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Ubisoft is canning its F2P Ghost Recon and Epic Loot games

Ubisoft seems to be culling its online free-to-play game portfolio this week, announcing that both The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot and Ghost Recon Phantoms will be shutting down this year. …


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Ubisoft Announces Release Dates For Three VR Games, Including Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Ubisoft has revealed the release dates for three of its previously announced VR titles. If you've invested in a VR setup, you'll have some new gaming options between October and December.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew lets players join the Star Trek crew and take on several missions as the captain, or a member of the tactical, engineering, or navigation stations. It's set to release on Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive starting November 29. You can read our hands-on impressions from the demo here.

Eagle Flight takes you on high-speed multiplayer races through the skies and landmarks around Paris as an eagle. It's coming to Oculus Rift on October 18, PlayStation VR on November 8, and HTC Vive on December 20. Go here to take a look at our thoughts on the title.

Finally, Werewolves Within is an adaptation of the card game Werewolf, in which one player secretly takes on the role of a bloodthirsty creature and relies on deception to fool the rest of the players. It's coming to Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTV Vive starting December 6. We checked it out a while ago, and you can read our thoughts on the game here.

In addition to these new titles, Ubisoft is releasing a VR patch for TrackMania Turbo for PlayStation VR on November 8. 

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Ubisoft Reveals For Honor Multiplayer Details, Alpha & New Trailer

At Gamescom today, Ubisoft unveiled more details regarding For Honor, including each faction's four warrior types, details on a closed alpha in September, multiplayer modes, and a collector's case.

Each faction (Vikings, Knights, and Samurai) contains four types of heroes: vanguards (well-balanced), assassins, heavies, and hybrids (who also have "uncommon tactics"). Each of these also have their own skills, weapons, armor, and customization options.

The game's multiplayer co-op (including split-screen on consoles) and competitive modes include (text from Ubisoft):

  • Dominion: A 4v4 objective-based mode in which two teams of four players fight for control of the battlefield. It's a mode that relies upon skill, communication, and teamwork.
  • Brawl 2v2: Each team of two players need to kill the two enemy heroes to win a round. Skill, awareness, cooperation, and the capacity to use the environment to the player's advantage are key components.
  • Duel 1v1 puts two heroes face-to-face in a fight to the death. Skill is fundamental in Duel of course, but as in Brawl, players have the possibility to use the environment to their advantage.
  • Skirmish is a 4v4 Team Death Match-like mode. Combat skills are key in this mode as players score points for their team by killing enemy heroes.
  • Elimination: In this 4v4 mode, the last surviving player on the battlefield wins the round for their team.

The For Honor closed alpha runs from September 15-18. To sign up, head over to the game's official site. The game itself comes out on February 14 on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.

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For Honor is also getting a Collector's case, which is exclusively on Ubisoft's Uplay online account system. The Case includes: the deluxe digital pack for the game, the season pass, a collector's box, three helmets for the factions, an exclusive lithograph, and the soundtrack.

If you pre-order the title you get the Legacy Battle Pack that includes three armor outfits.

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Ubisoft Will Fart In South Park Fans’ Faces At Gamescom

South Park has often riffed on real world fads with fictional products. The latest brings together South Park: The Fractured But Whole with an Oculus Rift spoof.

The Nosulus Rift is a sensory experience like no other. In the game, the player character (the New Kid) has the power of godlike flatulence. 

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With the Nosulus Rift, you’ll be able to sniff that power for yourself. Ubisoft says it will be offering the experience for the first time at Gamescom. 

For the rest of us looking for an experience with less of a bouquet, South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be out on December 6. It’ll be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

For more, check out our coverage from E3 2016.

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Ubisoft Announces ‘The Division’ Movie With Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal Attached

Ubisoft has announced that another one of its titles is making the leap from video games to the big screen. The Division is the publisher's latest game to make the transition, joining Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Watch Dogs. It has some big names attached to it, too.

