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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’s world director Jonathan Dumont opens up about the challenges of recreating some of history’s most iconic landscapes. …


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Passing The Puck: Assassin’s Creed Creator Meets NHL’s Producer

Every year at E3, we try to connect two developers for a one-on-one conversation that viewers wouldn't expect. Even with that template in mind, we were still surprised when the creator of Assassin's Creed and founder of Panache Digital Games Patrice Désilets said that he really wanted to sit down with NHL 16's producer Sean Ramjagsingh. As Désilets points out in this year's video, sports developers are wildly under-appreciated for their effort and passion. In a side hall at E3 2015, Désilets and Ramjagsingh sat down to discuss the simple beauty of hockey, the importance of passion in game development, the balance of creativity versus mirroring reality in games, the challenges of opening a new indie studio, and much more.

Watch the video below to learn what the creative director of Assassin's Creed 1 & II and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time wants to discuss with the producer of EA's NHL series.

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Special thanks to Job and Laura of Telltale Games for the beer donation.

If you enjoy these videos of developers speaking with other developers, here are some previous entries in the series…

No Man's Sky's Sean Murray and Insomniac's Ted Price
The Creators of Tetris and the Designer of Threes
Richard Garriott, Greg Kasavin, and Felicia Day
The Walking Dead's Sean Vanaman and Peter Molyneux
Minecraft's Notch and Bethesda's Todd Howard
David Cage, Ryan Payton, and Shenmue's Yu Suzuki

This feature was originally published on July 2, 2015.

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Five Assassin’s Creed Games Land On PlayStation Now Service Tomorrow

The first five games in the Assassin’s Creed series will arrive on Sony’s game streaming service tomorrow. If you happened to miss Altair, Ezio, and Connor Kenway on PlayStation 3, you can play catchup in advance of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s release.

Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, and Assassin’s Creed III mark the series introduction to PlayStation Now. This leaves Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue as the titles from the series yet to join the party.

Ubisoft has put a substantial portion of its PlayStation 3 library on the service already. Both of the Rainbow Six: Vegas games, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, three Call of Juarez titles, Far Cry 3, and the Prince of Persia trilogy are already available.

If you’re all caught up, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be along shortly. It’s due out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 23. The PC installment has been pushed until November.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
Even with over 400 games on the PlayStation Now service, I’m not convinced. With Microsoft introducing broad scale backward compatibility, Sony is at a disadvantage in this area.

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Five Assassin’s Creed Games Land On PlayStation Now Service Tomorrow

The first five games in the Assassin’s Creed series will arrive on Sony’s game streaming service tomorrow. If you happened to miss Altair, Ezio, and Connor Kenway on PlayStation 3, you can play catchup in advance of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s release.

Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, and Assassin’s Creed III mark the series introduction to PlayStation Now. This leaves Assassin's Creed Liberation HD, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue as the titles from the series yet to join the party.

Ubisoft has put a substantial portion of its PlayStation 3 library on the service already. Both of the Rainbow Six: Vegas games, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, three Call of Juarez titles, Far Cry 3, and the Prince of Persia trilogy are already available.

If you’re all caught up, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be along shortly. It’s due out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 23. The PC installment has been pushed until November.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
Even with over 400 games on the PlayStation Now service, I’m not convinced. With Microsoft introducing broad scale backward compatibility, Sony is at a disadvantage in this area.

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Here’s Your First Look At Michael Fassbender In The Assassin’s Creed Movie

The first image of Michael Fassbender as an assassin in the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie is online.

Yahoo has the exclusive, and the full image, so you can follow the link to see more of Fassbender as an assassin, including the series' iconic wrist blades.

Fassbender is playing an assassin named Callum Lynch, a character who is new to the franchise and has not appeared in any of the games. He stars in the movie alongside Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Michael Kenneth Williams (12 Years a Slave), and Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). The movie is directed by Justin Kurzel. Kurzel doesn't have a whole lot of directing credits, but you can check out the trailer for his upcoming film, Macbeth, which also stars Fassbender and Cotillard, for an idea of what to expect from the Assassin's Creed movie.

Assassin's Creed begins shooting soon and is planned for release in December 2016.

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[Source: Yahoo]

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Coming In November On PC For Optimization Purposes

While the console versions of this year’s Assassin’s Creed title are slated for a late October release, the PC version will be coming along about a month later. Ubisoft has announced the release date and preliminary technical details, though the final spec sheet isn’t yet finalized.

