Showing posts with label Ubisoft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ubisoft. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

For Honor Marching Fire Update Details

New Marching Fire update brings graphical revamp, Breach mode and brand-new Heroes to For Honor next week.

Action fighting game For Honor from developer/publisher Ubisoft has just crossed the mark of 15 million players recently. In August, the game was available on the listed free games for Xbox Live Gold and then the Starter Edition was offered for free on Steam.

On October 16, this third-person multiplayer title is releasing Marching Fire free update for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which will bring bigger changes like design improvements and visual remaster while the expansion will add new content.

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For Honor Marching Fire Update Details

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Before you fire up the warrior spirit within you for the Marching Fire, let's take a look at the details of this upcoming expansion and update.




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The developer team actually planned to remaster the game earlier before the release and it was never meant to be taken as new maps. Players should look at these maps as the ones they have already played but it should give a better feeling after the visual upgrade.

For example, when in Valkenheim map, it should feel cold around as well as look like it and it is carried out with a sense of temperature. The land of Ashfeld on the other hand should convey warmth to seem more realistic in details of visual aspects.

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Rooftops or the ground of Temple Garden is now covered in more snow and it will feel like a cold winter there. Particular pieces of every texture are improved with more precision and source of lighting allows you to notice these all too clear.

Even when battling in dark areas, there will be some light coming from windows or vantage points and makes your surroundings less flat than usual. This is an overhaul that updates all in-game multiplayer maps as well content from story mode.

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Original and Remastered Temple Garden

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All players who have already joined the medieval fighting game can access to the graphical upgrade and the newly introduced 4v4 Breach mode to play attack and defense tactics. This gives you the vibe of either defending your own fortress or raiding one.

The expansion of Marching Fire adds 4 new heroes of a Chinese-influenced new faction, Wu Lin and a new Arcade mode on October 16 for the price of $29.99 only. Everyone else can unlock these new heroes later on from October 30 in exchange for 15,000 Steel each.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for Xbox One X

Enhanced graphics aside, Xbox One X provides the best experience for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in overall.

Before taking a year off in 2019 from their action role-playing Assassin’s Creed game series, developer/publisher Ubisoft has released the latest installment of the franchise, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on October 5 for all major platforms.

It was also given an enhanced treatment for Xbox One X to offer the best visual experience on the console, which is currently considered as one of the most powerful system there is. The teams involved in development put their best effort to tell the most compelling stories though the game.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for Xbox One X

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When creating Assassin’s Creed Origins, the studio took a technological leap which helps them forge Odyssey. The enhanced feel of 4K on consoles channels a majestic vibe that improves the overall gameplay for players, which is much smoother than base video game consoles.

Using the perks the system offers, they tried providing a higher level of detail in demonstrating a dense crowd. Depth of field is improved during the dialogue deliveries and higher resolution of textures will be generated around player character.

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Obviously, better details in texture of display will make the surrounding in-game world alive and that is what makes an immerse experience of Ancient Greece. What everyone will come across in other platforms, the power of Xbox One X will push further to do better.

The amount of RAM available within the device allows welcoming a lot of augmentation possibilities. The transition of every other surrounding in 4K HDR will make it near impossible for anyone to go back to playing it on any other platforms.

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Capacities provided by Xbox One X have allowed the team to do more and execute their plans more flawlessly for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Your experience will be of next level if you haven't lost yourself into an open world game like this one before.

Even in comparison to the output of PlayStation 4 Pro, X fares a lot better result in terms of graphical clearance and pixel-count. So, with everything we have at hand right now, hopefully it is safe to say that Odyssey is best played on Xbox One X.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Has Leveling and Micro-Transactions Issues

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey maybe slowly pushing players to face real-money economy to be done with grinding.

Over the years, developer/publisher Ubisoft's action role-playing game series Assassin’s Creed has evolved a lot and after Assassin’s Creed Origins from last year, it is taken further in the recently released title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

One such aspect is the character level, which determines what you can and cannot at times. For instance, you can easily engage an enemy of your level or slightly above than that but trying to butt heads with someone more powerful than your grade can be suicidal.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Has Leveling Issues

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Now you can consider that a pretty clever in-game mechanics to put a hold on where can you move and when. However, that actually feels a less like an open-world game that players would want to explore and it doesn't bother at first until grinding becomes very necessary.

