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Analyzing the HUD-less design of Assassin’s Creed

“The first Assassin’s Creed was designed to be playable fully without any HUD elements. I’m talking no map, markers, icons, controls. The addition of HUD in the game was clearly a late one.” …


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How Did Assassin’s Creed IV Art Get Into The Uncharted 4 Trailer?

This morning, Naughty Dog dropped an impressive-looking trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Hidden inside though, was a surprising piece of artwork possibly created by another publisher.

Assassin’s Creed head of content Azaïza Aymar took to Twitter, posting the clip from the trailer and what appears to be another piece of art allegedly created by another publisher (timestamp 1:36 in the trailer). The concept piece in question may come from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The difference appears to be only the removed character standing by the boat on the beach. We’ve reached out to Sony for comment or clarification. We've also approached Ubisoft for more information. We’ll update should we receive a response from either.

[Source: Azaïza Aymar on Twitter]

 

Our Take
While there has been an accusation levied, it is important to note that Sony has not had an opportunity to respond. It is possible that this was done with permission and is intended as an homage or collegial nod. This may seem nefarious on the surface, but until we have the entire story, which we continue to investigate, it is prudent not to jump to conclusions.

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Ubisoft promises big revenues, despite Assassin’s Creed taking a break

The big French publisher is expecting major things from its next fiscal year, despite a downtrend for the publisher and its star franchise’s vacation. …


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Ubisoft Confirms No New Assassin’s Creed This Year, Watch Dogs Coming By March 2017

Ubisoft has confirmed reports that the main branch of the Assassin’s Creed franchise is taking a break this year. A note from the publisher reveals that the decision goes back to the feedback received from the troubled launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity.

“This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise,” the company says. “As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”

In January, rumors circulated indicating that the series would skip 2016. Reports also indicated that the next installment will take us to ancient Egypt.

In its earnings report for the quarter, Ubisoft lays out plans for the coming fiscal year (April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017). Included are For Honor, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, a new Watch Dogs game, and “a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services.”

Ubisoft will be holding its third quarter earnings call this afternoon. 

 

Our Take
This is the right call for the Assassin’s Creed series. Despite Syndicate’s critical acclaim, sales suffered on the potent memories of Unity’s failures. A retooled Assassin’s Creed could re-energize excitement from fans that have drifted away. 

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia Launch Trailer Also Touts Three-Game Bundle

Ubisoft has wrapped up its 2D experimental Assassin’s Creed series with today’s launch of Chronicles: Russia. With the arc now complete, you can also purchase a retail bundle featuring all three games.

The series has taken us around the globe to new playable locations. You can journey through 1526 China with Shao Jun (featured in Assassin's Creed: Embers), 1841 India with Arbaaz Mir (the focus of Assassin's Creed: Brahman), and 1918 Russia with Nikolaï Orelov (star of the Assassin’s Creed: The Fall comic).

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You can read our review of the India installment for more. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia is out today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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The Assassin’s Creed Movie Has Wrapped Up Filming

The Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender wrapped up filming yesterday. The head of content for the franchise, Azaïzia Aymar, snapped a picture of the crew together on set to celebrate the occasion:

The movie is entering post-production now. It's set for release on December 21st of this year.

Film adaptations of video games have a reputation for being…less than great but the talent for the film is pretty impressive: Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons all have roles and Justin Kurzel, who directed a pretty solid version of Macbeth and the creepy drama The Snowtown Murders, is at the helm for it.

Source: [Twitter via Destrutoid]

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GI Show – Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, Banner Saga, Video Game Music Favorites

This year's video game release schedule is starting slowly, surely get moving this week with a new entry in the side-scrolling Assassin's Creed Chronicles series. Javy has played AC Chronicles: India, and is here to report in on the good and the bad. Ben Reeves is also on board to remind everyone that Stoic's strategy game, The Banner Saga, is out on consoles now and is still absolutely worth your time. Jeff Marchiafava also joins us to discuss his time with the heartbreaking tale of one family's loss in That Dragon, Cancer.

The crew from the main segment stick around to answer some emails, which range from games that we were surprised we loved to the poor fashion choices of our younger selves. After emails Jeff M offers up his seat to Brian Shea as we discuss some of our favorite video game music. We each bring two of our most beloved songs to the table: one track from the classic era and one from more modern titles. The result is a laid-back, laymen's discussion about some wonderful video game music, from the upbeat to melancholy. 

You can listen to episode 282 below, listen on SoundCloud, or subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the timestamps below…

1:57 – Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India

9:27 – The Banner Saga

14:52 – That Dragon Cancer

22:15 – Earthbound

24:55 – Dark Dreams Don't Die

27:38 – Darkest Dungeon

31:42 – TIS 100

37:58 – Bully

42:48 – Listener Emails

1:25:48 – Celebrating Video Game Music

 

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Watch creative director Patrice Desilets play Assassin’s Creed II

Watch the man who made his name on the Assassin’s Creed play the series’ second game, in conversation with Double Fine’s Greg Rice. …


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Rumor: No Assassin’s Creed In 2016, Next Entry Set In Egypt

It’s been a number of years since Ubisoft has surprised fans with an Assassin’s Creed game announcement. No, we’re not talking about the game’s annual schedule. We’re referring to consistent leaks that pull the rug out from underneath the publisher.

Kotaku has a knack for uncovering details about upcoming titles in the series. Last year, the outlet revealed Assassin’s Creed syndicate with video to back up its claims, and that’s just the most recent instance.

A rumor suggests that the franchise is skipping this year. Those same rumblings indicate that a 2017 entry will be set in Egypt.

Kotaku reports that the information matches what it has heard about the franchise. The game is being developed under the codename “Empire,” according to the site. 

If a core Assassin’s Creed title does skip 2016, you won’t be wanting for the franchise. The two remaining entries of the 2D, sidescrolling Chronicles branch are slated for release early this year. Ubisoft reported on its last earnings call that early sales of Syndicate were down, likely because of consumer reaction to Unity's problematic release.

Additionally, the long-awaited Assassin’s Creed film starring Michael Fassbender is planned for release in theaters on December 21. We contacted Ubisoft for comment, which provided this statement in response. “We can’t comment on rumor or speculation," the publisher says. "We’re always happy when players are excited about our games, past, present and future. In the meantime, we hope that the latest images from the Assassin’s Creed movie set will keep fans of the franchise happy and eager to find out more!”

[Source: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
As with any rumor, we urge that you keep things in perspective. However, Kotaku’s track record with regard to Assassin’s Creed suggests that there might be something to this.

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Michael Fassbender Hadn’t Played Assassin’s Creed Before Signing On To The Film

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Michael Fassbender revealed that he had not played any of the Assassin's Creed games before signing on as the starring role in the upcoming film.

In that interview, Fassbender goes on to say that he's played the game since accepting the job, "mainly to get an idea of the physicality of the character."

The Assassin's Creed film is set to release on December 21st, 2016.

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]

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