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Ubisoft is trying to make its games more variedJan 18, 2020 - EurogamerYou know the joke: all Ubisoft games are the same. That's not entirely true, of course. But it is clear the French mega-publisher has followed a template for its big-budget open world games, established by the early success of Assassin's Creed on the last generation of consoles. And why not? Millions of sales later, it all seemed to be working out. Now though, after a tough 2019, Ubisoft may be ready to shake things up a bit. According to a new report by Video Games Chronicle, Ubisoft is revamping its influential editorial team, the Paris-based collective that works with all of the development teams to drive design, in a bid to make Ubisoft's output more varied. This comes after a year in which Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 both underperformed and Ubisoft delayed big hitters such as Watch Dogs: Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine. Read more The 32 best PC games that demand to be played in ultrawideDec 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun There’s an old saying in gaming monitor circles that once you’ve gone ultrawide, there’s no going back. Indeed, having had the vast Samsung CRG9 hogging my desk for a bit last month, I’m inclined to agree. But what do games actually look like on a screen this wide? It’s one thing looking at lovely wallpapers, but another thing entirely to have a game occupy your entire field of vision. To find out, and more importantly show you, I’ve rounded up all the very best ultrawide PC games, complete with pictures of what they actually look like in the flesh, plus oodles of lovely GIFs so you can see how it works in action. If you thought playing Red Dead Redemption 2 in 5120×1440 was impressive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. (more…) My obsession with progression meters, and the art of shaping the player experienceNov 9, 2019 - EurogamerThe devil, they say, is in the details. This makes grim sense to me, as I'm being tortured by what seems to be my own personal demon, a foul creature which stabs at me from depths of minutiae that I can never seem to delve into to any satisfying extent. Percentages roar angrily around my head, and numbers course relentlessly through my veins. I wasn't always like this. I only wanted to play Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. I hadn't played a Tomb Raider game for about two decades, but I thought I'd give this one a go for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I was curious to see how far the series had come over that time. Secondly, it was free with Xbox Games With Gold. Read more Assassin's Creed Odyssey celebrates its anniversary with a 5-week epic eventOct 2, 2019 - PC GamerAssassin's Creed Odyssey launched a year ago this week, and since then players have killed more than 20 billion enemies and taken 48 million photos, according to Ubisoft's stats. Well done! To celebrate the anniversary, there's a new schedule for epic encounters and Ubisoft is planning one more title update.  Every day for the next five weeks, you'll be able to take down a returning epic mercenary or ship, letting you attempt to fill your collection and finish up everything before Ubisoft inevitably moves on to the next Assassin's Creed. Today you'll be able to kill Occylos the Successor, and you can check out the full schedule here.  For taking out these enemies, you can expect a larger haul of Orichalcum, increasing your potential earnings per week from 40 to 105, which you can then spend in Sargon's shop. Next month, the epic encounters will return to their weekly schedule.  The final title update will appear later this month, though the focus will just be on bug fixes. More details will be shared closer to the time, but it sounds like Kassandra and Alexios won't be going on any new mythological misadventures. After the year they've had, they've earned a break on a nice Greek island.  I wasn't entirely sold on the series' full transformation into an RPG, but Odyssey rather quickly became my favourite Assassin's Creed. It's a bit too big and has diminishing returns, especially once you hit the DLC, so I confess that I'm glad it's finally finished, but for the first time in ages I'm really excited to find out where Ubisoft will take the series next. It might be about vikings! All Assassin's Creed Odyssey epic encounters returning as part of 1st birthday celebrationsOct 1, 2019 - EurogamerAssassin's Creed Odyssey is turning one this month, and, as part of its birthday celebrations, Ubisoft is giving players a chance to have another crack at all previous epic ship and mercenary encounters, polishing off any they might have missed first time around. Ubisoft's murderous anniversary event will run from today, 1st October, until 4th November, with a different epic encounter scheduled each day. These will alternate between mercenary and ship battles on a weekly basis, and Ubisoft is increasing Orichalcum