“THE MIGHTY QUEST FOR EPIC LOOT” OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES ON PC

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Ubisoft’s game leaves Beta 

Enjoy this launch trailer and some images for what will hopefully be a fun and engaging jaunt into dungeons and such. Yes, and such.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 5, 2015 – Today, Ubisoft® announced that the Open Beta tag on The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot has been lifted, signaling the game’s official launch. Throughout the beta period, the humorous Hack and Slash action game established its direction and added many new features including crafting, open creation, barricades, new traps, rare creatures and clans to continuously grow and improve the game.

“For us the Beta phases of the game served as a way to continue iterating and forging the direction of the game,” said Quentin Gallet, executive producer. “Now that the core gameplay and tone are locked in, we’re focused on continuing to collaborate with our community to build upon this direction and refine what we have created. The Mighty Quest will receive regular updates with new features and with our community’s help it will continue to grow and improve.”

As part of the game’s official launch, a new way to purchase past and future in-game content has been added with the Infinite Pack, an all-inclusive pack that is now available. The pack gives players access to all four Heroes, previously released rare creatures and traps, two Epic Rings, one Bling Mine, one Material Mine and all future rare creatures and traps as they become available. The Infinite Pack can be purchased in-game, through the web shop or on Steam for $24.99 for a limited time.

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is an asynchronous multiplayer Hack and Slash action game from Ubisoft Montreal. Players attempt to create impregnable castles to protect their treasure hoard while simultaneously attempting to ransack other players’ castles.

To get looting and for more information visit: www.themightyquest.com.
To play on Steam visit: http://store.steampowered.com/app/239220/

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Risk hits current Generation consoles with Ubisoft

Risk from Ubisoft available on PS4 and XBOX One

Risk Fact sheet

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for the classic appeal of Risk to hit next-gen. The wait is over as Ubisoft has revamped and updated the game for current generation consoles. It’s also available on PS3 and XBOX 360, but has special features that are exclusive to current generation consoles. Risk is available today, so if you want to know more read on for facts and a ton of images of your classic favorite board game.

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Key features

Classic Risk® Rules

  • Using the 2010 rules as standard, Risk® offers an exciting strategic experience, with variants from previous sets as options so you can play the game how you want. Choose the ‘capture all the capitals’ objective for a shorter game, pursue secret victory objectives…

The map you know with a modern warfare look

 

  • Direct the war from your high-tech control room, fighting on the classic map layout that fans love, with a fresh visual twist.
  • Stunning visuals bring the classic Risk® map up to date with a modern, military look.

Exciting reward videos

  • Earn thrilling videos, watching global combat – from epic tank battles to air combat – set in 3D environments.

Tactical guidance

  • IRIS is the main provider of information and she guides the player through every aspect of the game providing tutorials, tactical advice and feedback as to what is currently happening in the world.
  • She also reinforces what buttons the players has pressed, what things do, what has just happened – like the result of combats, when the player has captured continents etc.

Online functionalities

  • One-off Games.
  • League play.
    • You play 6 games in a league, earning points for winning games, for knocking out other players or simply for staying alive.
    • There are four leagues and you can gain promotion to the top or get relegated to the bottom. You earn medals for being promoted and for winning leagues.

Specifications

  • Platforms:
Console digital – PS4, XBoxOne, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Publisher:
Ubisoft
 

Multiplayer:

 

Up to 4 players offline and online

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Only on next-gen consoles:

  • Access to the Hasbro Game Channel
  • User has access to all other Hasbro Brands
  • User can see which games his friends are playing
  • User has access to unique missions and is rewarded with medals/trophies

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Global Just Dance Challenge launched by Special Olympics and Ubisoft

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Ubisoft has gotten some bad press lately with the messy release of the newest Assassin’s Creed game. But, there are bigger and more important things in life going on. With that said, video games can still make a difference in people’s lives, and that’s what the new initiative Ubisoft is involved with the Special Olympics and some really big stars can do. Full details are below. With some of the cool news that has come out today, it makes me feel a little better about being a news junkie and desk jockey. Read on.

 

Celebrity PSA can be accessed, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni3P6fHjA2c and downloaded, here.

Special Olympics Launches Global Just Dance® Challenge to Raise Funds and Awareness While Engaging Video Game Fans

Musicians Including Nicole Scherzinger, Maroon 5, Jessie J, and Charli XCX from the Top Music and Dance Video Game Jumpstart the Campaign 

Washington, D.C., November 17, 2014 – Special Olympics today announced the kick-off of the first annual Just Dance Challenge, a global online fundraising campaign to get the public up and dancing to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. In order to spread their message of inclusion to the broadest audience, Special Olympics has joined with Just Dance, the top dance and music videogame with millions of players globally, developed and published by Ubisoft®. Popular YouTubers and musicians from the videogame including Maroon 5, Jessie J, Charli XCX, Nicole Scherzinger and more are lending their support in a variety of ways to get the word out and drive public participation.

