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Video: How Ubisoft modernized the gunplay of Splinter Cell

Ubisoft designer James Everett says he faced some tricky challenges when he started work on Splinter Cell: Blacklist, chief among them the problem of making players feel like they’re a modern military professional. …


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Ubisoft Bundles Up Freedom For Assassin’s Creed The Americas Collection

Oh say can you see? Ubisoft is offering up a bundle of three Assassin’s Creed titles focused on life in (and around) colonial America.

Assassin’s Creed The Americas Collection includes Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD, and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. The bundle will be available on October 28 (which you might recall is the pre-delay release date of Assassin’s Creed Unity – now arriving alongside Rogue on November 11).

We’ve inquired with Ubisoft about the bundle to find out if it will include the DLC for these titles. We’ll update should we receive a response.

Assassin’s Creed The Americas Collection will be released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. No price has yet been announced.

 

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Until there is a price and a better understanding of the included content, it’s hard to assess the value against buying the included items separately. I suspect this will probably be a bargain for those that have yet to play these games, but you won’t be getting the best version of Black Flag. That honor belongs to the new-gen iterations.

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Ubisoft execs take the Ice Bucket Challenge as Rabbid looks on

No one is immune to memetic charity, which is why Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and Ubisoft EMEA executive director Alain Corre are seen below the break enduring a frigid deluge in front of Notre Dame cathedral.

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Ubisoft officially announces Assassin’s Creed Rogue, due out this November

Today, Ubisoft announced that a new Ass Creed game, titled Assassin’s Creed Rogue, is coming out this November 11th in North America, for the PS3 and 360.

This fellow looks like a trusting soul

This fellow looks like a trusting soul

Set during the Seven Years War, Rogue sees players exploring a good amount of North America, including the North Atlantic, the Appalachian River Valley, and New York. Gamers will take on the role of one Shay Patrick Cormac, a man betrayed by the Brotherhood who becomes a Templar and dedicates his life to hunting Assassins. Naval gameplay is back, as is a new ship to control named the Morrigan, so players have plenty of options at their disposal to murder the clan we grew to love and have become so attached to.

I can see the Northern Lights from here!

I can see the Northern Lights from here!

Martin Capel, game director at Ubisoft Sofia, shared these few words regarding why Rogue is only on last gen systems:

“We know that there are many Assassin’s Creed fans with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles who want to get their hands on a new Assassin’s Creed game this year. Assassin’s Creed Rogue completes the North American saga started with Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and gives previous-generation console owners an exclusive opportunity to experience fan-requested features, such as playing as a Templar.”

I never wanted to play as no dirty, EVIL Templars, but it is nice to see that option be made available to all the heathens out there that hate the righteous Assassins. More info on both Assassin’s Creed Rogue and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity can be found in the latest Game Informer. Check out more Rogue info at its website, as well as a leafy trailer below. Gotta love that accent!

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Don’t Miss: How Ubisoft taught Massive to be a AAA shooter studio

How does Ubisoft build a game across as many as 10 different studios? Gamasutra speaks to David Polfeldt, managing director of Massive, developers of The Division, to find out. …


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Ubisoft Says Its Still Working On Beyond Good & Evil Sequel

We know you've probably heard this before, so we don't blame you if you're a little skeptical, but it sounds like even after the formation of his new studio, Wild Sheep, Michel Ancel is continuing his work on the follow up to the 2003 cult hit.

Yesterday, Michel Ancel announced that he was forming a new indie studio where he would be free to work on new creative projects, but his next Ubisoft project might not be that new after all. According to IGN, Ancel's next project is a sequel to Beyond Good & Evil, a game that has already been in development for a long time.

“It's still far too early to give many details about this new title, but what we can say is that while Michel and the team at Ubisoft Montpellier are working with the core tenets of BG&E, they're developing something that aspires to push past the boundaries of a proverbial sequel and leverages next-gen technologies to deliver a truly surprising, innovative and exceptional game," Ubisoft told IGN. "The entire team is excited about the direction this extremely ambitious project is taking, and we'll have more to share later, as it progresses."

It sounds like this project won't actually interfere with Ancel's work at Wild Sheep, because that studio is still working on a different unannounced title. Hopefully we'll hear more about that soon. 

 

[Source: IGN]

 

Our Take
I'd be more excited about this if there was more substantial information surrounding it. I feel like Ubisoft has been dangling this BG&E carrot in front of us for a long time, so until the company is ready to show us some actually "official" gameplay, I don't think I'll get my hopes up. I just keep telling myself, "Don't get your hopes up! Don't get your hopes up! Don't get your hopes up!"

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Rayman creator starts a studio but remains at Ubisoft

Michel Ancel, the creator of Rayman, is starting his own studio called Wild Sheep – though he’ll remain at Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft says in a statement to Game Informer.

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Ubisoft Brings Collectible Card Game Might & Magic: Duels Of Champions To Console

With all the buzz around Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, Ubisoft decided to broaden the audience for its own collectible card game. Might & Magic: Duels of Champions has been out in a free-to-play format on PC and mobile devices since last year. Today, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers can dive in.

Ubisoft has announced a new version of the game, sub-subtitled Forgotten Wars, for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The $ 9.99 title includes 30 single-player missions, local competitive play, online play, and 650 cards. 

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The title does include in-game transactions that allow players to purchase more gold (for acquiring cards), competitive decks, and expansions (of which four are available now). The game includes a full deck-builder, and there are no random packs (what you see is what you get).

The gameplay is similar to the PC and iOS version, but the monetization and progression are different. If you want to see what the gameplay is like before putting down your $ 10, you can setup a PC or iOS account for free and learn to play.

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Humble Ubisoft Sale discounts Far Cry 3, South Park

The Humble Store is hosting a weekend-long sale spotlighting publisher Ubisoft, offering digital PC versions of standout games like Far Cry 3 and Child of Light at a steep discount.

Through Monday, Humble Store shoppers can pick up South Park: The…
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Ubisoft enlists ‘Chief Parkour Officer’ for Assassin’s Creed

To cement its place as the leading purveyor of acrobatic yet physically implausible action games, Ubisoft has hired famed freerunner Michael “Frosti” Zernow as its new Chief Parkour Officer.

“Ubisoft’s new Chief Parkour Officer will serve in a…
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