payouts for the duration of the event, with each defeated ship or mercenary rewarding 15 Orichalcum. That means it'll be possible to accrue 105 Orichalcum a week instead of the usual 40. Here's how the next five weeks of epic encounters breaks down: Read more Five of the Best: CrowdsSep 27, 2019 - EurogamerFive of the Best is a quite-new weekly series celebrating the incidental details in games we don't celebrate enough. Things like maps - everyone loves maps. They're the kind of things we can't do without, the kind of things which give games so much flavour and charm. It's also designed to promote discussion because, let's face it, it's all subjective, what someone thinks is best. I have different ideas to you and, um, most people, apparently, and that's OK! I think. I hope. So join in. We've had some lovely discussions so far and you've reminded me of so many things. It's Friday after all, what else are you going to do - work?! You can find all the previous Five of the Bests in a handy archive. Read more Feel what it was like to live in Ancient Greece in Assassin's Creed Odyssey's new modeSep 12, 2019 - PC GamerThere's a lot of fascinating history to devour in Discovery Tour, an educational new mode released for Assassin's Creed Odyssey. You can learn about the origins of the Olympic Games, the myth of the Minotaur, or the history of Athens' mighty Parthenon. But the tour focuses on more everyday things too: winemaking, religious practices, the role of women in society, and the running of a typical Greek household. And it's these things—these glimpses of the mundane, the human—that I really connected with as I wandered the streets, fields, and ruins of Ubisoft's dramatic take on Ancient Greece. You can learn a lot more about this time period, and with more depth, from a history book, of course. But there's something magical about being there. Walking through the Acropolis of Athens, pushing through crowds of people, seeing the sun glint off that colossal bronze statue of Athena… it's utterly transporting. And it makes the various bite-sized history lessons contained in each location incredibly evocative, because you aren't just passively listening: you're there, experiencing it, watching it unfold around you. Origins had its own Discovery Tour, but the voiceover was a little too dry, like something you'd hear looping on a screen in a stuffy museum, which was at odds with the scale and beauty of the world. But the Odyssey tour is much better at creating a sense of place and drawing you into the history. Lively, charismatic historical figures introduce each tour and beautiful cinematography accompanies the narration. The voiceover is still a little too pristine—I'd have liked those famous faces to perform the tours themselves—but they definitely have more personality than the presenters in Origins. Odyssey's Discovery Tour is also great because it gives you a chance to explore Ancient Greece without being hassled by enemies. You can still sail ships, ride horses, and take to the sky with Ikaros, but you don't have to worry about getting into fights with mercenaries or being eaten by lions. It's an enjoyably sedate way to absorb the atmosphere of Ubisoft's remarkable open world, letting you exist there as a tourist, which is something I'd love to see more of in games. You can also switch to a first-person perspective, which makes those gleaming temples and monuments seem even more grand. Bring up the world map and you can jump to any tour that piques your interest. These include learning about how the Greeks made wine on the island of Thasos, the relationship between the gods and romance at the Temple of Aphrodite, or the ancient city of Mycenae, which is said to have been founded by the legendary hero Perseus. The tours also tell you beforehand how many stops there are and how long they'll take, which is a nice consideration. All the map's fast travel points are unlocked as well, letting you travel freely. On a tour you follow a g...Ubisoft isn't planning to go back to smaller gamesSep 11, 2019 - PC GamerEven as open worlds become ever more common, Ubisoft remains the publisher most closely related to the genre. It's been churning out big playgrounds consistently for over a decade, and they won't stop growing. CEO Yves Guillemot says that won't be changing.  While Assassin's Creed used to be all about exploring and killing your way through a city, the latest offers up all of Greece and its islands, along with three smaller worlds in the second DLC series. Odyssey is gargantuan. I finished up the last of the DLC last week after 150 hours. Syndicate, the last single-city Assassin's Creed, clocked in at around 30, or half that if you just did the story.    