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If you thought that two Assassin’s Creed titles in one year was a little too much, know that Ubisoft has a third one in the works as well. This one will only be out in “early 2015”, and it’ll be quite a bit different to Unity and Rogue. It’s called Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, and it’s a 2.5D platforming game coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

In the standalone game, players will take on the role of female Assassin Shao Jun in a journey set in 16th century China. Jun is the last Assassin left in her order, and she travels back to her homeland to exact revenge on those who have killed her fellow Assassins. If she sounds familiar, then you’ve been paying attention as Jun made her first appearance in the animated short Assassin’s Creed: Embers from 2011. Consequently, when we take control of Jun she will have just finished her training with Ezio Auditore. She’ll be able to combine typical Assassin moves with martial arts close combat.

Now for the catch: the standalone title is part of the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed Unity. As it stands the only way to get hold of this game is to buy Unity’s Season Pass. No word yet on how much that might cost. It will, however, include two additional pieces of content for Unity.

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Elephants… elephants will be my weapon of choice in Ubisoft’s November first-person shooter release. Why? Because they’re basically living tanks; they can throw enemies around and stamp on people; if you’re riding them, they can lift bad guys with their trunks and hold them RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR GUN. They’re helpful that way. Also, they crave the taste of human blood, which I did not know until now but it also totally explains my innate fear of them when driving around Kruger National Park.

If you also want to come to the same realisation that I have, then Ubisoft has prepared a primer video. Once you’ve watched it, you too will say, “Yes. I too will no longer use passé weapons like flamethrowers, bowie knives and AK-47 machine guns. From here on out, I’m using my elephant for all my killing needs.”

I shall be naming my Far Cry 4 elephant Sam. Sam and I will traverse the wilds of Kyrat and lay waste to any militant scumbags who dare get in our way. Also, Sam will eat peanuts because I saw that in a Disney movie once so it must be a thing that elephants do.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity is probably one of the biggest projects Ubisoft’s ever taken on. Set in Paris, France, the game takes place during the French Revolution (1789-1799) which pits you, the player playing as Arno Dorian (aka. Le Fancypants), against the true powers behind the uprising. Being in France you’d naturally think the people doing the voice acting would be French-speaking, right? Or at least have some sort of a French accent? Well, Ubisoft says the game doesn’t need it because it doesn’t fit into how the series’ deus ex machina, the Animus, apparently translates everything for you already.

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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


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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