The three-month campaign, which runs from November 2014 through January 31, 2015, encourages participants to raise donations through peer-to-peer fundraising and social media. While there are multiple customizable ways to participate, the core theme of the Just Dance Challenge revolves around playing the Just Dance videogame with friends, family and/or community. Participation is open to anyone around the world and the public can register and learn more at esports.specialolympics.org and view the celebrity PSA, here.

The launch of this partnership comes on the heels of the Special Olympics’ decision to engage with the video game industry to help spread its message of inclusion. Force Multiply Gaming, a social impact movement and brand of WarpSpeed Innovations Inc. inspired the unique and powerful connection which marks the first campaign uniting Special Olympics with the video game industry.

Republic Records will also be showing their support to the cause by offering incentives and giveaways centered around their talented artists and by sponsoring the Just Dance Challenge with an activation at their annual label holiday party. The musicians, Special Olympics, and Ubisoft are committed to the success of the campaign. Here’s what they have to say:

  • “I’m thrilled that my music can be part of the Just Dance Challenge for Special Olympics,” said international singer and personality Nicole Scherzinger. “As a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics, I’ve seen first-hand, around the world, the transformative power of Special Olympics, and I’m thrilled that millions of people will have the opportunity to help them in their wonderful work – and to do it by dancing!”
  • “It’s incredible and also humbling that my music can make a difference and drive awareness for Special Olympics through the Just Dance Challenge,” said singer and songwriter, Jessie J. “I’ve always strived to write songs and create music that pushes a message of inclusiveness, soon a personal level I’m really excited to see people from around the world dance to my songs and commit to raise funds for such a good cause!”
  • “Obviously music and dance go hand and hand- it’s inspiring, plus it’s how I like to party!” said singer and songwriter, Charli XCX. “I couldn’t be happier about lending my support to the Just Dance Challenge for Special Olympics and getting people up dancing and motivated for this important campaign.”
  • “We’re thrilled to team up with Ubisoft and its mega-popular Just Dance franchise—dance is the symbolic celebration of joy and a perfect fit for our athletes,” said Peter Wheeler, chief strategic properties for Special Olympics. “Special Olympics primarily brings people together through sports, and offering the first-ever Just Dance Challenge allows us to further spread our message of inclusion, diversity and empowerment through music, dance and gaming while at the same time, raising funds for Special Olympics.”
  • “We’re dedicated to making the Just Dance Challenge a phenomenal success and ultimately helping to drive Special Olympics forward with its message of diversity and empowerment,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Ubisoft. “Just Dance has millions of fans worldwide; the game’s core DNA revolves around accessibility for everyone and above all, providing a fun game experience for players at every level. We’re proud to bring the world’s most popular music and dance game to this important global movement.”

For more information about the Just Dance Challenge, visit esports.specialolympics.org.

About Special Olympics  

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.  Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.  Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries.  With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year.  Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics®, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, P&G, Microsoft,  Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.  Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympicsfb.com/specialolympicsyoutube.com/specialolympicshqinstagram.com/specialolymics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.

Ubisoft’s Crew content and Closed Beta information

Racing for the next generation with The Crew
Racing for the next generation with The Crew

Time to get with it those of you looking forward to The Crew. Ubisoft has a load of new information for their upcoming closed beta as well as season pass for the Crew. There’s a too much information to summarize here. Well, actually there’s not TOO much information, I’ll just let Ubisoft do the talking with their press release below.

What are you most looking forward to from Ubisoft? The crew? The new Assassin’s Creed? Let us know.

UBISOFT® DETAILS THE CREW™ LIVE CONTENT PLANS & KICKS OFF CLOSED BETA

SAN FRANCISCO — November 6, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft® revealed Season Pass and live content details for the action-driving MMO, The Crew™. The first of four themed Car Packs, new missions, new stickers and tuning kits will start rolling out to players in January 2015 with new PvP modes to follow shortly after.

Each pack will be available for purchase on its own for $6.99, or all packs can be purchased as part of the Season Pass for $24.99. Season Pass holders will have access to two exclusive cars at launch on December 2 and will receive early access to each of the four car packs one week in advance.

The Crew Season Pass will be available for the Xbox One and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC. The Crew Season Pass will be included in The Crew Gold Edition. This digital edition is available on the Uplay® Shop, across PC digital channels as well as on PlayStation®Network and Xbox Live (Xbox One only).

