Assassins Creed fans take note.
Ubisoft has announced today that the company is planning in releasing a full story-arc box set for the Assassins Creed empire of fans out there. There will be over one hundred hours of content available in the set, including every DLC released for the games. So this means you get that plus all the following games:
- Assassins Creed
- Assassins Creed 2
- Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
- Assassins Creed: Revelations
- Assassins Creed 3
That’s five, full-length games, the DLC and as bonuses it comes packaged as a steelbook and has five lithographs tucked into the box. No other content has been announced with the set yet, but Ubisoft is making an official announcement about the set later this week. No prices, platforms or locations released as yet- but I’m sure we will know soon enough.
I for one, was going to buy AC3 this week, but after seeing this news and not being a holder of the other games- I may wait out to see how much this package is going to be. Should be well worth the money.
Ubisoft announced today that Assassin’s Creed III has passed last year’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations as the most pre-ordered game in the company’s history. According to Ubisoft, Assassins’s Creed III has already sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. This shatters the previous company record held by Revelations, which had over 20 million copies pre-ordered. From Ubisoft’s Geoffrey Sardin,
“Assassin’s Creed III is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and this impressive pre-order mark is just a hint of the game’s potential. When players discover the new features, historical period, characters and gaming experience that the development team has worked so hard to create, we’re confident that they will agree that this is the biggest, best Assassin’s Creed game yet.”
For pre-order details, visit the ACIII Website.
If you’re after a new super-hero style game to play and you’re also a Marvel fan, this is certainly a game for you. Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth is the ultimate super hero brawler set in authentic comic book-style art environments base on the iconic Secret Invasion storyline. Battle for Earth provides endless entertainment through a variety of gameplay modes including co-op, campaign, arcade, challenges, versus and and tournament. Fans will enjoy embodying their favourite Marvel super heroes or villains within the game including Avengers Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Loki.
Developed by Ubisoft, Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth will be released on both Kinect for XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii U for this upcoming seasonal period.
As of yesterday, they revealed the full lineup of Super Heroes and Super Villains for Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth and key art created by Marvel comics artist Stefano Caselli.
Fans of the Avengers and Marvel Comics will get to play as 20 different characters including:
- Black Widow
- Captain America
- Doctor Doom
- Dr. Strange
- Human Torch
- Iron Man
- Queen Veranke
- Scarlet Witch
- Spider Man
- Super Skrull
- The Hulk
More positive news for the growth of e-Sports: the IGN Pro League has announced that a $100,000 ShootMania tournament will take place at their Las Vegas event happening on November 29 to December 2.
Developed by Ubisoft’s Nadeo studio, ShootMania is a FPS game stripped down to what is essential to an e-Sports centered platform. This marks the first FPS to appear in the IPL, and qualifiers for the game being on October 1.
The game, which uses ManiaScript (also powers TrackMania, highly customizable the racing game) is heavily moddable, allowing players to create their own levels and scripts. For the IPL 5 however, Elite mode will be the official mode used for the tournament, which is played by two teams of three players each. Here’s a video of what to expect during the matches:
“There will be two online qualifiers for Europe, and four online qualifiers for North America. They will be open qualifiers with a best of three format throughout. The winning team for each qualifier will earn free flights and hotel stays for the event (as part of the prizing), which takes place November 29th - December 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winning teams will be placed into groups at IPL5, with guaranteed prize money being awarded to every team that qualifies. There will also be an open element at the event itself, where walk-ups will be able to participate in a Wild Card tournament and earn their way into the group stage of the larger, $100,000 tournament.” - IPL
Click here to head to the announcement page, where you can find forms for entering your teams to the open qualifier rounds.
If you’d like to get the beta, you can do so by either heading to the ShootMania site, or following the instructions found on the announcement page, linked above.
$100,000! Pretty big stuff. Definitely an encouraging sign as more companies test the waters with e-Sports centered games.
