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  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate Details

    This year’s Assassin’s Creed has been revealed and is called Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (not previously rumored Assassin’s Creed Victory).

    This is the first game in the franchise to be set in a post-industrial era. The setting is London, in the year 1868. The new assassin is named Jacob Frye, and he will be armed with brass knuckles, throwing knives, the assassin gauntlet which comes with a new rope dart, the classic hidden blade, and also hallucinogenic darts.

    So he is packing in short. This time around instead of one we will be getting two protagonists to play as. The story will mainly revolve around Jacob Fry, but about 30% of it we will be playing as his sister, Evie Frye. This came along with the confirmation that there will be no sort of multiplayer or co-op mode in the game.

    There have been changes made to several features of gameplay. Ubisoft has actually changed up the combat system in the game, making it more fast-paced. I guess they took inspiration from the Arkham series.

    They have also reworked the platforming and stealth mechanics. Again, making them more intuitive. They put emphasis on utilizing the environment, in some cases using it to take down enemies. One big change was the addition of vehicles. For the first you can have vehicle chases in Assassin’s Creed, and using stage coaches no less.

    Other information includes the fact that the map of London is now going to be 30% bigger than that of Paris in AC Unity. Ubisoft also admitted that AC as a series will make its return towards more focus on the modern day storylines with future installments.

    Lastly, this marks the first official current gen only AC game till now. Ubisoft confirmed they will no longer be making AC games for the PS3 and Xbox One. AC Syndicate is set to launch 23rd October 2015 for the PS4 and Xbox One. As will all iterations of the AC, there will be several editions of the game, 4 to be exact.

  • 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.

     

  • Ubisoft Apologies for Unity Fiasco By Giving Free Game or DLC

    acu-gi-03_147187This week’s Assassin's Creed Unity patch had over 300 fixes.

    These fixes could have been easily avoided. As an apology Ubisoft will be offering their first DLC for Assassins creed Unity free for everyone. This is included in the Season Pass, if you are one of the people who purchased the limited editions with this season pass, don’t worry you can choose between the following games and get them for free!

    1. The Crew 2. Far Cry 4 3. Watch Dogs 4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag 5. Rayman Legends 6. Just Dance 2015

    Ubisoft are also working on a way to deliver these free games to the players.

    Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat stated: "Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential."

  • New Assassin's Creed Unity Patch Detailed

    unity patch 4Patch 4 for Ubisoft’s latest title, Assassin’s Creed Unity, has been put on hold, but despite this Ubisoft have given details about what the new patch will do to the game, and how it will affect gameplay and the overall player experience.

    Two weeks ago, it was stated that the new patch 4 for Assassin’s Creed Unity would be released on December 15th, but without much notice, it was delayed, and it seems as if Ubisoft have pushed it back further to a currently announced date. We’ll let you know more about when the update will be released, but for now, let’s talk about what patch 4 actually does for Assassin’s Creed Unity.

    In Ubisoft’s community post, they revealed that patch 4 will “address issues with stability and performance as well as online matchmaking and connectivity (as well as other fixes and improvements.)”

    What this basically states, without really saying it, is that the new patch 4 update will fix some of the long running problems that have been in Assassin’s Creed Unity since day one. Things including latency in online games, frame lag in certain areas, and overall bad performance and playability will be worked on, but ultimately not 100% fixed.

    We can’t really say just how much of Unity will be playable in patch 4 as Ubisoft have been so vague in their patch notes, but hopefully the game will be in a fairly playable state in time for Christmas.

  • Tom Clancy’s: The Division “Downgraded” For Consoles?

    Well it was inevitable. The Division will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Knowing so, there was definitely going to be questions about which platform the game will be at its best.

