Ubisoft has already mentioned that Altair and Ezio’s stories have met their endgames in Assassin’s Creed Revelations. So, it isn’t surprising that they are ready to bring on a new face to represent the series. The only question was who and when it would be.
It seems the answer may be out: CVG is reporting that a ‘source close to the project’ has told them that the upcoming game will be set during the American Revolution. They offer no further elaboration.
The interesting thing about this setting is that it could be possible. As it stands, the ‘Da Vinci Disappearance’ DLC for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood gave players a set of coordinates that leads to New York, USA. The ending for Revelations also focused on the US. Most important of all, however, is the fact that Ubisoft itself has asked gamers through a survey if they would like the “American Revolution” setting.
If the above setting does come to fruition then it could be a very engaging game. Players could meet notable figures such as George Washington, Henry Knox, Benjamin Franklin, and many others. The era is also suitable for the free-running and combat aspects of the series.
Other settings Ubisoft has hinted at include ancient Egypt, feudal Japan, Victorian England, and medieval China.
A proper announcement regarding the game is expected soon.
My respect for David Cage of Quantic Dream just shot up through the roof.
The man behind Fahrenheit (also called Indigo Prophecy) and Heavy Rain, while speaking with Eurogamer, said that the studio is focusing on developing the next generation of “technology” for its games instead of “milking the cow” that is Heavy Rain.
“Most of the team currently works on the next generation of technology and future concepts,” he said. “We plan to significantly improve the technology compared to Heavy Rain, continue to take risks and explore new grounds.
“Many people wondered why we were not ‘milking the cow’ after the success of Heavy Rain – why we were not creating a sequel for next Christmas. It may sound weird from the outside, but this is really not how I see my company.”
Cage also noted that Quantic is not working on a project called Horizon. He notes that if they were, he would not be secretive about it.
“I don’t know where this information comes from but there is no project called Horizon featuring a couple in a science-fiction world currently in development at Quantic Dream,” he said. “Though if the script is available it sounds like a good idea.
Following rumors that Splinter Cell: Conviction had been pushed back for a major redesign, Ubisoft has commented on the matter, dismissing said rumor with two words – “pure speculation”.
The rumor originates from a report in Xbox World 360 magazine that claimed the game wasn’t groundbreaking enough and was already outdated by Assassin’s Creed, hence the redesign.
Conviction has Sam Fisher stripped of his gadgets, instead relying on old-school techniques such as crowd blending and the like. More information is expected from the upcoming Ubidays event.
Though it isn’t confirmed yet, TGMOnline, by way of Halifax, the Italian distributor for Capcom, reports that a PC version of Dead Rising is in the making, as well as an expansion to Lost Planet dubbed Colonies.
Capcom is yet to comment on the rumor.
Primotech has a story up where they carry word from a “source close to BioWare” that the studio’s next game will be a MMORPG based on the Star Wars: KOTOR universe. The game was originally released back in 2003 and has become a seminal hit.
Their source states that the game is being developed by the company’s Austin studio, which was formed in 2006 and is headed by James Ohlen, whose past credits include the first KOTOR, Neverwinter Nights and the Baldur’s Gate series, all legendary RPGs.
As expected, no other details are currently known about the game.
This rumor was shot down before, but it has been going persistently strong since people just cannot get the idea of a really hot Final Fantasy 7 remake on the PS3. Anyways, IGN sent off an email to Square Enix to squash the rumor once and for all; here is their reply:
Since the FINAL FANTASY VII tech demo at E3 2005, there have been a lot of rumors about the presentation hinting at an actual remake. While the June 2006 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly confirms the remake for release in 2007, Square Enix has never stated this.
We have however confirmed that development has begun for Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII on PlayStation 3. These titles are part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Project which also includes a mobile game titled FINAL FANTASY Agito XIII.
Really, what kind of an answer do people need? “WE ARE NOT MAKING A F&*&@#! FINAL FANTASY 7 GAME!” That’s more like it, I guess.
Previous versions of the rumor has been shot down various times, but this one comes from Dean Takahashi of The Mercury News, who reports that Microsoft is indeed working on a portable game console that will compete with products from Sony, Nintendo and even Apple’s iPod.
Dubbed the “Xplayer,” the device is said to be in the works from before the development of Xbox 360. However, Microsoft decided to focus on the next-gen console and the project was shelved. It has been raised from the dead now, and has people like Robbie Bach and J Allard working on the “Xboy,” it is still in its early stages and is not expected until late next year.
This has been the strongest report of them all, and can be taken as a definite hint that Microsoft is indeed working on a PSP-DS competitor, but until official word comes along, it’s still a rumor.