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Ubisoft will bring Child of Light, Watch Dogs and more to PAX East

Ubisoft will bring titles like Watch Dogs, The Crew and Trials Fusion to PAX East next month, and offer attendees the opportunity to get hands-on time with Child of Light, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms and Might and Magic Duel of Champions Online Card Game. In addition to getting hands-on time with select games, those who pre-order Watch Dogs or The Crew at the Ubisoft booth will receive a free t-shirt. This year also sees the return of The Next Level, a competitive gaming tournament that Ubisoft first launched last year to encourage players to compete with each other in games that usually aren't played competitively, like Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Just Dance 2014 and Rayman Legends. The full list of games Ubisoft will be showing at PAX East includes: Watch Dogs, The Crew,...

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For Rayman Legends PS4, Vita won't work like Wii U GamePad

The PlayStation 4 version of Rayman Legends will support PlayStation Vita Remote Play, but the handheld can't be used by a co-op player like the Wii U GamePad in that version of the platformer, according to developer Ubisoft Montpellier. Responding in a developer Q&A posted on the PlayStation Blog, Rayman Legends senior game designer Emile Morel said that for Remote Play, the developers "have adapted the game controls to PS Vita so the experience is as enjoyable on this console as it is with the PS4 joystick in your hands." While in Remote Play mode, the PS Vita can't be used to play as the assist character Murfy, since the handheld just mirrors what's on the PS4. Rayman Legends on Wii U features levels in which a player takes control of Murfy on the GamePad's touchscreen while the...

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Ubisoft Q3 earnings down 35 percent

Ubisoft reported a year-over-year decline in earnings for the third quarter of its 2013-14 fiscal year today, and blamed the "console transition" for the drop. The French publisher recorded sales of €520 million ($709.34 million) for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013, a decrease of 35.2 percent from the same period one year prior. Sales for the first nine months of the 2013-14 fiscal year were also down significantly, by 24.8 percent from revenue of €1.08 billion (April-December 2012) to €813 million (April-December 2013). The third-quarter sales came in right in the middle of Ubisoft's guidance for the quarter of between €500 million and €540 million. "Over the short term, the high quality of our titles — which is unanimously recognized by gamers — has enabled us to...

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Amazon Games team lists its top 10 of 2013

The folks on the Amazon Games team put together their top 10 games of 2013, and the online retailer is offering discounts on some of the honorees. It's a list with some eclectic choices and a few surprising rankings: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Super Mario 3D World Divekick Rayman Legends BioShock Infinite Grand Theft Auto 5 Tearaway The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Rogue Legacy The Last of Us The Amazon Games editors also detailed their process. First they listed approximately 40 nominees, then confined the list to "new complete games." Once they narrowed it down to 10 games, they each ordered the list themselves, and the vote totals determined the order of the final list. Discounted entries on the Amazon list include the top game, The Last of Us,...

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Rayman Legends next-gen release bumped up one week

Rayman Legends will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Feb. 18 in North America and Feb. 21 in Europe, Ubisoft announced this morning. This is one week earlier than its intended release date in both territories; initially the title was slated to be released on Feb. 25 in North America and Feb. 27 in Europe. Players who purchase Rayman Legends for either next-gen console will gain access to exclusive costumes based on other Ubisoft franchise characters — such as Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher, Vaas from Far Cry and an Assassin's Creed assassin uniform — for Rayman and Globox. Additionally, the Xbox One version includes 10 exclusive new challenges that will unlock time-limited Achievements, and the PlayStation 4 version will be compatible with PlayStation Vita Remote Play and...

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Opinion: Are AAA video games destined to get lost at sea?

No, making a game is more like sending a fleet across the world. The ships are supposed to stick together, but each one charts its own course. The captains may work well together or they may hate each other, and one ship — or some of its crew — could stop off anywhere, or turn back or disappear. It's hard to get everyone to work together, but way more important than that, it's hard to agree on the goal: What are we trying to do? The first President Bush called it the "vision thing." And "vision" is a good word for it. The vision isn't some ephemeral staring-off-into-the-distance thing, and it's not an epiphany; in software development, a vision statement is a concrete tool. Typically it's one sentence that tells you exactly what the final product should be. If the final release...

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How Rayman Legends' underwater stealth world came together

Rayman Legends developer Ubisoft Montpellier had a challenging task in creating the underwater universe of the platformer's "20,000 Lums Under the Sea" world, and its designer went through the process on the UbiBlog today. The studio had to ensure that the world was very different from the water world of Rayman Legends' predecessor, 2011's Rayman Origins. The first game's water sequence was bright and colorful; in contrast, the one in Legends is ominous and foreboding. Going along with the dark theme, the developers decided to excise visible lums (the Rayman games' happy-go-lucky collectibles). Ubisoft Montpellier also tweaked the standard underwater-level formula by setting 20,000 Lums in a massive underwater dome, which allowed the studio to build swimming sections as well as...

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Rayman Legends' Invasion levels coming to PS Vita Nov. 26

The PlayStation Vita version of Rayman Legends will receive a patch on Nov. 26 that adds content that was missing when the game shipped, according to a tweet from the official Rayman Twitter account. Rayman Legends launched in North America in early September on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, Wii U and the PS Vita. However, the Vita version was missing content that was available on the other platforms, namely the Invasion levels, which consist of 28 high-difficulty levels that challenge players to finish them as quickly as possible. Developer Ubisoft said back in September that the Invasion levels weren't included on the PS Vita "due to a longer development time than expected," and that "the Invasion Mode will be added via a free patch at a later date." Both the Invasion...

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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Nov. 13

PS4 launch week: Reviews, interviews and more Get caught up on the latest PS4 news with our StoryStream. We've got stories on Doki-Doki Universe, Don't Starve, Angry Birds, War Thunder, Secret Ponchos and more. This is what you can do with your voice on PS4 at launch Your voice will allow you to login, take screenshots, browse menus and more on the PlayStation 4. Commands are also available in games, though it doesn't appear that any of the system's launch titles currently support the function. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor announced for consoles and PC Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will put players on a path for revenge as Talion, a ranger murdered along with his family. After being resurrected with Wraith abilities, Talion sets out to destroy those who wronged him. The game is...

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Ubisoft: Rayman Legends, Splinter Cell: Blacklist missed sales targets

Ubisoft's delays of Watch Dogs and The Crew weren't the only factors that caused the company to reduce sales and income targets for its current fiscal year yesterday — a few of the publisher's 2013 titles have underperformed, too. "Principally the profit warning is related to the postponement of The Crew and Watch Dogs," said Alain Martinez, Ubisoft's chief financial officer, during an investor call yesterday. But he added, "We saw some slowdown on the released games; we believe we were below what we were expecting in our initial target." In response to an analyst asking Ubisoft officials to clarify that point, Martinez said that "already released games" including "Splinter Cell [Blacklist] and Rayman [Legends], and others" have missed the company's sales targets so far. Ubisoft...

Rayman Legends Releases
North America
  • Wii U
    • Released 2013-09-03
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montpellier
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-09-03
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montpellier
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2013-09-03
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montpellier
    • Score 8.5
  • Windows
    • Released 2013-09-03
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montpellier
  • Xbox One
    • Released 2014-02-18
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montpellier
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-02-18
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montpellier
Europe
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 2013-09-03
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montpellier
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