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Assassin’s Creed 4: can Ubisoft turn this sinking ship around?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 08:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Assassin’s Creed 3 sold like hotcakes but left a bad taste in fans’ mouths; can the adventures of Edward Kenway restore faith in the series, or has Ubisoft lost control of its premiere franchise?

I really like the Assassin’s Creed franchise; I’ve played, read and otherwise consumed almost everything related to it. If we’re going to dickwave about commitment to fandoms, I’m typing this clothed in an Assassin’s Creed dressing gown. What? The hood is fantastic after washing my hair in winter.

Assassin’s Creed 3 though – gosh, it’s a bit of a stinker, isn’t it. It’s got some transcendent moments, and many of its frustrations boil down to bugs, (which may or may not make you feel more forgiving of them), but the bigger picture problem is that it packs in so much stuff that it lost the heart and soul of the series – the satisfaction of perfect stealth and agile escapes – and strongly favours a not particularly satisfying combat system. It stepped away from the beautifully crowded, non-linear and textured maps of earlier games in favour of sprawling, obstacle-filled environments with few truly viable pathways. It takes hours and hours even to get started and once you do finally get out into the open world with all features unlocked the endless checklists boil down to dull little chores. I tell you, I nearly sent my Abstergo hoodie back, and I haven’t even put up my special edition art cards. What if my friends saw them and thought I enjoyed it? I’d be drummed out of the cool kid club.

With such a recent and disappointing critical failure following enormous hype, and the knowledge that there are at least three more games in the works, it’s become entirely unfashionable to have any faith in the Assassin’s Creed series, writing it off as an annualised cashgrab. Perhaps that’s why Ubisoft has been so generous about showing off Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, with loads of gameplay footage coming out of trade shows and plenty of developer-cut video in the interim: it knows it’s got something to prove.

Director Ashraf Ismail isn’t shy about talking about it, either, nor is he reluctant to acknowledge that the third numbered entry wasn’t well-received, noting that stealth in particular will get an overhaul. And a much needed one. Assassin’s Creed 3 employed a slightly more analog stealth system rather than the simple on-off states of past games, in that Connor didn’t just vanish instantly into certain kinds of cover the way he does with wells, haystacks and stalls. Unfortunately the game did a piss-poor job of communicating this; after Assassin’s Creed 2 and its successors build the crowd blending system up so well, Assassin’s Creed 3 puzzlingly ruined it, removing the instantly recognisable animus “wipe” effect in favour of a far more subtle one involving a tiny circle and some almost invisible lines. It’s difficult both to see at all and to interpret, and is never fully explained in-game. The same indicator also showed when Connor is in stealth in low bushes, something nobody understood; the soft edges of the camouflage spots made it difficult to see where it was safe to move to, and Connor’s habit of vanishing by kneeling in ankle-high grass was counter-intuitive to say the least.

If you just want the promise that this will be corrected in Black Flag, the gamescom stealth trailer is quite inspiring, but the developer diary in the box on the right goes into much greater detail.

Although there’s a bit of faffing about first, what you’ll see in the walkthrough above is enough to suggest that Assassin’s Creed may be back on track to becoming the kind of assassination sandbox I enjoyed so much. The maps seem far more traditional than Assassin’s Creed 3′s slope-roofed cities (argh) or frustratingly split-level wilderness maps (double argh). Any series fan is familiar with the desperate search for a free-run start point, and the pain of having a run terminate in a dead end with a long climb to get back to the parkour which is one of the franchise’s pillars – but has been increasingly neglected. Ismail promised that rooftop access will be easy in Black Flag, and that this, along with “strong stealth rules”, will give us what we want.

Pat went hands on with Assassin’s Creed 4′s multiplayer recently. He’s been disenchanted with the franchise since before Revelations released, but came away more than a little interested in Black Flag.

Unfortunately, these rules have not been detailed. But the fact that Ubisoft acknowledge they need to exist at all goes a long way towards giving me confidence it can deliver on Ismail’s promise. Stealth isn’t the be all and end all of Assassin’s Creed, of course, but there’s much to like in recent footage showing open world gameplay elements like naval forts which seem to offer a quality level on par with missions in earlier games, rather than the rather hollow offerings of Assassin’s Creed 3. Sam spoke to Ubisoft at gamescom and captured the game in action, confirming that the whole map will be open once you have your ship, too – no more slogging about from place to place waiting for the arbitrary animus walls to fall.

