It looks like Watch Dogs may leave the Windy City behind when its first DLC release comes out this fall. The official Twitter account recently teased a move to the green fields and blue skies of Camden, New Jersey, and then confirmed that new content is on the way.
The first of six planned Trials Fusion DLC packs is now available in the form of 'Riders of the Rustlands', which moves away from the shiny futuristic theme of the core game and out into the apocalyptic wastelands. That's according to creative director Antti Ilvessuo, who says the new theme will feature "groups of scraggly bikers who are not fit for the city" keeping themselves busy by "scavenging for motorcycle parts and pulling off amazing Trials tricks." So Trials does Mad Max, then?
Ubisoft has released another update for the PC version of Watch Dogs that should "reduce" stuttering during gameplay, particularly at higher texture settings, and promised that more such fixes are still in the works.
To answer the most important question that surrounds any CGI trailer for the Assassin's Creed series: the song is The Golden Age by Woodkid. As for the video, it—via the medium of acrobatics and violence—introduces a new character: Elise. Described jointly as "an independent young noblewoman" and a "fiery Templar", she's rescued by Arno, Assassin's Creed Unity's lead character, for purposes unknown.
So, you want to give gamers a quick primer to the historical backcloth of the French Revolution, but can’t afford to send them all a copy of Les Miserables. What’s the plan, hotshot? If you’re Ubisoft, the not entirely obvious answer is ‘hire Rob Zombie’.
So much of the Watch Dogs discussion has been centred around its graphics. Maybe that can now be resolved with this: the final release of TheWorse Mod. Originally designed to enable the visual effects present in Ubisoft's E3 2012 demo of the game, it's since been expanded to offer a full compliment of graphical and performance related improvements. Maybe now we can't talking about what's really wrong with Watch Dogs: its total lack of dogs.
The Crew's closed beta will be arriving a little earlier than its original July 23rd deploy date, perhaps due to opportune driving conditions, or clement weather - we just don't know. We do know, however, that the beta will now be waiting outside your house, keys in hand on July 21st, giving you a whole working week of slightly buggy open world driving fun before you have to take it back to the rental place. If you haven't signed up yet, you can still do that here, but be warned: you will need a uPlay account. You'll find details of the closed beta after the break.
Rainbow Six Siege looked incredible at E3—good enough to be our favorite game of the show. Awkwardly, though, the footage that Ubisoft had released of the game was pretty choreographed to showcase mechanics and features. That was the case until yesterday, when Ubisoft livestreamed two matches of Rainbow Six Siege—the same demo I played at E3. It was the first live, public demonstration of the multiplayer shooter.
Rainbow Six Siege was a surprise hit for Ubisoft at E3—perhaps the biggest surprise of the show. For those who missed the excitement the first time around, an "E3 Awards" trailer filled with all sorts of nice quotes and a few bits of unfamiliar footage is now out on YouTube, and Ubisoft Montreal will be hosting a live gameplay session Thursday on Twitch.
The newest gameplay trailer for Assassin's Creed: Unity features all the blood, oppression, and guillotines you’d expect from a game set during the French Revolution, though it falls distinctly short on actual gameplay. The start of a new narrative arc, the game’s protagonist, Arno, is featured doing what we’ve come to know from Assassin’s Creed (stabbing, jumping, and climbing things, mostly) but this time with some new tricks—including a wrist crossbow to go with his hidden blades.
Assassin's Creed is a video game series about a procession of rakish rogues (and Connor) exterminating historical wrong'uns. Assassin's Creed is also, for some reason, a video game series about magic internet wizards, an evil corporation and using improbable VR machines to stop the Sun from breaking. For Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft have wisely decided to drop much of their meta-fictional baggage, marking what they say is the series' "best entry point" since the first game.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Assassin’s Creed. It’s a polarising series, and some of you probably bubble with hatred every time the name is mentioned. But the thing that has always attracted me to the games is being able to explore a well realised historical setting. Ubisoft have taken me from Renaissance Italy to the pirate-filled seas of the Caribbean, and although the series has varied wildly in terms of quality over the years, the world design has always been top notch.
The Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag "Time Saver" packs aren't expensive—$1 for the Collectibles Pack and $2 for the Resources Pack—but it's the principle of the thing that's so outrageous, at least among those who remember that cheat codes used to be free. Yet according to Ubisoft Vice President of Digital Publishing Chris Early, there was no outrage. "There was no resistance," he told GamesIndustry. "Maybe there were 12 guys somewhere who said something, but whatever. As a whole, there wasn't a problem."
What started as an experiment to reintroduce Watch Dogs' deactivated E3 2012 presentation effects is quickly growing into a full graphics overhaul. The inaccurately named TheWorse Mod has been updated to version 0.8, bringing a number of improvements. New for this release is a much needed option to vary depth-of-field strength, compatibility with Ubisoft's recent patch, and a fix that enables 'Ultra' setting textures without the accompanied stuttering.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War stuck out amongst the rapidfire game reveals of E3. It looked stunning, there was a little dog and it sought to tell a moving story about the horrors of the First World War. On the first two counts, the game makes good. The latter throws up problems, both in terms of how the game treats death and also in terms of how it's been structured alongside real historical information.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Ubisoft’s strategy series The Settlers, but not any more: the publisher has confirmed a new installment for release in 2014. Entitled The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria, there are few solid details available at present except that it hasn’t strayed from its “world famous building strategy” roots.
The Rainbow Six Siege gameplay video that debuted at E3 made quite a splash, as hostage-takers and police combined to reduce a nice suburban home into a pile of splinters. It's a level of destruction we haven't seen before, designer Andrew Witts explained in a new Ubiblog post, because the technology to bring it to glorious life wasn't available until now.
Ubisoft’s nation spanning 'CarPG' The Crew will enter its beta period on July 23, and applications are now open. You'll need a uPlay account to be elligible, and the publisher is warning that all manner of bugs and glitches are liable to occur, which is par for the course in the world of closed betas.
There’s no doubt that discussions about the graphical fidelity of Watch Dogs have overshadowed the quality of the game itself, with many claiming that the open-world hacker looks no where near as good as it did upon unveiling in 2012. To add to the controversy, it turns out that many of the high quality assets used during that demonstration are in fact hidden in the game’s PC build, and they’ve since been unlocked by a proactive modder.
Ubisoft Montreal is one of the company's biggest studios, with more than 2,600 employees. But it was built primarily on the strength of Quebec's generous subsidies and tax breaks, and with a newly-elected government facing serious debt problems, those breaks are being cut back. That has CEO Yannis Mallat taking another look at the studio's long-term future.