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Four more days. That's how much longer you have to wait for Ubisoft to release Watch Dogs, one of the most anticipated games of the year, though it might has well be four hundred days, because that's what it feels like. With each new trailer Ubisoft teases us with, we grow increasingly anxiously and more impatient to jump into the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker on the hunt for revenge. The latest trailer is more of the same -- gripping storyline, good graphics, fun game play elements, city hacking (Watch Dogs takes place in Chicago), and of course lots of hype. Nothing new is revealed, but that's okay because we're already counting down the days. Watch Dogs is a third-person action adventure... Read more...
It turns out the scuttlebutt from back in March is true: Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 4 is coming this November for consoles and PCs. It will be out on November 18th in the U.S. and November 20th in EMEA, and it will be available on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. “Pack away your tropical gear, because Far Cry 4 is heading to the Himalayas,” wrote Ubisoft’s Gary Steinman in a blog post. “Taking a sharp turn away from the lush island jungles of the top-rated Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4 is set in Kyrat, an untamed region currently ruled by a despotic self-appointed king. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the achingly beautiful views;... Read more...
This may come as a shock to the system if you were expecting Ubisoft's upcoming Watch Dogs title to run at Full HD 1080 (1920x1080) on your PlayStation 4 console, especially after Sony straight up said "the game will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second on the PS4" in a recent blog post, but it's actually going to run at 900p on Sony's game machine. If it comes as any consolation, that gives you bragging rights over your Xbox One brethren, who will see the game at 729p. There was a bit of confusion after Sony posted those numbers, which have since been removed. To clarify things, Ubisoft revealed in a blog post of its own what resolution Watch Dogs will actually run at on each game console,... Read more...
A new website sponsored by Ubisoft as part of its advertising campaign for the upcoming hacking-themed game Watch Dogs isn't just a plug for the title -- it's a chilling example of exactly how easy it is for companies to mine your data. While I'm normally averse to giving any application or service access to my Facebook account, I also take some effort to lock down my settings and posts. I decided to make an exception to this policy and give the application access to my account data. What it came back with is interesting, scary, and informative by turns. There are precious few photos of me online, so I'm amused by Facebook's claim that it can identify me with 98.3% accuracy based on the following... Read more...
With a just-released video, the team of Watch Dogs shows us what we can expect from the game's online capabilities, and as someone who was curious about this but hadn't done a lick of research, I have to say things are looking awesome. The video opens up with the player roaming the streets, just as he would in the single-player campaign. He spots someone on a bench who happens to be another live player, but decides to forego hacking him for the moment. Exploring a bit further, the tables have turned, and he's the one being hacked. It's at this point that the player has to figure out as fast as possible who in the area is the one doing the hacking before their process is complete - this makes... Read more...
Admit it, you've always wanted to ride on an elephant, right? Okay, maybe that wasn't on your bucket list, but would you really turn down an opportunity to sit atop an elephant if it presented itself? Now imagine riding on one into an outpost of bad guys with guns-a-blazing and explosions in the background. Now it's starting to sound like a video game, and if the latest web chatter is true, this is what you'll face in Far Cry 4. Yes, Ubisoft is currently developing Far Cry 4, which is scheduled to launch before the end of March 2015, EuroGamer reports. Being able to ride on top of elephants won't be the only thing that's new to the series. Whereas previous titles featured lush, tropical landscapes,... Read more...
Ever since Ubisoft unveiled its upcoming open-world, action-adventure game Watch Dogs, the game press has been looking towards the title as a no-holds barred example of next-generation innovative gameplay. Unlike most games, which place an emphasis on run-and-gun shooting, Watch Dogs revolves around the idea of hacking. The main character, Adrian Pierce, can penetrate a variety of devices from phones to traffic lights and use the knowledge to steal cash, destroy equipment, trigger malfunctions, and wreak general havoc on an unsuspecting populace. It didn't hurt that when the game debuted, it was jaw-dropingly gorgeous and seemed to promise an impossibly gorgeous environment for next-gen platforms... Read more...