The Crew Season Pass includes:

  • Two exclusive cars – McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458 Speciale –  available to Season Pass holders at launch
  • One-week early access for all add-on car packs content
  • Four packs, 12 cars total:
    • Extreme Car Pack- available January 2015, includes performance cars, perfect for exhilarating, high-octane missions
    • Speed Car Pack- available February 2015, includes sports cars, finely tuned for breakneck-speed races
    • Vintage Car Pack- available March 2015, includes vintage rides, fashionable for missions set in iconic American locales
    • Raid Car Pack- available April 2015, includes off-road vehicles, highly recommended for all-terrain missions
  • 23 additional tuning kits unlocked to spec out the Season Pass car line-up for premium performance on any terrain
  • All official paintjobs and rims for each car
  • An exclusive sticker delivered with each car pack

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With the release of each content pack included in the Season Pass, there will be new missions corresponding with each pack’s theme, available to all players free of charge. New customization options, paint jobs, rims, interiors and tuning specs will also be released on in-game stores.

Additionally, the closed beta for The Crew starts November 6 and runs through November 10 on Xbox One and the PlayStation®4 system. Players who preordered The Crew in North America will gain guaranteed access to the closed beta. Other players can still register for a chance to play at www.thecrewgame.com/beta.

The closed beta will allow players to explore the entire United States and complete challenges in the Midwest and East Coast, two of the five regions available in the game. The PvP lobbies in these regions will be accessible and two of the five spec classes, Street and Dirt, will be available for players looking to customize and fine-tune their ride.

The closed beta will be accessible to all Xbox Live and PlayStation Network members, however some online features will require an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership.

Ferrari for all. Hard to say anything bad about this European mid-life crisis on rims.
Ferrari for all. Hard to say anything bad about this European mid-life crisis on rims.

The 2014 Game Critics Awards Best Racing Game of E3[i], The Crew takes gamers on a wild ride throughout a massive open world recreation of the United States filled with exciting challenges and populated by other real players. The Crew will be available on December 2 for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

For more information on The Crew Season Pass, please visit thecrew-game.ubi.com/portal/en-US/order/index.aspx.

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit ubiblog.com

UBISOFT® PARTNERS WITH ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY FOR EXCLUSIVE DESIGN CONTEST

Kudos to Ubisoft for working with the academy of Art in this contest. Ubisoft is donating $2500.00 to the university and the winning team. This doesn’t seem like a simple marketing ploy, Ubisoft seems genuinely interested in the gaming and art community. A little cross-promotion and support for art never hurts either. For more details on the contest, read below.

UBISOFT® PARTNERS WITH ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY FOR EXCLUSIVE DESIGN CONTEST

Three Months, Two Creative Influencers, One Winning Design

SAN FRANCISCO – October 15, 2014 – Today, Ubisoft® and Academy of Art University (AAU), two San Francisco creative forces, announced that they are partnering for a contest to have exclusively student-designed artwork created for the front window of Ubisoft’s San Francisco office at 625 Third Street. The contest is open to AAU’s School of Advertising as well as its student-run agency, Young + Hungry a Creative Co-op. Through a series of rounds, artwork from one winning team will be chosen as the new display to go up on Ubisoft’s front window at the beginning of 2015. Additionally, Ubisoft will be donating $2,500 to Academy of Art University and the winning team. “We’re thrilled to partner up again with Academy of Art and its ambitious group of students,” said Michael Hammond, creative director, Ubisoft. “Because we are both proud citizens of San Francisco, we are confident that their work will represent our unique perspective as a creative company in the Bay Area.” Ubisoft previously collaborated with AAU for a similar marketing campaign for a semester-long class project, and they were impressed with the passion, talent and creativity the students brought to the table. Teaming up for a second time seemed only natural, especially since both companies are based in San Francisco. “Academy of Art takes pride in being able to offer our students hands-on learning opportunities through real-world experiences,” said Vince Engel, co-director, School of Advertising. “While we share the same hometown as Ubisoft, we also share the same values in creativity and passion. We look forward to seeing our students’ ideas come to fruition.” Hammond met with the AAU contest participants on campus to present the creative brief. The students were challenged to incorporate Ubisoft characters and elements of its corporate DNA to illustrate the company as a “proud citizen of San Francisco.” Students asked questions and offered a few creative ideas to the Ubisoft team, which stirred up a competitive yet inspirational atmosphere to start the contest. The contest includes three rounds of submissions beginning in late October. The finalists will visit the Ubisoft San Francisco office to present their proposed artwork for judging in December. About Academy of Art University: Founded in 1929 by artists for artists, Academy of Art University is a for-profit, family-owned university located in San Francisco. It is the largest accredited private art and design school in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 18,000 students. The university offers 36 on-campus and online degree and certificate programs across 21 fine arts colleges. Undergraduate degree programs include Associate of Arts (AA), Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA); graduate degree programs include Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch). The university is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level. To learn more, visit www.academyart.edu.

