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  • Blog Post: Exploring The Concept Art Of Assassin's Creed Unity

    Establishing the themes and mood for games in concept art is essential. These ideas often give birth to even more creative implementations. Assassin's Creed Unity is no different. The French Revolution drove much of its initial art and introduced some of the important conflicts the writers wanted... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The Largest Crowd Assembled In Assassin's Creed Unity

    During E3 2014, Ubisoft showed off its new gameplay footage of Assassin's Creed Unity that had a crowd of 5,000 NPCs gathered around a guillotine. We were all very impressed, but had no idea that was just a fraction of what the game's engine was capable of. While visiting Ubisoft Montreal for... More
  • Blog Post: Assassin’s Creed’s Tech Master Leads Us Through The Series’ History

    Ubisoft has been developing Assassin’s Creed games for nearly a decade now, with the series spanning across two console generations. A lot has changed since those early days – those crowds of several dozen NPCs have certainly grown – but some aspects are the same. Ubisoft’s technical... More
  • Blog Post: From First To Last – Comparing Developers’ Early Work To Later Work

    Development studios, even highly successful ones, like to change things. As the old adage goes (I assume), if it ain’t broke, try something different to see if that also works. Studios like Naughty Dog may have made a name for themselves with a jumping cartoon bandicoot named Crash, but that doesn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Get To Know Elise From Assassin’s Creed Unity

    So far, we’ve only seen a small slice of Elise De LaSerre in her reveal trailer , but it was enough to get people speculating, especially the revelation that she’s a Templar. When we visited Ubisoft Montreal for our cover story , Ubisoft opened up about the enigmatic red-head and her role... More
  • Blog Post: Get To Know Arno From Assassin’s Creed Unity

    Assassin’s Creed Unity takes place during the French Revolution, but that’s not the only battle new protagonist Arno Dorian has to face. The ideals and extremism of the time merely provide a compelling backdrop for Arno’s personal struggles. France is full of shades of gray, forcing... More
  • Blog Post: Assassins Unite: Our Hands-On Impressions Of Assassin’s Creed Unity

    For the first time, the Assassin's Creed series will introduce seamless cooperative play into the mix with Assassin's Creed Unity. This was one of the most requested features from fans and something Ubisoft was just as passionate about including. During our recent cover story trip to Ubisoft... More
  • Blog Post: The New Gameplay Of Assassin's Creed Unity

    While visiting Ubisoft Montreal for our September cover story on Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue , the lead developers on the new-gen title Unity emphasized that they were reworking the core pillars of the franchise to go along with their full leap to the next generation. We spoke with creative... More
  • Blog Post: Get To Know Shay From Assassin’s Creed Rogue

    Assassin’s Creed Rogue has one of the most promising setups we’ve seen from the series so far: What would happen if a member of the Assassins had a change of heart and left the order? The game delves into what that act of betrayal means to the game’s protagonist, a man named Shay Patrick... More
  • Blog Post: Total Recall: Assassin’s Creed Announcement Trailers

    Earlier today, Ubisoft delivered a new trailer for the seventh major Assassin’s Creed game. The franchise has grown and matured quite a bit since it was first announced, so we thought we’d look back at how Ubisoft has evolved its unveilings of new series entries. Assassin’s Creed Announced... More
  • Blog Post: The 1000-Year-Old Gamer: A Look At Video Game Age Gates

    Age gates are the Internet's half-hearted attempt at preventing minors from seeing potentially objectionable material. Like most of you, my birthday is on January 1st, but I have found a good deal of variety in just how far back various game companies' website go in available birth year. Asking... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Assassin’s Creed

    In honor of the 4th of July, we’re examining another angle on the concept of freedom – the video games that gave us a sense of freedom through story, gameplay, and controls. For me, few games have offered such a revelatory experience of free movement and exploration as the first time I played... More
  • Blog Post: Far Out: Reflections On The Far Cry Series

    Video game series rarely stay the same over the decades. As a brand ages, it evolves. Far Cry is a perfect example. Crytek’s original shooter had players using their surroundings to lay traps and stalk opponents through a lush archipelago, but the series has grown into a larger open world experience... More
  • Blog Post: What's New In Far Cry 4

    With Far Cry 4, Ubisoft Montreal recruited a fresh creative director. Alex Hutchinson had just wrapped up Assassin's Creed III , and his passion for creating systemic, player-driven narrative meshed well with the interests of the Far Cry development team. While there was a lot to love about the gameplay... More
  • Blog Post: History Lessons: The Road From Assassin's Creed III To Far Cry 4

    Back in early 2012, we spoke with creative director Alex Hutchinson about his hopes and plans for wrapping up Assassin's Creed III . Once the game shipped , Hutchinson moved away from the Assassin's Creed team within Ubisoft Montreal to be the creative director for Far Cry 4. While visiting the... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Valiant Hearts: The Great War

    Ubisoft's somber tale about World War I and the people it affected is a unique twist on war-themed games. We play the first few scenes to illustrate how the stage is set, and the gameplay you can expect along the way. I join host Kyle Hilliard to check out the gorgeous visuals in motion. Valiant... More
  • Blog Post: The Rise And Future Of Far Cry

    While the series has been around for ten years, 2012's Far Cry 3 caught a lot of people by surprise and roped in plenty of new fans. While our cover story this month focuses on Far Cry 4 , we wanted to speak with the developers about the bringing Far Cry back into the top tier of gaming releases... More
  • Blog Post: Embracing Chaos: Far Cry 4's New Approach To Narrative

    The team at Ubisoft Montreal is very proud of Far Cry 3 ( with good reason ), but the lead developers of Far Cry 4 are focused on improving this game's narrative. Far Cry 3 fell into controversy surrounding racial tropes and a significant disconnect between the player's experience and the motivations... More
  • Blog Post: Video Recap - Ubisoft's E3 2014 Press Conference

    There weren't many surprises, but Ubisoft had a lot to show off with this year's E3 press conference. Game Informer's Kyle Hilliard and Bryan Vore absorbed the show in its entirety and were ready to talk about Assassin's Creed Unity, Rainbow Six: Seige, Aisha Tyler, and much more in this... More
  • Blog Post: It's Time For E3 Bingo

    What will happen during the E3 press conferences is anyone's guess. Every year, we see big surprises amid the sales figures and awkwardly scripted banter. What announcements will make headlines? What familiar faux pas will play out on stage? Using our E3 Bingo card, you can track the events and play... More
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