Odyssey is much bigger that Origins, which takes nearly 50 hours to complete and it only means more XP gaining. Though not annoying in the beginning, it becomes quite common and repetitive at later point just for the sake of leveling.

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When you will eventually level up a step, you will realize that the surrounding animals and enemies have also leveled with you. Just when you felt that you are now more capable after leveling up, it practically becomes useless and it really sucks!

While playing the story mission, you will realize the hustle it takes for the slightest leveling your character. The side-missions don't hold you back much in terms of rewarding with XP but a spending a considerable amount of time is nearly inescapable.

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Odyssey is of course a great experience for playing but at later point XP gaining can become a problem and apparently, Ubisoft has something in the in-game store that can level you up quite faster than playing though or completing those side-quests.

There are a few items you can pick up from the store that takes care of the annoying grinding problem permanently. Purchasing of a "Permanent XP Boost" item will grant you a permanent increase in experience you have earned playing by 50%.

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This boost will apply on all of your saved games and everything you will do gets you 50 percent more XP, which costs only 1,000 Helix Credits. The minimum amount to get one of these will cost you only $4.99 for a Base Pack and can spend up to $49.99 for Extra Large Pack.

Ubi Club members have the special chance to buy them using virtual coins to gain 25% more XP. Spending 10 coins earns you a boost and you get plenty of them but they are for a limited time and there will never be enough. You just have to spend some cash at some point.

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Although the system of purchasing Helix Credits was present in Origins, they never tried to force players to face the issue of real-money economy through leveling mechanics but Odyssey almost makes it obvious and almost unavoidable to complete the story.

Right now, we are hoping that Ubisoft will probably release a patch to fix this to a manageable point. Whether it is a small mistake in their part or a secret ploy to get into the wallet of the players by forcing them into a punishing circle of crushing struggle remains to be seen.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Season Pass Details

Ubisoft wants player to keep playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey long after the credits roll with two post-launch story arcs.

The latest installment of action role-playing game series Assassin’s Creed from Ubisoft being Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which is set to release on October 5, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The game will be set on Greece and allow players to take the role of a legendary Spartan mercenary. Already pretty large in size, details regarding post-launch content and Season Pass on this upcoming title have announced to expand the experience further with two new story arcs.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Season Pass Details

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Detailing the nature of the content developer/publisher Ubisoft are offering, a brand-new trailer was released recently.




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When you are finished playing the base game, you or your assassin character isn't done with the mythology of Ancient Greece just yet. The first major story arc that Odyssey will take us into is titled Legacy of the First Blade and it reveal the history of the first person who has ever wailed the iconic Hidden Blade.

The Fate of Atlantis will come out next as the second storyline that takes players to a journey to discover truth of the renowned sunken city and even go up against godly creatures.

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The Fate of Atlantis

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Legacy of the First Blade will debut on December and The Fate of Atlantis arrives by spring of 2019. Those post-launch story arcs will come out in episodic nature; each releasing in six weeks after another and in-between them, free in-game regular quests will follow in Tales of Greece.

Purchasing Gold, Pantheon, Spartan or Ultimate Editions of the game automatically grants you access to Season Pass or you can just get it separately. Also, Discovery Tour returns from Assassin’s Creed Origins.

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Assassin’s Creed III Remastered

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Speaking of history earlier, Assassin’s Creed III Remastered and Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered are both added into Season Pass content. These two games will have all of their original content, plus DLC with visual enhancements of 4K and HDR support for experiencing high-resolution graphics even on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X platform.

Although the former remastered edition title was criticized for having poor plot, it still managed to sell over 3.5 million copies.

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Assassin's Creed III: Liberation Remastered

You can still make a stand-alone purchase for the remastered titles if you are not at all interested to buy the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Ubisoft made the same approach with Far Cry 3 Classic Edition when it came along with Season Pass of Far Cry 5.

So, after you complete your quest on Greece as Alexios or Kassandra, you can have some more fun-time with Connor or the first female protagonist of the series, Aveline de Grandpré to experience the era of American Revolution.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Choices and Consequences

Life is about choices and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey lets you choose to create your own character through your actions.

