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Ubisoft Outlines Second Year Of Rainbow Six Siege Content

Ubisoft has detailed the second year of content for Rainbow Six Siege that they confirmed a few weeks ago. From February 2017 to February 2018, Rainbow Six Siege will get eight new operators, new weapons, more cosmetic items, seasonal events, a full year of the Pro League, and four free maps that take place in Spain, Hong Kong, Poland, and South Korea.

There are multiple ways to get the Year 2 content. Current players can either buy the Year 2 Season Pass for $ 29.99 and get everything up front or earn it all via in-game credits. New players can buy the Complete Edition that comes with the base game, the Year 2 Season Pass, and the operators from the first season pass. The Complete Edition is available now on PC for $ 99.99 and will come to the Xbox One on December 6 and the PS4 at a later unannounced date.

Players can also buy the Year 2 Gold Edition now on PS4 and December 6 on PC and Xbox One for $ 79.99, which comes with the base game and the Year 2 content as it releases. Year 2 Season Pass owners get VIP status that yields early access for all eight operators, a 10-percent discount at the in-game shop, a 5-percent Renown boost, and two extra daily challenges.

Ubisoft is also phasing out the Year 1 Season Pass soon and rolling out the Legacy Operator Bundle. The Legacy Operator Bundle unlocks the operators from the first season and will be available in the in-game shop for 2400 credits.

Ubisoft will give more information on Year 2 at the Six Invitational, which takes place on February 3-5. For a more detailed rundown of Year 2's content, check out Ubisoft's post here.

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[Source: Ubisoft]


Our Take
The Pro League and steady flow of free and paid content are great ways to breathe life into a game and keep its community entertained. This approach lets games live for long periods of time and is a key reason why some competitive games have such long tails.

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Ubisoft VR Experiences Go Cross-Platform

Ubisoft announced yesterday that all their VR experiences will have cross-platform multiplayer. Eagle Flight, Werewolves Within, and Star Trek: Bridge Crew players will be able to join each other across PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. 

This multiplayer component for Eagle Flight was updated today, while the other two games will have the feature at launch. The wait won't be too long, though, as Werewolves Within comes out on December 6, while Star Trek: Bridge Crew is slated for March 14.

You can check out an overview trailer for their first VR experience Eagle Flight below.

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[Source: Ubiblog]

 

Our Take
System divides have plagued players for years, forcing friends to pick a side if they wanted to play together. It's good to see Ubisoft shedding this ridiculous notion and all I can hope is that it carries over to their other franchises.

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Ubisoft opens fourth Eastern European studio in Belgrade, Serbia

Ubisoft Belgrade’s staff of fifteen is currently collaborating with studios in Kiev and Paris on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, and the company plans to employ up to 40 people in the coming year. …


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Watch Dogs 2 Easter Egg Might Be Teasing New Ubisoft Game

Ubisoft has had a rough history with its games leaking – especially in the Assassin's Creed series. Watch Dogs 2 seems to poke fun at this, giving players a mission to hack into Ubisoft's San Francisco office and get an early peek at what the developer is working on. 

In the video from Kotaku below, players hop on the roof of the building and take control of cameras to spy on the goings-on in the studio. At one point (at the 2:20 mark), you can even see a trailer for an apparently unannounced Ubisoft game.

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Is this an actual new space game with a Western theme? Or is it just a decoy created as a joke? Who knows? But it's nice to see Ubisoft having a little fun with it. 

[Source: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
Companies are coming up with increasingly inventive ways to tease upcoming projects, so it wouldn't be completely crazy to assume the "leaked" game here is real. On the other hand, the studio may just be trying to throw people off the trail. Maybe there's nothing more to say either way; it might just be a neat Easter egg in Watch Dogs 2 and nothing more. Only time will tell.  

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Ubisoft Confirms Another Year Of Content For Rainbow Six Siege

Another year's worth of content is coming for Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft confirmed on Twitter Sunday.

The asymmetric multiplayer game, which debuted last December and has seen three expansions since, was also mentioned in Ubisoft's latest earnings call. The Crew, The Division, and Rainbow Six Siege each have more than 10 million registered players, representing a 132-percent increase over the past year in digital sales.

In addition to the expansions for Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft has also held several free weekends for the game over the past year and introduced a temporary $ 15 starter edition. Check out our review for more information.

[Source: Twitter, via GameSpot]

 

Our Take
Microtransactions may often be unwelcome in full-price games, but Ubisoft's pledge to continue supporting Rainbow Six Siege with new content is definitely an argument in their favor.

