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Assassin’s Creed: Utopia will have no links to ACIII

Playing upcoming smartphone game, Assassin’s Creed: Utopia will have no bearing on, or contribute extra content to, your Assassin’s Creed III game, Ubisoft has confirmed. Those that abhor trans-device gaming tie-ins will be pleased, but the move seems to contradict Ubisoft’s “companion gaming” strategy.

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  • Ghost Recon Commander planned as independently profitable

    Newly launched Facebook game Ghost Recon Commander isn’t just a shill for Future Soldier, but is expected to stand on its own feet.

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  • Ubisoft on digi-distribution, companion gaming and DRM

    Stace Harman sits down with Ubisoft’s VP of digital publishing, Chris Early, to discuss the future of digital content and what happens when things go wrong.

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  • Ghost Recon Facebook game inbound from Brenda Brathwaite

    “I don’t want to visit my friends. I want to kill them,” is the legendary Brenda Brathwaite’s approach to helming a Ghost Recon social game.

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  • Ubisoft preparing for Wii U digital strategy through its Vita experience

    Ubisoft’s Chris Early has said the firm is ready to take advantage of Nintendo’s Wii U digital strategy – whatever that may be.

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  • Ubisoft feels the need for DRM will disappear with enough added value

    Ubisoft has said it wants to offer enough value to PC gamers that the need for DRM eventually “goes away”, and to do this, the firm’s digital boss Chris Early said a system similar to MMOs needs to be set in place.

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  • I Am Alive "one of the most polarizing titles we've ever launched," says Ubisoft

    Ubisoft VP of digital publishing, Chris Early, had said the firm’s digital-only offering I Am Alive was one of its “most polarizing” releases ever as review scores for it were all over the place.

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  • Microsoft will continue to invest in PC gaming

    Microsoft has told Edge that it is still committed to PC gaming after appointing Ron Pessner as its Game for Windows head after Chris Early was laid off earlier this week. “Moving ahead, Microsoft will continue to invest in Windows as a first-class gaming platform through great Windows out of box experiences, our online gaming […]

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  • Pessner takes control of Games for Windows

    Microsoft’s confirmed general manager Ron Pessner is moving from the Entertainment and Devices Division to lead its Games For Windows program, following news that previous GfWL boss Chris Early had been laid off. Pessner is joined by Microsoft Games Studios’ Dave Luehmann, who will now oversee internal development and publishing for Windows-based games. More on […]

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  • Head of Games for Windows Live sacked

    As part of Microsoft’s restructuring plan to eventually shed five thousand jobs, the highest profile employee to get the chop is Chris Early, general manager of Games for Windows Live. Venture Beat has contacted Early for comment but only receives an auto-response from his email saying his time as Microsoft has “come to a close.” […]

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  • Microsoft planning to launch Steam rival?

    Speaking to Shacknews, Microsoft’s Chris Early has apparently confirmed that firm has plans to launch a PC digital distribution platform in line with Valve’s Steam. “Clearly it’s on our road map,” said the Games for Windows Live boss when asked if the firm is to start selling full games over the “innerned”. There’s a fuller […]

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  • GDC: Cross-platform gaming likely to appear in Microsoft keynote, says Early

    Chris Early, general manager of Microsoft’s casual-games program, gave a heavy hint that John Schappert’s GDC keynote today is likely to include content about how Live Anywhere gamimg will link Windows Mobile, Vista and Xbox 360 together. “If you like that sort of thing, I would strongly recommend you go to Microsoft’s keynote opening GDC, […]

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