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Steam might have banned the use of anything crypto-related in games, but that just means Ubisoft can be first to the punch. The video game publishing giant just announced a new feature in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint that allows gamers to collect Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and use them in-game. Called Digits, these are the first non-fungible tokens "playable in an AAA game”. Digits are stored on Tezos, a Proof-of-Stake blockchain. Users can collect the tokens and apply them as in-game cosmetics. Digits can be helmets or pants your character wears, or even in-game weapons. Each Digit has its own unique serial number. To help manage the new NFTs, the gaming giant has announced Ubisoft... Read more...
Looking for something to play this weekend that doesn't require a burly PC? Well we have good news—Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Chronicles trilogy is completely free right now, and once you claim it, the bundle is yours to keep forever. If you missed out on this series when each chapter came out, now is your chance to dive in at no cost. Assassin's Creed Chronicles is a 2.5D, side-scrolling spinoff of the main series. It's a three-part lineup developed by Climax Studios and published by Ubisoft, the first and most well-received being Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. It takes place in 1525 as the Ming dynasty is beginning to crumble, and you play the part of Shao Jun, the last Assassin... Read more...
AAA video games have really ballooned in size over the last ten years, and chief among the offenders are your big open-world extravaganzas. Red Dead Redemption 2 comes in at nearly 120GB on PC, ARK: Survival Evolved is 115GB, and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Odyssey tips the scales at 110GB. Another Ubisoft title is about to pack on some pounds with its latest update: Far Cry 6. The most-recent entry in the jungle combat simulator has you exploring a Caribbean island which is definitely not Cuba, and working to overthrow a sadistic dictatorship. The base install is relatively svelte at just 60GB in its largest incarnation (on PC), but there's a high-resolution texture pack that tacks on another... Read more...
Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and blockchains are modern buzzwords amongst gamers, and whether you love them or hate them they are here to stay. Meanwhile, Ubisoft can't seem to keep itself out of the headlines lately apparently. And the company is back in the lime light, thanks to its latest earnings call where Ubisoft mentioned several times its involvement and investment in blockchain-based gaming technologies. Specifically, the fact that it'll be funding the blockchain gaming-focused company Animoca Brands, a self-proclaimed global leader in blockchain gaming. But what does it even mean to be marrying gaming with blockchains  and cryptocurrency anyway? On a very rudimentary level, the idea... Read more...
Update 10/29/2021: After this story was published, a representative for Ubisoft reached out with an official response. "“Our customer support teams released an article more than three years ago detailing some recommended steps for players to try as a starting point for troubleshooting – it has been removed to prevent confusion. It is not our recommendation that players discontinue use of any specific PC applications unless they are experiencing an issue.” --------------------- Original Article: Ubisoft and poor performance sometimes go hand in hand for PC enthusiasts. We're no strangers to the woes some of its games have caused us when they launched. Admittedly, Ubisoft does... Read more...
PETA recently cried fowl play against Ubisoft’s depiction of a Mortal Kombat style cockfighting mini game within its newest game Far Cry 6. It seemed to ruffle the feathers of PETA Latino, which requested that the developer/publisher remove the mini game. But wait till it sees this. PETA’s pleas did not seem to resonate within the gaming community, however. The consensus among most players seemed to be that it was just a game and that no live animals were being harmed. Some pointed out that there was a large amount of content that was far more violent and graphic than the cockfighting. Cockfighting is still legal in Cuba, by the way, where the game's setting takes place. While the... Read more...
Ubisoft's Far Cry 6 has only been released a couple of days and PETA has already taken offense to one aspect of the game: cockfighting. PETA Latino has released a statement requesting that developer/publisher remove the mini game that allows players to participate in a cockfighting game.. Far Cry 6 has had mostly favorable reviews since launch. However, the mini game which allows players to use roosters to face off against one another in a Mortal Kombat type style has met with mixed impressions even within its own community. Some players find the min game fun and lighthearted, while others find it to be tone deaf to today’s animal rights-centric climate. Alicia Aquayo from PETA’s... Read more...
