As is its wont Nvidia has released a new set of beta graphics drivers, hot on the heels of the 310.33 release a couple of weeks back. This is being called an "essential upgrade for all GeForce GTX gamers". Compared with the current WHQL certified drivers the 310.54 release is boasting up to a 26% frame rate boost for anyone playing the just-released Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 or the still-waiting Assassin’s Creed 3.
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After the appearance of listings for in-game "Erudito Credits" yesterday, Ubisoft have confirmed that there will be microtransactions in Assassin's Creed 3.
"The Erudito Credits are a new way of unlocking content in Assassin's Creed 3's Multiplayer," Ubisoft told Eurogamer. "People who have little time can use Erudito Credits as a shortcut to unlock game items from level 1 to 50 (excluding Prestige levels and relics rewards). This is not mandatory, all items sold in Erudito Credits are also available in Abstergo Credits and can be unlocked through normal progression like previous years."
Listings on the Xbox marketplace and the Playstation store reveal plans to sell in-game currency for real world money in Assassin's Creed 3, according to Eurogamer. The listings sell set amounts of "Erudito credits," which is thought to be the currency used in Assassin's Creed 3's multiplayer mode.
Worthplaying captured a shot of the sale page for a batch of credits with accompanying description. "Buying this pack will grant you 925 Erudito Credits ingame, allowing you to acquire some game items, disregarding your current level."
Console players will get their paws on Assassin's Creed 3 next week. We'll have to wait until November 20 in the US and November 23 in Europe, sadly, but you can absorb a 90 second montage of the action courtesy of the launch trailer, which features fighting on the high seas, some great big battle scenes, a bit of tragic back story and one particularly cruel groin kick.
A pirate throwing moneybombs to distract peasants makes sense, but why is the Carpenter carrying a huge hammer? Has he stolen it from a blacksmith? Why is nobody stopping him from bludgeoning others' brains out in broad daylight? Assassin's Creed 3's multiplayer mode will be a vicious, stabby, smashy affair that's for sure. Ubisoft are hoping to spice things up with new game modes that'll have assassin's occupying glowing circles to take territory, and working together to hunt down NPC targets. See those game modes in action in the latest Assassin's Creed 3 trailer below.
Whenever Templar- and teacup-shattering woodsman Connor presents his business card, it's probably embossed with the honorary title of "walking armory." The killer's repertoire of deadly takedowns is more fluid than that of his predecessors, but that's mostly because whatever object gripped in Connor's rough hands -- an axe, a pair of tomahawks, rope darts, muskets, a wheel of cheese -- turns into someone's abrupt demise. Listen to a British commander warn his troops of the death stalking America's snowy forests in the trailer above, sensibly followed by the worst pep talk ever by way of threatening even more death should they fail their mission.
Assassin's Creed 3 has equal opportunities stabbing according to UK version of the latest trailer. Redcoats, bluecoats, Conner doesn't care. He just hates coats. Amusingly, Kotaku note that the US version of the trailer cuts out some footage near the end in which Connor slices up a US contingent, presumably in an effort to patronise American viewers into buying the game. Or they've added the scene to assure UK folk that the game isn't all about chopping up chaps in red.
A dash of DLC developments appears on today's list for Mass Effect 3, Assassin's Creed 3, and Max Payne 3. Also appearing are NCsoft's official word on the community movements against City of Heroes' impending closure and Hi-Rez's narrower design focus for Global Agenda 2. In the wise words of Claptrap: read on, minions!
Assassin's Creed 3 will squash the American Revolution onto 17GB of hard drive space according to the minimum system specs carried by Kotaku. That's a hefty chunk of data. Hopefully it's all made up of high resolution textures to make the PC edition shine. It won't run on XP, if you're still using that, but the rest of the requirements look nice and manageable.
The PC version is coming out a short while after the console edition on November 20 in the US and November 23 in Europe. Find out how it plays in our recent Assassin's Creed 3 hands-on account. Early indications suggest that it's going to be a very uncomfortable time for everyone wearing a red coat. At least the blood won't show.
Gorgeous Greenlight projects. A planned Left 4 Dead 2 map on meta-horror. Dildo bats, crazy cats, and space hats. What does it all mean? It probably all makes sense on a metaphysical level, but we're pretty sure they're just more news we're rounding up and sending your way like a caring grandmother. A caring zombie grandmother.
In interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, Stephanie Perotti, Ubisoft’s worldwide director for online games, has said that the company has decided to remove the need for a permanent connection to play its PC titles.
Assassin's Creed 3 Lead Designer Alex Hutchinson recently spoke with Edge about the inclusion of difficulty levels in games and the apparent harm they cause in providing players ample challenge, claiming, "A lot of games have been ruined by easy modes."
Ubisoft designers have told CVG that Assassin's Creed 3's multiplayer mode will take a more prominent storytelling role than its predecessors. The ongoing tale will be told through a series of monthly challenges that can be completed to unlock "new content."
"The multiplayer is so big today that it's already a game on its own. We've been given the right to develop the Abstergo storyline since the beginning, which is a big responsibility," game director Damien Kieken told CVG. Abstergo is the company behind the Animus, the magical techno-chair that lets users access inhabit genetic memories. It looks as though the technology has been made public as an entertainment device in Assassin's Creed 3, for nefarious reasons, no doubt.
Assassin's Creed 3 isn't all about the new setting and locations, it also contains many new ways to hit people. Hatchets, bayonets and rope darts are a few of the more brutal tools at Connor's disposal. Capturing those kill moves takes a lot of time, effort, and serious stuntmen men in ball suits. The latest Assassin's Creed 3 gives us a look at the processes that go into realising all that on-screen violence, and contains a few tips for British troops from historians.
'Don't walk down open roads in bright red suits' being the soundest pearl of wisdom of the lot. Watch Connor break people in ways you couldn't imagine in the trailer below.
The latest Assassin's Creed 3 trailer is framed as an Animus advert created by the ever-friendly but obviously evil Templar front, Abstergo Industries. Here they show off a few new Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer modes, including "Domination," a team-based, four vs. four point capture contest, and "Wolfpack," which sadly isn't about a gang of wolves hunting lone assassins through the snowy wastes of early America. It's a co-op mode that has you hunting AI targets against the clock. Every successful kill lets you kill again. See? Abstergo: evil.
We've seen a bit of how Assassin's Creed 3 will play in the snowy wilderness, now we get to see how Connor operates in the midst of a bustling city. New moves let him take cover, occupy "stalking zones" to pass unseen through undergrowth and interrupt private conversations by standing rudely in the middle of them with arms folded, hiding himself instantly from any passing soldiers. The "social stealth" aspects of Assassin's Creed has always required a suspension of disbelief, but that white Assassin's Creed garb looks especially outlandish in the grimy streets of young Boston, and it's hard to believe that nobody can see him walking that rope high wire with a massive bow at the ready.
Climbing still looks gorgeous and fluid, though. The video's worth watching to see Connor navigate an awkward tree, vault through some poor citizen's kitchen and swing through the intricate knots and lines of a ship's rigging. You'll find the video walkthrough hiding in the stalking zone below.
Live action trailers are all the rage now aren't they? Yesterday there was the Rome 2 announcement trailer and now CVG have spotted this one for Assassin's Creed 3. The two are so similar it's almost like the cast of the Rome trailer ran behind the scenes and changed outfits in between the two.
Ubisoft have released a new trailer for Assassin's Creed for US Independence Day. You might think it features a curious lack of assassins, as protagonist Connor Kenway appears only at the very end, but you'd be wrong. In reality, Connor actually appears in every frame, you just can't see him, because he's so damn stealthy. If you look carefully at 0.10 you can see he disguises himself as a rank and file soldier, while at 0.30 he impersonates a dead body and at 0.26 you can just about make him out hiding in a man's hat.
As one of the better demos shown publicly at E3 this year, this Assassin's Creed 3 walkthrough is worth another look. It's been released again with a bit of added commentary from creative director Alexander Hutchinson. He talks more about Connor, the half British, half American, all-Assassin leading man we'll be playing as in the latest game, and remarks on the weather system enabled by the new Anvil Engine. Snow drifts visibly slow movement on the ground, encouraging Connor to take a detour through the treetops. That's a good way to avoid the kilt-wearing Scot soldier, who seem to be the mini-bosses of the British army.