Ubisoft's focus is now on those massive worlds, according to Guillemot. "Our goal is to make sure you can have a Unity within an Odyssey," he told GamesIndustry.biz. "If you want to have a story of 15 hours, you can have it, but you can also have other stories. You live in that world and you pursue what you want to pursue. You have an experience, many Unity-like experiences." Technically, yes, there are story arcs in Odyssey that are roughly the size of other games, but they're not complete, standalone experiences. You can't just play Fate of Atlantis DLC or a discrete chunk of Kassandra or Alexios's adventures in Greece. If you want a complete story, you'll need to invest at least 40 hours into it, and that's skipping the side quests and exploration. I love Odyssey and it's probably the most fun I've had with an Assassin's Creed, finally bumping Black Flag of the top spot, but that's despite the absurd scale, not because of it. By the end I was just looking forward to it being over.  While even Ghost Recon has made the leap to huge sandboxes, Watch Dogs Legion at least remains confined to a single city, even if it is one of the largest ones in the world. But it's not just the size of the maps that makes Ubisoft's more recent games such intimidating time sinks—it's their density. If you're planning a trip to London next year, I recommend setting aside a month at least.  Assassin's Creed Odyssey adds historian-friendly, combat-free Discovery TourSep 10, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunHello there! It’s me again, Gera – Rock Paper Shotgun’s official ambassador of Canada. I’ll be your guide this week on the balmy seas of gaming’s evening news. As the sun sets on England, I get to work – slipping on my traditional Canadian Press-Touque, before I press my ear tightly against my monitor and listen for incoming news. Alice isn’t convinced by my methods yet, but I prefer it to the alternative: letting our blood into Kieron’s sacred skull then waiting for a press release to form in its drying curdles. I won’t get into how we watch trailers. In any case: Ubisoft has now launched its latest in Discovery Tours, this time bringing the educational mode to Ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Origins. (more…) Assassin's Creed Odyssey's educational Discovery Tour is out today Sep 10, 2019 - PC GamerAssassin's Creed Odyssey is almost a year old, but Ubisoft is still cranking out significant free updates. Earlier in the month, the final quest in the Lost Tales of Greece series was added to the game, reuniting you with the extremely chatty Socrates, and today you can start soaking up the history of the ancient world by jumping into one of the new Discovery Tours.  One of the things I miss from the older Assassin's Creeds are the historical asides. Whenever you came across an interesting building, you'd be able to do a bit of light reading on its historical importance. That's been done away with, unfortunately, so while Odyssey is still full of locations rich in history, you need to discover it all for yourself. But now you can take a Discovery Tour.  There are five different tours and tour guides, including your old mate Herodotus, covering the themes of philosophy, famous cities, daily life, war and myths. Once you finish the tours, you'll be quizzed, so pay attention. Completing objectives will also net you rewards like new avatars and mounts. While Odyssey is by far the most fantastical of all the Assassin's Creeds, it's still the product of loads of historical research. For the Discovery Tour, Ubisoft has also teamed up with a variety of historians and classicists to make sure they're not spouting nonsense.   The Discovery Tour is available for free to all players today, but you can also get a standalone version on Uplay for $20. Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece will let you explore Sparta without stabbing everyoneSep 5, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Two years after Assassin’s Creed Origins took us on a field trip to Ancient Egypt, Discovery Tour is back for another history lesson. Pack your favourite notepad, students, it’s time to put away the hidden blades and murder some knowledge. Find your buddy, brush up on your Ancient Greek, and keep close – yes, Timmy, that will be on the test. Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece is taking Assassin’s Creed Odyssey back to school next Tuesday. (more…) Assassin's Creed Odyssey's educational Discovery Tour mode is out next weekSep 4, 2019 - EurogamerAssassin's Creed Odyssey's Discovery Tour mode, offering an educational galavant around Ancient Greece, will be coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC as a free update on 10th September. Discovery Tour mode first appeared as a free update for Assassin's Creed Origins, and was designed to shed light on life in Ancient Egypt, as revealed by real historians through curated in-game tours of the world. Eurogamer's Christian Donlan spoke to the team about the fascinating, educational endeavour back then if you're curious to know more about its goals. Although Ubisoft hasn't offered much more information about Odyssey's upcoming Discovery Tour mode beyond that September release date, Ubisoft Montreal content director Maxime Durand did share a few early details back at this year's