Upcoming entry from action role-playing video game series Assassin’s Creed titled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is less than a month away to release on October 5 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One while a cloud version launches for Nintendo Switch.

In many ways, the game differentiates from previous titles and set way before the other installments, which makes room for adding more RPG elements. Through a recent trailer for the game, developer/publisher Ubisoft focuses on story-altering choices.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Choices and Consequences

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Players decision shaping the outcome of a game is a trending feature in mainstream games these days and the trailer briefly tells us how that works in Odyssey.




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Previously, Assassin’s Creed Origins sometimes allowed control for Aya instead of Bayek. Or simply take Assassin’s Creed Syndicate for an instance where you could choose from either one of twins Jacob and Evie.

Now, developers have put players directly into the wheels of the fate for their characters Alexios or Kassandra. Every action or decisions they make throughout will be taking them to a unique path to define your selected characters rather than leading to a bad outcome.

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Romance Options for Character

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When playing as Alexios, he has his moments of amazing sarcastic remarks that make him great. You may really cheer up for him when you see him making fun of someone and Michael Antonakos makes it all good with his facial expressions.

Kassandra is played by Melissanthi Mahut, who occasionally throws her dry wit as well. She obviously has a great emotional range than her brother but both of them shares the same romance options when it comes to choose from.

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Make Meaningful Choices

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Making choice of interacting with others with either love or rage will affect your compass. You can engage in direct combat with enemy or be extremely sneaky; both will eventually help improve three of your skill trees.

While Kassandra delivers a nice performance, Alexios has his unique charms as well but none of those aspects makes the other character better or worse. Regardless of what you end up doing in the open-world of Odyssey, the endgame will always be the same.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

For Honor Free on Steam Now

Combat-focused action game For Honor: Starter Edition is free to download on Steam until August 27.

Last month, medieval fighting game For Honor from developer/publisher Ubisoft entered its seventh season, Storm and Fury while also being added to Xbox Live Gold list of free games for the month of August.

This month, we have more interesting news for players on PC who wanted to try out this third-person multiplayer title previously, because they can now grab and own a copy of the Starter Edition on Valve's digital distribution platform, Steam before August 27.

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For Honor Free on Steam Now

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Within the first 24 hour of this announcement, there has been a spike of interest raised among gamers and where Ubisoft had trouble having a steady number of concurrent players engaged to the game, they are currently facing an overwhelming surge of them.

According to a report from Steam Charts, the number that reached the peak was a whooping 216,499 and it was the highest number of audience interest the title saw on the platform after it was released back in February 2017.

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Whereas the Starter Edition is usually charged only $15, anyone can grab the title and add to their library forever, for free. This version comes with three of the original heroes Kensei, Raider and Warden unlocked from factions of Samurai, Viking and Knights.

These playable heroes are also customizable with emotes and other options. Remaining three heroes of your fraction will be available for playing but not for customization. Unlocking the rest will require in-game currency.

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Steam Charts For Honor Player Count

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Since this is not a limited time Free Weekend and a permanently free offer, For Honor Starter Edition is a great offer if you have enough time to invest for this online melee brawler. That way, you will be able to earn more currency to eventually unlock other characters of the game.

Originally launched for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game will introduce Marching Fire update on October 16, which will debut new 4v4 mode and a Chinese-themed faction called Wu Lin to draw more players.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

For Honor Season VII: Storm and Fury Release Date

For Honor to get new map, Hero reworks and updated Ranking System in Season VII: Storm and Fury next week.

Medieval action fighting game For Honor from developer/publisher Ubisoft is entering Season VII: Storm and Fury next week. It involves the addition of a new map, some hero reworks and ranking system update.

There will also be a special event that has yet to announce a date for. We still haven't seen a brand-new trailer drop featuring Season VII from the developers yet we know that it is going to kick-start on August 2 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One through a free update.

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For Honor Season VII Coming Next Week

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Two heroes that receive revised move sets in Storm and Fury are Warden and Valkyrie. It has a lot to do with their attack and speed to make them more efficient and flexible, so the roster stays balanced.

If they are your mains, then you should definitely watch out for those tweaks as well as newly revamped progression and ranking systems. To get used with a hero you have trouble controlling, an expanded training mode is there to improve your skills and learning curve.