POPTROPICA: FORGOTTEN ISLANDS NOW AVAILABLE FOR NINTENDO 3DS™

Here’s more news about the fun and super-portable Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo and its 3rd party developers are really pushing to get quality games on all of its consoles. Ubisoft  and Nintendo has been pretty busy lately,  and you’ll find a couple of posts by yours truly here showing that. Poptropica looks like a fun and charming jaunt. Look below for more info.

 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — October 14, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Poptropica®: Forgotten Islands, the adventure game based on the massively popular virtual world for kids, is now available for Nintendo 3DS™ system. The game is available at retail stores for $29.99 and is rated E for Everyone.

Just in time for the holidays, fans can now embark on exciting quests in the ultimate on-the-go 3D Poptropica experience. Players will explore the vast, uncharted island chains of Poptropica, discovering the secrets of their past one artifact at a time and uncovering the truth to prevent a shadowy force from destroying the Forgotten Islands’ history forever!

For the latest information on Poptropica: Forgotten Islands, please visit poptropica3ds.com.

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit ubiblog.com.

PETZ BEACH/COUNTRYSIDE coming-Get your flip-flops

Uh oh, looks like the creepy and cute critters of PETZ Beach and PETZ Countryside are making their way to store shelves. These games aren’t really my cup o’ tea really, but who’s to say they aren’t for you? Blocky pandas haunt your dreams, er…inhabit the beach in these two games running wild in your local game store. Ugh…I’m writing about ‘pets at the beach’ games. What would Hunter think? Look below for the details from Ubisoft.

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You ate my bamboo didn’t you Mr. Barky pants?

 

Take Your Petz on the Ultimate Journey and Collect Encyclopaedia Britannica® Fun Facts Along the Way

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — October 14, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Petz® Beach and Petz® Countryside, the two latest entries in the popular pet simulation adventure game series for kids, are now available for Nintendo 3DS™ system, just in time for the holiday season. Both Petz Beach and Petz Countryside are rated E for Everyone, and are available in stores for $29.99 each.

Players will embark on the ultimate adventure in two new vibrant locales where they can care for a variety of animals, complete exciting quests to expand their village and connect with other Petz owners.

Through its partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica®, Petz Beach and Petz Countryside incorporate learning throughout the journey.

Please visit petz.com/beach and petz.com/countryside.

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit ubiblog.com.

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MMM PETZ logo look delicious. Drooool

UBISOFT® TAKES PLAYERS ACROSS THE HIMALAYAS WITH FAR CRY 4

Keeping up with Ubisoft’s press releases is a full-time job lately. E3 has seen around 10 press releases, with a few of them coming in the wee hours. This release concerns Far Cry 4. Looks like The next-gen is finally here folks. Far Cry 4 will be one of the first franchises to be solely released for next-gen consoles. It’s definitely the most successful. Read on for more details about Far Cry 4 and keep checking back for the latest in E3 news. ESPECIALLY Ubisoft news. Plus, this screenshot is of a smoking monkey. Let’s hope that’s an E-cig the little primate is puffing on too.

 

 

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I’m not touching you, I’m not touching you.

Sequel to the #1 Rated Shooter of 2012*
Will Re-Imagine the Open World Cooperative Experience

LOS ANGELES, CA — June 9, 2014 — Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Ubisoft® showcased Far Cry® 4, the much anticipated sequel to the #1 rated shooter of 2012. Players can now bring a friend along on their open world journey, making Far Cry 4 the ultimate Far Cry® experience.

Hidden in the towering Himalayas lies a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of your birth, the lush forests and harsh snowcapped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s dying wish of spreading her ashes. This striking and unpredictable country offers visitors opportunity and peril. You quickly find yourself caught up in a rebellion to overthrow the oppressive regime of Pagan Min, a man known as much for his sense of style and charisma as his cruelty and calculated brutality. Navigating the treacherous landscape, you find your fate increasingly determined by the choices you make because in Kyrat, every second is a story.

In Far Cry 4, you’ll conquer fortress outposts from the back of a six-ton elephant and take to the skies as you rain down explosives from the seat of your gyrocopter. The vertical landscape of the Himalayas isn’t just a pretty backdrop, but a playground that encourages the player to fight, hunt and explore, grappling up cliffs or launching into the air, plummeting to the valley below in a controlled free fall with your wing suit. You’ll carry with you a truly unique arsenal of weaponry that lets you play your way, whether it’s sniping, sneaking or all-out assault. When all else fails, animals can be your biggest allies or your greatest danger, as Kyrat’s wilderness delivers on the promise of a true open world anecdote factory.

For the first time in any Far Cry game, you’ll be able to hunt, fight and explore in the open world with a friend. With co-op Guns for Hire, you can invite a friend into your world to liberate towers, take over outposts and share in the spoils. Hurk, from the Monkey Business add-on content of Far Cry® 3, joins in the fight to take over Kyrat.

