Today, we finally learned about Nintendo’s E3 plans however, they weren’t the only company to talk about E3 plans. Rayman and Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft has also revealed their conference time. The Ubisoft conference will be held Monday, June 15th at 3 PM PDT. They’ve given no details about what they’ll be showing however we can probably expect to see Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
Yesterday during an investors meeting, they announced that they have a new AAA game in the works that should be out this fiscal year. However, they also stated it won’t be announced until this fall. Seems like this could be a missed opportunity for their E3. Who knows though. Plans change all the time.
Ubisoft held a live stream earlier today where they officially unveiled the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It’s called Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. It takes place in Victorian Era London and stars a brother and sister named Jacob and Evie Frye.
Ubisoft began by admitting they made some misteps with the development and release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity, going so far as to say parts of the game were just bad. Development of this new game is being headed up by a new studio, Ubisoft Quebec. They are taking over the reins from Ubisoft Montreal, though as with any game in the series, a large number of the companies studios are working on the project.
New elements of the game include Jacob’s primary weapon, the kukri. It’s a blade similar to a machete (which will feel familiar to anyone who played Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry) that was created in Nepal. Also new is Jacob’s rope launcher. According to the developer he’ll be able to use this weapon to scale buildings in seconds and zipline over huge gaps in the environment. At one point they showed him jumping off a building, firing the zipline out and then landing on an enemy on a rooftop below him. The last new weapon they showed off was the hallucinogenic dart. When Jacob or Evie fire these off they will put out a huge cloud of gas that will cause anyone caught within its radius to go temporarily insane and fight even their closest allies. It’s very similar to the darts that have been in the most recent game, though it seems to have more of an effect and be able to affect more people at once.
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While game franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Fry Cry, Rainbow Six and their upcoming game The Division, have long since forgotten about the existence of Nintendo consoles there’s one franchise that still remembers they used to be friends. That franchise is Just Dance.
During an earnings call today Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillmont talked about the Just Dance series. Moving forward it’s the only franchise that will cross generations. All other franchises will be releasing on current gen systems only. Just Dance, however, knows no generations.
Just Dance 2015 is set to release on October 21st. it’s coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii and Wii U.
Yea. I know it’s a teaser, but I have to post about it anyway. Ubisoft will be officially unveiling a new Assassin’s Creed game next year. My guess is that it’s the announcement and demo of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. The game is set in Victorian era London where canes were the order of the day. If there’s no sword hidden in that cane I’m going to be sorely disappointed. I also expect a large number of monocles to show up on different characters.
Seriously, though. We know that Victory is the next game in the series and it’s most likely going to be released sometime around the October – early December timeframe. Ubisoft really needs to do some work to erase the sting that was Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The game had issues that persisted for far too long. Ubisoft Montreal has been the lead developer on the series to this point, but it’s rumored that this new game could be developed by Ubisoft Quebec. Will a new development team breathe life into the franchise that it needs? Unity was a step back in many fans eyes after the excitement of AC: IV Black Flag.
There are still two more games in the AC Chronicles series to come out this year, but they would not put too much emphasis on those releases. Those games will be set in India and Russia respectively. It’s going to be a busy year for Assassin’s Creed fans.
There are four things in my life that are basically assured. I’m going to die at some point. I have to pay my taxes. My two smallest children will probably never sleep through the night on a consistent basis. I’m going to play the latest release in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Of those I can tell you two of them that happened in the last week. One of them we’re actually here to talk about. Ubisoft has released the first of a trilogy of Assassin’s Creed games to come out this year, and that number doesn’t include the not so secret Assassin’s Creed: Victory. I’m talking about Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.
The game was originally going to be released as part of the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed: Unity. When that game was determined to have numerous problems that took months to fix Ubisoft canceled that Season Pass and released Chronicles as a separate thing. It will now headline the Chronicles trilogy that will also include games set in India during the 1800s and Russia around the end of World War I.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is a 2.5D side scrolling stealth game. It takes place after the events of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations during the mid 1500’s and is set in, as the title would suggest, China. You play the role of Shao Jun, a young assassin who has seen most of her brotherhood devastated, nearly beyond repair. Previous to this game’s events she seeks out the help of an elderly Ezio Auditore who gives her a box, the contents of which could help rebuild the Assassin brotherhood in China. That box is stolen from her by the Templar leader in the area. She sets off the recover that box and rebuild the order and take down as many Templars as she can in the process.
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I’ve talked in the past about Ubisoft sitting on a Wii U game that development was finished. It’s been over a year since that news first leaked out. No one knew what it was or if Ubisoft was ever going to release it. Footage of the game has found its way to the internet. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s probably a good thing Ubisoft has never released the game.
Know Your Friends is a party game that uses the Game Pad to interact with friends both offline and online. It featured mini-games that dealt with social interactions in a way we haven’t really seen before. For instance one game would have you seat your friends around a dinner table based on who would be most likely to invite the others for dinner.
The art style is a sort of papercraft style with each players head on a flat two dimensional body. The visuals appear like something out of a 90’s comedy sketch show. Know Your Friends might have been great fun. It might have been more party game garbage to add to the pile of those games that have come out on Nintendo systems over the last few years. We’ll probably never know. Ubisoft has not commented on if or when this game would ever make its way to Wii U. Based on how much the developer cares about the Wii U platform right now I would lean towards the game never seeing the light of day. Based on the few seconds of footage from this video I probably wouldn’t have had much interest in it unless people just raved about how fun it was.
As much as we’d like to see it, things don’t always go as planned in the game industry. Game players are typically very devoted fans, so when things don’t live up to expectations, it hurts. We don’t want to seem negative (well, maybe I do) but talking about these things helps. It therapy. I imagine some of you share our pain from some of these selections. Reading this may help ease your pain as well.
Ethan Says: Watch Dogs had so much promise when it was originally revealed at E3 2012. The game was listed as part of the launch window if not launch day of the Playstation 4 but this game’s release date was ultimately pushed back to improve some aspects of the game. Watch Dogs came out in May of this year and it was not on par with what was originally seen two years ago nor was it the game fans were expecting. I believe most fans expected some form of Assassin’s Creed in modern day using smart phones to hack people but ultimately the game was rather bland once the novelty of hacking wore off after the first 3 minutes. Watch Dogs would probably be better described as Ubisoft’s attempt at Grand Theft Auto. Continue reading 2014 Year in Review: Biggest Disappointment