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The Crew closed beta now deploying a little earlier, here's what to expect

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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 gameplay video shows two full multiplayer matches

Evan Lahti at

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 live gameplay stream set for Thursday on Twitch, E3 trailer out now

Andy Chalk at

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.

New Assassin's Creed: Unity gameplay trailer celebrates Bastille Day with wrist crossbows

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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 Unity marks a "new narrative start" for the series

Phil Savage at

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.


What we want from Assassin's Creed Unity

Andy Kelly at

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.


Ubisoft VP Chris Early says resistance to DLC is in decline

Andy Chalk at

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."


Watch Dogs mod updated with ultra texture stuttering fix and patch support

Phil Savage at

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 review

Philippa Warr at

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.


The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria confirmed for 2014 release

Shaun Prescott at

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.


Rainbow Six Siege designer promises "next-gen destruction," male hostages

Andy Chalk at

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.


The Crew to enter closed beta next month, applications now open

Shaun Prescott at

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.


Watch Dogs "E3 2012" mod can have damaging effect on gameplay, says Ubisoft

Shaun Prescott at

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 CEO ponders the future after Quebec cuts tax breaks for game studios

Andy Chalk at

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.

Watch Dogs patch due "in the coming days", brings performance improvements

Phil Savage at

Watch Dogs... something, something... hacking... er... patching into the mainframe? Nope, that's all I've got. I tried to work out a joke that would tie Watch Dogs' upcoming update into the game's overall theme, but the end result was a mere shade of its initially promised glory. Ah well, at least it will serve as a reminder of how damaging it can be to raise people's expectations.

Wait, what were we talking about? Oh yes, Watch Dogs has a patch on the way. It'll fix several bugs and crashes, and is promising to bring "several performance improvements" to PC.


Rainbow Six Siege interview: how destruction works, moddability, hostage design

Evan Lahti at

Rainbow Six Siege was our favorite game at E3. The promise of a Rainbow reboot centered around competitive multiplayer and high-fidelity destruction captured our tactical imaginations, but Ubisoft’s narrow, one-level demo left us with a ton of unanswered questions. How does destruction work? Would it be moddable? Can hostages move on their own? What form will co-op take?


Ubisoft CEO says "we'll try" to increase character diversity in future games

Andy Chalk at

Ubisoft took some heat during E3 over the absence of a playable female character in Assassin's Creed Unity, and even more so for the lame excuse it offered up to justify it. Some people also found questionable its use of a suburban housewife as a helpless hostage in the impressive Rainbow Six Siege trailer, and the hero of the hit Watch Dogs is noteworthy primarily because, as a typically generic white male, he is not noteworthy at all.


Watch Dogs mod enables "E3 2012" visual effects, improves performance

Phil Savage at

It's becoming an increasingly common practice: taking a recently released PC port, and working to improve its visual fidelity. What makes Watch Dogs slightly different is its own pre-release media. Specifically, its 2012 reveal, which promised a level of fidelity and shiny visual effects that the final release couldn't match.

Not without mods, that is. A new work-in-progress "E3 Bloom" mod not only introduces more dramatic lighting, but also comes with performance tweaks, stuttering improvements and depth-of-field effects.


The PC Gamer E3 Awards - The 10 Best PC Games of E3 2014

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We made it. E3 2014 is over, and we survived the onslaught of Mario and Nathan Drake and Master Chief, pushing our way past the console exclusives to find the best PC games hidden within the massive LA convention center. Surprisingly, the search wasn't too hard. We saw and played more amazing PC games than we expected, from promising indies to big-budget stunners. It wasn't easy to narrow down our best-in-show, but here it is: our list of the 10 best PC games of E3 2014.


Far Cry 4 was "inches away" from including playable female characters

Andy Chalk at

In my mind's eye, every hero in every Far Cry game from now until the end of time will be a meathead in a Hawaiian shirt. You might envision him differently. You might even envision him as a her, and if so you'll be probably less than thrilled to find out that you came tantalizingly close to actually playing Far Cry 4 that way, before "workload issues" brought it all to a halt.