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Secluded Keep is a new watery map available in multiplayer modes like Brawl, Duel, Elimination, Skirmish and Tribute. While Storm and Fury was a major amendment, bigger changes are headed towards the title on October 16.

Marching Fire update will then introduce a new faction called Wu Lin, which is a Chinese-influenced one. Plus, a 4v4 mode Breach will debut to engage players on fortress siege madness. So, the aggressive spirit of front line will intensify and start throwing new challenges at you.

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Storm and Fury New Map Secluded Keep

RELATED: Xbox Live Gold Free Games for August 2018

Historical fighting game For Honor has just stepped into the second year and dedicated servers are getting improvements to provide better experience to fans. To let people balance out to recent changes, Ubisoft will offer a Hero Trial offer from August 2nd to August 9th.

Also, don't miss out the game on Xbox Live Gold for free from August 16 to September 15 on Xbox One, along with Dead Space 3, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and Forza Horizon 2 if you happen to have a subscription.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Rainbow Six Siege Instant Bans for Toxicity

In order to deal with slurs and toxicity in Siege, Ubisoft placed a strict moderation system as a step towards healthy community.

Online toxicity is a major issue these days that it cannot be ignored for any reasons. It often ruins the experience in multiplayer online games for many players. Big name companies like Blizzard, Riot Games and Twitch are on a constant battle with this huge issue but we saw Sea of Thieves handling it like a pro with their unique anti-toxicity strategy back in March 2018 to re-establish order. Recently, Rainbow Six Siege has taken a stance of on this topic but in a very strict way.

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Rainbow Six Siege Instant Bans for Toxicity

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With the goal of eradicating hate speech from their tactical shooter game for a healthy playing environment, developer Ubisoft has placed a stern moderating system lately that will detect players using racist slurs, homophobic slurs and any other form of hate speeches against other participants online and will place an immediate ban. It has already started implementing bans on players and is pretty quick in handling the penalty whenever it spots slurs within game’s chat.

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For your first offense, you are kicked out for 30 minutes, then it is for 2 hours and following your third time, an official investigation will run over your account which can lead to a permanent ban as well. Yesterday, one curious Reddit user wanted to test "Toxicity Filter" by typing a slur and almost instantly got removed from the match with a ban according to new Code of Conduct for Siege. While some tried to complain on Twitter, Ubisoft was unfazed about their actions.


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Whether you are playing Terrorist Hunt or custom games, you could be automatically kicked out of Siege anytime using slurs. Back in April, developers promised to introduce a few features to prevent people from using abusive language during a match. They were about to mute chat text and improve the monitoring system with a chat filter. However, it turned out to be quite different than what everyone thought. Instead of censor texts in chat through an automated system, they are simply removing players.



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Also, this course of action is currently limited to players on PC, where the monitoring runs rampant. Sony and Microsoft will have to handle the situation on available console platform according to their own policy for community. Siege has an all-time high number of player counts in PC during March and cleaning up in-game environment of abusive language will make the atmosphere more welcoming for new gamers to the title. We believe necessary steps will be taken against hackers next.



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Following this stern movement against hate speech, many are really appreciating this initiative while other people are upset for not being able to use those words anymore. However, this feature can easily be misused by someone provoking their competitor into engaging in hate talk and get the boot. Currently in Season 3 of content, Rainbow Six Siege was released back in 2015 from Ubisoft to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Assassin's Creed Series is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Thanks to Xbox One backward compatibility, every Assassin's Creed games are now available to play on Xbox One.

Although Microsoft Studios has been lacking exclusive first-party titles for a while and going through a tough time competing with Sony, they did make some smart moves like teaming up with Nintendo by sharing their platform for cross-play and another is introducing backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. After including a series of popular Star Wars games lately, Microsoft has made every Assassin's Creed video game released on Xbox 360 backwards compatible now.

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Assassin's Creed is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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With this new initiative of theirs, Microsoft is being more pro-consumer than their rival company to add an advantage over another. Players can now enjoy games like Crimson Skies and Dragon Age 2 without having jumped back at previous console from 2001. Without swapping to PC or changing platform, you can now have access to a massive library of classic games and players have spent more than 1 billion hours playing those titles on Xbox One already.