Players who purchase Far Cry 4 on PlayStation® will get an exclusive set of Keys to Kyrat, allowing them to invite a few of their friends on PlayStation®Network to tackle the open world together, even if they don’t yet own the game.

Development on Far Cry 4 is being led by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with Ubisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Kiev. The game will be available worldwide on November 18 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Customers who pre-order Far Cry 4 receive a free upgrade to the Limited Edition which includes Hurk’s Redemption, a series of three action-packed single-player missions featuring the popular character, Hurk, from Far Cry® 3. The Limited Edition also includes Hurk’s signature harpoon gun called The Impaler. Pre-orders are now available at all major retailers.

The Kyrat Edition will also be available for any fan looking to fully immerse themselves in the world and culture of Kyrat. The Kyrat Edition includes the Limited Edition with Hurk’s Redemption, as well as exclusive collectible items and extra playable content. This edition also includes a figurine of the despotic Pagan Min seated on an elephant throne, a travel journal to record your own adventures, a propaganda poster and a traveler’s map of Kyrat.

For more information on Far Cry 4, please visit: farcrygame.com

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit: ubiblog.com

 

UBISOFT® ENTERS THE CHAOS AND BRUTALITY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION WITH ASSASSIN’S CREED® UNITY

Alright folks, this is fresh from E3 2014. Seems the fine French folks at Ubi are ready to give us some more details about the new Assassin’s Creed installment. I know I haven’t picked up the serious since the second installment, but I’m looking forward to firing up the PS4 and giving the series another shot. Check the details below, and make sure to comment. Are you ready for the new installment, or are you burned out on the series?

 

Assassin’s Creed® Unity Available in stores on October 28 


LOS ANGELES — June 9, 2014 — Today, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft announced that the next installment of the 76 million unit-selling Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Unity, will be released worldwide on October 28. Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and PC.

Assassin’s Creed Unity is being developed by the veteran Assassin’s Creed team in Ubisoft Montreal with support from nine Ubisoft studios around the world*. Set in a once-magnificent Paris, Assassin’s Creed Unity plunges into the terror of the 1789 French Revolution and features the most dense and immersive Assassin’s Creed city ever created. Through the streets of Paris, the starving inhabitants are set to take up arms for freedom and equality. In this time of chaos and brutality, a young man named Arno, wounded by the loss of those he loved, sets on a deadly path of redemption. Arno’s pursuit throws him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transforms him into a true Master Assassin.

Assassin’s Creed Unity reinvents the franchise, starting with the core gameplay pillars that have defined the series from the beginning: navigation, stealth and combat. Players will carve their way through a stunning, full-scale open-world Paris, thanks to the power of the new Anvil engine, rebuilt from the ground up for new generation consoles. Assassin’s Creed Unity gives players full control parkour mechanics, a reinvented fighting system for a richer combat experience, a new stealth mode, cover system and crowd manipulation techniques. Players can channel their inner Assassin, customizing weapons, equipment, outfits and specialized skills to match their play style.

In addition to the sprawling single-player campaign, players can join with up to three friends and take part in story-driven online co-op missions designed specifically for Assassins to play together. Skills and unique gear acquired in the single-player missions will be accessible in co-op and will define a player’s personalized Assassin’s style, whether emphasizing brute force, agility or stealth. Players also will select a unique co-op skill that will help the team survive, evade or fight more effectively to the benefit of the team.

In North America, gamers can purchase the Assassin’s Creed Unity Collector’s Edition. The premium collector’s edition includes the new Assassin Arno as a lifelike 16” figurine poised atop an iconic gargoyle, a music box which plays a remixed version of the Assassin’s Creed Unity theme, the official soundtrack, an art book and two in-game missions.

Players who pre-order Assassin’s Creed Unity will receive 2 bonus offers.  The first is an exclusive single player mission, The Chemical Revolution, offering 30 minutes of additional gameplay. During this mission the player will help Lavoisier the “Father of Modern Chemistry” to escape from his kidnappers and recover his poison bomb formula.

The second is access to the Guillotine Spin to Win Game. Every Friday through launch, consumers have a chance to win a new, incredible prize and receive five more  spins and more chances to win.  For a chance to win, consumers can go to AssassinsCreed.com/play and spin the Guillotine wheel and to try to hit the jackpot.

Potential prizes include:
•    Exotic trips – Paris, Ubisoft Montreal, Comic-Con
•    Games and digital content
•    Exclusive apparel and gear
•    Home Entertainment Systems 
•    And more

Ubisoft also announced the Assassin’s Creed Unity Phantom Blade, a life-size replica of Arno’s new signature weapon. This limited-run collectible designed by the award-winning McFarlane Toys features a functional hidden blade, retractable crossbow arms, and a soft firing dart. Players can display this as part of their collection or wear it to complete the ultimate Assassin look. The Phantom Blade will be available while supplies last in select countries on October 28. It is priced at  $59.99 USD in the United States.

