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Voice of The Last of Us' Ellie rips Ubisoft over male-only cast in Assassin's Creed Unity

Ashley Johnson, the voice actor whose role as Ellie in The Last of Us earned her a BAFTA award, weighed in on Ubisoft's male-only cast of playable characters in Assassin's Creed Unity, chiding the publisher and its developers for not including women. "When I saw the gameplay and saw that [in] their multiplayer you do not have the option to play as a female. I was like, 'Give me a fucking break!'" Johnson told VideoGamer.com in an interview on Friday. "It's 2014! How many video games do you have to make to realize maybe have an option to have a female be in there?" However, her co-star, Troy Baker, cautioned that if this controversy means video games now include an obligatory female character, it risks tokenizing them and making the situation worse. "I think that's almost even more...

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You don't have to be okay with the violence in video games

It's okay if that makes you uncomfortable. The two-minutes of footage is trimmed from an extended gameplay demonstration shown last month at E3. It's fair to assume this is the footage Ubisoft believes is the best gameplay, the stuff more casual fans should be sure to catch. It makes the biggest impact in the shortest time. In the brief trailer Arno, the game's new hero, walks through the beautifully rendered Paris of the French Revolution, leaps from a perch atop a cathedral and participates in copious amounts of murder. That the trailer doesn't include every kill from the extended gameplay session speaks to the game's death count. I was embarrassed by how the trailer made me squirm. Am I getting soft? I've played through a majority of the Assassin's Creed games. I've stabbed...

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Comic-Con will premiere an animated Assassin's Creed short; wait'll you hear who's making it

The filmmaker Rob Zombie and Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead, will premiere an animated short "inspired by Assassin's Creed Unity" at San Diego Comic-Con, according to a listing on the official schedule. The short will be shown at a Q&A and demo for the game, introducing Arno, the new protagonist, and promising additional details not yet announced for the latest entry in Ubisoft's annual video game franchise. For those attending, the panel will take place on July 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 6BCF. Zombie, well known for fronting the band White Zombie before embarking on a solo career and then filmmaking, has taken on several jobs related to video gaming and comic books in the past. He composed the original score for Twisted Metal 3, and has had voice acting roles in...

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Ubisoft touts Q1 2014 sales driven by Watch Dogs success

Ubisoft's sales increased significantly year over year, thanks in part to the success of Watch Dogs since its May 27 release, the company announced today. According to a report focused solely on sales during Q1 2015, which ended June 30, they totaled €360 million (approximately $490 million), an increase of 374 percent over the €76 million in sales reported for Q1 2014. Ubisoft also reported strong sales in its digital segment, whose performance increased 149 percent to €84 million ($114 million), thanks to games like Child of Light, Trials Fusion and Valiant Hearts: The Great War. "Although the financial year has only just started, our confidence for fiscal-year 2014-15 has been reinforced by our first-quarter performance and the keen anticipation for our upcoming games," said...

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This indie studio says it has a technical solution for the problems of designing women

When Ubisoft said last month that production cost was the reason why no playable female characters in multiplayer were made for the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity, the AAA company offered no solutions to combat the problem. Indie studio Perhelion Interactive, the developers behind the successfully funded Kickstarter game The Mandate, is now doing just that. While the team recognises the escalating costs that can be associated with additional character models, technical director Vegard Myklebust is finding work around that can fit a small studio's budget. "Making different characters for a game is a non-trivial task, and can cost a lot of production time," he says. "The problem is that, even if you make a new model for the game, there is a lot of extra information to move across as...

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The future of Assassin's Creed will be carved out by Ubisoft Quebec

Ubisoft Quebec is taking hold of the reigns on future developments in the Assassin's Creed franchise, the company announced on its official Ubisoft blog. The Canadian studio is seeing a major investment which includes an increase in the number of staff and new facilities in the around Quebec's St-Roch district. Additionally, the game studio will be using $4 million of a $28 million investment for a new workspace that is being developed for state-of-the-art AAA development. Likewise, the city of Quebec is contributing $500,000 in financial support. Ubisoft Quebec has been one of Ubisoft's umbrella companies since the development of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in 2010 and played a key role in the development of Watch Dogs. "Since 2010, our understanding of the franchise has increased...

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Evolve leads E3 2014 critics nominations

The Game Critics Awards nominations have been announced, detailing the games that most impressed reviewers and reporters at E3 2014. The awards are generally highly regarded by publishers and developers, who use nominations and wins in game marketing. Evolve leads with six nominations, followed by Destiny and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege with four nominations each. Polygon reporters contributed to the voting process. You can read our full E3 coverage here as well as view every E3 trailer here. Best of Show Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega) Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE) Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE) No Man's Sky (Hello Games) Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft) Best Original Game D...

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Which franchise does the head of Ubisoft think will be their biggest money maker?

"I think the one that is generating the more revenue is Assassin's Creed," Yves Guillemot said during a recent dinner. "The one that we feel can, the two that we feel can generate more, that can bring more customers are Watch Dogs and The Division, I think. "Those two because RPG on one side and open-world, modern open-world on the other. They can increase the number of people that can be interested in the subject." At this year's E3, Ubisoft detailed Assassin's Creed Unity, announced Far Cry 4 and when Watch Dogs is going to arrive on the Wii U, discussed racing game The Crew and open-world shooter The Division, among other things. In terms of important franchises, Guillemot said, the next in the list would be Just Dance. Already a popular franchise, he believes it will be getting a...

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It's getting better: I spent an entire day at E3 playing as women characters

Could I really spend the entirety of the day at the show playing as female characters, or finding female characters in the games? A day of women My first appointment was at 2K Games, where I played the next installment in one of my favorite franchises: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. I have a deep love for this franchise; my haircut is modeled after Lilith, I have a Marcus Kincaid bobblehead in my car, and my WiFi password references the game. I would most certainly write my dissertation on the deep characterization of the women in Borderlands if I hadn't committed to studying gender in music games for my Ph.D. As a musician in a hard rock band who studied women in popular music while being a fan of video games, it was an interesting intersection of interests. Which is a long-winded...

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Ubisoft responds to Assassin's Creed Unity women character furor

A comment from Ubisoft, provided to Kotaku, said that,"we recognize the valid concern around diversity in video game narrative". In an interview earlier this week, Ubisoft creative director Alex Amancio said that a plan for female characters had been pulled from Unity. "It's double the animations, it's double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets," Amancio said. "Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work." His explanation caused an E3-week furore. Former Assassin's Creed 3 animation director, Jonathan Cooper, now working at Naughty Dog, argued that extra female animations should only take "a day or two's work" to create. The issue could hardly come at a worse time for Ubisoft, during a week when the company is...

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    • Released 11/13/2007
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    • Released 11/13/2007
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