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Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb has recently announced on Twitter that two more games have been added to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility list. One of them being Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD from 2012 and another is Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter from 2006. Even though many are still trying to complete Assassin’s Creed Origins while eagerly waiting for the next title Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, it is nice to have the ability to play the entire series on Xbox One.



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PlayStation Vita was the initial platform for Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, which was later re-released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. As new generation of consoles made their debut, Ubisoft introduced Assassin's Creed Rogue and Assassin’s Creed Unity for old and new platforms. Back then, only newly released titles from the franchise could be played in modern consoles but now, Microsoft has made the whole fan-favorite series accessible by added all of them to backwards compatibility list.

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Generation of Assassin's Creed

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The extended catalog now includes Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, AC: Brotherhood, AC: Revelations, Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and AC Rogue. This is a great new move that allows players to move to a newer console and not leaving their favorite games behind but unfortunately, doesn't get enough credit for some unknown reason. New generation of gamers can now easily enjoy these awesome games and become a fan, which is good for business.

Friday, June 15, 2018

HitRecord on Beyond Good & Evil 2 #nospec Backlash

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s collaboration organization HitRecord is teaming up with Ubisoft but some people skeptical of the idea.

Just like many other exclusive news from E3 2018 press conference has gotten us excited, developer studio Ubisoft had a couple of them in their fold. Teaming up with an online collaborative production company HitRecord owned by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt for their upcoming action-adventure game Beyond Good & Evil 2 have all the enthusiastic fans thrilled for a rare chance of contributing to this project but this also invokes criticism from many industry professionals.

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HitRecord on Beyond Good & Evil 2 #nospec Backlash

During the discussion, fans are asked to participate creating art assets and making music that will be used in the actual game. This use of fan-made assets has some amateurs and professionals of the art community concerned over the issue of payment. While Gordon and Ubisoft allowed artists and musicians to take part and showcase their talent, people were commenting on whether or not they are getting paid for using their work as it was omitted in the initial announcement.

Seeing everyone making remarks over the matter, Gordon almost immediately took Twitter to clear out things and their intention of paying the patron.



Assuring that each backer would get paid whenever their work used for the game would earn money from it did not really cleared out the frustration that came out from many specialized individuals. He cleared out that his platform is not for industry professionals to earn a living from and they just don't pay in crumbs. Depending on their amount of input for the finished product, some of those benefactors earn in hundreds and some even ends up making tens of thousands for their effort.

HitRecord's partnering up with Ubisoft for Beyond Good and Evil 2 is not just another regular collaboration project. It opens up a new door of opportunity for the contributors to be involved in certain parts of the game and get paid a kind of compensation from a budget sum of $50,000. It will be spread among everyone who has their work included in the completed game. However, for a multibillion-dollar publisher like Ubisoft, that amount is relatively small for a project like this.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt at E3

This ridiculous payment sum clearly points out that both companies are not looking to hire anyone but get a work done by the involvement of group of community artists and that is where many professionals have a problem. This program seemingly looks an awful lot like "spec work" or "speculative work", where an artist works on a project which may or may not earn him a payment. A lot of big-name companies try to rip-off artists with this absurd practice and concerned artists are against this initiative.

The following video is a fine example from Canadian design agency Zulu Alpha Kilo on how "spec work" is totally unacceptable and absurd.




It's been quite long that a lot of agencies and individual professionals have taken a stand against this irrationality and some of them are even using the #nospec hashtag on social media as well. Though in most cases, companies don't give you any form of control over your own original work, Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord works on how to monetize it and give you a cut under a non-exclusive license. The content creator reserves the full right to do whatever they please with it or however they use it.

That actually makes things trickier, because despite you owning the rights to your contribution, the end work is a result of many collaborators and produces a unique product which they have the right to sell. The $50,000 esteemed budget is for music and visuals of nine categories for BGE2 has already amassed more than three thousand submissions. So, the above-mentioned prize is a small piece of cake for a selected many to take a bite from and a huge sum of unpaid labor for others not making a cut.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Beyond Good & Evil 2 Beta to Launch in 2019

Beyond Good & Evil 2 game director Michel Ancel has given a possible date for beta testing recently on social media.

