Assassin’s Creed III seems to think it’s pretty important. How do I know? Ubisoft is releasing a four-part mini-documentary on the making of the game.
Check out the first part below entitled ‘Making a Masterpiece.’ Yup. I told you so.
One of the highlights of the Microsoft E3 Conference for me was the announcement of Splinter Cell Blacklist. I was never a traditional Splinter Cell fan so the new approach that Ubisoft seems to be taking with Blacklist is welcome to me. Today Ubisoft has released an eleven minute gameplay video with a walkthrough by Creative Director Maxime Beland.
Check out some of the new gadgets Sam will have at his disposal and let us know what you think about them in the comments below.
Today at Gamescom, Ubisoft officially launched UPlay PC, its new digital distribution platform for PC players. To celebrate, the company is offering $1 downloads on select PC titles for a limited time. Today’s game is HAWX 2, tomorrow will be From Dust, with Silent Hunter 5 and Driver: San Francisco following after that.
“Uplay PC is a great way for customers to discover Ubisoft’s games, connect with their friends and gaming communities, and win achievements and content that’s not available anywhere else.” said Stephanie Perotti, Worldwide Director for Online Games, Ubisoft. “For PC gamers that are already fans of Ubisoft’s titles or have been considering trying some of our classics, this promotion is a great deal, and our way of saying thank you for their support.”
Other titles including Anno 2070, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Might & Magic: Heroes VI and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction are discounted up to 75%, also for a limited time.
Click here to download the UPlay client if interested.
Some box art for the Wii U versions of Ubisoft titles Assassin’s Creed III, Marvel’s The Avengers: Battle for Earth and Just Dance 4 have surfaced on Amazon.ca.
These could be placeholder images but they look pretty official to me. No comment on the box art has been made from Nintendo or Ubisoft. Either way, check them out and let us know what you think about that blue and yellow system logo.
Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed III which focuses on the AnvilNext Game Engine which it runs on. Check out a bit of the engine’s dynamic weather system, new and improved AI and one-thousand new animations for the game’s protagonist, Connor.
The San Diego Comic-Con is in full effect and it’s Friday the 13th. Perfect time for some new ZombiU videos.
I got to tell you. I’m digging what I’m seeing. Might pick this up when it releases. How about you guys?
Enjoy the videos and let us know if you plan on picking it up in the comments.
Earlier today, I received a spam message linking me to a tumblr. Not that big of a deal, I get spam messages all the time. What struck me though, was how many emails were actually listed in the recipients. Generally, whenever I get a spam message, it’s usually directed at me and maybe one or two others. Here, there were at least a hundred emails listed. But, whatever, right? Spam isn’t anything new.
What is new, however, is the odd connection this spam message has to the upcoming Ubisoft game, Watch Dogs. You see, Ubisoft seemingly created an Alternate Reality Game, in a similar vein to Halo 3’s I Heart Bee’s campaign. As you’ve probably guessed by now, the emails in this list seem to be linked to the alternate reality game. These emails are linked to the DotConNexion website that Ubisoft has registered in association with Watch Dogs.
Now, there are at least a hundred email addresses that have been made public due to this issue. It’s extremely disappointing that this has happened, especially in light of all of the recent hacking issues that have occurred. Hopefully, if this is an issue on Ubisoft’s end, they can solve this issue without anyone getting harmed. As always, with any hacking issue, this would be a great time to change your passwords, just in case.
Today Ubisoft has announced that Far Cry 3 is getting a slight delay. It is now being released on December 4 in North America and November 29 in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
“We’re taking more time to create the best possible gameplay experience,” said Dan Hay, producer at Ubisoft. “Far Cry 3 is a huge offering and we want every element of this insane, action-packed adventure to be of the highest possible quality for the players.”
The previously announced release date was set for September. This now puts it as one of the very last high-profile releases for the year of 2012. If the game turns out great, it will be fresh in our minds for any Game of the Year Awards. So this could be a very smart strategy for Ubisoft.
E3 2012 has come and gone and, as always, at center stage this year was the press conferences. This is the big show, where major game publishers show off what they have in store for us for the next year. After the past few years, my expectations have been lowered to the point where I honestly didn’t expect anything from these conferences. However, after watching E3 this year, I can honestly say that I’m not entirely sure what the hell I watched.
So, without further adieu, here are the five worst moments from E3 2012.
I still don’t know what Wonderbook is
I actually thought that Sony had a fairly decent press conference. It was steady, with a decent line-up of games. Sure, there were a lot of third party games shown, but even those were decent. Then Wonderbook happened. I watched, what seemed like an eternity, of gameplay footage and I still have no clue what Wonderbook is. Maybe it was because the game looked boring as hell. Maybe it was because the demo didn’t work for about five minutes. Or maybe, JUST maybe, it looked like the single worst PlayStation Move game ever made. As someone has played a lot of PlayStation Move games, I can honestly say, this looks like the single worst thing the peripheral has ever been responsible for.
What the hell did Microsoft just show me?
Microsoft had a strong open. Showing Halo 4 footage, debuting Splinter Cell: Blacklist and even showing brief footage of Gears of War: Judgment were brilliant moves. Then, well, sports happened. Hey guys, isn’t it exciting that Joe Montana plays Madden? HE’S JUST LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE!!! This was followed by Nike+ Kinect and the announcements of a bunch of sports apps for the Xbox 360. Between this, and the Microsoft SmartGlass debut, hardly any time was dedicated to the core audience…at an industry press event. Oh, and Usher happened at us.
LANA!!!!!!!!! and Toby…
I absolutely loved almost everything that Ubisoft showed us. There were games that appealed to every part of the audience. What really made me hate this press conference was how much talent was squandered. Presenting the show was Aisha Tyler, who plays Lana Kane on Archer (one of the best television shows on the air), and…Tobuscus. Toby was completely un-sure of himself and simply couldn’t keep up with Aisha. On top of that, I had absolutely no clue who this guy was, even though I got the feeling I was supposed to. Turns out, this guy makes videos on the internet. Yea, didn’t realize that until I was writing this piece. I hope that they bring back Aisha next year because she genuinely seemed to hate Tobuscus as much as I did by the end of the night.
Reggie is in his dark place
Now, this mostly happened at Nintendo’s 3DS showcase that happened on Wednesday night. Reggie Fils-Amie, COO of Nintendo of America, was on stage to present Scott Moffit, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nintendo of America. Before he did, though, he insulted the guy in a way that felt a bit real. I know it was probably part of their script but DAMN. He seemed angry for some reason…
Reggie reveals his true form
OH GOD! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR FACE!!!!!! LOCK THE DOORS AND BAR THE WINDOWS! REGGIE’S BODY IS READY TO FEAST ON HUMAN FLESH!
Okay by audience I mostly mean me but the crowd reaction was incredibly strong. Ubisoft just revealed a brand new, triple A IP called Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs looks to be an open world game with a heavy influence on using technology to cause havoc and complete your goals. The gameplay demo showed a man trying to take out a target by infiltrating an art show. He got in by distracting the guard by jamming his cell phone and later we see him take control of traffic lights to cause a multiple car pile-up. He was also able to scan other people to learn information and even eavesdrop on conversations. Eventually things got heated and the man had to take out several enemies in what looked like standard third person shooter action.
To top it all off, after the man dispatched of his target the focus switched to another man on a rooftop tracking the assassin. It was made very clear that this was another player within the same game but what that means wasn’t discussed.
However you shake it, Watch Dogs looks to be incredibly promising and I cannot wait to hear more about this title.