Following last year’s catastrophic release of Assassin’s Creed Unity (complete with the now-infamous “missing face” bug), the publisher is taking more time to get things right this year. “We have introduced several new improvements to our production pipeline and validation process, which allowed us to focus on polishing, stabilizing and optimizing the PC version very early on in the project,” says Ubisoft Kiev production manager Sam Kovalev. “This has been one of the top priorities for the production team this year.”

For those wondering how the game will fare on their systems, Ubisoft offers the basics for now. When the recommended specs are released, they will be with a 1080p/30 frames-per-second benchmark in mind. 

Framerate and resolution are said to have “no locks.” The PC version will be along on November 19. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions launch on October 23. For more, check out our recent coverage.

[Source: Ubisoft]

 

Our Take
Ubisoft needs to make sure that all three versions are fully baked and ready to go. Last year was a disaster for the gaming industry, and Ubisoft in particular. The publisher can’t suffer another blow to the series and consumer trust. Syndicate needs to shine.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Coming In November On PC For Optimization Purposes

While the console versions of this year’s Assassin’s Creed title are slated for a late October release, the PC version will be coming along about a month later. Ubisoft has announced the release date and preliminary technical details, though the final spec sheet isn’t yet finalized.

Following last year’s catastrophic release of Assassin’s Creed Unity (complete with the now-infamous “missing face” bug), the publisher is taking more time to get things right this year. “We have introduced several new improvements to our production pipeline and validation process, which allowed us to focus on polishing, stabilizing and optimizing the PC version very early on in the project,” says Ubisoft Kiev production manager Sam Kovalev. “This has been one of the top priorities for the production team this year.”

For those wondering how the game will fare on their systems, Ubisoft offers the basics for now. When the recommended specs are released, they will be with a 1080p/30 frames-per-second benchmark in mind. 

Framerate and resolution are said to have “no locks.” The PC version will be along on November 19. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions launch on October 23. For more, check out our recent coverage.

[Source: Ubisoft]

 

Our Take
Ubisoft needs to make sure that all three versions are fully baked and ready to go. Last year was a disaster for the gaming industry, and Ubisoft in particular. The publisher can’t suffer another blow to the series and consumer trust. Syndicate needs to shine.

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Pre-Order Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Work With Charles Darwin And Dickens

Assassin's Creed is no stranger to cameos from historical figures. For Syndicate, you can plan on meeting a pair of famous Charles – if you pre-order the game.

You can check out a trailer for the pre-order bonus below, which teams up Syndicate's protagonists with author Charles Dickens and controversial scientist Charles Darwin.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate arrives October 23 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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For more on Syndicate, head here to learn five things you should know about the game.

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Animated Short Sets The Stage For Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

A new animated short has been released ahead of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and it serves as prologue for the game's world and characters.

The short gives you a little background on protagonist Jacob Frye, his gang The Rooks, and their Robin Hood-inspired missions to defend the poor and helpless against the rich and powerful. You can check out the video below.

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This isn't the first time Ubisoft has put together an animated prequel of sorts for an Assassin's Creed game. Last year's Assassin's Creed Unity received the same treatment with the help of Rob Zombie and Walking Dead artist Tony Moore. You can find out more about that animated short by heading here.

For five things you should know about Assassin's Creed Syndicate, head here.

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Passing The Puck: Assassin’s Creed Creator Meets NHL’s Producer

Every year at E3, we try to connect two developers for a one-on-one conversation that viewers wouldn't expect. Even with that template in mind, we were still surprised when the creator of Assassin's Creed and founder of Panache Digital Games Patrice Désilets said that he really wanted to sit down with NHL 16's producer Sean Ramjagsingh. As Désilets points out in this year's video, sports developers are wildly under-appreciated for their effort and passion. In a side hall at E3 2015, Désilets and Ramjagsingh sat down to discuss the simple beauty of hockey, the importance of passion in game development, the balance of creativity versus mirroring reality in games, the challenges of opening a new indie studio, and much more.

Watch the video below to learn what the creative director of Assassin's Creed 1 & II and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time wants to discuss with the producer of EA's NHL series.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Special thanks to Job and Laura of Telltale Games for the beer donation.

If you enjoy these videos of developers speaking with other developers, here are some previous entries in the series…

No Man's Sky's Sean Murray and Insomniac's Ted Price
The Creators of Tetris and the Designer of Threes
Richard Garriott, Greg Kasavin, and Felicia Day
The Walking Dead's Sean Vanaman and Peter Molyneux
Minecraft's Notch and Bethesda's Todd Howard
David Cage, Ryan Payton, and Shenmue's Yu Suzuki

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