Upcoming action-adventure Ubisoft title Beyond Good & Evil 2 is one of the prime examples of a fan-favorite sequel stuck in development hell for an extensive period on modern day considering the big-name developer/publisher it belongs to. Game director Michel Ancel officially confirmed the title a decade earlier in 2008 and then no one heard anything about the project until E3 2017, when an exclusive reveal was done for all the eagerly anticipating fans worldwide.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 Beta to Launch in 2019

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We haven't heard of single news of BGE2 since then and they decided to drop a gameplay reveal clip last month, which was also a work-in-progress video from a “pre-alpha” version of the project. Then during Ubisoft's E3 2018 press conference, an exciting cinematic trailer of the game is released and a partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's online collaborative production company HitRECord was announced. The trailer detailed the key-characters involved and the premise it is based on.

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So far, 2018 has been the year when we have learned the most about BGE2 but still a huge part remains unanswered. We don't even know a year of release or any other information that will help to keep track of it. However, Michel Ancel became generous enough recently in one of his Instagram post, where he was asked about the definitive releasing date, he simply said, "We aim for a playable beta for the end of next year", which means by the end of 2019, we can enter for a beta testing.

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There goes another case of fans receiving more information from social media than official updates. You can see the doors to Ganesha City from BGE2 above, which bore the news for beta release date of the game. It's just one of the many aspects that the huge open world of this project brings to the table. There are many other incredible locations to explore in-game for our protagonists to space travel from the moon of Soma and beyond and that make sense as it's about a space pirate.

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Belonging to the Space Monkey Program Ubisoft have in their studio, Beyond Good and Evil 2 is confirmed for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There was rumor of it being a timed exclusive for Nintendo Switch but that was denied later. Considering their long abandonment in limbo, the development team is working tirelessly and making progress to an advanced level now, we only hope that it doesn't get delayed anymore than it already has and we get a wonderful experience playing when it is ready.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Far Cry 5 Fan Recreates Jurassic Park

Using the astounding in-game multiplayer map editor, a fan has recreated Jurassic Park in Far Cry 5 game.

Developer Ubisoft has made a comeback at their action-adventure first-person shooter franchise with Far Cry 5 in 2018 and the game did quite well despite some little political issues. Players didn't just stopped finishing their main story campaign of freeing Hope County from preacher Joseph Seed and his militaristic doomsday cult Eden's Gate, they decided to get creative with the game's map builder for multiplayer and has end up recreating the iconic Jurassic Park.

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Far Cry 5 Fan Recreates Jurassic Park

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If you have enough time and patience, the in-game map builder can be such a tool and the park from 1993 classic sci-fi movie of Steven Spielberg came alive as result of hard work from a fan. We saw a quirk of Baker Family from Resident Evil 7 and the mysterious tropical island from TV series Lost from ABC already. Now that Universal Pictures' Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is stirring hype among cinema loving fans, suddenly people are going crazy about dinosaurs and thus the Jurassic Park mod was born.

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Community based gaming news sharing YouTube channel Forge Labs weighs in on Far Cry: Jurassic Park mod created by D4RKDEATH and you got a walkthrough in the clip below.




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There is a Pokémon GO-style augmented reality game Jurassic World Alive already out now and a park simulator called Jurassic World Evolution will release very soon but none of them comes any closer to the one we are talking about. While many players are eagerly looking forward for upcoming DLC packs to release, you can get busy with this brand-new Jurassic Park mod in the meantime and have some fun. Because, the fictional island of Isla Nublar is much scarier than Hope County, Montana.

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Akin to previous take on popular franchises with Far Cry 5 multiplayer map builder, this one tried to remain faithful to source material and many hidden Easter Eggs are planted within. Sadly, you will not be seeing any dinosaurs. Walking around the park, you will notice those electric fences to keep the Tyrannosaurus Rex inside from getting out to the toilet from where it later picked up lawyer Donald Gennaro, everything iconic is carefully placed there for sentimental fans.