E3. Read more First Fate Of Atlantis Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC is free if you nab it nowAug 28, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunAssassin’s Creed Odyssey finally has DLC worth paying out for” said Alice L in her Fate Of Atlantis vid. Joke’s on her: if you own the base game and download the first episode of the three-part series before September 1st, you won’t need to spend a penny. The first instalment lets you poke around Elysium’s eternal idyllic afternoon, stabbing alien gods while marvelling at how big they are. If you’re not intimidated by stature or price, the season pass is 50% off and lets you mosey over to Hades, then Atlantis itself. The base game is half price, to boot. (more…) Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Fate of Atlantis Episode 1 DLC currently freeAug 27, 2019 - EurogamerAre you looking to make your Assassin's Creed Odyssey play-through somehow even longer? Then you might be interested to know that the first episode of the game's Fate of Atlantis story expansion is currently free on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Fate of Atlantis, if you're unfamiliar, jettisons any pretence at historical accuracy, instead setting players loose in a sprawling world inspired by Greek mythology. While later episodes shift the action to the Underworld and, eventually, Atlantis itself, Episode 1 kicks off the fantastical action with a jaunt through the afterlife and the, perhaps slightly sinister, paradise of Elysium. Eurogamer's resident Assassin's Creed aficionado Tom Phillips had plenty of positive words for Fate of Atlantis' grandly ambitious narrative and diverse settings, all of which helped create an assured denouement for the game - a relief following on from the clumsily handled story beats of the preceding Legacy of the First Blade season pass arc. Read more Assassin's Creed Odyssey: Fate of Atlantis Episode 1 is freeAug 27, 2019 - PC GamerAssassin's Creed Odyssey's second DLC story arc, The Fate of Atlantis, tasks Kassandra and Alexios with confronting phoney gods and exploring some of the prettiest places the series has ever put on our screens. Normally you'd need to buy all three episodes, but this week the first one has shed its price and is free for everyone to keep.  The Fate of Atlantis is even more of a fantasy RPG than the main quest, largely throwing out historical locations and replacing them with places like the Fields of Elysium or Atlantis. There are reasons, which are nonsense, but it's a good excuse to visit some really impressive locations.  One thing it does have in common with the main game is that it's dense. Fields of Elysium, the first episode, gives you a pretty large mythological playground to muck around in, with forts, treasures, warring factions and plenty of quests. There are all the diversions you'd expect from Odyssey. And lots of lovely spots for screenshots.  Odyssey's season pass and both DLC packs are also 50 percent off, if you end up getting hooked. Legacy of the First Blade, the first DLC arc, is rubbish, and I'd honestly avoid it. You need to play if you want the whole story, technically, but it cheapens all of your decisions and funnels you into a terrible, inescapable romance. I'm still seething that I had to date the most boring boy in all of Greece. Skip it and just go hang out with the gods.  Fields of Elysium is free until September 1 on Steam and UplayEvery Google Stadia game announced so farAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Google held another one of their Stadia Connect conferences today, and this one was meant to be all about what games you’ll be playing in the “scary” cloud come November. Sure enough, there were new Stadia games aplenty announced this evening, with the biggest addition being Cyberpunk 2077. To help keep track of them all, here’s a list of every Google Stadia game confirmed so far, as well as which games are coming at launch, which ones will be arriving a little bit later, and which games you’ll only be able to play by subscribing to one of the special Stadia publisher subscriptions. (more…) Podcast: The Gamescom 2019 warm-upAug 15, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThe German Play is happening next week, or Gamescom, as you may have heard it called by uninformed proles. The big games show will see a few of the RPS treehousers zipping off to Cologne to breach and clear the whole city of all its games, like a well-oiled unit of militant journalists. On this week s podcast, they prepare themselves for the mission. Thumbs at the ready, maggots. (more…) Ubisoft CEO says cost of porting games to Google Stadia is 'not that high'Jul 20, 2019 - PC GamerIn a recent investor call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot assured investors that porting games to Google Stadia isn't as costly a job as it may seem. "The extra cost to put to make sure the games work well on Stadia is not that high," Guillemot said, according to a report by Gamasutra. "It's part now of our