Ubisoft has just announced that Rayman Jungle Run, a side-scrolling game for iOS and Android will be releasing on September 20th. The publisher did not mention pricing on the game, though we can probably assume to see it between $0.99 - $4.99. The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montepllier and Pasta Games. Rayman Jungle Run will be powered by the UbiArt engine which was the same engine for last year’s successful Rayman Origins game. This new title is supposed to have feature updated graphics supported by the Retina display for Apple’s latest iPad.
That said, Rayman Jungle Run for iOS devices will also be including multiple cloud save support, and will be working with platforms like GameCenter, which will allow players to track progress on leaderboards.
Check out the games announcement trailer below, it actually looks like a pretty good game.
Remember that terrible draconian DRM system that Ubisoft had in place? Don’t have an internet connection? Tough. You can’t play the game.
Maybe, after listening to so many people complain about their idiotic system and watched so many other companies fight their customers against the system (*cough* hello, Blizzard)- they finally backed down and decided to ditch the retarded technology. Ubisoft received much criticism about the system after many complaints about the piracy of their games catalogue.
Stephanie Perlotti, Ubisoft worldwide director for online games is quoted as saying:
“We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time online activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline.
Whenever you want to reach any online service or multiplayer, you will have to be connected, and obviously for online games you will also need to be online to play. But if you want to enjoy Assassin’s Creed 3 single player, you will be able to do that without being connected. And you will be able to activate the game on as many machines as you want.”
Other Ubisoft DRM-on games available to buy also include:
- Anno 2070
- Assassin’s Creed 2
- Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood; Offline mode available without registering/updating the game. Use parameter -playoffline.
- Assassin’s Creed Revelations
- Driver San Francisco
- From Dust
- Might & Magic Heroes VI; Required for activation and online features.
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
- The Settlers 7; Connection required at ALL times.
- Silent Hunter 5
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier™
- Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2; Connection required at ALL times.
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction
So, it’s good to see that Ubisoft are now going to be freeing up all these titles for offline play. Other companies will hopefully drop DRM in the near future, as no one enjoys having to be constantly connected to the Internet for even just the casual amount of gaming. It’s frustrating, especially for gamers like me that find it difficult to stay connected with a shady Internet connection at the best of times. This reason alone is one of my reasons as to why I am more of a console gamer these days over a PC gamer. I do love my PC games, but constantly having to be connected to the Internet is a ball ache- honestly. So I welcome this change by Ubisoft and hope for a change across the industry.
What do you think? Are you happy to see this change?
As we all know, any Assassins Creed game is delayed for an after-console release. The publisher of the game, Ubisoft, has announced that it will be arriving in stores for the PC on the 23rd of November in 2012. The 23rd of November is almost a month after it’s Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 release date. You have to admit though, they usually release it much, much later, so fans should be happy that this is a huge improvement for releasing the game on the PC in a timely manner.
Both Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Assassin’s Creed 3 will be arriving in Europe on the 31st of October while American versions of the game will arrive on the 30th (according to the Amazon date listed). A Wii U version of the game will follow upon the launch of the Wii U.
Are you looking forward to Assassin’s Creed 3? I am!
In an odd move by Ubisoft, they have managed to leak players ACTUAL email addresses onto the general public.
The slip up started when the publisher designed a alternative reality game about a character called Joseph Demarco, who runs an art gallery called dotconnexion. Players who were interested were advised to sign up for updates using the official site.
Today an update on said official site said:
“It is with great regret that we inform you that Joseph Demarco passed away in a tragic, yet unexplained accident. Being one of the most important philanthropists in the local digital art scene, his demise has left a deep void in the community. Out of respect for his friends and family, the dotconnexion exhibition will be cancelled. Sincerely yours, The dotconnexion Team”
Everybody who signed up for the automatic updates on the website was emailed about the tragic circumstances. Unfortunately, whoever sent out the email managed to put all the players’ emails into the CC line instead of the BCC line. This in turn meant that everyone on the list was now stuck receiving countless emails in an enormous thread.
So, as a game that challenges what we know about public information and how we can’t trust anyone these days…is that really the case? Or is it actually just a huge PR stunt by Ubisoft? If these emails are true, it’s a massive information leak. If the addresses are fakes to lure players into a bad web of thoughts- who knows what Ubisoft may be planning for this game?