The raid on this fort is reminiscent of infiltration missions in Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag A whole new crop of blockbuster games are lining up for a big holiday shopping season. Ubisoft didn't really intend for that to be the case for Far Cry 6, but early this year the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans. The game had been hit by some delays, but at the end of May the company set a date: October 7, 2021. Finally, the latest Far Cry title has arrived and the open-world first-person shooter is ready for players to take down its repressive government and maybe learn a little something along the way.  Far Cry 6 Is A Political Statement What responsibility do games, or game developers,... Read more...
You get Far Cry 3! You get Far Cry 3! Everyone gets Far Cry 3! Here is how you can get a free copy of Far Cry 3. Those interested in claiming a free copy of Far Cry 3 will need to do so here through Ubisoft Connect. You will then be able to pick up the standard edition of the game. The deluxe version of the game still costs $29.99 at this time and does not qualify for the same promotion. The deal is available until September 11th at 2:30 am local time and is yours to keep once you have claimed it. All consumers really need to do is create a Ubisoft Connect account for free and hit the claim button. Far Cry 3 is a first-person shooter game that was developed by Ubisoft Montréal. It... Read more...
All weekend long—and even a little bit longer, actually—you can fire up Far Cry 5 and play the entire game for free, if you so desire. For anyone who has missed out on the latest installment in the popular Far Cry franchise, now is your chance to visit the title at absolutely no cost, before Ubisoft releases Far Cry 6 in October. The free period starts on Thursday, August 5, and runs through Monday, August 9. So it's a very long weekend of free play. You can even preload the game ahead of time, so that you are ready to jump right in once the free period unlocks. When Far Cry 5 Will Be Free To Play Exactly when that is depends on your platform of choice—it's available on PC through... Read more...
As time goes on, the Assassin’s Creed paradigm shifts with every decision the Ubisoft team makes, such as those with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Now the team is beginning to look to the future and has realized that “the decisions [they]’re making for the franchise now will impact its future for years to come.” As a part of this, it has been announced that Ubisoft Montreal and Quebec will be working together on the upcoming project codenamed Assassin’s Creed Infinity. Announced today, Ubisoft reports the “new cross-studio, collaborative structure will be led by Marc-Alexis Côté, who will serve as executive producer of the Assassin’s Creed... Read more...
The next installment in the Far Cry series is just over the horizon, launching on October 7th this year. Starring Breaking Bad and The Mandalorian powerhouse actor Giancarlo Esposito as the main antagonist, Far Cry 6 should be quite the game, especially if recently published videos and images are anything to go by. Yesterday, Ubisoft producer and host Youssef Maguid posted the “Rules For Being A Guerilla,” giving us a glimpse into the upcoming Far Cry 6. In Far Cry 6, players will take the role of Dani Rojas, a “native Yaran and military dropout desperately trying to flee their home country.” However, Yara’s oppressive dictator, Antón Castillo (played... Read more...
Watch Dogs: Legion is a recently released Ubisoft game set in London that is all about hacking. In an ironic turn of events, it appears that the source code for Watch Dogs: Legion was unfortunately leaked to the internet. Originally, only snippets of the hacked data were released, but it appears that the whole Watch Dogs: Legion game and source code was released to the internet. In October, ZDNet reported that both Ubisoft and Crytek, maker of Cryengine, were hacked by a ransomware gang named Egregor. At that time, only a small part of data in a cybercrime “proof-of-life” sort of situation was posted. It was unknown how much additional date was available at the time, however, and... Read more...
The war of the Watch Dogs series has always been fought in two parts -- physically with weapons and by proxy in the online space. In the original, which took place in Chicago, hacker Aiden Pearce, aided by the DedSec crew, hacks just about any device in his vicinity on his quest to make up for the loss of his niece, Lena, and take down a mysterious software called Central Operating System (ctOS) that ran the city and spied on its citizens. Then in Watch Dogs 2, players entered the shoes of Marcus Holloway, a DedSec activist whose goal it was to overcome ctOS version 2.0 in San Francisco while simultaneously exploiting its weaknesses for their own gain. This time around in Watch Dogs: Legion,... Read more...
