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Originally penned for a 28 October release, Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed Unity will now release on 11 November in the US, and 13 November for us in South Africa. The two week delay gives the team time for some last minute polishing. The previous generation exclusive, Assassin’s Creed Rogue will launch on the same day.

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With Ubisoft’s The Crew scheduled for a November 2014 launch, it’s all systems go at Ubisoft to prep the game for release. But though it’s enjoyed several successful Alpha and Beta trials on various platforms, one niggling aspect of the PC betas were that the game is locked to 30 frames per second no matter what hardware you’re running. This smells more like the same tactics used in Need for Speed: Rivals and the reason probably is because the game’s physics engine is tied to the frame rate. More info after the jump.

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Late yesterday afternoon, leaked images and an offscreen trailer for Ubisoft’s other Assassin’s Creed title made their way online. Ubisoft has since released official information on the game, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue is indeed the last-gen release that was codenamed “comet”. It’s coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 11 November. No PC or Wii U release.

In Assassin’s Creed Rogue you’ll play as an Irish character called Shay Patrick Cormac, which was rumoured a few months back. The same rumours suggested that Shay was going to be a Templar; that’s happening as well. Shay was an Assassin, but after a mission goes horribly wrong, Shay turns his back on the Assassin order. In response, the Brotherhood attempts to assassinate him, which prompts Shay to go rogue (there’s your title) and begin killing off his one-time Assassin brothers. He becomes an Assassin Hunter for the Templars; you can see Templar symbols on his outfit during the trailer.

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Say hello to Ubisoft’s “other” Assassin’s Creed release for 2014. Remember a few months back when rumours were swirling about a “last-gen” Assassin’s Creed game that was codenamed “comet”? This is probably that project.

Website Access the Animus has gotten its paws on a selection of images that appear to be screen captures for an unreleased promotional trailer for the game. It shows a new assassin, a large ship, and an arctic environment. It looks like Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be sticking in the pirate era that Black Flag was set in.

The leaked images show an image of Xbox 360 box art, but this will presumably be heading to the PlayStation 3 and PC as well. We have a bunch of Ubisoft appointments lined up for Gamescom next week, so it’s likely this will all be confirmed by then once the show kicks off. We’ll keep you posted.

Source: Access the Animus (Facebook)
Via: Eurogamer

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Michel Ancel, the creator of Beyond Good & Evil as well as Rayman, has started a new indie outfit called Wild Sheep Studio. Based in Montpellier and consisting of just 13 members, Wild Sheep Studio will be Ancel’s pet project while he continues to work for Ubisoft Montpellier. The new team is currently working on a new title which will be revealed sometime soon.

While this is exciting news, Ubisoft’s follow-up comment on the matter is even more exciting as it confirms that Ancel is working on a new Beyond Good & Evil. Despite the fact that a new BG&E has been teased for years now, Ubisoft has never come out directly and admitted that it was busy with a new entry. That’s now changed.

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But before you get ahead of yourselves: she isn’t a playable character. Instead, Elise is being positioned as a companion character or possible love interest for protagonist Arno. Interestingly, she’s also a Templar, but that doesn’t seem to stop Arno from rescuing her before she gets her head removed from her body via a grim-looking guillotine.

It’s likely that Elise will be a pretty major character in the game considering Ubisoft has created a figurine of her that’s available to purchase via the Uplay Shop. What’s more, author Oliver Bowden (no stranger to penning Assassin’s Creed novels) is writing a spin-off novel starring Elise. That book is yet to be named but we’re sure details will follow shortly; likely during Gamescom in two weeks.

During E3, Ubisoft was on the receiving end of a lot criticism thanks to the fact that Assassin’s Creed: Unity doesn’t include playable female assassins. You can get a first look at Elise in a new cinematic trailer after the jump.

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Just over a month ago, a modder (called TheWorse) located and reactivated a bunch of graphics settings that had been hidden inside the PC version of the Watch Dogs code. That resulted in said modder releasing a “mod” (really just a minor file tweak) so that all PC gamers could experience Watch Dogs the way it looked when it was first unveiled in 2012. This caused a bit of a scene and Ubisoft had to release an official statement. The graphics tweak stopped working shortly afterwards thanks to a Watch Dogs update. Good news then: TheWorse is back with a final build of the mod. It comes in two flavours: one with a built-in high-res texture pack (the work of a separate modder) and one without the texture pack. Grab the texture pack bundled option here (about 770MB) and the straight graphics mod option (about 125MB) here.

Source: TheWorse Blog

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Yesterday, 14 July, was Bastille Day in France. It’s the day that marks both the start of the French Revolution in 1789 (when French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille) as well as the moment that the French people became unified a year later in what’s referred to as the Fête de la Fédération. It’s an important date in the French calendar; it’s almost like America’s Independence Day on July 4th.

It’s no coincidence then that yesterday Ubisoft released a new trailer for upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The trailer features a lot of new footage, highlights of which include: the upgraded free-running system, some incredibly dense crowds, and the highly detailed Paris streets. As impressive as all of this looks, don’t forget that this is a Ubisoft trailer, so take it all with a pinch of salt.

This new trailer also has a voice-over by, presumably, the game’s leading character Arno. He does not sound French, which is a pity considering Ubisoft has been careful to voice their leading characters with the correct accents ever since Assassin’s Creed II’s Ezio. Hear it for yourself after the jump.

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One of the most competitive games in the local online Do Gaming League, TrackMania Nations Forever, has received a big bump in popularity thanks to top player Neil “CMaster” Cross compiling a video (which lies below the break) of the drivers’ efforts. The game is 100% free and anyone can join the league at any time and compete on both the technical (slower and more intricate) and speed (full throttle precision) maps that have been selected for that week. All finished times are recorded and results are collected and posted over on the DGL website. If you think you can compete with the speeds in the video below, get on to the DGL server and start setting some times.

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One of the new aspects coming to Assassin’s Creed Unity is the addition of drop-in-drop-out co-op. You and up to three friends can tackle portions of the game’s single-player together. To do that you’ll need a multiplayer avatar; sadly an avatar that you yourself will never actually play as considering you’ll always be the lead protagonist Arno Dorian. Whoever else you’re playing with online, however, will see your custom assassin avatar.

To presumably get people excited for the customisation options in Unity, Ubisoft has opened a new section to the Assassin’s Creed website that lets you create your own Unity assassin right now. You’ll be able to choose the colour and style of his upper torso clothing, pants, hood and weapon. Don’t forget to click the left and right arrows to see more options for whatever portion you’re customising; there are quite a few things to choose from.

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