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Ubisoft snaps up The Crew devs Ivory Tower

As the franchise moves on to its second installment, its publisher has decided to pick up the developer and make it part of the Ubisoft family. …

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Ubisoft Purchases The Crew Dev Ivory Tower

Ubisoft has announced that The Crew developer Ivory Tower is now part of the family. The publisher confirmed the purchase on its German blog this morning.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Ubisoft says that the studio is comprised of approximately 100 employees. Ivory Tower is preparing to release a major expansion for the The Crew called Wild Run on November 7.

Ubisoft indicates that The Crew has 3 million players to-date. For more on The Ride, check out our review. You can also check out our coverage of Wild Run from E3 this year.

Note: The blog post has gone live on the English site. Sourcing has been updated.

[Source: Ubi Blog]


Our Take
This is a strong hint that Ubisoft will be continuing The Crew as an ongoing franchise. This is the second racing-focused studio now owned by the publisher. The other is Reflections, which is currently contributing to The Division. – The Feed

Take A Tour Of Ghost Recon Wildlands With Ubisoft Devs

In a new video released by Ubisoft Europe, the Ghost Recon Wildlands development team walks us through the realism they are striving to obtain in the game's open world. Most of the video recaps the announcement that happened at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, but we do get to see new footage that shows a few more vehicles in action.

For more on Ghost Recon Wildlands, check out our early impressions, complete with a story trailer and screenshot gallery.

(Please visit the site to view this media) – The Feed

Don’t Miss: What Ubisoft learned from making Far Cry 2

In this timeless feature, Ubisoft’s Patrick Redding reflects on what the Far Cry 2 team learned during its 3-year development cycle, reflects on current industry trends that informed its development. …

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Ubisoft First Quarter FY16 Results See Big Jump In Digital Sales

Ubisoft has announced the results from its first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year. Sales were down year-over-year, but exceeded expectations thanks to high catalog sales.

Sales revenue for the quarter was down 73.2 percent, dropping from €360.1 million ($ 397.1 million) to €96.6 million ($ 106.5 million). This was largely due to the absence of a major title in the quarter, compared to the release of Watch Dogs in the same period the year before.

However, sales exceeded targets of €80 million ($ 88.2 million) with Far Cry 4, The Crew, and Assassin’s Creed Unity still selling well. Digital was a major part of Ubisoft’s success for the quarter, jumping from 23.2 percent of total sales in last year’s first quarter to 56 percent this year.

The company is in the process of loading its gun for the fall, with few releases planned in the near-term. The July through September period will only see three releases: Might & Magic Heroes VII on PC, Rabbids Appisodes on iOS and Android, and Toy Soldiers War Chest on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Ubisoft’s fall includes Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Just Dance, and Rainbow Six: Siege, Anno 2205, and Trackmania Turbo. We’ll have more from the upcoming earnings call this afternoon.


Our Take
Ubisoft still needs to ensure that The Division lands in this fiscal year and has a clean launch. Consumers are wary after Assassin’s Creed Unity, which means this year needs to be one of rebuilding trust with fans. – The Feed

Patrice Desilets tells his side of the Ubisoft firing story

In a hefty new profile in Game Informer, the former Assassin’s Creed developer recounts his firing from Ubisoft, and why he’s “not being bullied” by the publisher. …

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Ubisoft Is Inviting The Public To Play-Test Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Ubisoft will be hosting a select number of individuals to play-test the next title in the Assassin's Creed series. The first invitation-only session will be taking place next week in Los Angeles alongside E3.

In order to apply, you need to be over the age of 17 and send an email to [email protected] You'll need to include your name, age, and 100 words or less about your experience playing Assassin's Creed games.

Ubisoft is looking for those experienced with the franchise. If you're selected, you'll be given a specific appointment time on Wednesday, June 17, and further information. For more, check out our previous coverage.


Our Take
While we're checking out the game inside the Los Angeles Convention Center, you might be doing the same. Ubisoft appears to be working to involve the community a bit more after last year's problems with Assassin's Creed Unity. Anything the publisher can do to restore confidence and engage its community, the better. – The Feed

Ubisoft Adds 17 Titles To PlayStation Now

If you happened to have been asleep last generation and missed an Ubisoft game or two, you might want to take a look at PlayStation Now. Sony’s game streaming service is now home to 17 of the publisher’s titles.

These include full retail releases and digital-only games. Here’s the full list of newly-added PlayStation 3 games:

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
  • Call of Juarez: The Cartel
  • Far Cry 3
  • From Dust
  • I Am Alive
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Prince of Persia (2008)
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist

You can access these games either through a PlayStation Now subscription or as individual title rentals.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
With each additional major publisher that signs onto PlayStation Now, the value proposition improves. I’m still not convinced yet, but the case is becoming more compelling, as this is the only way  to get PlayStation 3 games on your PS4 right now. – The Feed

Another Ubisoft Studio Joins Development Of The Division

Ubisoft’s anticipated post-viral MMO, The Division, just got a new partner. The project, headed up by Ubisoft Massive, already includes Red Storm (Ghost Recon) and Reflections (Driver). Now, Ubisoft Annecy has been added to the project.

Annecy was behind the much-loved multiplayer of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow on the original Xbox. It also worked on the same segment of Chaos Theory, Double Agent, and Assassin’s Creed’s cat-and-mouse multiplayer featured in Brotherhood and beyond.

This studio also handled two well-known hubs in Assassin’s Creed titles. If you upgraded Assassin’s Creed II’s Villa or spent time in Unity’s Café Théâtre, you’ve experienced Ubisoft Annecy’s work.

Unfortunately, Ubisoft isn’t even hinting at what Annecy is working on for The Division. The company is scheduled to discuss its full-year earnings on Tuesday, May 12. At that time, more details may emerge (including whether we’ll be bringing The Division home this year).

[Source: Ubisoft]


Our Take
Ubisoft is no stranger to multi-studio projects, with the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise serving as testament. However, it’s surprising to hear that yet another team is being added to a game that is supposed to launch in the next 7 months. I know there’s a lot of anticipation for The Division, and I’m hoping Ubisoft is getting ready to put some shape around the release window. – The Feed

Humble Bundle Discounts Ubisoft Titles, Including Late 2014 Releases

If you’ve been waiting for a sale on Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, or other Ubisoft titles, your ship has come in. Humble Bundle is teaming up with the publisher to discount a number of games.

Highlights of the sale include Far Cry 3 for $ 7.49 (75 percent off), South Park: The Stick of Truth for $ 13.59 (66 percent off), and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for $ 3.49 (75 percent off). Recent titles, including Far Cry 4, The Crew, and Assassin’s Creed Unity are priced at $ 35.99 (40 percent off).

You can check out the complete list of offerings on Humble Bundle’s website. As always, 10 percent of all purchases support charities, including American Red Cross, Child’s Play, Wikimedia, GamesAid, and charity: water. The sale ends May 8 at 10 a.m. Pacific. – The Feed