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Aside from some rail shooters, a few park builders and a LEGO adaptation, Jurassic Park didn't get the attention or respect it deserved. Since two of the currently existing Jurassic World game is just a simulator and an AR, this new Far Cry 5 version is apparently the best experience you can get from the prehistoric adventure game series. Whereas we are shown what Ubisoft has ushered with their impressive map builder, we also are reminded that it's time they finally make a proper Jurassic Park game.

Friday, June 1, 2018

E3 2018 News and Rumors

World’s best gaming expo E3 2018 is s almost here. So, news, rumors and trailers on games are here as well.

The annual grand gaming show is returning to Los Angeles convention center with the biggest gaming news you can expect. As that moment approaches, we are eagerly waiting for a bag full of E3 2018 games that are waiting to be announced officially. We are so close to E3 2018 now and for the past few months; we've been bombarded with news of latest leaks in weirdest way possible and we got the most number of them in last few weeks. On Saturday, June 12, all conferences and shows will start off and will run till June 14.

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E3 2018 News and Rumors

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Press conferences at E3 2018 will be running from June 9 with EA Play briefing and then Nintendo will be concluding on June 12 with their seminar. We expect announcements and appearances from big companies like Bethesda Softworks, Devolver Digital, Microsoft Studios, Sony, Square Enix and Ubisoft as well. We have tons of news heading our way for upcoming titles from Triple A games list awaiting their release this year.




RELATED: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Revealed

Activision at E3 2018
Publisher company Activision typically keeps a pace of releasing games that are able to satisfy the gamers but no one really ever surprised by any of their release announcements. Obviously we are getting more detailed look at Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or maybe an update on where they are with Spyro. A possible look at the next Destiny 2 expansion wouldn't be too much to ask since their Year 2 reveal is marked for June 5. Releases from Blizzard division will probably be saved up for a later occasion.




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Bethesda at E3 2018
This publisher has the tendency of making announcement of new games shortly before their release. Though Bethesda E3 lineup may not excite a hell lot of people and they are sort of new to these press conferences and showcasing upcoming projects, they do have a change of pace. Games revealed at E3 2018 by them will be some titles that are not going to drop very soon. News of Rage 2 from Avalanche Studios was leaked and eventually it was revealed last month while promising for more on E3.

RELATED: Doom 2 May Be Announced at E3 2018

Latest installment of their post-apocalyptic role-playing series, Fallout 76 is already revealed and some new gameplay trailer is on the way and we may finally know if the latter is focused on multiplayer. Does a declaration for The Elder Scrolls 6 or Dishonored 3 sounds too far-fetched? Or maybe Doom 2 from id Software? Yes, the kind of does but then again, rumors heavily suggests of something like that likely to happen. However, we certainly can hope for The Elder Scrolls Online to get a new expansion.




RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

Electronic Arts at E3 2018
Branded as "Worst Company in America" in 2012 and 2013 wasn't enough, Mass Effect: Andromeda from Electronic Arts failed terribly last year, their development studio Visceral Games was shut down and then there was the infamous micro-transaction outrage regarding Need for Speed Payback and Star Wars Battlefront II, which has them being accused of trying to introduce some sort of gambling mechanics into video games. Legal questions were raised for having such progression in one of their Triple A games.

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At EA Play annual press conference, a demo of Anthem will most likely be displayed by Mass Effect team for media. We already watched Battlefield V reveal event to witness how they are carefully avoiding controversial loot box model and are eager to see more from BFV. Instead, they are going to offer cosmetic items and skins for weapon that does not provide any in-game advantage. FIFA 19 hasn’t officially been revealed yet, so hopes are up for that one too while we expect it to drop on September, 2018.




RELATED: Xbox Game Pass Adds Classic Star Wars Games

Microsoft at E3 2018
Through a wave of change in management, Microsoft is getting readied for joining the competition. Adding 4K support for Xbox One X was an advancement that only expanded new opportunities for their consoles with Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, building a bridge between PC and Xbox One. They might stage some more features of their devices and upcoming programs planned for future at E3. In terms of new games, they aren't probably bringing any of their big original franchises.

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What we have gathered is that Microsoft may actually reveal three new Gears of War titles, one of which is a usual sequel, another is Halo Wars type of real-time strategy and the last one is a Battle Royale game. 2011’s NBA Jam: On Fire Edition from Xbox 360 may get an update but otherwise, there are no possibilities of a new title from NBA Jam series. They clearly are not in for investing much time and budget in new projects these days. Lastly, we would like to get a release date for Crackdown 3.




