Anno 1800

I love city-building games. The first one I spent hours into was, of course, Sims City. I’d open my StarCraft map editor only to design sandbox maps with a strong emphasis on building and expanding your base. “Terraria” and “Starbound” too, spending hours building towns and making resorts and all that pizzazz. So it saddens me a little that my poor laptop cannot play “Cities” Skylines” properly. But that’s alright, there’s “Prison Architect,” “Project Highrise,” and “RimWorld.”

Now there’s another, Ubisoft readies “Anno 1800” an industrial revolution city-building game. I doubt my laptop will be able to play this game. In any case, this looks really good and maybe someday I’ll get my chance.

Press release follows:

Ubisoft announces Anno 1800

At Gamescom, Ubisoft announced the development of “ANNO 1800”, new opus of the famous franchise that will take place in the 19th century. “ANNO 1800” is scheduled to be released in Winter 2018 on Windows PC.

Developed at Ubisoft Blue Byte, Studio Mainz, “ANNO 1800” brings players at the dawn of the industrial age, a time of industrialization, diplomacy and discovery. Players will have the chance to prove their skills as a ruler, as they create huge metropolises, plan efficient logistic networks, explore and settle new lands and dominate their opponents by diplomacy, trade or warfare.

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ANNO 1800™ combines the best of what the franchise can offer: a rich city-building experience, including a story-based campaign, a highly customizable sandbox mode and the classic Anno multiplayer experience.

“With ANNO 1800, we really wanted to please our fans by giving them the popular features of the franchise they love the most and combine it with an innovative gameplay and a memorable new setting” said Benedikt Grindel, Studio Manager of Ubisoft Blue Byte. “We can’t wait to share more content with players in the coming months.”

Ubisoft Blue Byte also offers players the opportunity to join their team in the creation of Anno 1800 with ANNO Union. This brand new community initiative will provide exclusive content, latest news, development insights, behind the scenes content and give them the opportunity to play the game early.

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Gamers will be able to help the studio shape the future of the franchise, as they will regularly be invited to share their feedback, vote on features, create content and get the chance to take part in play tests during its development.

To have the chance to take part of the ANNO adventure, please register here: www.anno-union.com

 

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Rayman Legends to make a big Switch

I love platformers. I grew up with Mario, Sonic, and a bit of Mega Man. Rayman was the first PlayStation game I have ever played. I loved it back then and I love it now.And I’d be lying if I didn’t say that “Rayman Legends” isn’t one of the most intense and best platformers we’ve had in a long, long time. 

Ubisoft appears to be milking the Legends title some more instead of making a proper sequel. It has been a number years already and I’ve met people who had double dipped on this from PS3 to PS4, and some even willing to triple dip when it comes out for the Nintendo Switch.

In any case, posting a press release sent to me by one of my pals from Ubisoft.

Press release follows:

RAYMAN LEGENDS: DEFINITIVE EDITION LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 12 ON NINTENDO SWITCH

Ubisoft announced that “Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition” is coming to Nintendo Switch on September 12, 2017.


Rayman, named platformer of the year and winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to the Nintendo Switch for the first time with “Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition.” It allows up to four players and offers an exclusive wireless local multiplayer experience in Kung Foot mode. With the Nintendo Switch device undocked, players can use the touch screen to take out enemies, manipulate platforms, cut ropes and much more, anywhere, anytime, in both solo and multiplayer. Additionally, players will experience a new and exclusive tournament feature in an updated Kung Foot.

Set in the enchanted world of Rayman, “Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition” follows Rayman and his colorful band of friends as they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. The gang must run, jump, and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting.

Fallen Ghosts

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I am missing a lot of action in the gaming scene. I haven’t yet got a PlayStation 4, a Nintendo Switch, or a better gaming PC. And yet, all these amazing games are coming out really fast. When Sony launched the PS4 a few years back, I was pretty cool with it, since, hey, it just came out, and there won’t be any really good games out yet. But now is that time, when all the good stuff are hitting the market: Dark Souls 3, The Witcher 3, Persona 5, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, among other things. Then newer games just came out, “Injustice 2,” “The Surge,” and the improved “Mario Kart 8: Deluxe.”

Ah man. Anyway, Ubisoft is cooking up something new for “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.”

The full press release follows:

HUNTERS BECOME THE HUNTED IN TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON WILDLANDS’ SECOND EXPANSION, FALLEN GHOSTS, COMING MAY 31, 2017

Ubisoft recently announced that the second Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands expansion, Fallen Ghosts, will be available to season pass owners simultaneously on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC on May 31, 2017. The expansion will release for individual purchase for all players a week later, on June 6, 2017 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

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Fallen Ghosts takes place after the fall of the Santa Blanca Cartel. With Unidad’s military force unable to maintain control over Bolivia, the country is in a state of civil war. To help restore order, the Unidad enlists cartel members, veterans, mercenaries and criminals from various nearby countries as volunteers. Together, they form a new brutal special unit: Los Extranjeros, which is ordered to track and eliminate all American agents.

