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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. – The Feed

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. – The Feed

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] – The Feed

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 – The Feed

Watch creative director Patrice Desilets play Assassin’s Creed II

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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. – The Feed

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] – The Feed

Latest Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate DLC Trailer Introduces Jack The Ripper

Ubisoft released a new DLC trailer for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate today. Later this month, players will be able to hunt down the city's most infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper, as Assassin Evie Frye.

In 1888, an unidentified serial killer going by the name Jack the Ripper carved out a reign of terror in the Whitechapel district of London. Taking place 20 years after the events of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, the DLC will release December 15 for consoles and December 22 for PC. 

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Players can purchase the add-on for $ 14.99, or invest $ 29.99 in a Season Pass that includes Jack the Ripper campaign, The Last Maharaja mission pack, A Long Night exclusive mission, Streets of London gameplay pack, two top-tier sets of gear and weapons, and an XP boost. Season pass users will be able to download the campaign December 15. – The Feed

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India And Russia Arrive Early Next Year

Ubisoft first announced the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles series as a trilogy of 2.5 D side-scrolling spin-offs, each set in unique locations and eras. The first chapter, China, released April of this year, and the elusive remaining parts have finally gotten dates for next year.

Coming first is Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India. Set in 1841, players control Arbaar Mir (first introduced in the Assassin’s Creed: Brahman graphic novel) who must recover an Assassin artifact from a Master Templar in the midst of the Sikh Empire/East India Company conflict. India launches January 12.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia launches February 9. Taking place in 1918, Assassin Nikolaï Orelov (of the Assassin’s Creed: The Fall and The Chain comics) must complete his final mission for the Order by stealing an artifact from the Tsar’s family home, currently held by the Bolsheviks. While unable to save the captive royal family, Orelov is able to rescue Princess Anastasia and must protect her from the Templars. 

Each game is priced at $ 9.99. Ubisoft is also planning to release the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack. This bundle of all three Chronicles games hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 9 and for Vita on April 5 for $ 29.99. Check out screenshots of both titles in the gallery below. Be sure to also check out our review of Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China – The Feed

Ranking The Entire Assassin’s Creed Series

The Assassin’s Creed series has been around for eight years – not a lot of time when compared to industry veterans like Super Mario and Metal Gear. In that relatively short timespan, the series has become an annual fixture, reliably hitting store shelves with one new title (at least) every holiday season. As a result, we certainly have no shortage of Assassin’s Creed games, but how do they stack up against each other?

Ubisoft’s stealth/action juggernaut has some excellent entries, but the levels of quality and polish can vary from one year to the next. That’s why we ranked our favorite installments, highlighting the best moments and critical flaws in each.

Note: This list focuses on the titles we consider part of the main series. This means that various spin-off experiments (like Assassin’s Creed Chronicles) and expanded fiction (like the comic books) are intentionally excluded.

10. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (2012)
Even as the lowest entry on our list, we can’t say Liberation is a “bad” game. However, it was originally created for Vita (though an HD port was eventually made), and the system’s limitations are apparent in the design and gameplay. Apart from its gimmicky features and restricted scope, Liberation still feels like an AC game at its core. The combat is a fun balance of offense and defense, and the story does a good job exploring the gray area between Assassins and Templars. Heroine Aveline’s ability to use different personas to navigate New Orleans doesn’t pay off, but Liberation delivers solid action even if it doesn’t take the series into exciting new territory.

9. Assassin’s Creed III (2012)
Ezio would be a hard act for any hero to follow, and AC III’s Connor struggles to live up to his predecessor’s legacy. Without much initiative of his own, he mainly does chores for important historical figures – and is coincidentally at the heart of every noteworthy event of the American Revolution. Narrative plausibility aside, this entry introduces some important and interesting elements, like naval combat and homestead-building. The colonial cities and vast wilderness aren’t as fun to explore as Renaissance Europe, but this ambitious installment tries to provide a wealth of content and and tell a complex, generation-spanning story. It may not succeed at every turn, but you can’t accuse AC III of not trying.

8. Assassin's Creed Unity (2014)
You’ve probably heard the horror stories about Unity, or even experienced them yourself. There’s no diplomatic way to say it: This game was a disaster at launch. Fans playing in the first few weeks encountered so many problems that Ubisoft issued a formal apology. The damage was already done in terms of public perception, but here’s the surprising part: Unity actually got pretty good once the holes were patched up. Today, players can absorb a relatively hassle-free vision of the French Revolution, with fun co-op missions, an interesting levelling mechanic, and an uncharacteristically challenging approach to combat. Plus, the relationship between Arno and Elise is well done, adding a personal touch to the story.

7. Assassin's Creed Revelations (2011)
Up to this point in AC’s lineage, each entry in the series felt like a significant step forward. However, Revelations isn’t much different from Ezio’s other adventures; it has fun gameplay, cool missions, and a cinematic presentation. On one hand, it’s hard to complain about more of a good thing. On the other, that’s how franchise fatigue settles in. A tower-defense minigame is the only noteworthy addition – but it’s terrible and interferes with your enjoyment of the rest of the game, which makes the whole experience feel like a step down. Plus, even though Revelations brings closure to the Ezio/Altair storyline, Desmond’s modern-day arc stalls completely, so it doesn’t convey a larger sense of progress.

6. Assassin's Creed Rogue (2014)
Did you like Black Flag? Then you’ll probably like Rogue, because it is basically the exact same game with different characters and cutscenes. The biggest improvements are removals, not additions; the aggravating tailing and eavesdropping missions from Black Flag are nowhere to be found. Otherwise, the experience is a familiar one – except this time you’re a Templar hunting Assassins. Beyond that twist, Rogue leans heavily on the proven and entertaining parts of the AC formula. You sail around on a ship, deploy your fleet, capture territory, hunt for collectibles, and (of course) perform assassinations. While this stuff is always fun, Rogue plays it too safe to be truly impressive.

Next: Our picks for the top five Assassin's Creed titles. – The Feed