You know as well as I do that the proof is in the playing – and not of carefully-curated preview builds. The massive hype for Assassin’s Creed 3 ended in disappointment for many series fans, but I feel a cautious optimism about the next entry, and especially the one to follow, which will have had more time to steer in a different direction if necessary. I do trust in Ubi’s business savvy, and another stinker would be about as unsavvy as it gets. I think the publisher was spooked by how badly the latest entry in its juggernaut, flagship franchise went down with critics and fans, despite its incredible sales performance, and is working to correct course before the ship it has trusted with its fortunes takes a nosedive. This time, though? I’m waiting for the reviews.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is due on PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 at the end of October and early November. PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions have not been dated.

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22 Comments

  1. mistermogul

    Strangely this is probably my most wanted next gen game.

    I have a feeling that Ubi will make amends for AC3…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. YoungZer0

    I remember saying that AC3′s setting would be it’s worst enemy. I still feel bad that I was not proven wrong. Everything that made AC AC was lost in the game. AC4 sounds really promising, though I have to say that I’m not a fan of the whole pirate theme. Well, at least the naval warfare fits much better into it than AC3.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Llewelyn_MT

    @1: Why would you prefer this to Watchdogs or the new Batman?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. stx

    What??… AC3 a stinker??

    Surely not. Ok, AC3 was unpolished in a few areas (improved mostly by a day 1 patch) and Connor a bit of a twat, but the game is generally really good and fun to play with some nice additions to the franchise.

    Far from a stinker!

    I really look forward to AC4, maybe my most wanted game for the rest of this year.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. YoungZer0

    It was a stinker, everybody knows that.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Hcw87

    AC3 was far better than the previous AC games in my eyes, because finally it had a new setting. I was so tired of running around the middle east in every fucking game. Also there was far more to do than the previous games, where you had the main story and collectables, and that was pretty much it.

    AC4 looks even better.

    If i’m ever hearing another NPC with a middle east accent in an Assassins Creed game again i’m going to slowly strangle someone.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. YoungZer0

    There was only one AC set in the middle east, excluding the mobile and handheld games.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Hcw87

    @7
    The setting was the same in every single game. Buildings looked the same, the environments and the people looked the same.

    Sure, the latter games was set in Italy in the renaissance, but even then it did not feel different from the previous games. The same voice actors just changed their accent.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. YoungZer0

    Wrong on all accounts.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    Barring a “reboot” or the return of Prince of Persia, I’ve little interest in what Ubisoft do, and especially so with this franchise – and BGE2 would apply to the exception list as well, be in no doubt, but it’s no more tangible today, than it was following “The Pig”; so, I just can’t earnestly include it.

    It looks like they’re toying with people who looked forward to Rainbow6. There continues to be no conclusive news on that front (other than some vague assurance that it remains in development); and then, out of thin air pops this “Division” thing! (which I first believed when i saw it on the debut presentation stream, accompanied with the developer’s commentary, to be a relabeled, recycled R6:P.)

    If you would ask why I am opposed to playing AC, it is because in the whole of II (it, and its offshoots) they didn’t change. The games differed little, they were content to start churning, and the series started to split at the seams. AC and its sequel, I have plenty of time for those.

    Brotherhood did not offer much over II, and the “saga” fiction seemed to take a backseat. What then am I to invest in after the stripping away, to motivate me to play a game where my character has no purpose? All the events have happened, by Desmond’s time. Without the glue of the animus mystery remaining present, even at the farthest horizon yet having its light remain to be felt, there’s nothing guiding any of it. I couldn’t entertain buying another one of these games until such time as I am convinced that they once again, have their “ship” together.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. mistermogul

    @3 – I’m not sure. I think I like the look of the setting and naval mechanic. Also I’ve not played an AC since Brotherhood and am now ready to jump back into the series…

    Watch Dogs def looks good also but I want to see review scores first before I get too excited.

