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Did you get a load of those new PC specs for Watch Dogs? They’re pretty beefy, right? Well, perhaps this new trailer for the PC edition of the game will explain why.

Ubisoft Montreal has been working with nVidia (Nvidia? NVIDIA? I can’t keep up with their various stylisations) to cram a whole lot of awe-inspiring graphical doohickeys into Watch Dogs. Think stuff like extra flappy coats and extra ripple-y water and you’ll be on the right track.

In all seriousness though, Ubisoft should have just released this trailer about 20 minutes after they release THAT OTHER TRAILER that caused all the sulking about graphical downgrading. Hit the jump to see what I mean. Oh, and uh, PC Master Race? The comment section is all yours; feel free to post all of the obligatory “consolz lol!” comments you want.

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I still get goosebumps and spine-tingles when I watch the original E3 2013 trailer for Ubisoft and Ivory Tower’s The Crew and recently another video popped online showing off some more gameplay footage, but this time from a different, more “cinematic” perspective (if that’s the appropriate word). The Crew was initially expected to launch in 2015 and with any luck Ivory Tower will announce a release date later this month or possibly at E3 2014. Hit the jump to see the new video!

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Previous rumors surrounding the release of Watch_Dogs on the PC platform had some insane hardware requirements attached to them and many people didn’t think it was possible at first that a game would require a quad-core processor by default. Ubisoft has always maintained that development of the game was started on the PC first and then ported over to other platforms but until this game falls into the hands of gamers and sites like Digital Foundry we won’t know if it’s really that well-optimised, or if it’ll be another crappy port. Still, follow me after the jump to gander at the hardware requirements.

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Last week, Ubisoft responded to a leak by revealing Assassin’s Creed Unity, the next major entry in their most successful IP to date. The French Revolution themed Assassin’s Creed is only coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, leaving the last-generation consoles out in the cold. Kotaku, however, has since revealed that a second Assassin’s Creed game (either codenamed or subtitles Comet) will launch alongside Unity, but for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Basically, if Kotaku’s sources are anything to go by, Ubisoft will release two different Assassin’s Creed titles at the end of this year: one for current-gen, and a completely different one for last-gen. No mention of Comet coming to PC, and no mention of Wii U for either title.

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You can feel the Ubisoft hype-train kicking into high-gear as we barrel towards 27 May and the release of Watch Dogs. In this latest piece of marketing, Ubisoft takes a leaf out of Rockstar’s book and puts together a trailer to highlight the open-world features of the game. This “Welcome to Chicago” is very reminiscent of the trailers that dominated the months leading up to the release of Grand Theft Auto V.

Not that that’s a bad thing: this newest trailer certainly makes for an impressive showing, and it looks like Ubisoft took extra care to ensure no graphical downgrades could be perceived. If you’re still upset by the last trailer then maybe this one will coax your anticipation back out into the open?

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Do you even PlayStation, brah? Because if you do, and if you’re planning on getting your calloused, grimy claws on a copy of Ubisoft’s NEXT BIG THING called Watch Dogs, then this new video is just for you. It’s for you because, well… the video contains footage of the extra bits you get for the PlayStation versions… so obviously the video is for you, IF you PlayStation, brah. We on the same page? Great; moving swiftly along.

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game come with about an hour of extra mission content. That content plays out over four missions that involve protagonist Aiden Pearce working alongside the hacking group DedSec in order to take on a security network called Umeni Technologies. Once you complete those missions, you’ll get some bonus hacking skill points as well as a “White Hat Hacker Outfit”.

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Eurogamer claims that Ubisoft aims to release Far Cry 4 before the end of the next financial year and that the game will be previewed at E3 in June. In addition, the game will be set around the epic mountain ranges of the Himalayas – a big shift from the series’ penchant for tropical locations – and it is expected to be released on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. No word yet on whether the game will make its way to previous-gen consoles. Hit the jump for more info.

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Late last week, a few screenshots were leaked that showed off what was thought to be a new Assassin’s Creed set in France. Ubisoft is officially set to unveil the game to press this week, but thanks to the leaked images, they decided to release a teaser trailer to silence the press rumour mill.

The next entry into Ubisoft’s annual stabby series is called Assassin’s Creed Unity, and it is set in Paris during the French Revolution. Not much else is known at present, so we don’t know the name of our new assassin or how he fits into previous family trees.

Now for the great news: the game is NOT coming to last-gen platforms, which means no PlayStation 3 and no Xbox 360 releases. Unity will be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime during the “holiday season”; no mention of the Wii U. Judging by the last two years, you can expect a worldwide release around the end of October. Hit the jump for the trailer.

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Ubisoft’s new open world action title Watch Dogs was supposed to launch alongside the new wave on consoles during last year’s festive season. It got delayed for six months and will now be arriving (fingers crossed) on 27 May. While a lot of the time a game’s delay is for extra spit and polish, sometimes the game gets extra content.

In the case of Watch Dogs, that six month delay has resulted in new content for the game. The only reason we know about this new content is because it has resulted in Australia having to alter their rating for Watch Dogs. Under the Australian Classification Board guidelines, Ubisoft had to resubmit their game due to the fact that the content had been added to during the delay. That extra content warranted the ACB to bump up the game’s rating to R18+ from the less strict MA15+.

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Last week we finally got a release date for Watch Dogs. That good news was overshadowed by the fact that the accompanying trailer showed footage of a game that looks a little different to the game Ubisoft showed off during E3 2012 and 2013. This obviously caused a ruckus – the origin of which could probably be traced back to the ever lovable denizens of that shining beacon of Internet vitriol, NeoGAF.

A few days later and YouTuber Jason Knothe gives us a very useful, side-by-side comparison video so you can decide for yourself whether there’s merit in getting all worked up about this. There are a number of things to bear in mind: first of all, the original 2012 and 2013 E3 trailers were running off PC, and the release date trailer from last week was all PlayStation 4 footage; secondly, a lot of the content that’s up for comparison is not identical content, and there are night time scenes being compared to day time scenes.

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