The original Assassin's Creed was a beautiful world in search of a game to occupy it. (When a large proportion of your mission design involves sitting on benches, you've got a variety problem.) Second time around Ubisoft made good on the premise with the brilliant Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood, and the company expects Watch Dogs to follow a similar pattern.
Sorry, sorry, I know. I don't even like pre-orders, so the idea of posting a DLC season pass trailer makes me slightly queasy. Here, in case you need reminding, is a selection of additional content being sold before the game it exists for is even released. It is, to state the obvious, not a thing to be recommended.
That doesn't mean the DLC won't eventually be good, though. More importantly, this season pass for Assassin's Creed Unity contains a new, standalone game—a 2.5D sidescroller called Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.
Thanks to this trailer, the word crew has lost all meaning to me. It's just an ugly syllable, hanging twisted in the air. The breaking point was the line, "now it's time to take down a rival crew or two, in the crew versus crew PvP." On the plus side, there are some nice driving activities on display.
You haven't read much about Assassin's Creed Rogue around these parts because it's being developed exclusively for consoles, which puts it a bit outside the purview of a site called PC Gamer. But as Ubisoft revealed last month, that situation may change in the relatively near future.
One Assassin is dangerous enough in Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity, but put four of them together on the streets of 18th century Paris and you've got nothing less than a revolutionary A-Team.
It's been one of the major talking points concerning Far Cry 4: not only can you ride elephants, but you can use them to kill things. The nature doco voiceover guy in this trailer claims the humble elephant has "the destructive power of a true war machine," which is not the way I imagine elephants would like to be seen. But you know, who cares what elephants think.
Assassin's Creed: The Americas Collection will release for PC in Europe and Australia, but not in North America
Ubisoft last week announced the Assassin's Creed: The Americas Collection, a bundle including Assassin's Creed 3, Assassin's Creed: Liberation and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (sick of the words 'Assassin's Creed' yet?). That's all well and good, but it appears PC owners in North America will not be able to buy the bundle. While a PC edition of The Americas Collection has been confirmed for Europe and Australia, the same won't be true for the US.
The most striking thing about The Crew is its miniature recreation of the United States. Also, it's called The Crew, which would suggest that crews will be involved in some capacity—likely rolling around the aforementioned recreation. A new trailer confirms that they are, and shows some of the ways that your crew can operate. It also shows that Ubisoft missed a trick by not calling their trailers "Crew Cuts". Come on Ubi, this is basic stuff.
Ubisoft has dropped a new Assassin's Creed Unity co-op gameplay trailer, in which a pair of the Brotherhood's finest undertake a Heist Mission in the tunnels beneath the oldest hospital in Paris.
The upcoming Watch Dogs DLC Bad Blood will put players in the shoes of T-Bone Grady, the legendary hacker and trusted companion of Aiden Pearce, who risks his safety to help out an old friend but soon realizes that there's more to his story than meets the eye.
Paris was a pretty happening place during the French Revolution, with all kinds of places to go and things to do, especially if you happened to be an elite operative of the Assassin Brotherhood. But how will you go about deciding the best way to spend your free time in the open world of Assassin's Creed Unity? Well, you might try reading a newspaper.
Wait, has Tom's pile of jumpers shifted slightly? Is Ben's amputated hand pointing at a different angle? Has... actually I don't know who owns the plastic crab, but I'm sure the plastic crab has moved. Aha, there's a note wedged between my magazine stack—a secret communiqué left by an unseeable agent. It says: "Assassin's Creed: Unity delayed. New release date is November 13th."
Will you be able to play Ubisoft's open-world racer The Crew at 60 frames-per-second on PC? Yes. Will you be able to Ubisoft's open-world racer The Crew at an officially supported 60 frames-per-second on PC? Maybe.
That 'maybe' is a slight upgrade from 'no', which is what Ubisoft earlier suggested in a thread on The Crew's forum. Now they've clarified, saying that they're "aiming at" a native 60 FPS option, but didn't want to promise anything before it was confirmed.
One of the more amusing controversies to emerge after the release of Watch Dogs concerned its drinking mini-game. Dedicated players were outraged that drinking in Watch Dogs was too hard, and they were right: if you wanted to play the mini-game past the point required by the main campaign, it did get very bloody hard. Never mind though, because the newest Watch Dogs update makes the uniquely annoying mini-game much easier, for those among you still determined to master virtual drinking.
You've read about Andy's coast-to-coast journey, now maybe you'd like to strap in and set off on your own. Or perhaps you'd prefer to cruise the streets of US cities, picking up challenges and proving your skill. Soon you'll be able to do both, as we're giving away 5,000 keys to next week's The Crew beta.
Update: It's all over. That was quick. If you successfully claimed a key, it should be emailed to you in the next few hours.
Amid the churn of 30 second CGI trailers and cleverly cut (but mostly useless) 'gameplay' videos, it's nice to see Assassin's Creed: Unity played for a full 12 minutes with no interruptions. The video above details the new installment's revamped stealth systems, and demonstrates the increased freedom afforded to players this time around. It also looks pretty damn fine.
Ubisoft's relationship with PC gamers has been strained for years. Always-on DRM, last-minute delays of PC releases, its insistence on uPlay and CEO Yves Guillemot's stated belief that nine out of ten PC gamers are filthy pirates have collectively made it a difficult publisher to love. But it promises that things are different now.
Microtransactions are an effective monetization tool in large part because they seem so innocuous. A dollar here, a dollar there—tiny amounts that nobody's going to miss, but they add up, sometimes alarmingly quickly. The free-to-play model is built almost entirely upon microtransactions and it's starting to turn up in major triple-A releases too, including Assassin's Creed Unity, which will allow players to "fast track" unlocks instead of earning them through gameplay.
The Crew releases November 11, and while you may have partaken in the recent closed beta, that's no reason to pass over this new gameplay trailer showing off some of the racer's modes. It's a guarantee of sorts that during your travels across Ubisoft Reflections' interpretation of the United States, you'll be doing more than sightseeing. You'll be crashing into other cars on purpose, for instance.
Ubisoft is bringing the Might and Magic series back with Might and Magic Heroes VII, a turn-based strategy-RPG set during a time of civil war in the Holy Empire. With development now underway, the publisher is offering fans of the series an opportunity to vote on two of the six factions that will appear in the game.