    Batman will be sweet but current gen only…

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Ekona

    My biggest problem with AC3 was the ships. They felt unwieldy and compromised, and if you didn’t need to do a couple of missions in them to complete the game, I’d have avoided them altogether. Given that AC4 is mostly ships, then I’ve no desire to play it.

    For me that’s a real shame, as the AC series was the one triple-A series that I still looked forward to, having left CoD long behind after I realised that 90% of the dev costs went on the MP side. Now there is no yearly franchise that I am desperate to get my hands on, and that’s quite sad.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. bradk825

    My problem with AC3 was that they intentionally downplayed Desmond’s story and then sort of casually disgarded him. They later said it was all intentional, because some players were “tired of him.”

    The main reason I wanted to play AC3 was to see Desmond’s story play out, and they totally fucked it up. That was a big disappointment for me as a fiction lover.

    I will wait for the reviews before I pick up AC4. It looks great, but so did AC3… The series got better and better and better, then they hit us with watered down gameplay and watered down story.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @12: What are you talking about? The Naval Missions are the best part about this rotten shitfest.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. FatalTee

    Rotten shitfest is far from my experience. But it was boring. AC3 was not wrong or shitty, it was just uniteresting and lacked much of an atmosphere after leaving the reservation.

    I liked two things about the game – Young Connor, with stunning soundtractk climbing the trees. (I hated coming back to cities (if what US cities were back then can someone called cities)).
    - naval games.

    I realized that if AC3 had only naval game, it would have been cool game. Not AC, but still, cool game. And they are doing that, but it is still attached to AC, for which I lack understanding.

    Nonetheless, for their wave and windsailing mechanics, I will gladly revist it. But either I would follow the theme of the AC4, or wait for sale. Or both, come to think of it.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Cobra951

    What I like about the AC franchise is exploring and discovering large cities full of people–eventually owning all 3 of their dimensions. I want to work for and achieve full freedom in huge populated environments. The setting of AC3 completely scared me away even before stories like Brenna’s. I will wait to see where 4 goes, but so far I’m not encouraged.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. deathm00n

    To me the problem with AC3 was that all games before were mainly focused in the Templars X Assassin’s plot wich involved a little of local history. AC3 did the inverse, it’s focused on the american war and involved a little of Templars X Assassin’s.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. sebastien rivas

    The issue does not seem constraint to location setting but rather gameplay itself which have seen a dramatic change between ac2 and ac3. This as well as difficult level may be the main cause

    #18 1 year ago
  19. ChandlerL

    I really enjoyed AC3. I also really didn’t like Connor. What I can’t put my finger on is why. Connor was stoic and humorless. Thing is, wasn’t Altair the same? I liked Altair but not Connor. Perhaps it’s because Connor came after Ezio who was charming and witty. Perhaps it was my enjoyment of Ezio’s personality that colored my ability to like Connor? Anyone want to take a shot at why we liked Altair, liked Ezio, but not Connor? I can’t put my finger on it. Still liked AC3 though.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Davschall

    @#12 Wow really have you ever steered a SHIP a 1700′s SHIP its not a fucking boat with an I/O motor, It is unwieldy. Aside from that I actually like assassins creed 3, I still play it. Its strange because usually Im the one who dislikes video games that everyone loves, I ussually have great taste, and find stupid games boring and good games fun. Who knows I enjoyed it. I guess wanting to throw my controller every five seconds because of the fucking stupid 100% syncs in the other ones. Maybe it was just the checkpoints that made the game for me idk. Anyway I’m a little wary of AC 4 but ill still buy it at some point. I mean my favorite part of AC 3 was the naval warfare, and I love pirates so double whammy.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. scrapps898

    I find it incredible that people who “have no desire to play” or “won’t be playing at all”, dislike the games (or some of them), or have lost “faith” in the series take the time to post about it. Wouldn’t your time be better spent playing games you DO enjoy? Your time being so precious and all…..

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Bomba Luigi

    I find it incredible that you lament about People that don’t like the Game, wouldn’t your time be better spent playing Games you enjoy? Your Time being so precious and all.

    #22 1 year ago

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    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]