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Thursday, 17 July 2014 02:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Assassin’s Creed will be developed with assistance from its new, official “chief parkour office”, Ubisoft has announced.

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Ubisoft has increased the Assassin’s Creed team by one in appointing Michael “Frosti” Zernow to the unique role.

CVG reports Zernow’s job will be help make Assassin’s Creed’s free running more realistic.

This will have the parkour expert serving “in a strategic advisory role, ensuring an ongoing commitment to the authenticity and accuracy of parkour”.

Ubisoft’s announcement makes it sound like Zernow’s stint will even have an effect on Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One in October.

Zernow is well-known in the parkour world for his group Tempest Freerunning, and has lent his services to games development before, in motion capture sessions.

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6 Comments

  1. salarta

    “Man, I really wish we could add playable women to this multiplayer mode, but we really need to reserve that money for chief parkour officers, websites dedicated to customizing smaller pieces of one male character, and big marketing campaigns on pirate-themed boats. We just don’t have the budget to add boobs, you see!”

    Someone’s gonna bitch about my comment. Don’t care.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Shinji10TH

    @salarta What would you prefer, a female “skin” for a male character (What you called, and I quote : “Boobs”), or a real female character (like Aveline, not the best example, but still) ?

    If it’s the latter, you know you need time to include such a character perspective in a game, more so when the game is already near the end of it’s development cycle, and you can still get the chance to bitch about that when you play the game, and that you don’t find any significant female character (Knowing that French Revolution had a lot of them).

    If you just want the first choice, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. salarta

    @Shinji10TH Real female character is the ideal, but female skin on a generic character skeleton (because nothing inherently says “only men are allowed to move this way”) is acceptable. It’s even more damning because the team themselves said it was on their “features” list, showing even they knew they should include playable women but decided it should be treated as something to only tack on after the fact if there’s enough time and money.

    Which, apparently, is money they decided desperately needed to be spent on all these other things.

    “Significant female character” is different from “playable female character” and you know it. I’m not buying and playing Unity. I never will. I already wasn’t buying anything Ubisoft because they’re going out of their way to screw over Desilets and withhold his IP from him after they bought out the company he was working on the project with. This is just yet another thing that proves the company doesn’t deserve money, and I know that list will just keep growing. It’s inevitable. All bad companies amass a nice, long list of these kind of mistakes, until the weight of them finally does them in. Squeenix and Capcom have “enjoyed” what Ubisoft has coming its way in at most 10 years from now.

    You’re defending a company making cheap, flimsy excuses for refusing to do something that even the company itself knows should’ve been done.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Shinji10TH

    @salarta I see how this supposed “weight” screwed Activision or EA.
    I’m not defending Ubi, and why would I, but I know how to differentiate between company policies (Business) and developers choices (Creativity), and as far as I know, not a single Ubi employee has BM poor Desilets (They didn’t defend him either, but still), yes Ubi is going the wrong way with many franchises, but I still think that this female character thing has been blown out of proportion, because you have to keep in mind that AC playable character is always at the heart of the story, which means considerable changes when you will switch genders, and since Unity won’t have multiplayer, I don’t see where to include “female skins” (No, story co-op isn’t MP and is the worst thing to have in an AC game considering their inherently low difficulty).

    #4 8 months ago
  5. TheWulf

    @4

    Except that EA keeps redeeming themselves in weird ways. For example, the handling of lady Shepard was tasteful and respectful, with Mass Effect 3 covers even being reversible to feature her (and some all ready having been reversed in stores, from what I heard). Jennifer Hale proved that you can handle it all in the delivery, and she was brilliant at that.

    It’s hard to hate EA when they’ve provided one of the best examples of how to handle a woman in video games as of yet. As much as I love Obsidian, and I do love Obsidian, their women can be flat. Commander Shepard never really felt flat at all, in fact, given the somewhat emotionless acting of her male counterpart, she actually felt like the better choice.

    Ubisoft hasn’t done anything of the sort, though. They remind me of Gene Roddenberry, if I’m to be fair. Gene had great ideas about racial equality, but he was a horrible misogynist. In the first few seasons of Star Trek, Patrick Stewart butted heads with him lots over this. It was also why Denise Crosby left, who was by far the most interesting woman in the show.

    Gates McFadden left for a season, too, for the same reason. That’s why season 2 had Dr. Pulaski.

    When Gene Roddenberry died, Patrick Stewart was actually happy. It showed him grinning like a fool in one interview and talking about how great it was that Gene had passed on, because it allowed them to stop being so damned sexist. They could add a third dimension to Troy’s character and give her a proper uniform, like everyone else, instead of that ridiculous bunny suit.

    It’s also interesting that the earlier seasons of The Next Generation are the male fandom’s most beloved, whereas Voyager, a much more highbrow and intellectually enabled show, is hated. Why? Voyager had powerful women (Janeway, Seven, B’Elanna Torres) and subdued men (Paris, Kim, Chakotay, Tuvok). That’s all there is to it.

    Misogyny is rife amongst straight, white, cis-gendered men.

    I’m going to quote something prolific comic book writer Matt Fraction said recently in full:

    We [Fraction and his wife, Kelly Sue DeConnick] were pregnant at the time, and while I was out there I started to realize that if I had a daughter, there would come a day when I would have to apologize to her for my profession. I would have to apologize for the way it treats and speaks to women readers, and the way it treats its female characters.

