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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Will Not Have a Companion App

AC Syndicate Box ArtAnd that’s a good thing. Ubisoft’s official reason behind why their upcoming game won’t have any sort of second screen companion app is:

“For Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the team wanted to focus all their efforts on the core experience.”

The better reason. It was dumb. It didn’t do anything to actually enhance the game or make it a better experience. All it did was frustrate players to the point that they completely ignored those spots on the map in the main game. One of the best things they did for Unity was remove that feature in an update so that you could actually open the chests just by finding them. I’m glad they’re making this change and no one will have to deal with that.

The developer also announced that, much like Unity, Syndicate will not have a multi-player mode.   While I’m glad they’re focusing on the single-player story to make it the best possible experience the multi-player in Brotherhood through Black Flag was a lot of fun. It was a very different experience from most competitive multi-player games and I enjoyed playing it.

I’m currently replaying Assassin’s Creed: Unity and streaming it live through Twitch. All of it will also be uploaded to Youtube.   I’m excited about the Syndicate. I think the setting is going to be interesting. If they can launch a game that actually works it could be a nice bounce back for the franchise.

Ubisoft Give E3 Time; New AAA Game Won’t Be There

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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 Shows Off First Footage of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

AC Syndicate Box ArtUbisoft 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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Ubisoft Hasn’t Completely Forgotten About Nintendo

Just Dance 2015While 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.

Big Assassin’s Creed Unveiling Next Week

AC TeaserYea. 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.