Last month, it was announced EA Play, and Xbox Game Pass were partnering to provide an expansive game library. Now, Ubisoft is partnering with Amazon Luna and Google Stadia to provide competition in the cloud gaming sphere with Ubisoft+, the rebranded UPLAY+. This service will launch with a beta on the Amazon Luna platform on November 10th and will cost $14.99 per month. Cloud gaming has become one of the hot topics of the year, and everyone wants in. At $14.99 per month with unlimited access to over 100 games, Ubisoft+ is comparable to Xbox’s Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Conveniently, this new subscription from Ubisoft is launching the same day as the Xbox and EA Play subscription,... Read more...
Are you prepared to create your own Viking legend from Norway's shores to the fields of England? The Assassin’s Creed Twitter account has announced that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has gone gold, meaning the game’s production had wrapped, and it can go to disc and digital storefronts. We will give a quick recap on what we know thus far on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to get you prepared for a Viking adventure on November 10th. Back in July, we got a 30-minute glimpse of the new Assassin’s Creed title, and though it was a work in progress build, it was interesting to say the least. People did get excited about the game as they were expecting more information around this... Read more...
It is almost time for another Ubisoft Forward event, which is a livestream that will entail "the latest updates about your favorite Ubisoft games and news on what's to come." With regard to the latter, will we see a Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake announcement? Possibly, but you will have to tune in to find out. There are multiple destinations where you can catch the livestream, including right here at HotHardware, embedded below (via YouTube)... Or you can head directly to the YouTube feed, if you would prefer to leave us (we'll be sad, but promise not to stalk you). Alternatively, you can tune into Ubisoft's Twitch channel and catch the event there as well—dealer's choice.... Read more...
Four years after release, Ubisoft is offering up Tom Clancy’s The Division for free. From September 1st to the 8th, anyone can pick up a copy of the PC game to keep forever. Back in 2016, Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft teamed up to release this tactical combat shooter with RPG elements. The Division throws players into a devastated New York where they must fight to survive and clean up the city following a man-made viral outbreak. According to Ubisoft’s Steam page for the game: During Black Friday, a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City, and one by one, basic services fail. In only a few days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, an autonomous... Read more...
Ubisoft has announced an update for Rainbow Six Siege called Operation Shadow Legacy. Part of the update brings an iconic character, Sam Fisher from the game franchise Splinter Cell, as a playable operative in Siege. Fisher comes with a new Intel-gathering gadget and a new assault rifle. Operation Shadow Legacy also brings a host of gameplay modifications that will change how Siege is played. Among the gameplay modifications are Ping 2.0, new and updated optics, a secondary breaching gadget, pooled reinforcements, and map ban capability. The popular map Chalet is reworked and players will be able to check out a new match replay feature that is entering alpha testing on the game's test server.... Read more...
Real-time ray tracing in games is not going away, nor do we want it to—compared to traditional rasterized rendering, sprinkling in ray-traced visuals can make scenes pop with realistic reflections and other effects. The cost, of course, is a performance penalty. How much of one depends on the game. As it pertains to Ubisoft's upcoming Watch Dogs: Legion game, enabling ray-traced visuals on PC could require some meaty hardware. Due out later this year, Watch Dog: Legion will land on current-generation consoles, the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, Google's cloud-based Stadia platform, and of course Windows PCs. It is the third installment in the Watch Dog series. Set in London,... Read more...
As much as I would like to own one, I do not see myself purchasing a flame thrower, now or ever. I imagine it's quite expensive, but aside from that, what if it unlocked an inner pyromaniac I had no idea was itching to get out? Yeah, it's best I don't go down that road. But a replica frame thrower? I'd totally be down for that. If you would be too, you can have one, when preordering the Far Cry 6 Collector's Edition bundle. There are some caveats. Let's start with the obvious—it doesn't actually spit fire (God, I hope not, anyway). The replica flame thrower is decorative piece only. Some assembly is also required. It's also expensive at $199.99, and exclusive to ordering the physical copy... Read more...
One of the biggest things that happened this weekend was the Ubisoft Forward event, where the company talked about some of its future video games. One of the games that the company spoke about at the show was its new free-to-play battle royale shooter Hyper Scape. It was announced that the game is now in open beta for PC gamers during the event. In addition, gamers who have an NVIDIA GeForce NOW subscription can get in on the Hyper Scape open beta. As with all GeForce NOW games, Hyper Scape requires no downloads before allowing players to jump into the action in Neo Arcadia. There's been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the game since it was announced in late June. Free-to-play battle royale style... Read more...
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