For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit: assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed.

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, visit the UbiBlog: http://www.ubiblog.com


* The following studios are working on Assassin’s Creed Unity: Ubisoft Montreal (lead), Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Québec, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Kiev, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Chengdu Ubisoft Singapore.

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UBISOFT ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR PAX EAST 2014

Hopefully we will get more details on Child of Light at PAX East
Hopefully we will get more details on Child of Light at PAX East

UbiSoft has some serious heavy hitters on display for its PAX East lineup, as evidenced by their press release below. I sure wish I was going to be in Boston on April 11th. If any of our faithful followers or readers are going to be there, drop me a comment and let me know what you’re excited for.

 

 

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR PAX EAST 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — March 25, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft announced its PAX East lineup, featuring Watch Dogs, The Crew, Child of Light, Trials Fusion, The Next Level and a number of acclaimed digital titles. Attendees can check out Ubisoft’s lineup at booths 824 and 836 from April 11–13 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

PAX East attendees who visit the Watch Dogs area will be treated to a never-before-seen demo of the game. Visitors can also immerse themselves in an eye-opening Watch Dogs experience that lets fans see themselves through the lens of a hacker and get a look at how they could potentially be targeted. Fans pre-ordering the game on site will receive a free Watch Dogs T-shirt.

Also in the Ubisoft booth, attendees will get their hands on a demo for The Crew, the revolutionary driving game that connects players online like never before. Players will be able to the own the road in a massive, open-world re-creation of the United States that is brimming with exciting challenges. Fans who pre-order The Crew at the Ubisoft booth will receive a free T-shirt.

Attendees will be the first to get hands-on time with Trials Fusion, the anticipated next-gen sequel to the award-winning Trials Evolution®. Finalists from the Trials Fusion Track Jam will show off their creations at the Ubisoft booth, and fans will be able to race through – and vote for – these one-of-a-kind player-created tracks, which will also be featured as the top downloadable tracks when Trials Fusion launches on April 16. Also, while fans wait to get their hands on Trials Fusion, professional BMX riders performing stunts in Ubisoft’s very own in-booth skate park.

Ubisoft Digital Booth
PAX East attendees who visit Ubisoft’s booth can play some of this year’s most anticipated digital titles, including Child of Light, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Phantoms, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot™, Might & Magic® Duel of Champions Online Card Game and an unannounced digital title that will have its first public hands-on demo during the show. Stage presentations, developer interviews, swag giveaways and first-looks at new game features will happen on the hour at the Digital Area for fans hoping to learn more about the games.

Fans of Child of Light will have their first opportunity to step into the magical world of Lemuria by playing a new hands-on demo of the turn-based RPG. Playing as main character, Aurora, players will use an active turn-based fight system to uncover mythical dragons and other enchanting creatures, as well as explore the gorgeous watercolor-painted 2D environments in a poetic journey inspired by fairy tales. Developed using the award-winning UbiArt Framework engine, Child of Light will be available to download on PC and current and next-gen consoles on April 30.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms, the next step in the evolution of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Online, will be playable on the show floor as part of the launch of the game. Attendees can step into the boots of The Phantoms to hunt Ghosts, back up teammates and put their shooting skills to the test in intense team-based gameplay.

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, the hack ‘n’ slash castle-looting adventure, has opened its gates for all to play and will be letting fans get hands-on time with The Runaway, the latest character to join the quest. Wielding a mighty axe, she’s a formidable foe for any castle. Players can also raid castles with The Knight, Archer or Mage and design their own lair of destruction to protect their gold.

Might & Magic Duel of Champions, the beloved free-to-play PC and Apple iPad® collectible card game, will be playable on PC on the show floor. Players can preview Heart of Nightmares, the new expansion coming in April that brings 100 new cards and the highly anticipated Base Set 2 update to the game which brings a revamped UI, rebalancing, new solo campaigns and new achievements.

The Next Level
Ubisoft’s heart pounding casual gaming competition is back and bringing coaches and teams into the mix. Players will still compete for the best all-around score, but this time will be battling for top scores for themselves and to contribute to their team’s overall score while four celebrity guest coaches, Scott “SirScoots” Smith, Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, Stephanie “MissHarvey” Harvey and Meg Turney, vie to recruit and mentor the highest-scoring team and player. The winning player walks away with an ultimate gaming package while the coach is playing to win a $5,000 donation awarded to their charity of choice. The competition is restarted each day for a total of three individual grand prize winners and $15,000 in charity donations.

