Ubisoft games have become synonymous with open-world sandbox experiences. While it's a popular genre that does well for them, it's become something of a cliché. Often, the sandbox activities have nothing to do with the rest of the game, but this Assassin's Creed might change this.
Another year, another E3. And another press conference gauntlet to survive on the Monday before the Summerslam of gaming shows kicks off. Which technically makes the Monday a Survivor Series event then. As usual, the big four of E3 will be prepping the week ahead with their own press events. And as extra-usual, Ubisoft will be getting ready to show their wares as well.
The Division is quickly turning into Ubisoft's second mythical unicorn. Despite the fact that we keep hearing about it, it's been a long time since anyone outside the Private Alpha has actually seen the game running. Now that the game got pushed back to 2016, it could end up staying that way for a long time - unless Ubisoft follow through on their supposed beta plans.
A small group of fans recently got their hands on the Rainbow 6 Siege Closed Alpha. It offered developers all sorts of feedback - qualitative and quantitative. This feedback has changed the game dramatically already.
There once was a time when I never bought DLC. I just didn't see the value in it, and it rubbed me the wrong way that any publisher would expect me to fork out more money for something that could have been in the game to begin with. However, over the years I've softened my stance, buying DLC that seems worthwhile. It's the state of the industry, and it's going to be a big part of Rainbow Six Siege.
During their latest financial earnings call – the same one that revealed a Division delay – Ubisoft explained a little about the direction it was headed in, and gave a glimpse of what we might expect from the company in the future. And what can you expect? The same sort of open world experiences that you already get from them.
Ubisoft is all about their established franchises at this stage. Yesterday Assassin's Creed: Syndicate was formally revealed, which followed a leak a few weeks earlier regarding the inevitable sequel to Watch_Dogs. Even the once dormant Rainbow Six is getting another shot at the end of this year, which makes for a packed, but predictable line-up over the next 12 months. Except for one, unknown AAA secret.
I know people are wary of the upcoming Assassin's Creed. Much like my hesitation following ACIII, Unity has made even die-hard fans uneasy about the upcoming Assassin's Creed. But it will be different from what we've seen before, and the feminine touch might be just what the franchise needed.
I know, I know - which release dates are ever set in stone at this stage. Last year Ubisoft announced the expected delay of their MMO shooter, The Division, to an audience of scarcely surprised faces. The game had hardly been shown off since its first reveal, and a late 2015 launch seemed the more logical bet. A bet that you would've lost if you took it.
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate has officially been revealed and it's looking gorgeous, as expected. However, there's a whole lot more than a pretty face - the game has a bunch of new features that will expand gameplay options and are getting me excited, yet again.
Let's face it; Unity wasn't that great las year. The Parisian setting was one that I had personally been hoping the series would explore, but the end result was a bland, boring and technical mess. Thankfully, Victorian England sounds just as fascinating, so will we see Ubisoft rise to the failings of last year with Syndicate.
There are literally only a few hours left until the official reveal of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate - the same Victorian era title that was leaked shortly after Unity hit shelves last year. And while we know where it's going to be set, there's very little else to go on. The leak did show off a dark, brooding male protagonist in a top hat, but it seems like he could be joined by another staring lead.
There’s a new Assassin’s Creed game on the way, which so far consists of a dapper man flexing his emergency Wimbledon kit in the pouring rain. So in other words, Tuesday in London then. Of course, there’s far more than meets the eye to all of this. Clearly, there are clues hidden in that video. And clearly the second, only a drunken idiot who can barely follow simple directions inside of his own home can decipher this. Well folks, I am that idiot, so here’s what I’ve managed to confirm so far.
I adored ACC: China for all it's sneaking, 2.5D ninja fun. I wrote a bunch of words and a number to explain this. After publishing the review, I went to see what other people thought and got a bit of a shock. Of course I need to tell everyone why they're wrong.
Newzoo has a new comparison out for the year. Based on the financial years of 2013 and 2014, we can get a sense of which companies are leading the industry. While we talk about Sony, Microsoft, EA and everyone else who has big stands at E3 all the time, there are other players in this game who are raking in billions.