Nintendo Switch has enjoyed significantly stronger third-party support than Wii U, but there are still some titles that the hybrid console just can’t run under normal circumstances. This has led some developers to experiment with cloud-based versions of games in Japan, allowing Switch owners access to games that need a little extra power. Resident Evil VII began streaming on Switch in Japan back in May, and soon another AAA game will be joining it.
Japan got a slightly different version of the recent Nintendo Direct that included some exclusive announcements. Among them was the revelation that Ubisoft is bringing Assassin’s Creed OdysseyCloud Version to Switch on October 5th. Instead of buying the game outright, players pay to stream it for a set amount of time. The pricing model is fairly aggressive, at ¥730 (around $6.50) per day, or ¥8,400 (around $75) to have it for two years. At this time there are no plans for it to be made available outside of Japan.
Ubisoft confirmed the existence of a new Assassin’s Creed game a little over a week ago, teasing they would show more at this year’s E3. The newest entry will be set in ancient Greece, and it will be called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
We’re just about an hour away from Ubisoft’s press conference, but it wouldn’t be a true E3 Assassin’s Creed reveal if the game didn’t manage to leak first. That’s right, we already have our first look at Odyssey, and it seems like it blends together the best features of the series. This includes ships, eagle flight, and the improved combat that was introduced in Origins.
The official description for the game also leaked ahead of the conference:
“Take control of your destiny and write your own epic odyssey as you journey to become a legendary Spartan hero. Live incredible adventures in a world where every choice matters. Rejected by your family, you must embark on an adventure form outcast mercenary to legendary Spartan hero to uncover the truth about your past.”
We’ll likely see more of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey very soon.
Ubisoft has a hell of a time keeping Assassin’s Creed games under wraps leading up to E3. While Origins leaked because of a promotional T-shirt last year, this year’s title leaked via a keychain. After the leaked merchandise triggered a series of articles about the rumored game, Ubisoft decided to step forward and officially confirm the game’s existence with a brief teaser.
According to the earlier reports (which this footage basically confirms), Odyssey is set in Ancient Greece. Other rumored details include the ability to choose a male or female character and the addition of dialogue options. The game is said to be a sequel to Origins set to launch sometime before the end of March, 2019.
We’ll find out whether or not all of the leaked info is true soon, as Ubisoft will be bringing the game to E3. Ubisoft’s press conference will be held on Monday, June 11th at 1:00 PM Pacific / 4:00 PM Eastern. We’ll be covering it all live here at Gamnesia, so tune in to find out more about Odyssey!
While the Xbox Game Pass will receive a major expansion next month, Microsoft’s Games with Gold program is still going strong for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and with a new month comes four new games up for grabs. February’s catalog of free games for Gold members includes a reboot of a 1997 PC title, an Assassin’s Creed sidescroller, and a pair of backwards compatible racers.
For Xbox One owners, Devolver Digital’s reimagining of Shadow Warrior is free all month long, and Ubisoft’s 2.5D platformer Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India will follow suit from February 16 to March 15. Last month’s offering of Zombi (once a timed Wii U exclusive known as ZombiU) is also still on the table, until February 15.
As for Xbox 360 offerings, Black Rock Studio’s Split/Second is free up until the 15th, followed by SEGA and Hitmaker’s open-world Crazy Taxi until the end of the month. Both games are also Xbox One backwards compatible.
Are you currently subscribed to Xbox Live Gold? Will you give these free games a try or a pass? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Back in 2014, Ubisoft decided to release two brand new Assassin’s Creed games on the same day. Assassin’s Creed Unity was released on the brand new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems and was also widely received as a colossal failure. This overshadowed the release of the other game, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, which featured the popular pirate gameplay from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and released on the older Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.
If you missed Rogue because it had to live in the shadow of Unity, you’re in luck. Ubisoft is remastering the game for PS4 and Xbox One, even though it’s only been a little over three years since the original game launched. Rogue Remastered will run in a 4K resolution on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro and will also feature “improved environment rendering, visual effects and textures,” according to the company. It’s not that far away, either, as it will be launching this upcoming March.
A PC version of the game has yet to be announced, leading some to believe the remastered title will be similar to the original PC version that launched in early 2015. For now, you can check out the trailer for Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered above!
