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Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, Oct. 1

Xi3's Piston modular console available Nov. 29 Xi3 will launch the palm-sized customizable Piston console on Nov. 29. The console features 8 GB of RAM and an 128 GB SSD, "native triple monitor support," support for controllers, keyboard and mouse and virtual reality headsets, computer and TV displays – and all of that can be upgraded and customized at users' whims. Piston is available for pre-order through Xi3's website for $999. Researchers express concerns about APA Task Force on Violent Media The Entertainment Software Association is on board with proposed revisions to a 2005 American Psychological Association policy statement on media and violence. A group of 228 academics, researchers and psychologists called upon the APA yesterday to use an "objective scientific process" when...

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Assassin's Creed 4 trailer shows next-gen rain, oceans and stabbing

A new Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag trailer focuses on the technology backing the title's launch on next-generation platforms. Water and waves have always been difficult for games to properly render, but new technology like complex shaders and more powerful physics equations help the game realistically simulate the ocean both in shallow water and high seas, says associate producer Sylvain Trottier. "These technologies work together to create the most realistic virtual ocean you've ever seen." Assassin's Creed 4 has new enhanced weather systems, and dynamic lighting means that things like fog and thousands of individual raindrops can be lit from multiple sources. Not all of the next-generation enhancements are solely graphical; the ship-to-ship combat is enhanced by "dynamic navmesh"...

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Ubisoft to launch ongoing gaming tournaments open to everyone

Ubisoft announced today that it will launch The Next Level — a new series of competitive gaming tournaments — at PAX Prime this week. The competitive gaming tournament aims to fill the gap between non-competitive gaming and professional eSports, giving players the opportunity to compete against each other across a range of games for the chance to win prizes. The tournaments will be held at conventions like PAX, Comic-Con, Magfest and E3, and regular tournaments will also be held online in select physical locations. Speaking to Polygon, Ubisoft's senior director of player engagement, Josh Milligan said The Next Level offers players something less traditional in terms of competition. "The analogy I draw is eSports is like the post-graduate program for gamers, and there's nothing before...

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Video Games Live leaves behind yesteryear's bleeps and bloops

Then there was a full orchestra and choir, conducted by composer Austin Wintory, filling the San Diego Civic Auditorium with Journey's ineffable loveliness. And Eimear Noone, bringing Diablo 3's clanging, underworldly strangeness to this forum of capital C Culture. Video Games Live on Saturday night was another Tommy Tallarico-hosted celebration of game culture, through its music. The noise wasn't just coming from the orchestra and choir, but also from the audience, who are always happy to contribute to the spectacle, cheering, singing, shouting, all broadcast live on the internet via Twitch. "I find it quite wonderful," said Wintory, who was nominated for a Grammy for his score. "I make music for other people. I like working on games because of how much they mean to people. And an...

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Patrice Desilets, Call of Duty: Ghosts, EA Partners Program, E3: Speed Run

It's the most wonderful time of the year — E3. Patrice Desilets is suing Ubisoft for $400,000 in damages and the rights to his game, 1666: Amsterdam. The dog in Call of Duty: Ghosts will be a fully controllable squadmate. The Electronic Arts Partners Program isn't dead. Pre-E3 information leaks include new details on Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Patrice Désilets sues Ubisoft for more than $400K, seeks rights to 1666: Amsterdam Patrice Desilets' complaints and Ubisoft's response outlined in Montreal court filing Call of Duty: Ghosts dog Riley takes commands through headset EA Partners isn't dead, says exec Report: Leaked Battlefield 4 screenshots show squads, weapons and more Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag screens and...

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The sun never sets on Assassin's Creed 4 development, says new dev diary

A new developer diary out from Ubisoft discusses what it's like to have seven studios around the world working simultaneously on Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. "One of the things we always kind of laugh about is every minute of the whole week, somebody somewhere in this world is working on Assassin's Creed 4," says game director Ashraf Ismail. While it can be difficult to work with someone you've never met face-to-face, whose personality you don't know, the Ubisoft developers say that it's quite something to watch a global team unite around a game's vision. "It's incredible when you have so many employees, and we're talking hundreds," says Ismail, "when they all believe in the vision and all push behind it, the results are spectacular." Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will hit...

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Ubisoft E3 2013 lineup includes Assassin’s Creed 4, South Park, Watch Dogs

Ubisoft will showcase Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Rayman Legends, South Park: The Stick of Truth and many more on the E3 show floor, the company announced via press release. Additionally, the company will also feature Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Watch Dogs and several other unnamed titles. Uplay members will be able to participate in the company's Uplay Lounge, located near the convention center. Members will be able to play games from this year's lineup and interact with different members of their development teams. Ubisoft will kick off its presentation at 6 p.m. ET on June 10 with its media briefing in L.A. The company is expected to announce its upcoming lineup of next-gen games and more. Actress Aisha Tyler will likely return as the host of Ubisoft's E3 media...

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Assassin's Creed 3: Tyranny of King Washington trailer shows off flying eagle powers

The alternate universe of Assassin's Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington imbues protagonist Ratonhnhaké:ton — Connor, in the canon storyline — with mystical powers not seen in the main games. Yesterday, we saw him harness the wolf spirit, and today Ubisoft has released a video showing the powers of the eagle. With the powers of the eagle spirit, Ratonhnhaké:ton is able to fly short distances, and he possesses the ability to make a dashing aerial attack on enemies from afar. The Betrayal, the second part of the three-part Tyranny of King Washington alternate-universe storyline, is slated to hit Windows PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 19-20.

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Assassin's Creed Anthology trailer chronicles the Assassins' journey

Ubisoft has collected all five Assassin's Creed console games into the U.K.-exclusive Assassin's Creed Anthology, and a trailer for the box set released today by the French publisher highlights its contents. The Anthology comes with Assassin's Creed, featuring Altaïr ibn-La'Ahad; Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed: Revelations, featuring Ezio Auditore da Firenze; and Assassin's Creed 3, featuring Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor Kenway). The set also comes with any downloadable single-player and multiplayer add-ons that were released for the games and includes the Assassin's Creed 3 season pass, which confers access to DLC for that game (which has yet to be released). Lithographs for each game and a Steelbook case round out the package. The Assassin's Creed...

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  • Xbox 360
    • Released 11/13/2007
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
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    • Released 11/13/2007
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
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