    The major discussion started when a report came out stating that the console versions of the game will be a “downgrade” of the PC version. In an interview with Open World Games, Martin Hultberg from Massive addressed this issue: "Downgrading is a weird term to use. Obviously, we want to make a game that looks the best it can on its respective format, so Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. So I think the term downgrade is a bit confusing and weird because we're trying to get the most out of every machine we use. So Xbox gets its attention, PlayStation gets its attention, and PC of course will be able to cram it up a bit more depending on the hardware you have."

    As expected this discussion lead to questions regarding the game’s benchmarks on consoles e.g. 1080p and 60 FPS. Hultberg didn’t mention any specifics saying that they will be treating “every platform as its own version." Well the good news is that he did tease possible alpha and beta tests for the game. That way we can make up own minds regarding The Division.

  • The Division: More Details of What to Expect

    From the moment it was announced, there has been major anticipation for Ubisoft’s new MMO shooter, The Division. Since then they have let out only very little information about the game. It seems that the major reason behind it is to curb the expectations of people and not get them over hyped. The hype is real and it has adversely affected some of Ubisoft’s major titles. Art director Rodrigo Cortes and the team at Ubi Massive are happy taking it slow. They do not intend on unveiling anything till it is perfected and also not to reveal it via press release. They hope to let potential previewers experience the game for full 3 days before writing about it so that they may represent the game in its truest form.

    He mentioned a few details such as the ability to switch classes on the fly, “[switch from healer to a] more short range or assault or closer to the action. You can switch between offensive, defensive and support skills on the fly."

    He lightly touched on the aspect of balancing the solo and multiplayer components of the game. Even though the game is meant to be played as a team of four, you can easily play the campaign alone. Similar to the “darkness zones” in Destiny, The Division will be using what is called instancing technology to create isolated sections of the world for players: "In the background, the technology being used to decide who is placed with who could be described almost as an instance but as a gamer it’s seamless. You walk out and are with your friends or whatever, but technologically I suppose you could say it’s an instance."

    He also said they are emphasizing on the story. Although they didn't come out and say the expected life expectancy of the game, Cortes did say they had plans to support it after launch.

    "We want to keep the players playing for a long time. We don't want to do a story that ends and it’s like you can take the disc and put it on the shelf. We want to keep the players enjoying the game in many different ways so we would obviously offer different activities like PvP, PvE and several progressions. First there’s the story progression, where you can finish the story and get more tidbits later on, but then there’s the progression of your gear, your stats, also of your base of operation. You can continue upgrading your base and yourself together. We’re hoping for endless gameplay. On top of that we’ll support the game heavily post-launch, though we won’t go into details yet."

    That’s the key word there, details. They are keeping all details under strict lock and key and making us go crazy trying to find out more. But I guess it all for the best. I will wait patiently Ubisoft, I will wait.

  • Assassin's Creed Rogue Releasing November 2014

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    So we finally see it: the long rumored and speculated Assassin’s Creed title aimed just for the folks who have the last gen consoles. For now Assassin’s Creed Rogue has only been mentioned to come to the PS3 and Xbox One, with no mentions of the PC version yet. The release date has been fixed for the November 11, 2014.

    The game has been primarily developed by Ubisoft Sofia, in collaboration with other teams from Montreal, Quebec, Singapore, Chengdu, Milan and Bucharest. The story this time takes place somewhere in the mid-18th century during the Seven Year’s war.

    The players will be able to explore various locations within North America (including Appalachian River Valley and New York). Like the previous iterations, sailing will play a major role in the game and the features of naval combat have again been improved upon. Your naval adventures will take place over the vast North Atlantic seas.

    The protagonist this time around will be a Templar. The first time we get to play on the flip side of the story to make things interesting. The Templar in question, Shay Patric Cormac, had been betrayed by the brotherhood and thus has gone “rogue”.

    Interestingly this will finish off the narrative that began with Assassin’s Creed 3 and continued on with Assassin’s Creed 4. Thus this is the concluding third part of the trilogy. This makes the new Assassin’s Creed Unity the beginning of a potentially new story arc. A fine way of making sure everyone (last gen and current gen gamers) both buy the game I guess. Check out the trailer below.