    I knew that if we had a daughter, because I know my wife and I know the kind of girl she wants to raise and I know the kind of girl I want to raise, she was going to look at what I did for a living and want to know how the fuck I could stomach it. How could I sell her out like that?

    That conversation is still coming, and I’m bracing for it in the way that some dads brace for their daughter’s first date or boyfriend. I became acutely aware that I had sort of done that thing that lots of privileged hetero cisgendered white dudes do. ‘I’m cool with women, and that’s enough.’ It’s not enough. It’s embarrassing to say, because we somehow have attached shame to learning and evolving our opinions, culturally, but I became aware that there was a deficiency of and to women in my work, and all I could do at that moment was take care of my side of the street.

    It’s a very important thing to read and understand. It’s as true of video games as it is of comics. The most bizarre thing though is that video games are worse now than they were in the ’90s and early ’00s (which I refer to frequently as the golden era of gaming). Back then, we had April Ryan, Jade, Zanthia, Laverne, Kate Walker, Samus Aran (before the bad things happened), Tanya, Elaine Marley, Nico, and more, as I really could go on like this.

    Those women were fantastic, just because they were. It didn’t need to be celebrated, because strong, independent, intelligent women were very much par the course back then. It was accepted. In Monkey Island, Guybrush was a bumbling imbecile whose fat was often pulled out of the fire by the eminently competent and lovely Governor Marley.

    And in Beyond Good & Evil, Jade rescued both Double-H and Pey’j.

    The ’90s and early ’00s loved subverting the trope of the weak-willed sex object needing to be rescued by a big, strong man up until its very last breath. When you understand that this is where we’ve come from, and this is what we’ve lost, it’s easy to then perceive why some people might be very upset.

    We’ve come from women that can think for themselves, to ‘terrified female hostages whose bodies you can position in any questionable manner you like, because you’re a big man and you can do that.’

    And it is an issue. Sexism is real. And guys can be sanctimonious pricks about it, real arseholes, entitled fucks who can’t even perceive that maybe, just MAYBE, women would enjoy some of the limelight. Maybe a woman would like to be the hero, rather than the damsel in distress. This is why I keep saying that it feels like after the progressive ’90s and early ’00s, the golden era, we’ve done a time warp back to the conservative ’50s, the American ’50s especially, where women were meant to be kitchen slaves, seen but not heard. That’s where we are, now.

    Don’t want to be a kitchen slave? Expect lots of “SHUT UP, FEMINAZI. YOU RUIN WOMEN’S RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE. MEN HAVE RIGHTS, TOO! I AM AN ACTIVIST FOR MAN’S RIGHTS, WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHT TO SEND YOU TO THE KITCHEN TO MAKE ME A SANDWICH???

    :I

    I hate the world I live in, right now. You have no fucking idea.

    The ’90s were so amazing. So were the early ’00s. What happened??

    You had Janeway, as the Captain of a starship, you had Sam Carter as a kick arse scientist with military training who could hold her own and was one of the most interesting characters in SG-1, you had Ripley from Aliens, you had Sarah Connor. What happened?

    So, yeah. Women are bothered by this. They want some representation as something other than kitchen slaves. They don’t want the world to spiral back into ’50s conservative America, and neither do I. I live in Britain, Britain isn’t supposed to feel like ’50s conservative America, BUT IT DOES.

    And it’s bloody wrong.

    Are the privileged straight, white, cis-gendered male crowd so, so afraid of losing their seat of power that ’50s conservative America is preferable to any alternative? Is that what you want? I’m a guy, too! That’s not what I want! Admittedly, I’m disabled and gay, which has altered my outlook on life because I’ve been bullied, discriminated against, almost killed more than once, and… much worse.

    But I’m a guy. And I don’t want that. I can’t understand why anyone would want that. I want things to be as progressive as they were in the ’90s and early ’00s again. I miss that. I really do.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. TheWulf

    Man, I remember the late ’90s and early ’00s were getting progressive about gay people, too. Gay people were actually quite popular, then. But, same as with women, it dropped off at some point in the last however many years and I think everyone is starting to feel a little bit worried again.

    As I keep pointing out, I feel like the world is spiralling backwards, getting more regressive so quickly, and becoming ’50s conservative America — white picket fences, wholesome families, destroy those who upset this status quo.

    I admit that gay people had a better run than women in more recent years, but homophobia is becoming the in thing again, where everyone gets really fucking hateful if a gay character shows up in something. Because romance is fine if it’s straight, but if it has a gay character then “THIS GAME SHOULDN’T HAVE ROMANCE IN IT AT ALL, THAT’S MY ARGUMENT, YES.

    I don’t know. I’m just really not enjoying humanity right now. It felt like we were on the right track for a bit, back there. We had open-mindedness, it was a boon, and those without it were usually shunned as the nasty, violent people they were. We had imagination and creativity. And we weren’t afraid to have sitcoms about gay guys or strong women in sci-fi.

    And now?

    Really, what the hell is happening? This is what women, gay people, and every marginalised concern is railing against. We don’t want to be treated so badly that people will turn violent against us again. No thank you. We don’t want to go back to a time when that was okay. But that’s where, to me, I feel we’re headed. Because people are all too ready to excuse misogyny, sexism, homophobia, racism, and cultural xenophobia.

    This isn’t the grand future of humanity I longed for.

    #6 8 months ago

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    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]