At long last, Watch Dogs appears ready to pounce on previous and current generation game consoles, along with our favorite platform, the PC. After a trailer of the upcoming game leaked to the web, Ubisoft has come out and confirmed that Watch Dogs will launch around the world on My 27, 2014, to the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. Wii U gamers will get to take Watch Dogs out for a walk as well, but it will be at a later date. Ubisoft confirmed the launch a few hours ago on the Twitter account it set up for Watch Dogs. The game takes place in a fictional version of Chicago, Illinois, putting you in control of Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker who is able to break into people's... Read more...
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a gorgeous game, but if you've played it on the PC, chances are you've noticed the erratic frame rate. Whenever the action kicks up, the frame rate drops, often precipitously. This is caused by V-Sync -- if V-Sync is active, the game will only run at either 60 or 30 FPS, and if it can't maintain 60, it'll drop to 30. Unfortunately, turning V-Sync off isn't really an option -- tearing is awful, on both AMD and Nvidia solutions. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to mitigate the problem, regardless of whether you're an AMD or Nvidia user. Vexatious V-Sync Assassin's Creed IV's V-Sync support is oddly implemented. First, the game's engine is capped at... Read more...
Investors didn't react kindly to Ubisoft's profit warning, sending shares of the games publisher down by as much as 32 percent, the largest decline the company has ever seen. The stock plummeted after Ubisoft said it now expects an operating loss of 40 million euros (around $54 million) to 70 million euros (around $95 million) for the year ending in March after delaying Watch Dogs and The Crew. Ubisoft decided to delay both titles in order to improve the quality of game play. It's a decision that Ubisoft Chief Yves Guillemot told Bloomberg will "pay off in the long run." He also said the market is different now than before, indicating that blockbuster games are no longer a luxury, but a necessity... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Microsoft and Gameloft's partnership comes this: an alliance between NVIDIA and Ubisoft. Announced at Gamescom this week, the two mainstays have decided to partner up in order to bolster Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Watch_Dogs with NVIDIA-developed technologies and features, and other PC-exclusive enhancements like DirectX 11-powered Tessellation.The first Ubisoft title to benefit from this alliance is Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, which launches worldwide this week with NVIDIA TXAA, NVIDIA HBAO+, and full support for NVIDIA SLI. NVIDIA TXAA is a PC-exclusive film-style Anti-Aliasing (AA) technique designed specifically to tackle... Read more...
One of Nintendo’s main fan sites, Club Nintendo, was reportedly the subject of nearly 24,000 illicit logins over the course of the last month, which led to cybercriminals possibly making off with people’s real names and personal information such as email addresses, physical addresses, and phone numbers. Club Nintendo lets users accrue gamer points, or “coins”, which they can then trade in for promotional items; fortunately, though, the points are not related to real currency in any way, and Club Nintendo apparently doesn’t have any financial data for its users, so there’s no concern on that front. Hackers gained access to the site using login credentials gleaned... Read more...
Ubisoft announced that it was hacked, and some user account information including usernames, passwords (even encrypted ones), and email addresses were compromised. “We recently found that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain unauthorized access to some of our online systems,” wrote the company in a blog post. “We instantly took steps to close off this access, to begin a thorough investigation with relevant authorities, internal and external security experts, and to start restoring the integrity of any compromised systems.” The company’s Uplay service was not hacked; rather, the attack targeted some if its online systems. Ubisoft says that despite the information... Read more...
Ubisoft on Monday officially announced the next installment in its popular Assassin's Creed Series, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. As previously teased, the upcoming title will feature a new hero and setting, and the "most diverse and seamless Assassin's Creed world ever created," Ubisoft said. Black Flag, which has been in development for almost two years, tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man who seeks danger and adventure. After privateering for the Royal Navy, he falls into piracy and finds himself in the middle of a war between Assassins and Templars. You can expect to encounter famous pirates like Black Beard and Charles Vane (though not Guybrush Threepwood, unfortunately).... Read more...
Thanks to some leaked marketing materials, the cat was already out of the bag regarding Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag title, so why not confirm the game's existence? Without a valid answer to be found, Ubisoft went ahead and did just that by posting cover art for the next Assassin's Creed game. Black Flag features a new pirate assassin and shifts the action to the Caribbean. According to Kotaku, which was already shown the new title by Ubisoft, Black Flag will mix open-ended ship-based exploration and combat with land-based adventures. All this will take place on several Caribbean islands. Gamers will control Edward Kenway, father of Haytham Kenway from Assassin's Creed III.... Read more...