RELATED: Super Smash Bros. Comes to Nintendo Switch

Nintendo at E3 2018
Earlier in January 2018, Nintendo Direct Mini teased the fans with so many upcoming titles waiting to be released this year and many already have made the jump. Metroid Prime 4, The World Ends with You – Final Remix and Yoshi has chances of showing up alongside a Pokémon game. Since its official, a gameplay trailer for Switch version of Super Smash Bros. will be much appreciated. An HD version of Mother 3 can get us cheered up like many fans as well. Other than these, we have nothing on them because of their very tight way of maintaining internal secrecy.




RELATED: Death Stranding Teaser Trailer

Sony at E3 2018
Sony apparently has an upper hand in gaming market currently following God of War's release, which set records for selling on PlayStation 4 that surpasses any number Microsoft could come up with PC or Xbox One at the same time. They also have sold more consoles than their rival and dominating the market. Sony's upcoming high-profile Death Stranding from Hideo Kojima's own company Kojima Productions, The Last of Us Part 2 and Marvel’s Spider-Man stands out as one of the most anticipated games of 2018 already.

RELATED: Days Gone Delayed to 2019

Their Days Gone and Ghost of Tsushima are also in line to take us all for a deep dive. Hopes of hearing about a sequel for Bloodborne and Horizon Zero Dawn are high from many players but chances are very slim. Sony’s conference may feature some new CoD: BO4 footage considering their DLC exclusivity on PS4. MediEvil Remastered or Syphon Filter remake have hooked us on some hope but some of them may remain unannounced for now and saved up for conferences at their own events like Paris Games Week and PlayStation Experience.




RELATED: Shadow of the Tomb Raider Trailer

Square Enix at E3 2018
In past, Square Enix and Konami used to rule at E3 but sadly they both are a dimmed shadow of what they once were. Speaking of shadows, the former have their focus on Shadow of the Tomb Raider from developer Crystal Dynamics now, which may bring them into limelight again. A reveal trailer for the game is expected at their E3 Showcase. Oh and let's not forget about their action role-playing project Kingdom Hearts III as it has an official release date waiting for announcement.

RELATED: Final Fantasy VII Remake Comes Before 2023

After long debacle and debates, their spokesperson revealed earlier that Final Fantasy VII Remake will come any time before 2023, meaning they are not in any hurry with that one. Some update on untitled Avengers Project with Marvel would be nice as we never heard anything else after 2017. With release of Final Fantasy XV and Nier: Automata in recent years, they are slowly trying to restore their former glory but time will only tell whether they would succeed or not.




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Ubisoft at E3 2018
Instead of arriving at the grad-party with flashy new range of video games, Ubisoft seems more comfortable to hang out with their old titles and keep those franchises alive by providing regular downloadable content or arranging seasonal events to support the cause. We have For Honor and Rainbow Six Siege to prove that theory. Fingers crossed for a brand-new trailer on Skull & Bones, The Crew 2 and The Division 2, because we know that Beyond Good and Evil 2 will eventually join the parade.

RELATED: Assassin's Creed Odyssey Confirmed

Speculations are pretty damn high for a new Splinter Cell sequel, which can easily become one of the Triple A games 2018 has to offer and who better can do that except for Sam Fisher? We still haven't catch our breath following the shocking revelation of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, a successor sequel to Assassin's Creed Origins. Following a surprise leak from one of their merchandise for the game on a French site named Jeuxvideo, Ubisoft swiftly acted by dropping a teaser that let us know it will be set in Greece.

RELATED: Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass Teaser Trailer

One of the few other things from our bucket-lists is clearly a trailer or gameplay of the much talked about Resident Evil 2 Remake from Capcom. A release date on YS Net’s Shenmue 3 alongside a gameplay trailer and new clip on CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 will do just fine. This upcoming open-world RPG has the potential of becoming the most anticipated PC games 2018 will probably see while it also rules on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, much like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from the same developers.

As we all are very excited for the arrival of E3, we surely cannot wait for some of those biggest E3 rumors come true and keep you all updated as much as we can.