Good evening followers of ELECTROSPORTS, as you might have noticed I have not used this blog too much recently. That is because I am using the new site http://www.enforcingthecode.com to update lately. So if you want to continue to receive material it is over on that site from here on out. I will have my E3 preview and coverage on there along with my Watch_Dogs review, and Stanley Cup Finals preview and recap. So head on over there for all the latest news, and remember to follow for all of the recent updates from me and staff.
Thanks for the good times here, and I hope to build many more on the new site.
SAN FRANCISCO — April 8, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that The Crew will be available this fall for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC.
The Crew is a revolutionary action-driving game that takes gamers on a reckless ride throughout a massive, open-world recreation of the United States brimming with exciting challenges and populated by other real players.
The Crew’s premiere gameplay trailer, released today, shows four cars, each in a different iconic region of the United States, forming a crew to continue their journey together across the living, breathing open-world.
The Crew is now available for pre-order in two different editions for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The Limited Edition will grant early access to rides that will prepare gamers for any road—and off-road—conditions. Players who pre-order this edition will receive early access to the BMW Z4 sDrive35is, Mini Cooper S, and Dodge Ram SRT-10 and their respective sets of full custom and performance parts. The Muscle Edition, which can only be pre-ordered at GameStop, will include all early unlock content from the Limited Edition and will also grant exclusive early access to the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Both Editions include 10,000 bonus Crew Credits. Players can pre-order The Crew for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at their local retailers.
For more information on The Crew, please visit: http://thecrewgame.com
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman and Far Cry. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2012-13 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,256 million. To learn more, please visit http://www.ubisoftgroup.com.
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A quick recap of video game news is below.
- EA’s UFC game will release on June 17th, and the pre-order bonus will be the in game character of Bruce Lee. (Seriously, I couldn’t make this up if I tried)
- MLB the Show ’14 was released last week on the PS3 and PS Vita to good results in terms of reviews, to this point I’ve yet to see a bad review.
- Speaking of MLB the Show ’14, there was a new trailer for the PS4 version released and it shows off the stadiums.
- Specs for the PC version of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs have been revealed, you can find the list towards the bottom of the steam page for the pre-order of Watch Dogs.
- Speaking of Watch Dogs they released a Welcome to Chicago trailer a couple weeks back, I don’t believe I posted it, but you can find the video here WARNING: Use of profanity; violence; gun play.
- RBI Baseball is going to be released April 9th for PS3, Xbox 360 for $19.99, and on iOS devices for $4.99. Still no word on the PS4 and Xbox One versions.
That is just a brief glimpse into the last couple of weeks in gaming, as you can see, it is pretty uneventful.
I came across a few previews for Watch_Dogs yesterday after the latest trailer was launched, and the May 27th release date was announced, and overall my excitement for the game is renewed because the previews came back positively. Unfortunately being a small blog I am not afforded the same opportunity to play the game or any other games for that matter before its release so I along with others obviously have to read previews from other outlets that have been given the chance to play these games.
So as I was reading them, I tried to get a gauge on the game and like I mentioned above they all came back positive, so there is nothing I am concerned about because there was nothing to report judging from what I read in terms of glitches or hiccups except for this one little piece which can be read below from the Polygon preview:
I hacked the front gates open, and then turned on the sound device. A guard walked over to figure out what it was, and I set off the explosion, blowing him off his feet and killing him.
A bug prevented the other guards from noticing the explosion outside, so I was able to slip in and hide behind a wall. Using the cameras in the compound, I scouted the area, tagging all of the bad guys. I skipped my view from the cameras mounted high above the courtyard to ones mounted on the vest of a guard, using his patrol to help locate the computer.
Certainly this would be a cause for concern typically if you read the entire preview and spotted where it said that, but with a little less than three months before the game ships, I think that the bug will be fixed before the release.
Once you read the preview pieces below if you haven’t come across them already I think you will share in my excitement for the game. Of course over the next couple of months I hope we got more information and videos to tide us over to the release of Watch_Dogs.
