a multiplatform release. This was done during the 2015 Technology, Internet & Media Conference.

    The project has yet to receive an official unveiling just yet, but Blake did say there will “probably" be another game and if and when it comes out, it won't be an exclusive.

    He stated: “Last year it was on the Xbox only; in the future, we haven't yet announced, but we'll probably have another Titanfall game. It will probably be a bigger footprint than just a single platform. I think that's a huge positive for us."

    Titanfall launched for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in March of 2014 and received mostly positive acclaim, but perhaps not to the level of some people’s anticipation.

    Being published by EA, if and when there is a sequel and it too would be an exclusive it would miss out millions of potential sales on the PlayStation and as we all know EA would not want the PlayStation nation to miss out on “experiencing the game”. But the question here is do the PS4 user want a Titanfall sequel.

  • Monolith Says Shadow of Mordor Began "Over-Ambitious"

    The game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a great game, but it went through many a changes during its lengthy development period to become what it is now.

    According to the boss Michael de plater Monolith productions stated in a recent interview with Gamasutra that the original vision was much more ambitious that the final product.

    "During pre-production, we didn't have good metrics on our production capacity. This led to the specification of the game being over-ambitious, which, as we started to get a clearer picture of reality, required us to make some pretty big and painful cuts."

    He stated that this cut was a “double dip of pain," as time spent on the cut feature was gone and more time had to be spent in order to make content to replace the cut content. This in turn leaves fan wandering if these cut content will make its way into the sequel. Monolith did not have a definitive answer; de Plater did state “They have just scratched the surface."

  • Borderlands Being Made Only for Xbox One and PS4

    The latest addition to the borderlands series: Borderlands the presequel was a last gen exclusive.

    The fact that it was a darn good game, only made the fans of the franchise pine for a true next-gen iteration. President of Gearbox Software Randy Pitchford dubbed “the big one,” is being developed "specifically for next-gen consoles."

    The president of Take-Two Karl Slatoff confirmed it during the company’s recent financial report. This means that the new borderlands title is headed for currently gens and will most likely not have a last gen release.

    During the first year of the new consoles, lots of titles, many of these games were held back by older hardware. Therefore, when a team focuses solely on the new systems, fans are rightfully going to be pleased.

  • Next Xbox

    Rumors and stories have been flying around cyberspace about the new Microsoft Xbox. These rumors vary from the actual system pictures to its very name itself. This is understandable because as the E3 approaches and the Holidays loom we can’t help but wonder what this next generation of gaming consoles will have in store.

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    We know at this point that Microsoft will be releasing the Xbox 720 for this coming holiday season and we also know that Microsoft’s main competitor Sony will be releasing the PS4 in at least one territory at the same time. We can expect the traditional console war to be in full effect. There will be a special “launch Event” for the new Xbox on May 21st that will answer the questions that have been poised thus far.  There was hope that some information would have been released at this year’s GDC but Microsoft remained tight lipped. Microsoft has flopped back and forth with their expected release times and has decided on a “launch Event” to avoid presenting their product during the circus week of E3.

    Rumors suggest that the new Xbox will have a similar architecture as to the PS4. It has however been stated that the Xbox will have a significantly less powerful graphics processor than the PS4 which supports the idea that the New Xbox will be less about games this time around and more about everything else. Knowing this, it is also interesting that the new Xbox will also have the next generation of the Kinect. Microsoft has also patented some type of 3d projection technology they have named 'Fortaleza.' Fortaleza, by description seems to be a technology that will project aspects of gameplay into the environment around the player for a more immersive experience.  As far as the standard input device goes, the 360 controllers are now a classic and we can expect that Microsoft won’t try to fix what isn’t broken and keep the design the same.

    The last rumor that needs to be addressed is this ridiculous idea of an “always on” Xbox. It has been suggested that Microsoft will make the new Xbox inoperable without an internet connection. Why? The answer is GREED. It has been suggested that Microsoft intends to use this “always on” scheme to attempt to kill the used games industry. As gamers if we purchase a title we should be able to sell or trade it at our leisure.  This type of brazen consumer manipulation will not fly as the internet has been set ablaze with the outrage that this rumor has sparked. As a long time Xbox gamer myself I have to say that I am personally disappointed that a rumor like this has even surfaced. I will also state that if this rumor turns to fact at any point in the near future that I will be moving my tent to the Sony camp. As just 1 of many I can predict that if Microsoft is not extremely careful in how this area is handled they have the potential to deliver a stillborn console.

    Written by David Ausberry

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