In this chaotic situation, the Ghosts have one last mission: evacuate the last CIA members and American civilians remaining in the country. Shot down enroute to their mission, the Ghosts find themselves in the middle of the jungle, without external support, facing deadly enemies equipped with the latest gear and technology. These dangerous elite soldiers are separated into four distinct classes:

–      Armored: Equipped with heavy bulletproof plates, they are especially threatening in close combat.

–      Elite Sniper: Geared up with an advanced movement detector, these Elite Sniper are able to notice far away targets and never miss their shot.

–      Jammer: With a jamming antenna directly in their backpack, they are able to neutralize drones and interfere with all electronic equipment.

–      Covert Ops: Equipped with a new prototype cloaking device that makes them almost invisible and a powerful crossbow, they give a new meaning to the word “Ghost.”

GRW_DLC_FALLENGHOSTS_C_05152017_6pm_CEST_1494846535 The Fallen Ghosts campaign will feature 15 new missions in which players will have to take down four new bosses located in three different regions. In the expansion, players will start with a new character at level 30 and equipped with all of the main game skills. The level cap will increase from 30 to 35, and players will be able to unlock nine new skills including physical, weapon and drones skills.

Fallen Ghosts also features six exclusive new weapons ranging from new assaults rifles, sniper rifles and a crossbow that can be equipped with explosive arrows.

Finally, the more hardcore players will be pleased to know that the advanced and expert difficulties have been tweaked to offer an even higher challenge. By turning the HUD off players will get the most extreme and tactical experience possible in Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, players discover a fictionalized future Bolivia, a few years from now, in which players must take down the Santa Blanca drug cartel by any means necessary. Behind enemy lines, they hunt down targets and discover intel, using any of the more than 60 vehicles available, including cars, motorcycles and even helicopters that they can commandeer. To topple the cartel, players have to fight their way to El Sueño, Santa Blanca’s ruthless leader, by breaking down the Santa Blanca drug cartel’s operation piece by piece as they sever alliances between the drug lords and the corrupted government. A PvP mode for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will be available in the coming months.

 

 

For Honor Season 2

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Fog hangs low in Times Square, New York City

It is day 4 in my trip to New York City with my wife. While she goes to work, I remain alone, most of the time in our hotel room, where I spend most of my hours typing furiously into finishing the Red Whale. We’ll be here until next week, where we will move to an apartment space, thanks to Airbnb, and after a few more days we’ll be jumping on board a plane and fly back home.

Anyhow, once again my friends of Ubisoft has sent me a press release, again about “For Honor” and despite not having played the game yet, all the new content sounds really intriguing. I do hope to get a PlayStation 4 soon to catch up with all these blockbuster games.

Press release follows.

FOR HONOR SEASON TWO, SHADOW AND MIGHT, COMING MAY 16

Ubisoft announced that “For Honor” Season Two, Shadow and Might, will launch simultaneously across all platforms on May 16. Shadow and Might will bring new content to “For Honor” including two additional heroes, two extra maps, new customization items and gameplay updates. Maps and gameplay updates will be free for all players at the start of Season Two. New heroes, the lethal Shinobi and the fierce Centurion, will be available for free immediately for Season Pass holders on May 16, while all other players will be able to unlock them with their in-game Steel on May 23.

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In the war between the three deadly factions, Knights, Vikings and Samurai, two new Heroes enter the battlefield:

  • Shinobi (Samurai Assassin)
    – The Shinobi are silent warriors able to move with a dancer’s grace and kill with precision thanks to a lifetime of disciplined training. They wield the traditional Japanese Kusarigama.
  • Centurion (Knight Hybrid)
    – The Centurion sees the battlefield like a chessboard. Equipped with the reliable standard issue gladius, Centurions can bypass enemy defenses through strategic close-quarters combat.

The two new maps, Forge and Temple Garden, will expand upon the selection of multiplayer battlefields. Additionally, Season Two will introduce a new level of gear rarity – Epic gear – that will increase the maximum gear score along with a balancing overhaul for the entire gear stats system.

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Coinciding with the end of Season One, a new title update (Update 1.06) was released on Windows PC to improve network stability while introducing new gameplay changes and hero balancing. The update is planned to release on consoles very shortly. For Honor will continue to be supported post-launch with additional content and consistent gameplay balancing updates.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios,* For Honor offers an engaging campaign and thrilling multiplayer modes. Players embody warriors of the three Great Factions, the bold Knights, the brutal Vikings and the deadly Samurai, fighting to the death on intense and believable melee battlefields. The Art of Battle, the game’s innovative combat system that puts players in total control of their warriors, allows them to utilize the unique skills and combat style of each hero to vanquish all enemies who stand in their way.