The team working on Assassin’s Creed Origins has quite the pedigree. After delivering Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, they went to work on this game, crafting a prequel to the entire series. Staged in ancient Egypt, this game will show how the Brotherhood got its start.
Origins promises a robust gameplay style on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC and invites players to explore an entire country worth of baddies to kill and animals to befriend or hunt. The game launches on October 27th.
Are you excited for this Assassin’s Creed title? Or do you think the series has gone stale? Could this game make it fresh again for you? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
There are less than two days until Adi Shankar’s Castlevania series airs on Netflix, but the producer is already diving into another new project. Shankar announced today that he is partnering with Ubisoft to bring Assassin’s Creed to the television screen. This announcement follows earlier reports that Assassin’s Creed was getting a TV series and that Ubisoft was working with Netflix to create a series (though it is unclear whether this report refers to Assassin’s Creed or not).
Shankar’s Assassin’s Creed series will tell an entirely original story and will take the form of an anime, as stated by the producer himself. The production is still in its early stages, so we don’t really have any information on it yet—the title, cast, network, and release date are all unknown as of this time. Ubisoft has yet to comment on whether they’re involved in the production as well.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is fairly close to Shankar’s heart, so this is a dream come true for him. According to Shankar:
“I’m happy to let you guys know that I’ve selected my next project! I played the first edition of Assassin’s Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream. At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin’s Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series. If anyone tells you not to follow your passion in life they are wrong.” — Adi Shankar
I think it’ll be interesting to follow the production of this series, especially after seeing how Castlevania will go over with its audience. It’ll also be intriguing to see how, if at all, this will affect the production of any future seasons of Castlevania.
What do you think about the decision to go with Assassin’s Creed for an animated series? What other franchises would you like to see make the leap to a television series?
Ubisoft is known for extravagance in their special editions and for having countless special editions for their games, with the Assassin’s Creed series sometimes receiving anywhere between fifteen to thirty different collectors versions. After this week, we’re seeing that Assassin’s Creed Origins is no exception, and they’re really going all out. Ubisoft has unveiled an $800 Collector’s Edition that includes a gold steelbook case, a season pass, and a hell of a lot more.
It also includes a 28.7 inch statue of the main character, Bayek, four lithographs, a soundtrack, an artbook, art cards, and an eagle amulet. The amulet, lithographs, and cards will ship in early July, whereas everything else will come alongside the game itself in October. There will only be 999 copies of this special edition, so it’s certainly a collector’s item if you can afford it.
What do you think of this Collector’s Edition? Do you think it’s worth 800 smackeroos? Hit up the comments to let us know how you feel!
Ubisoft has offered an extended glimpse into the newest installment of one of their most iconic franchises. Previously revealed at Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference, Assassin’s Creed Origins takes place in ancient Egypt and offers a new take on the gameplay and a prequel story of how the Brotherhood of assassins began.
Origins‘ playable character has a lot up his sleeve this time. Able to call upon eagles to scope out new areas and enemies below, players will be able to tackle stealth and action in new ways. You can even ride camels in this new Assassin’s Creed.
Ubisoft has promised to show thirty minutes of gameplay after their conference as well (update: we now have video of that below too)! If you’re a fan, you’ll be able to get your fix soon. The game releases for all Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms as well as PC on October 27th.
Ubisoft officially lifted the curtain on Assassin’s Creed Origins, which will take place in ancient Egypt and tell the story of the beginning of the Assassin Brotherhood. The game is set to include new RPG elements and combat features.
After showing a trailer for the game, Ubisoft played an in-game demo of an alpha build of the Assassin’s Creed Origins. There are a few new weapons, including a shield and a bow and arrow that seems like it can home in on targets. The game also features a leveling system, as well as the ability to use an eagle to gather information about the area around you.The combat looks much more refined than past games and is inspired by gladiator fighting.
With all of this new information, it seems like the Assassin’s Creed series is trying to innovate on their current gameplay mechanics. What do you guys think? Do you like how this latest entry in the series is looking so far? Let us know in the comments below!
It looks as though a screenshot for the next Assassin’s Creed title has leaked online. Rumored to be called “Assassin’s Creed: Origins,” the screenshot depicts the player character on a boat, presumably heading towards one of the two mission markers shown.
