Hot on the heels of the Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag release for PCs and consoles, a new Assassin's Creed title is coming to handhelds, Ubisoft has announced. The new game will be available on iOS and Android devices beginning Dec. 5. The price of the game is a drop-in-the-bucket $4.99.
In Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag you've got a game that can be wholly enjoyed by a hardcore fan of the series just as well as a newcomer. Here you've got the roots of the beast in assassin's hood and the feined interest in surprising and sneaking around at the same time as you've got a brand new jump-in point for anyone interested in that all-encompassing childhood wish to be a pirate. Ubisoft has created a masterpiece of the modern age of relatively-open sandbox gameplay tied closely with the next-level graphics finesse afforded them by NVIDIA - every bit as spectacular as we saw in demo form earlier this year up in Montreal.
Ubisoft announced that it is making changes to some of its future games by dropping the Uplay Passport online pass system previously required to give gamers access and support online multiple player features in the company's games. Ubisoft will also be eliminating the need for those online passes for Assassins Creed IV Black Flag.
This week at a special event held by NVIDIA in Montreal, we got the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the near-final build of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag in 4K resolution. This experience was made real on an LG 84LM9600 4K television and was played on a monster custom gaming rig constructed by the folks at MAINGEAR - the build called "The Shift", as it were, with a set of beastly NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics cards inside.
This week we've had the opportunity to have a peek at some Watch Dogs gameplay action never before seen by the public, courtesy of Ubisoft and NVIDIA, the latter group holding a gaming event this week in Montreal. As this work has not been finalized, we've not been allowed to film it - but we can talk about it. Here you'll find the likes of an incredibly immersive gameplay system, the likes of which certainly appear to live up to the expectations set by Ubisoft laid down in the months leading up to this point in time.
It would appear that the folks at Ubisoft aren't entirely ready to roll out their titles Watch Dogs and The Crew just yet, as they've pushed the titles back from the 2013-14 season to 2014-15 instead. This morning's announcement came with word that the company would also be adjusting financial targets for the coming season, owing largely to the change of dates for the two relatively large title releases. The games will be ready to roll for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 starting next year.
Suggesting that both games are tied inextricably to their city-based environments, Ubisoft has called out Rockstar Games with an advertisement for Watch Dogs at the expense of Grand Theft Auto 5 this afternoon. The game GTA V is an "open sandbox" game which allows the user to run freely through the fictional island-based city of Los Santos, while Watch Dogs takes place in a futuristic Chicago. Ubisoft suggests that the amount of time between the launch of GTA V (today) and Watch Dogs (November) is plenty for a friendly visit.
It was revealed - officially, this time - that a big screen movie will be made in the near future as a collaboration between developers Ubisoft, Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, and New Regency. This announcement was made Ubisoft and Sony during their PlayStation 4 / PS Vita event in which they supported the release of the PlayStation 4 iteration of Watch Dogs with a new video trailer, complete with a peek at an exclusive level that'll be available only to those playing on said console. This game will be available for several platforms this holiday season.
Dire sales of flagship games for the Wii U have left developers like Ubisoft, Activision, and EA freezing development for Nintendo's console, with launch titles like ZombiU failing to make a profit. The zombie game, one of the featured titles released alongside the Wii U in November 2012, was "not even close" to making a profit, Ubisoft chairman and CEO Yves Guillemot admitted to GamesIndustry, with the studio now having no intention to make a sequel and in fact opting to hedge its bets with cross-platform support on what was initially to be a new Wii U-only game.
Yesterday, game publisher Ubisoft was hacked, leading to usernames and passwords on their ubi.com website being stolen. However, it seems that a lot of Ubisoft fans are wondering if it's a serious situation or just a publicity stunt for a marketing campaign for Ubisoft's upcoming game Watch Dogs, which is a game based on hacking into various computer systems.