Gamers will try their hand at games including some of Ubisoft’s most popular titles, The Crew and Trials Fusion, as well as a mystery title in the final round of competition. Gamers unable to make it to the show can watch from home at twitch.tv/TheNextLevel.

For exclusive updates and behind-the-scenes photos from PAX East throughout the event, please visit Ubisoft’s Facebook page (facebook.com/ubisoft) or follow Ubisoft’s Twitter account (twitter.com/Ubisoft). Visit the UbiBlog (ubiblog.com) for exclusive news and features from PAX East.

Gaming Goulash: mid-week game news report

It’s been a crazy week or so. My Mac went down for nearly a week, the government intruded on my rights, there was a convention in Dallas called All-con (meh) and Ubisoft had a ton of news. Below you’ll find a few of the announcements and some tidbits from yours truly.

A DAY TO REMEMBER DLC PACK NOW AVAILABLE FOR UBISOFT’S ROCKSMITH 2014 EDITION

Ubisoft® announced today that the A Day To Remember DLC pack for Rocksmith® 2014 Edition is now available for download on Xbox LIVE for Xbox® 360, the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation® 3 and Steam for PC and Mac.

Songs included in this 5-song pack are “All I Want,” “The Downfall Of Us All,”  “If It Means A Lot To You,” “All Signs Point To Lauderdale,” and “It’s Complicated.”

Individual songs are available for $2.99 or the complete 3-song pack for $7.99.

“Ubisoft Releases “Making Of” Trailer for Child of Light

I’m personally looking forward to getting this game for review. Looks lovely.

Ubisoft releases a brand new trailer for the upcoming 2D RPG, Child of Light. Inspired by watercolor artwork from the Golden Age of Illustration, Child of Light takes players on an extraordinary journey through the mystical world of Lemuria. Check out the trailer for a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration for the art of Child of Light.

Child of Light will be available to download for $14.99 on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U on April 30th and is rated E10 for “Everyone 10+.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCSB9XPWVE

 

“GUNNAR Optiks Launches Game Developer Discount Program in Collaboration with IGDA”

Just in time for the kickoff of the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC), GUNNAR Optiks, the pioneer of precision-engineered computer and gaming eyewear, has launched an exclusive discount program for game developers. Qualifying game devs can take advantage of up to 50% off select styles of GUNNARs starting today by visiting www.gunnars.com/gamedev.

 

All members of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) have been pre-approved for the GUNNAR Game Dev Discount Program and can take advantage immediately by visiting www.gunnars.com/igda.

 

In addition to the discount, any new, renewing or lifetime members completing an application during GDC for the IGDA also have a chance to take home a complementary pair of GUNNARs.

 

Game developers can “try before you buy” a variety of GUNNAR glasses at the IGDA Booth (located just inside Moscone Convention Center/South Hall) or at the IGDA 20thAnniversary celebration on Tuesday, March 18.

For more on the GUNNAR GDD Program, please visit: www.gunnars.com/gamedev

To sign up for an IGDA membership, please visit: www.igda.org/join 

 

Get ready folks.
Get ready folks.

“TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON PHANTOMS® AVAILABLE ON APRIL 10

“The next step in the evolution of Ghost Recon Online comes to Steam and PC”

Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online will be released worldwide on Steam and PC on April 10 as Tom Clancy’sGhost Recon Phantoms.

“The end of open beta is a new start to the game. The difference between where the game started and the game today is so considerable that we felt we should mark it with a fresh identity,”said Corey Facteau, producer of Ghost Recon Phantoms. “Feedback from our five million players throughout beta enabled us to continuously increase the content of the game and to improve what makes the game unique, the blending of intense shooters with the teamwork and tactical depth of MOBAs. Ghost Recon Phantoms brings a narrative layer to the game based around The Phantoms, ex-Ghosts and current adversaries who left The Ghosts to pursue personal agendas. We’ve also added new gameplay elements to expand the depth of the game and give new experiences to seasoned veterans. Of course, no accounts will be wiped, and our current players will not have to start over.”

Updated Characters and Maps

The game’s new identity comes with a new art direction, including new character and device designs for all three classes as well as a complete reworking of lighting and level design on the majority of maps. Referencing military system prototypes, the art team created realistic new gear for players to deliver an experience representative of tomorrow’s battlefields.

Major Changes in Matchmaking and Customization

With the launch of the game, the development team will address the main concerns of player. Matchmaking will now take into account both the skills and gear, which will grant a fair gaming experience to all users, both new and veterans, paying or not. The team is also going to reveal the new “Mod Master” and weapon camo systems, which will allow countless customization possibilities. The details of these changes will be shared in a community video later this week.

Upcoming Features Built With the Community

Post-launch the team will continue to develop new features and weapons to keep the gameplay dynamic. Currently the team is fine-tuning tactical insertions and smoke grenades, which are being tested in large scale playtests by the community before being released in-game in the near future.