The image shows two missions for the player: “Assassinate the Crocodile” and “Follow Shadya to Khenut’s Villa.” Although there has been no official confirmation, this gives more weight to the long-running rumor that the game will be set in Egypt. This screenshot has also led some to suggest that the game could feature the return of naval combat, which hasn’t been seen since 2015’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
While the screenshot looks legitimate, there is no way to know for sure until we get an official announcement from Ubisoft themselves. However, they will have the perfect opportunity soon, with E3 just around the corner. The game is rumored to be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
You can find the leaked screenshot in the gallery below!
How do you feel about these rumors? Do you think this screenshot is the real deal? Are you hoping for naval combat to return? Let us know in the comments!
We’re just over two weeks away from the next Nintendo Switch presentation, where we’ll finally get some more official information on the console and its games, but in the meantime, rumors continue to pop up. According to the latest rumblings from the rumor mill, the next Assassin’s Creed game (which is believed to be set in Egypt) is coming to Nintendo Switch, and it will launch at the same time as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.
This rumor comes from OBE1plays, a YouTuber who mostly does things like news recaps/reactions, unboxing, and reviews. His channel is popular enough that he’s caught Nintendo’s eye, getting early review copies from the Big N for recent titles like Paper Mario: Color Splash and Metroid Prime: Federation Force. That said, he does not normally dabble in leaks and he has no proven track record when it comes to rumors.
Based on his story alone (which does not clarify how his source is connected to Nintendo) we’d normally pass this one by, but after he released the video, reliable Nintendo Switch leaker Laura Kate Dale tweeted a response to say that she has heard the same. That said, leakers “hear” a lot of conflicting things without reporting them as facts, so we advise you (as with all rumors) to take this with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism.
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@OBE1plays@YouTube I've heard as much on AC release parity, Ubi want day one release. Good luck on your 12 days. Fingers crossed for you.
We’ve been seeing a lot of movie adaptations of video games recently (with some financial success and much criticism), and the Assassin’s Creed film will join them when it hits theaters tomorrow. The early reviews have started rolling in, and they are not positive. The film take on Ubisoft’s popular series currently has a score of 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning only 19% of critics recommend the movie.
Currently there are 31 reviews up on Rotten Tomatoes, and just six of them are positive. While the film’s visuals and fight scenes were generally well received, it’s drawing criticism all over for excessive exposition, a confusing and uninteresting story full of holes, and poor acting. Its average review score currently sits at 4.1/10.
There has been a lot of excitement recently around Universal Studio’s upcoming Nintendo attractions. Now, Ubisoft is also bringing some of their most popular franchises to life in a Dubai Theme park. The company has partnered up with IMG Worlds, who is opening a new park in 2020 called IMG Worlds of Legends. The two-million square foot park will contain Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, and Rabbids attractions. Pokémon is also mentioned in the report alongside SpongeBob, Power Rangers, and Dragon Ball Z, but their creators have not yet confirmed their involvement.
Ubisoft’s Vice President of Location-Based Entertainment, Jean de-Rivières, had this to say about the partnership:
“As part of our strategy to expand our video game brands into other forms of entertainment, Ubisoft is thrilled to partner with IMG Worlds, owner of the world’s largest indoor theme park, to bring our game franchises to life in the fast-growing tourist destination of Dubai.” — Jean de-Rivières
What do you think the attractions will be? Let us know in the comments!
Many Assassin’s Creed fans would probably argue that the saga of Ezio is the best story to be found within the franchise’s overall mythos. It certainly is the most grand, spanning three whole games and taking place across the entirety of Italy and a little bit of Turkey. Fans looking to take part in this grand adventure again or even for the first time can now do so with the brand new Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection, which recently launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Alongside this release, Ubisoft has put out a launch trailer to help re-introduce us to the intrepid hero and his journey.
The trailer almost acts as three separate trailers, beginning with Assassin’s Creed II, moving on to Brotherhood, and ending on Revelations. Overall, it is a great way to see how each game looks on the newer consoles. Colors are much brighter and character models are more clearly defined. Revelations in particular, while still a good looking game in its own right, looks to really take advantage of the more powerful hardware.
