By Megan Farokhmanesh on Feb 16, 2014 02.16.14
Mega Brands will release Mega Bloks playsets based on Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed franchise this fall, the company announced at the American International Toy Fair in New York. Details on how much the sets will cost or which characters they'll feature were not included. According to Ubisoft senior vice president of marketing and sales Tony Key, the figures will allow the company to introduce Assassin's Creed to new audiences. "This collection captures the spirit of Assassin's Creed bringing to life the characters and rich historical settings in a fun way," Key said. Assassin's Creed isn't the first gaming franchise to join the Mega Bloks collection; the company has already released figures inspired by Halo, Need for Speed, Skylanders and World of Warcraft. Last year, Mega Brands...
By Colin Campbell on Feb 10, 2014 02.10.14
Ubisoft today announced a deal with Sony Pictures to develop a movie based on its Rabbids animated game characters. The plan follows a recent Nickelodeon and France Televisions TV partnership, Rabbids Invasion. Ubisoft's Rabbids began life as vicious but stupid, zombie-like rabbits in the company's Rayman games, but soon graduated to their own series, often party games aimed at children. "There is an infectious quality to the Rabbids," said Columbia Pictures' Hannah Minghella. "Their simple joy and absurd, anarchic behavior inadvertently causes you to look at the world afresh. There's no end to the comedy and chaos they will cause when they invade our theaters." Ubisoft created a specific movie division in January 2011 and has announced plans for movies based on Ghost Recon, ...
By Jenna Pitcher on Feb 04, 2014 02.04.14
The PlayStation 4 version of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag received a 2.3GB single player update today, fixing connection issues for those with over 100 friends, introducing tutorial streaming support and more. According to screenshot of the patch notes, via Twitter user Wario64, the update fixes a known bug for PS4 users with more than 100 friends on the PlayStation Network. Since the game's release last year, users reported issues with Ubisoft's servers that caused complications accessing certain Assassin's Creed 4 content. The patch also addresses rare crashes and freezes, fixes an issue where loyalty reward skins were not rewarded and changes fight balance to increase double attack. The single player patch comes ahead of multiplayer Title Update 4 that is scheduled to go live...
By Jenna Pitcher on Jan 24, 2014 01.24.14
Ubisoft plans to create 100 new jobs at its Quebec City studio with an investment of $25 million spread over three years, the company announced today, with the Quebec government contributing an additional $450,000 towards the expansion. According to the announcement, the investment will see the company strengthen its infrastructure, recruit talent and "take the lead on the development of AAA next-gen games." Currently employing 320 people, the studio has contributed to the development of the Assassin's Creed franchise, Raving Rabbids Invasion and Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth. The branch's development focus has been on Wii U and Xbox 360 platforms in recent years. "Our Quebec City studio has demonstrated its ability to manage large-scale projects and it is a natural progression...
By Jenna Pitcher on Jan 06, 2014 01.06.14
Nvidia has partnered with several custom PC builders and router manufacturers to develop GameStream-ready certified PCs and Wi-Fi routers optimized for its game streaming service. The current list of PC vendors that will provide machines installed with the Nvidia GeForce GTX card and the Nvidia GeForce Experience — hardware and software required for the service — includes CyberPowerPC, Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, IBuyPower, MainGear and Origin PCV3 Gaming. Asus, Buffalo, D-Link and NetGear are on-board to ship out GameStream-ready routers. The following routers are optimized for both local PC game streaming with a GeForce GTX-powered machine and Nvidia Grid cloud game streaming: Asus RT-AC66U Asus RT-AC68U Asus RT-N56U Asus RT-N66U Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC 1750 B...
By Tracey Lien on Dec 17, 2013 12.17.13
The Freedom Cry downloadable content for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag on Windows PC will be delayed and is expected to launch "in the coming days," according to a forum post by a Ubisoft UK forum manager. The following statement was posted to the forum: "The PC version of the Freedom Cry DLC for Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag will release in the coming days. We are taking the extra time to apply a final layer of polish to ensure that it meets the expectations of our fans." The single-player DLC launched today on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Black Flag's associate producer Sylvain Trottier said in an interview last month that the studio is committed to optimizing its games for PC.
By Emily Gera on Dec 04, 2013 12.04.13
Ubisoft will launch the upcoming Assassin's Creed 4 singleplayer DLC, Freedom Cry, on Dec. 17, it was announced in an advertisement on the latest digital issue of Game Informer (via VideoGamer.com). The new DLC will feature a four-hour campaign featuring the shipmate assassin Adewale. It's believed the new content will launch simultaneously on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We've contacted Ubisoft for further information, including a release date for its Windows PC version and whether the DLC will be available for Wii U.
By Tracey Lien on Nov 22, 2013 11.22.13
Amazon's latest lightning deals include 18 percent off the PlayStation 4 versions of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Battlefield 4 and Knack, with upcoming deals on a range of Xbox One games. Later today, the lightning deals will include discounts on both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of NBA Live 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, the PS4 version of Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition and the Xbox One version of Lego Marvel. The deals for today can be viewed here.
By Tracey Lien on Nov 14, 2013 11.14.13
The Ubisoft blog released a diagram today showing how the PlayStation 4's Remote Play feature in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will affect the game's controls on the PS Vita. When players access Remote Play, the control scheme will be different to the home console version because the PS Vita doesn't have the same number of buttons as the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller. On the DualShock 4, L2 and R2 control free-running, aiming and firing your gun. On the PS Vita, these triggers are mapped to the shoulder buttons. The back panel of the PS Vita has also been divided into two parts, with one part representing the DualShock 4's R1 button and the other being L1. The PS Vita's touchscreen functions similarly to the touchpad on the DualShock 4. Players will be able to pull up the...
By Colin Campbell on Nov 12, 2013 11.12.13
Details of Best Buy's Black Friday deals have emerged via Gottadeal.com, including price cuts on new Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games as well as a PS3 bundle. In its post-Thanksgiving sale, Best Buy is selling a PlayStation 3 bundle along with The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham Origins for $199.99, which the retailer said is a $170 saving on the full package price of $369.97. Selected games are being sold for $34.99, down from $59.99, including Beyond: Two Souls, FIFA 14, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Madden NFL 25, The Last of Us and Battlefield 4. Best Buy is also offering iPad 2 for $299.99 (down $100) as well as 65-inch 1080p TVs for $999.99. The deals begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 28.