The Division is currently in preproduction with actors Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, along with their respective production companies, Freckle Films and Nine Stories. There's no word on when it's coming out, so don't worry about preordering those tickets quite yet. Meanwhile, Ubisoft is unsurprisingly excited about the project: "We are excited to collaborate with Jessica and Jake, two of Hollywood’s most talented actors  and perfect creative collaborators to help bring Tom Clancy’s The Division to the big screen,” says Gerard Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Attaching Jake and Jessica is part of our development philosophy of working closely with top talent from the earliest stages to collaborate on a high quality film,” adds Matt Phelps, VP at Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

The Assassin's Creed film recently completed principle photography, and it's set for a December 21 release.

 

Our Take
While the actual execution didn't do a whole lot for me, I thought The Division's narrative setup was interesting, and I'm curious to see how it works in a full-length movie. This isn't the first time the shooter has been showcased in live action, either. Who can resist a near-future apocalypse, after all?

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Ubisoft Financials Show Record Percentage Of Digital Revenue

During a financial call for the first fiscal quarter ending on June 30, Ubisoft touted sales that exceeded expectations, high digital sales, and increased engagement levels with titles like The Division.

Sales were at €139 million, up from the target of €125, with a record amount of digital sales. Digital revenue accounted for 75 percent (at €104.8 million) as compared to 56 percent last year, including "recurring player investment" in the form of DLC, season passes, etc. to the tune of €47.9 million – an increase of 113.8 percent. Ubisoft praised the player engagement level for titles like Rainbow Six Siege and The Division. Monthly active users in general were up 53 percent as compared to last year. The Crew was also singled out, particularly because it's been out since late 2014.

Ubisoft's €139 million in sales for the quarter is up 44 percent from the same period last year. Also rising were back-catalog sales, which increased by 36.3 percent year-on-year.

The company projects second-quarter sales at about €100 million, with a full year expectation for 2016-2017 at about €1,700 million.

According to Ubisoft, these first-quarter numbers make it the leading North American and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) publisher for the first six months of calendar 2016.

 

Our Take
Ubisoft mentioned its two new board directors, but did not address Vivendi's attempted hostile takeover.

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How Do You Pronounce Ubisoft? However The Heck You Want

Over the years, gamers have debated a number of things. Nintendo versus Sega was hot in the 80s and 90s. PlayStation vs. Xbox has taken over in recent years. But Ubisoft vs. Ubisoft? That one’s been waging for decades.

In an adorable new video, Ubisoft asked its employees how to pronounce the name of the company for which they work. You’d think there would be a unified answer. You’d be wrong.

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In fact, there isn’t even a correct answer according to CEO Yves Guillemot. Though, we hazard that those opting for “U.B.I. Soft” might be in the minority.

Ubisoft is currently facing a fight for its independence as Vivendi makes moves toward a hostile takeover. It’s interesting to see the publisher maintain its sense of humor and good spirit even through trying times.

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Former Ubisoft film exec forms new studio for video game films

Jean-Julien Baronnet, who oversaw production on the Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell films, will now aim to adapt other video games for the big screen. …


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Ubisoft expands board of directors to combat Vivendi influence

Ubisoft is looking to shield itself from the growing influence of French media conglomerate, Vivendi, by filling out its board of directors with two new independent directors.  …


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Ubisoft Will Give You Trials Of The Blood Dragon If You Perform Well In The Demo

You’ve probably gotten complacent thanks to Xbox Live Games with Gold, PlayStation Plus, and EA Origin On The House. It wasn’t always this easy to get free games. No, we used to have to work for them.

Beginning on July 22, those that download the demo on PC will have the chance to win the full the game. All you need to do is complete the entire demo with fewer than 15 faults. 

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Announced at E3 2016, Trials of the Blood Dragon mashes up RedLynx’s high-flying stunt driving and the absurd Far Cry: Blood Dragon spinoff. You can check it out in our Test Chamber to learn more.

 

Our Take
This won’t be an easy challenge to accomplish, and we’ve reached out to Ubisoft to inquire if players can take multiple shots at winning a free copy. Given my experience with past Trials games, even that will likely take some doing.

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