As an aside, this trailer also reveals that specially-marked packages will include a voucher to get eight dollars off of any ticket purchased to see the upcoming Assassin’s Creed film.
Will you be playing The Ezio Collection? What do you think of some of the improvements the collection presents? Let us know in the comments below!
There has been a recent surge of interest in video game to film adaptations, and Ubisoft’s popular Assassin’s Creed series is the next to make the transition. The upcoming film stars Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch (an original character) who experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Fox released a new trailer for the movie today, revealing a theatrical release date of December 21st. You can check it out by clicking above!
While Ubisoft has decided to not release a new Assassin’s Creed game this year (and possibly next year), many fans are still eager to see what the developers have planned for the next entry in the series. A potentially leaked image of the newest title, which could be called Assassin’s Creed Empire, may have confirmed the long-rumored ancient Egyptian setting as well as a new crafting system.
In the screenshots, a user by the name of Peter Tran is shown to be working on the project. While there’s not much information on this person, it has been discovered that he is a 3D artist that works in Montreal.
A Twitter account called Nibel initially revealed the images. Nibel has contributed to multiple rumors in the past, such as information about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildreleasing on Nintendo’s NX and the possibility of a Spider-Man game being revealed at E3 2016.
While we’re unsure if the images are real at this point in time, you can view them in the gallery below! Do you think this image is the real deal? Or do you think it’s just a fake created by a fan? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Ubisoft’s VP of Editorial, Tommy François, has revealed that there may not be an Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry game in 2017. This is because the company wants both games to be in a completed state a year before their releases, allowing the development teams to spend a year raising their quality. François explained that the Alpha for these games needs to be a year before their launch, and Ubisoft is working hard to achieve these goals.
This Alpha state doesn’t refer to a public testing session similar to what the publisher is doing with games like For Honor, but is essentially just a working version of the completed game. Basically, François is saying that Ubisoft wants to take an entire year to polish the game. This will include things like removing bugs, tweaking graphics, decreasing load times, and other quality of use improvements.
François therefore refutes that the games are being held off purely to give consumers a break from the brands, as there was a general assumption within the industry that Ubisoft was taking time off to avoid franchise fatigue. “People are allowed to perceive it like that,” he accepts, but insists that it’s genuinely for creative reasons. The structure of Assassin’s Creed is being experimented with, and the expected open-world formula of a Ubisoft game may be changing.
According to François, there’s always prototypes for new open-world formulas, but Ubisoft needs time to make the necessary changes once they receive player feedback. This is why getting an Alpha-build ready a year before development is important, so that the development team can adjust the game and make it as enjoyable as possible before it launches.
Ubisoft announced towards the beginning of last year that they wouldn’t release a major Assassin’s Creed game in 2016, but they have since announced The Ezio Collection, a compilation of the three PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games featuring protagonist Ezio Auditore da Firenze, remastered for current generation hardware.
For the past few weeks, leaks have popped up that revealed a new remastering of Assassin’s Creed II and its sequel stories, Brotherhood and Revelations, for current generation consoles, and today Ubisoft finally confirmed that this is true. Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection will recreate the three adventures of master assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and we don’t have long to wait—the game will launch in North America on November 15th, and containing the three games, their single-player DLC, and the two shorts the bookend Ezio’s adventures: Assassin’s Creed Embers and Lineage.
One thing that won’t be making the cut this time is the multiplayer components of Brotherhood and Revelations, allegedly to keep the focus on Ezio and his own personal journey. If that’s got you a bit disappointed, perhaps you can take comfort in a limited-time offer that comes with ordering this game: a free ticket to the Assassin’s Creed movie that’s coming in December. Or you can check out The Ezio Collection‘s reveal trailer, which we’ve embedded above!
Additionally, Ubisoft took this opportunity to announce that the Assassin’s Creed series has now moved 100 million copies, which is an outstanding milestone for the franchise. No doubt that jump will only jump higher, especially with this new collection bringing us back to the fan favorite trilogy of titles. Will you be grabbing The Ezio Collection for yourself? Let us know in the comments!
While we still haven’t gotten official confirmation of this title, all these leaks mixed with a swiftly-approaching launch mean that Ubisoft will have to announce it soon if it’s real. Are you looking forward to the Ezio Collection? Let us know in the comments!