Play Now, Play Free at www.GhostReconOnline.com.

About Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms

Developed by Ubisoft Singapore, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Phantoms is a tactical, 3rd-person, team-based shooter that allows players to engage in fierce 16-player online matches. The game delivers a premium online-multiplayer-shooter experience that is downloadable and playable for free on PC and Steam. Players can choose between three classes of characters, six special devices and thousands of weapon combinations to suit their particular style of play. Players not only earn points through their individual performance but also for with their ability to support their team. Offering unique gameplay, Ghost Recon Phantoms melds the intensity of a shooter and the tactical depth of a MOBA to provide players with a one of a kind experience.

 

TitanFall for Xbox 360 delayed…again

The new date is April 8th it seems. The game has been enjoying success on next Gen platforms, and I’m actually surprised the game is coming out for last generation. I’ll be very surprised if the game is anywhere near the innovative brilliance on 360 and PS3.

 

In a bit of comic/gaming news, we offer you the following press release from Dark horse comics

THE WITCHER: HOUSE OF GLASS #1 OF 5 COMIC BOOK RELEASED TODAY!

CD Projekt RED, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Witcher franchise, and Dark Horse Comics, one of the global leaders in comic book publishing, are thrilled to announce today’s release of The Witcher: House of Glass, a new and exciting addition to the vast and action packed universe of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia.
Created by Paul Tobin, with art by Joe Querio and covers by Dave Johnson, The Witcher House of Glass extends the universe known from critically acclaimed video games and books, and delivers a compelling tale of adventure, horror and mystery.
Travelling near the edge of the Black Forest, in the land of the Angren, witcher Geralt meets a widowed man whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass. With its endless rooms and horror around every corner, Geralt will have to use all his witcher prowess to solve the manor’s mystery and survive.
Watch the official Witcher: House of Glass release trailer HERE.
The Witcher: House of Glass is available in physical format in good comic book stores in the United States of America and as a digital download, via the Dark Horse iOS and Android application, as well as online, on the Dark Horse Digital comic book store.
To give readers a sneak peek of the adventure to come, together with Dark Horse Comics, the studio published four initial pages directly from the comic book. See them here!

CD Projekt RED, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Witcher franchise, and Dark Horse Comics, one of the global leaders in comic book publishing, are thrilled to announce today’s release of The Witcher: House of Glass, a new and exciting addition to the vast and action packed universe of monster hunter Geralt of Rivia.

Created by Paul Tobin, with art by Joe Querio and covers by Dave Johnson, The Witcher House of Glass extends the universe known from critically acclaimed video games and books, and delivers a compelling tale of adventure, horror and mystery.
Travelling near the edge of the Black Forest, in the land of the Angren, witcher Geralt meets a widowed man whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass. With its endless rooms and horror around every corner, Geralt will have to use all his witcher prowess to solve the manor’s mystery and survive.
Watch the official Witcher: House of Glass release trailer HERE.
The Witcher: House of Glass is available in physical format in good comic book stores in the United States of America and as a digital download, via the Dark Horse iOS and Android application, as well as online, on the Dark Horse Digital comic book store.

Hellboy Day Megabundle

Hellboy has his own day, and who am I to argue? Follow the link below to see all of the details.
Happy Hellboy day
Happy Hellboy day

All-con

Although the convention wasn’t an explosion in my face, it did have some great bright spots. The anthropologist that was doing lectures apparently cancelled all of his talks with zero notice. We were left sitting in the room for half an hour with no word that it had been cancelled.

 

Darwin Prophet was there and in her full witchy glory. I actually helped her unload her van lol. Felt weird being the roadie instead of the lead singer. I wanna know where the rest of the band was!

Black Mariah, who is a friend that I’ve worked with worked with La Divina and put together some cool things like “Naked girls reading”. There were some cool costumes and really cool vendors as well. There was a lecture on WestPunk that I really enjoyed. I tried finding more information on the lecture, but the gentleman doesn’t have much of a web presence. Maybe our faithful readers can help out with some research on this. Here are some of the pictures from All-con 2014. That’s all for now kiddies. Look for game review soon, and some more fun from me.

no more autographs
no more autographs
Wish the quality was better. This group had amazing homemade costumes.
Wish the quality was better. This group had amazing homemade costumes.
Blurry Vader may be more scary than unblurry Vader
Blurry Vader may be more scary than unblurry Vader
This poor young lady was a trooper. Not a storm trooper. She stood for hours with those great wings. That's our writer Alex in the foreground.
This poor young lady was a trooper. Not a storm trooper. She stood for hours with those great wings. That’s our writer Alex in the foreground.

I think a storm trooper stepped on her toe

I think a storm trooper stepped on her toe
Wrong holiday Jack...
Wrong holiday Jack…