Ghost Recon Wildlands: Narco Road DLC

I’ve been pals with a few Ubisoft employees since 2015 and they’ve been kind enough to send me Ubisoft-related news materials for the broadsheet I write for, along with the gaming website I’ve cofounder. Figured it won’t cause any harm to post the press release here as well. 

I’ve never played “Ghost Recon: Wildlands” yet, but a friend of mine had claimed it was pretty good. She gave it an 8/10 out of her personal rating chart and that’s good enough for me.

Press release follows:

GO UNDERCOVER IN TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON WILDLANDS FIRST EXPANSION, NARCO ROAD, COMING APRIL 18 

Ubisoft announced that the first Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands expansion, Narco Road, will be available to season pass owners simultaneously across all platforms on April 18. Season pass owners will have access to Narco Road one week before it releases as a stand-alone expansion on April 25.

Narco Road tasks players with infiltrating three gangs of smugglers led by the elusive El Invisible. Players will have to work their way up the ranks and earn the trust of the mysterious leader if they have any hope of bringing him to justice. Reaching El Invisible will require gaining the trust of three new charismatic bosses:

– Eddie Escovado: The self-proclaimed social media star and adrenaline-addicted leader of the Kamikazes gang.

– Arturo Rey: The mysterious leader of the Death Riders, a gang of riders who worship Santa Muerte.

– Tonio Mateos: The arrogant leader of the Jinetes Locos, a gang specializing in racing muscle cars.

To earn the respect of these bosses, players will complete more than 15 fast-paced campaign missions. In addition to these new story missions, four new types of side missions and racing challenges offer adrenaline-fueled action. Completing these activities will earn players fame and followers. The more followers a player acquires, the more interest they will get from the gang bosses, and the closer they will come to bringing down El Invisible.

Narco Road also features four exclusive outfits, nine new weapons and four new vehicle types. Traverse the massive Bolivian map in huge monster trucks, nitro-boosted muscle cars, powerful motorcycles and aerobatic planes. 

Additionally, all players will gain access to a new game update launching April 12 on consoles and April 14 on Windows PC. The update will introduce weekly live seasons challenges in the form of solo, co-op and community tasks starting April 18. Players who complete these challenges will be rewarded with up to three unique rewards per week. Challenges will be available through multiple seasons, each of them lasting six weeks and featuring a specific theme. In the first season, The Rise and Fall of Unidad, players gather intel on Unidad’s operations and combat the threat to the country.

In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, players discover a fictionalized future Bolivia, a few years from now, in which players must take down the Santa Blanca drug cartel by any means necessary. Behind enemy lines, they hunt down targets and discover intel, using any of the more than 60 vehicles available, including cars, motorcycles and even helicopters that they can commandeer. To topple the cartel, players have to fight their way to El Sueño, Santa Blanca’s ruthless leader, by breaking down the Santa Blanca drug cartel’s operation piece by piece as they sever alliances between the drug lords and the corrupted government. A second expansion for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Fallen Ghosts, will be available soon, as well as an all-new PvP mode in the coming months.

For Honor gets Open Beta

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I just received a press release from Ubisoft. I’d write a more proper article but oh, I have this headache.

Anyway, I first ran into Ubisoft’s “For Honor” at E3 2015. I was with a group of other games journalists from Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. And they were all crazy about this game and none of us could get a decent schedule to view it because there was just so many people to wanted to check it out.

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For Honor Closed Beta Peaked at #1 Streamed Game on Twitch on the First Day

 Ubisoft announced that the “For Honor” Open Beta will be available to all players from February 9 to February 12 on current-gen consoles and PC. Prior to the Open Beta and to continue the War of the Factions, Ubisoft will dispatch some of the fiercest warriors including Lauren Cohan, Jason Momoa, Alfie Allen and Demetrious Johnson, as well as several of the top Twitch streamers to pledge their swords in a live For Honor battle taking place on Tuesday, February 7 at 11:00 p.m. CET Paris Time. This live War of the Factions competition, which will showcase the new Elimination mode, will be livestreamed on the For Honor Twitch channel.

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Players can continue to hone their skills on the battlefield by joining the For Honor open beta from February 9 to February 12. This beta will include the new Elimination mode, a best of five rounds four-versus-four match with no respawns. Elimination joins three additional modes playable in the open beta including Dominion, Brawl and Duel, and nine playable Heroes. At launch, For Honor will feature twelve playable Heroes and five different multiplayer modes.

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The War of the Factions will continue into the open beta giving more players a chance to fight for one of the three Factions – Knights, Samurai and Vikings. Following the closed beta, the Vikings led the War of the Factions, which pulled data from the performance of players across all three platforms. Although the Vikings are currently in the lead, Samurai and Knight players have the chance to lead their Faction to victory during the open beta and earn rewards when “For Honor” launches on February 14, 2017. (Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Yay!)

Here are the details for the Open Beta.