After spending years accruing Ubisoft shares in what appeared to be preparation for a hostile takeover attempt, French media conglomerate Vivendi have thrown in the towel, selling their entire 27.3% stake in Ubisoft for $2.4 billion USD. Continue reading Vivendi no longer a Ubisoft shareholder, Chinese conglomerate Tencent step in as new long term investor
Another day, another AAA developer getting their carefully orchestrated reveal taken away from them by European leaks. Yesterday it was Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Today it’s The Division 2, the follow up to Ubisoft’s successful tilt at the MMO shooter genre. Continue reading Ubisoft announces The Division 2 after leaks appear online
For those of you partial to a bit of For Honor in your downtime, life is about to get a lot more bearable. One year after the game’s launch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will notice the game’s team-based, medieval-era multiplayer will run much more smoothly thanks to the rollout of dedicated servers around the world. Continue reading One year after launch, For Honor just got dedicated servers
Rainbow Six Siege has quietly become one of the more popular tactical shooters in recent memory. Now set for a whole new year of content, Ubisoft is throwing the game’s doors open to everyone for a free weekend starting February 16. Continue reading You can play Rainbow Six Siege for free next weekend
Ubisoft have unveiled their DLC roadmap for upcoming survival shooter Far Cry 5 with three complete self contained expansions and an HD version of Far Cry 3 for current-gen consoles.
Continue reading There is a ton of DLC for Far Cry 5 on the way
The moment I jumped into Far Cry 5 at E3 this year, the thing that struck me was how familiar it felt. Ubisoft have been pushing a very particular vision for the series since Far Cry 2 comprehensively reworked Crytek’s 2004 original action adventure title into something more akin to survival adventure, a design template they’ve been gradually honing ever since.
But it’s actually 2016’s Far Cry Primal with which the forth coming Far Cry 5 has the most in common. Both games display a willingness to throw an interesting setting at the franchise and see how it can apply its very fine-tuned game loop to it.
Ubisoft have announced that their two major Q1 2018 releases have suffered delays. Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 will both miss their launch dates by up to a month according to a blog post by the publisher. Continue reading Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 cop delays
Assassin’s Creed Origins is a greatest hits of modern action-adventure game design. In seeking to update the series’ ageing core mechanics and design, Origins looks to its genre stablemates to see what they’re doing and where it can’t subtly imitate them, it copies them brazenly instead. What surprised me the most about this smash-and-grab design philosophy is how cohesive the end result is. Continue reading Games Review [PROVISIONAL]: Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4, 2017): Something borrowed, something new
This weekend saw the EB Expo return to its roots, overtaking the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first time in five years. It was, by all accounts, a successful homecoming. Continue reading EB Expo’s return to the Gold Coast is a successful one
As I write this, Assassin’s Creed Origins releases in exactly one month from today. It is, quite rightly, the subject of a bit of scrutiny from fans and detractors of the series alike. The first title to break with the series’ long running annual release pattern in quite a while, Origins has a lot of questions to answer. Chief among them, did the extra year in development yield the changes in design philosophy fans have been asking for since Unity? From my few hours with the game earlier today, the answer feels like yes. Continue reading Hands On: Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox One X, 2017) feels like a game ready to try new things