Below are links of previews done around the web, I sorted them by personal favorite previews, that way if you are on a time crunch you can try to read the best of the previews now, and possibly the rest later.
This is a hilarious preview, at least I thought it was funny, it was witty and sarcastic all in one. It was easily my favorite preview.
Another well done preview, and this also has a video that has interviews with the development team which also revealed why the game was delayed.
This is a nice 3 page/section preview done by Game Informer, it is broken down into sections such as information on the game, hands on impressions, and so on.
Marty Silva of IGN reports his impressions of Watch_Dogs, another worthwhile preview.
PARIS – March 6, 2014 – Today Ubisoft revealed that its highly anticipated action-adventure open world game, Watch Dogs, released worldwide on May 27, 2014 Playstation 4 , Playstation 3, Xbox One ® , Xbox ® 360 and PC. Wii U ™ version is released at a later date . Players who purchase Watch Dogs on Playstation ® or Playstation ® 3 ™ 4 will have access to 60 minutes of additional gameplay.
“We are excited to reveal to players around the world the new release date of Watch Dogs ,” said Geoffroy Sardin , Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA at Ubisoft. “We are quite convinced that the extra time given to the development team to refine and perfect the game is really worth . ”
“We are very excited about the launch of Watch Dogs on PS3 and PS4 ® ® and are confident it will stand as one of the biggest games of 2014,” said Michael Pattison , Vice President , Sony Computer Entertainment Europe . “This is a unique and visionary game and we are confident that the exclusive content available via the Playstation Network will not only excite the players, but also show that Playstation ® is the preferred platform for playing Watch Dogs. ”
Watch Dogs in , the player will play Aiden Pearce, a talented hacker whose violent and criminal past caused the loss of his family. Driven by the desire for revenge, he will track relentlessly those responsible for this tragedy. With its smartphone, it will be able to monitor and hack everything that surrounds it, including CTOs , the monitoring system of the city of Chicago. Aiden can access the cameras, download confidential information about its targets, controlling traffic lights to cause accidents … and much more! With its smartphone, the city becomes the ultimate weapon to quench his thirst for revenge.
More information about Watch Dogs are available on the official website , Facebook page and Twitter account .
Ubisoft is a world leader in the creation , publishing and distribution of video games and interactive services. The Group owns a portfolio of internationally recognized brands such as Assassin ‘s Creed , Just Dance , Rayman , Far Cry series or video game Tom Clancy . Ubisoft teams , through its global network of studios and distribution subsidiaries , are committed to offer players unforgettable experiences and original game on all popular platforms, including consoles , mobiles, tablets and PCs . For the year 2012-13 , Ubisoft generated sales amounted to EUR 1 256 million. For more information , please visit : http://www.ubisoftgroup.com .
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PARIS – 6 Mars 2014 – Ubisoft révèle que son très attendu jeu d’action-aventure en monde ouvert, Watch Dogs, sortira dans le monde entier le 27 Mai 2014 sur Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox® One, Xbox® 360 et sur PC. La version Wii U™ sortira à une date ultérieure. Les joueurs qui achèteront Watch Dogs sur Playstation®3 ou Playstation® 4™ auront accès à 60 minutes de gameplay supplémentaire.
« Nous sommes ravis de pouvoir révéler aux joueurs du monde entier la nouvelle date de sortie de Watch Dogs », a déclaré Geoffroy Sardin, Vice-Président EMEA Ventes et Marketing chez Ubisoft. « Nous sommes tout à fait convaincus que le temps supplémentaire accordé à l’équipe de développement pour peaufiner et perfectionner le jeu en vaut vraiment la peine. »
« Nous sommes très excités quant au lancement de Watch Dogs sur PS3® et PS4® et sommes confiants qu’il se distinguera comme l’un des plus grands jeux de 2014 », a déclaré Michael Pattison, Vice-Président chez Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. « C’est un jeu unique et visionnaire et nous sommes convaincus que le contenu exclusif disponible via le Playstation Network ne va pas seulement exciter les joueurs, mais également montrer que Playstation® est la plate-forme privilégiée pour jouer à Watch Dogs.»
