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Assassins Creed 3: “It’s not all about America”

Assassins Creed 3
is set during a rather interesting time in American history. However, it’s not going to be all about patriotism and “America ra ra” as lead writer Matt Turner puts it.

“The truth of the matter is that America didn’t exist until 1783 and that’s when our game ends,” he said, pointing out that Connor, the protagonist, belongs to neither factions (Americans or the British), but instead tackles the Templars, sworn enemies of the assassins.

“At that point it’s not about American or English; it’s about English and English and that’s something we want to be very clear on,” Turner noted. “It’s not about America ra ra, it’s about freedom and community and about how people are treated in that kind of a situation. And how they want to find their own identity. I think that’s something that’s universal to anybody.”

Turner also said they’re not going to shy away from sensitive topics like slavery.

“It’s something we’ve been very aware of. Everybody had slaves at that point; the first groups who rallied around emancipation didn’t come around until 1787,” he said. “That was very much after our game and slavery was maintained in culture. We feel that kind of a subject deserves a certain amount attention because it’s so serious and it needs to be treated with utmost respect. We’re definitely not going to shy away from it in terms of not showing it.”

Slavery’s going to be in the game, but won’t be a central point.

The game is due out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in October. It’s also in development for Wii U.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 being made for next-gen hardware, will have parkour-heavy gameplay

bge1231203Rayman creator Michael Ancel dashed hopes of Beyond Good & Evil 2 appearing on consoles in the next year, pointing out that they are making the game for next-generation hardware.

He said so in a video interview from the Toulouse Game Show, which has been translated by members of NeoGAF. “We are in an active creation stage and at this moment we are only focusing on the game and making it the best game that we can,” he said.

Ancel reiterated that the game needs the extra power of next-gen hardware: “I can say that it’s a very ambitious game and we need some tech to achieve that ambition.”

So, there you have it: Beyond Good & Evil 2 on PS4, Xbox 3 and, quite definitely, PC. But what about the gameplay? Especially what we gleaned from this bit of leaked footage?

“We had this concept even before Mirror’s Edge launched. And we have a different approach to the first person perspective that Mirror’s Edge has. Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed are closer to what we have in mind with the control of the character in a third person perspective,” he said.

“We use a very dynamic camera that shakes a lot during the action to add life to the camera giving the impression of an action news cover team following Jade. Maybe that could be similar to Mirror’s Edge but the game itself is very different.”

The game was originally announced back in 2008 before it went completely dark. It’s good to know that it’s still alive and being made ‘actively’.

Prince of Persia: Assassins Shows Origins of the Stab-happy Gameplay of Assassins Creed

We all know just how awesome Assassin’s Creed turned out to be. But it wasn’t always that way. It originally started out as Prince of Persia: Assassins in 2004. The similarities are interesting, but it’s also easy to see just how different the final game turned out to be.

Anyways, check out this concept video that shows off the origin of Assassins Creed.

Next Assassin's Creed to be set during American Revolution?

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.

Mexicans want Call of Juarez sequel banned

ALeqM5gg9MG7u4vbknXlit2L-q8UVQE-zwAh, Mexico, the land of cheap booze, sleazy clubs and drug cartels! Officials of Ciudad Juarez, the location of upcoming shooter sequel Call of Juarez: The Cartel, are angry that they are the subject of a video game and want it banned.

The city is one of worst affected by drug cartels, having seen about 6000 people die in the last two years. Congressmen of Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located, are fighting to get the federal Interior Department to ban the game. They believe that children could be affected by exposure to the game, noting that “they [the children] are going to grow up with this kind of image and lack of values.”

Call of Juarez: The Cartel is due out this summer for PS3 and Xbox 360.

Ubisoft quietly announces Brotherhood PC release date

Dear Ubisoft,

We are disappointed with how you have handled the PC release of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It has been out on PS3 and Xbox 360 since November 2010. We have been patiently waiting for the PC version for over three months now. And now you quietly mention that it will be out on March 17 and 18 in North America and Europe, respectively, without saying if it will come with extra content or enhancements or not.

On top of that, we hope you have toned your DRM down for this title. It is simply unacceptable that we have to be online every time we want to play the game.

Yours sincerely,

PC gamers

Settlers continue to search for paths to kingdom, produces seventh prodigal son


The explorers from Ubisoft sent out an expansive press release today stating that their exploitation and extermination series The Settlers will continue to increase its horizon come spring 2010 with The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom.

Developed by Blue Byte, the game will contain the usual fine-tuning of settlements to optimize transport and production as well as three paths to victory – military, science and trade – and a new victory points system.

Also, it will have a new graphics engine for you graphics whores and improved AI that will offer “unique behaviors”. Multiplayer is not ignored either, with new modes being added along with leaderboard and DLC support.