    Assassin’s Creed Rogue Reveal Trailer - http://youtu.be/IoOsv0FBpaU

  • Far Cry 4 Details + Release Date Confirmed

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    It has finally been confirmed. Ubisoft just announced that Far Cry 4 will be available on 18th November in North America and 20th November in Europe for PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

    As far as we know, the story will be taking place in a fictional region in Himalaya named Kryat, "a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas, struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king."

    Like all the other games in the series the players will be provided with a range of guns and vehicles to experience and it is believed that hunting will make a return. Dan Hay, executive producer, had this to say:

    "Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans' expectations. Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we're eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months."

    As is the trend, the pre-order bonus decided. Players who pre-order the game will receive “free upgrade to the Limited Edition which includes Hurk’s Redemption, a series of three action-packed single-player missions featuring the popular character Hurk from Far Cry 3’s DLC. The Limited Edition also includes Hurk’s signature harpoon gun called ‘The Impaler’.”

  • Watch_Dogs is Now Gold, Ready for May 27th Release

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    Watch_Dogs is an open world game that has been under development by Ubisoft for around 5 years now, so it’s understandable why Ubisoft may be excited to announced that the game has now finally gone gold, after previous delays earlier on in the year.

    Creative director Jonathan Morin commented on the milestone by saying “It’s exciting to be gold, but it’ll be more exciting when people are playing. For the fans it means that it’s true. It means there will be no such thing as another delay. But for us, it’s not done until they actually have it in their hands.”

    Luckily, it won’t be long before we finally can get our hands on Watch_Dogs - Ubisoft has set the global release for the open world hackbox game for May 27th, so we’re a little over a week away before it’s available.

    A lot of commotion has spread across the internet recently and early reviews and mediocre gameplay footage have turned some players away from Watch_Dogs, but despite the game only running at 30fps in 792p, I personally think the game will be well worth playing.

    The premise of Watch_Dogs is original enough to make the experience enjoyable, no matter what the graphical quality of the game is like. It’s unlikely anything will change now that Watch_Dogs has gone gold, so if you’re truly upset that your new next gen title won’t run at 60fps consistently then you may want to find another game.

  • Next-Gen Assassin’s Creed: Leaked Images

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    So we all know that there will be 2 Assassin’s Creeds coming out this year. One of them has been confirmed via leaked images and is being called Unity. From what we know the story will be set during the French revolution and thus is set in France with a new assassin called Arno. There are rumors of a new navigation mechanic for Assassin’s Creed which will be revealed along with the game: buttons that allow players to “parkour” up and down.

    The leaked screenshot shows our Assassin lurking about in what seems to be 18th century Paris. We get glimpses of the Seine River and Notre Dame along with other notable landmarks. According to rumors, these pictures are from the early phase of productions so they lack the polish of the final game.

    Check out the leaked images from Kotaku - http://kotaku.com/leaked-images-reveal-one-of-this-falls-two-assassins-1547111652

    So according to latest rumors Unity is being released for current gen consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) while the second game presumably called Comet will be released for last gen consoles, PS3 and Xbox 360. We can also expect both of these games to arrive on PC.

    The release of 2 games this fall as opposed to the yearly release of 1 game might just mean that Ubisoft is allowing its teams to really do their best. Instead of trying to make a game that works on both current and last gen consoles, each team is set with the task of making a game that is best for a particular generation. This way Unity could achieve something that it would not be if attempted to be fitted into the constraints of last gen consoles.

    Well you can see it in another way. The fact that they have been milking the Assassin’s Creed franchise with HD remakes of older versions of the game and also the new mobile game “Pirates” which has nothing to do with the franchise, might make it seem this is just another way for them to maximize their profits. But hey, we will hold our judgements till the end. We are the ones who buy the games and they don’t force it on us. Buy it if you like it, and vote with your wallet!

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