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PlayStation And Ubisoft Show Off 40 Minutes Of Watch Dogs 2 Gameplay

Watch Dogs 2's release is just around the corner, and as you wait just a couple more days, you can watch 40 minutes of gameplay with Ubisoft Montreal's commentary. PlayStation Underground spoke with two Ubisoft developers, as they tour the series' new setting of San Francisco, Marcus' hacking abilities, and how missions can be tackled in a multitude of ways.

In Watch Dogs 2, you'll play as Marcus, a member of the DedSec hacktivist group, as he attempts to gain as many followers as he can during his quest to take down Blume, the creators of the smart city and surveillance system ctOS. 

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You can read our review of the original Watch Dogs here, as well as read how this sequel is setting itself apart in many ways from its predecessor, or how hacking now has deeper mechanics. Watch Dogs 2 is out as of November 15 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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PlayStation And Ubisoft Show Off 40 Minutes Of Watch Dogs 2 Gameplay

Watch Dogs 2's release is just around the corner, and as you wait just a couple more days, you can watch 40 minutes of gameplay with Ubisoft Montreal's commentary. PlayStation Underground spoke with two Ubisoft developers, as they tour the series' new setting of San Francisco, Marcus' hacking abilities, and how missions can be tackled in a multitude of ways.

In Watch Dogs 2, you'll play as Marcus, a member of the DedSec hacktivist group, as he attempts to gain as many followers as he can during his quest to take down Blume, the creators of the smart city and surveillance system ctOS. 

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You can read our review of the original Watch Dogs here, as well as read how this sequel is setting itself apart in many ways from its predecessor, or how hacking now has deeper mechanics. Watch Dogs 2 is out as of November 15 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Report: Ubisoft In Talks With Netflix About Potential New Series

According to a report from Reuters, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is in discussions with the popular streaming service Netflix. These talks are about a possible partnership for a new series likely based off one of Ubisoft's major franchises.

This news came up while Guillemot addressed Vivendi's continued attempts at a takeover and to acquire Ubisoft's stocks, which Guillemot responded to by saying that Ubisoft hopes to remain independent.

As for the Netflix series, no other details have come to light just yet. An Assassin's Creed film is planned to release in theaters later this year. Netflix has previously partnered with Activision for the animated series Skylanders Academy which debuted earlier this fall.

[Source: Reuters]

 

Our Take
I'm wary about film and TV adaptations based off video games because of their shaky track record. With that said, Netflix has shown promise in recent years with the quality of their original programming, so there's some reason to be hopeful. Considering Ubisoft is already releasing an Assassin's Creed movie, I wouldn't be surprised if these discussions are related to that franchise. Perhaps it'll be a tie-in to the film, or something else entirely like a new look at Far Cry or Splinter Cell. 

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Vivendi now owns nearly 25% of Ubisoft as it continues to snap up shares

French media conglomerate Vivendi politely issued a press release today declaring that it now owns over 24 percent of the share capital (think: value) of French video game company Ubisoft. …


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Vivendi Continues Push To Acquire Ubisoft Stock

Vivendi has spent several months pushing for greater control of Ubisoft, and the heads of Ubisoft have very publicly decried the moves as unwelcome. As we reported in September, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told The Wall Street Journal that:  "We won't relax until they sell their shares…The creeping control strategy implemented by Vivendi is dangerous. We think that there’s a great risk of shareholders losing value."

It doesn’t sound as if Vivendi is ready to give up its efforts. The most recent news from the ongoing financial drama is that Vivendi has increased its control of Ubisoft stock to 24.1%. According to Niko Partners analyst, Daniel Ahmad, that gives Vivendi 21.3% voting rights moving forward.

This latest move from Vivendi continues to indicate an aggressive pursuit of control in Ubisoft’s affairs. The move once again puts Ubisoft’s leadership into a position where they’ll need to play defense against Vivendi’s ongoing efforts for control.

We have reached out to Ubisoft for comment about the situation, and will update if we hear a response. 

To more fully understand what’s been happening between Vivendi and Ubisoft, check out a comprehensive primer from earlier this year. 

[Source: BFM TV, Daniel Ahmad via Twitter]

 

Our Take
Vivendi has been no stranger to aggressive action against other gaming companies in recent years, including a hostile takeover of Gameloft. It will be interesting to see if Ubisoft has any additional tricks up its sleeve to ward off these unwelcome advances. 

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