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E3 2016 Preview: Can Ubisoft Recover From Repeated Disappointment and Cynicism?

ubisoft-banner-e3-2016Poor Ubisoft. They started off the 2000s so well but have been finding themselves the butt of more jokes than the likes of EA or Microsoft. It takes a long series of disappointments to get people to roll their eyes at any announcement that you make but that’s the point we’re at with Ubisoft. However, they’re cycling Assassin’s Creed out of rotation and hoping they can reinvigorate their brands.

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Ubisoft Changes Tune on AC:Unity Again. Now They’re Targeting 30 FPS.

assassins-creed-unity-logo-headerNot only is Ubisoft getting really good at putting their foot in their mouth but they only open their mouth to change feet. After saying that Assassin’s Creed Unity was going to be locked to 30 FPS to not favour one console over the other and then correcting that statement to say that it’s a CPU limitation, Ubisoft has come up with a third official explanation of why their next Assassin’s Creed game is going to run at only 30 FPS.

This week’s third explanation is that the team is targeting 30 frames per second because that is a more cinematic looking framerate than 60 FPS.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Runs at 900p and 30 FPS on Both Consoles

assassins-creed-unity-headerThere have been a lot of complaints about the graphical fidelity and the smoothness of video of games on next-gen consoles. However, Ubisoft’s treatment of Assassin’s Creed Unity isn’t just upsetting one console’s user base but the whole of gaming.

In an interview with VideoGamer, AC Unity senior producer Vincent Pontbriand said that the resolution of ACU would be set at 900p and framerate locked to 30 FPS on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The reasoning behind that is so baffling that everyone has turned against Ubisoft.

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Assassin’s Creed with Cats

Apart from pirate adventures, it’s not too controversial to suggest that the annual iterations of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise are getting a bit stale. Sure, Unity looks to be the first AC game to try to push the next-gen hardware with big crowds, fancy graphics and co-op gameplay but is that really what we want from our Assassin’s Creed games?

I think we really want Assassin’s Kittens Unity. Wouldn’t Assassin’s Creed be better if you played as assassin cat? That shouldn’t even be a question. That’s a fact. Did you play AC3?

Ubisoft Confirms Assassin’s Creed: Rogue After Footage Leaks

assassins-creed-rogue-leaked-logoWhile some companies will deny, deny, deny any leaks coming out of their camp until they’re blue in the face, Ubisoft quickly gave up the fight when it came to the leak of this fall’s other Assassin’s Creed game.

After leaks on Tuesday and reports that we had for you as far back as March, Ubisoft confirmed that there would be a second Assassin’s Creed game launching this fall. This game is last-gen only on PS3 and 360 and is called Assassin’s Creed: Rogue.

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Assassin’s Creed Franchise Taken Over By Ubisoft Quebec

ubisoft-logo-bannerUbisoft’s flagship development studio will no long be the force behind Ubisoft’s flagship franchise. As part of an expansion of their Quebec City studio, Ubisoft is moving their Assassin’s Creed franchise from the control of Ubisoft Montreal, home to all of Ubisoft’s triple-A franchises,  to Ubisoft Quebec.

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E3 2014: Ubisoft Press Conference Trailer Roundup

Now that you’ve read about the Ubisoft keynote briefing, it’s time to watch most of it. While I’ve only got the five most interesting trailers from Ubisoft’s E3 presser, those videos still cover 23 minutes of Ubisoft’s one-hour presentation. While Ubisoft might not have had a lot of games to show off this year, they certainly went into depth on the games they did show us.

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E3 2014: Ubisoft Starts the Franchises, Leaves the New IPs on the Bench

ubisoft-e3-2014-headerIf there’s one thing that Ubisoft is good at, it’s building hype around new IPs at E3. So it was only natural to hope for something new out of the French to steal the show at E3 once again.

The only problem was that all the delays over the last year meant that there seemed to be no room for Ubisoft to unveil new IPs at E3 this year. Instead, new games were the last thing on Ubi’s mind this year as they focused on established franchises and delayed games for this year’s E3. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear this was their 2013 E3 keynote on repeat.

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E3 2014: Xbox Press Conference Trailer Roundup

Even I, with my limited knowledge of growing a community and increasing page views, know that you don’t tuck trailers from E3 into another post when you can make a separate post for extra page views. Granted, I’m not doing the standard one trailer per post to flood your various social media feeds and RSS readers with our posts.

Anyway, having just wrapped up our recap of the Xbox One press conference, it’s time to actually watch some of what Microsoft and friends had on offer at their big E3 keynote. We have the announcement trailer for Halo’s Master Chief Collection. Sunset Overdrive headlines the gameplay videos along with The Witcher III and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. As an added bonus, I’ve thrown in the Tomb Raider sequel teaser trailer.

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Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 5 Leaked

Ubisoft may not have been planning to let the cat out of the bag on two of their more popular franchises but that hasn’t stopped info from coming out. Late last week, word started leaking fast about the upcoming iterations in the popular Far Cry and flagship Assassin’s Creed franchise. In fact, Ubisoft was caught so off guard that they admitted that they weren’t expecting to have to officially confirm AC5 yet.

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