The life of a PC gamer isn't always easy. Sometimes we have to watch our console brethren play a particular title while we wait months for the PC release, as will probably be the case with Rockstar's upcoming Grand Theft Auto V, and in other instances, we're saddled with crappy ports (Resident Evil 4, anyone?). We only bring this up to underscore the significance of Ubisoft saying it wants a tighter relationship with us PC folk. Ubisoft has gotten grief in the past for its DRM policies, and while its always-on anti-piracy measures are a thing of the past, Ubisosft hasn't stopped listening to player feedback. The game developer is also looking to beef up its Uplay service by offering a bigger... Read more...
Sometimes loose lips can sink ships, and other times they simply give you a heads up about what's around the corner. This one falls into the latter category, as Ubisoft revealed in a forum post what specific changes an upcoming patch for Far Cry 3 will bring to the table. One of the biggest changes is a new "Master" difficulty setting, which will challenge seasoned veterans with more aggressive wildlife, tougher pirates, and more deadly privateers, Ubisoft said. The other single-player feature highlight is the ability to reset outposts. Ubisoft said it received requests from a lot of community members who wanted to be able to reset outposts so that they can be taken over again, and they're getting... Read more...
So long, THQ, and thanks for the pie. The North American game developer and publisher responsible for Saints Row, the Red Faction Series, Company of Heroes, and other titles auctioned off its assets to competitors for around $72 million. "We were hoping that the entire company would remain intact, but we expect to hear good news from each of the separate entities that will be operating as part of new organizations," THQ boss Brian Farrell and President Jason Rubin penned in a letter to employees. "For those THQ employees who are part of entities that are not included in the sale, we are confident that the talent you have displayed as part of THQ will be recognized as you take the next steps in... Read more...
Video game trailers are meant to make your trigger finger itch, but Ubisoft is taking things a step further with its new Assassin’s Creed III trailer. Ubisoft opted for a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style trailer that has you playing a big role in what you see and the outcome of mini flick. If you’ve been impatiently awaiting the latest installment of sneak ‘n’ slash franchise, the interactive trailer is going to set you on fire for tomorrow’s official launch.   The interactive trailer starts out by introducing you to Connor, who is seeking revenge during the American Revolution. There’s not much time for backstory, though, as he’s in the... Read more...
Assuming no more delays, you don't have long to wait until Ubisoft releases Far Cry 3 to PC, which is slated to ship December 4 in North America and November 29 in Europe. That gives you plenty of time to spruce up your system and make sure it meets the minimum or recommended hardware requirements that Ubisoft revealed today. You don't need a million-dollar system to run Far Cry 3, just a modest setup. Minimum Specs: Processor: 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 or 3GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better RAM: 4GB Videocard: 512MB DirectX 9.0-compliant with Shader Model 4.0 or higher Recommended Specs: Processor: Intel Core i3 530 or AMD Phenom II X2 565 or better RAM: 6GB Videocard: 1024MB DirectX... Read more...
It may have taken Ubisoft a hundred million years to figure out that honest-to-goodness consumers really, really despise always-on Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes, but bless the publisher's heart for finally caving. Actually, Ubisoft did away with always-on DRM over a year ago, but is just now making it official. "We have listened to feedback, and since June last year our policy for all of PC games is that we only require a one-time activation when you first install the game, and from then you are free to play the game offline," Ubisoft's Worldwide Director for Online Games, Stephanie Perotti, stated in an interview. Perotti and Corporate Communications Director, Michael Burk, spoke at... Read more...
Well, this is some news that is sure to frustrate gamers: Ubisoft has decided that it will continue implementing its special constant-connection anti-piracy measures because, to nobody's surprise, it works. The company's restrictive digital rights management (DRM) system, which was recently announced to be included in upcoming release Driver: San Francisco, became infamous after being featured in the two most recent Assassin's Creed Games and a few of Ubisoft's other titles. The DRM requires users to constantly be connected to the internet while playing their games, lest they be signed out of their Ubisoft accounts and lose all of their progress since the last save. The bad news is that, according... Read more...
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