pipelines and we have a good relationship with Stadia to make sure it is profitable for us." The technical details of Google's upcoming game streaming platform have been murky since its reveal. I previously assumed that Stadia would essentially stream the same PC version I could download elsewhere, but the process is more involved. As Gamasutra points out, Ubisoft's smooth operation might be a special case here. The company was an early partner with Google on Stadia. Last year, some players got to try out a prototype version of Stadia (then called Project Stream) with a free copy of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. It's reasonable to assume that a Stadia port would generally be a lighter workload than, say, a console port if a PC version already exists. At the very least, you don't have to worry about overworking Stadia's maxed-out machines running the game. Though challenges unique to streaming could present new considerations for ports in the future, like input delay in multiplayer games. Assassin's Creed Odyssey retires to sunny Atlantis for its final DLC todayJul 16, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunOnce more unto the beach, dear friends, though returning to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is usually a cheery experience, last episode’s detour to Hades aside. Judgement Of Atlantis is the third and final part of the Fate Of Atlantis arc, and likely the the last ever DLC chapter to the open-world hack n’ slasher. Out now, it finally lets players rise out of the Greek afterlife and into the sci-fi high life. Poseidon, king of the Isu, has appointed Kassandra (or Alexios) as his right hand badass and set them loose to clean up Atlantis. That probably means stabbing. Below, an infotacular trailer. (more…) Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Fate of Atlantis expansion provides an appropriately epic finaleJul 15, 2019 - EurogamerIf I had one criticism of Assassin's Creed Odyssey - a game which, eight months on, I still play most evenings - it's that Ubisoft's incredible efforts to make it an RPG worth returning to can sometimes get in the way of providing a final, definitive ending. Odyssey had a set of three finales - one for each of its three intertwining storylines - but each refused to close the book fully. But why would they? Here I am, still playing now, sometimes just for a daily mission, other times to chip away at the latest side-quest Kassandra has stumbled into. Odyssey is so vast, I'm still finding things to do from the base game alongside the wealth of stuff Ubisoft has been busy building in since launch: weekly quests to win and cosmetics to unlock, new bosses, entire questlines. And that's before you get into the stuff you actually need to cough up for - Odyssey's season pass content. Legacy of the First Blade, Odyssey's first season pass story arc, ended up a mostly-enjoyable diversion aimed at fans who didn't mind it meandering away from what was stated on the tin (its promised storyline centring on the origins of the series' iconic Hidden Blade weapon was left largely in the background in favour of a somewhat clumsily-handled link to the hero bloodline featured in other games). Read more Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Becomes the Highest Played in the Series with 33% More Players on Steam Than Last YearOct 8, 2018 - GitHypJust a few years ago, the Assassin’s Creed series seemed like it could be in big trouble. Ubisoft’s annual releases, unnecessary remasters, and jarring technical issues resulted in backlash from fans, hilarious memes, and ultimately a huge decline in the franchise’s player base on Steam. With less than a third of the amount of total players at their peaks, Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014), Rogue (2014), and Syndicate (2015) all failed to match Black Flag’s successful peak of 16k concurrent players back in 2013. So, Ubisoft made the wise decision to not release a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Instead, the developer took an extra year developing Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and their hard work paid off. Last year’s new adventure, Origins, became the biggest in the series at the time, debuting at #10 on Steam's list of most played games with an impressive 41k concurrent players at its peak. And this year’s follow-up, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, just shattered the franchise’s previous player count record, debuting at #6 on Steam with a peak of 62k concurrent players on Sunday – a 33% increase when compared to last year. Thankfully, rather than repeating their previous mistakes of milking the franchise to death again with annual releases, Ubisoft has wisely already announced that they’ll be stepping away from the series in 2019. Just like in 2016, their decision to spend more time on the next game (likely releasing some time in 2020) is a smart move that should keep the player base happy and ensure that reviews and feedback stay mostly positive.