Dans Watch Dogs, le joueur incarnera Aiden Pearce, un hacker de talent dont le passé violent et criminel causa la perte de ses proches. Animé par le désir de vengeance, il traquera sans relâche les personnes responsables de cette tragédie. Grâce à son smartphone, il sera capable de surveiller et de hacker tout ce qui l’entoure, notamment le ctOS, le système de surveillance de la ville de Chicago. Aiden pourra accéder aux caméras de surveillance, télécharger des informations confidentielles sur ses cibles, contrôler les feux de signalisation pour provoquer des accidents… et bien plus encore ! Grâce à son smartphone, la ville devient l’arme ultime pour assouvir sa soif de vengeance.
À propos d’Ubisoft
Ubisoft figure parmi les leaders mondiaux de la création, édition et distribution de jeux vidéo et de services interactifs. Le groupe possède un riche portefeuille de marques de renommée internationale telles que Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Rayman, Far Cry ou encore la série de jeux vidéo Tom Clancy. Les équipes d’Ubisoft, à travers son réseau mondial de studios et de filiales de distribution, s’engagent à offrir aux joueurs des expériences de jeu originales et inoubliables sur l’ensemble des plateformes populaires, dont les consoles, mobiles, tablettes et PC. Pour l’exercice 2012-13, le CA d’Ubisoft s’est élevé à 1 256 millions d’euros. Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur: www.ubisoftgroup.com.
©2014 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Watch Dogs, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries.
“PlayStation”, “PS3” and “PS4” are registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox One are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Wii U is a trademark of Nintendo. © 2012 Nintendo.
Today Ubisoft revealed the release dates for all versions of Watch_Dogs except for the WiiU version and that date is May 27, 2014.The WiiU version will come out on a later date.
Accompanying that news was a new Watch_Dogs in a trailer that tells more about the story of Watch_Dogs where it is learned that he is seeking revenge for his daughters death. The trailer doesn’t say how the 6 year old was killed but there is no doubt that the game will offer a lot of details into that as we progress, and since it has been learned that this was a family ordeal I would not be surprised if his wife was also murdered as well, granted there is no evidence to support this as there is with the daughters tombstone, but I don’t recall seeing Aiden Pearce’s wife anywhere in screens or videos leading up to this. So it would make sense to assume that the wife was also a victim of the hit on Aiden Pearce.
You can watch the trailer below for the roughly two and a half minute story trailer.
Overall I was underwhelmed by it, I was hoping for more. I mean it is nice to have an idea of what the game centers around now, but overall it still looks a lot like the same game. Perhaps the IGN coverage on the game later today will bring more info as to what really is happening in the game.
Overall though, it is nice to see the game back on the radar, but is it too late? I will do a piece on that and release it soon.
- There is an expectation that there will be new Watch Dogs material coming out this week, according to a report from Gamespot it might feature a trailer along with the release date on the “new” game. I am interested to see if they improved the visuals, if anything that was the weakest point of the game. Well that and to this point we really do not know a whole bunch about the game as a whole outside of Aiden Pierce is out to do damage to those who somehow harmed his family. The game looked and sounded fantastic before the delay, but if there was one weakness that Ubisoft had, it was the lack of real info on the game.
- On Tuesday Rockstar Games released its “The Business Update” for GTA Online. The release offers 3 more new cars, a couple more weapons, a new jet, and a collection of new clothes.
- SCEA has put out a couple of new blogs on Operation Sports this week, the first one dug into your Universal Profile and Stubs which is virtual currency but not used like it was in NBA 2k14, you can read that here, and the second one released today goes into Online Franchise which can be read here.
- A notable release this week was South Park: The Stick of Truth was has released to some good fan fare, it was released on Ps3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Ubisoft announced today that Far Cry Classic, already announced in EMEA territories, will be available in the US for download on Microsoft Xbox LIVE for the Microsoft Xbox® 360 and on the Sony PlayStation Network for the Sony PlayStation® 3 on February 11, 2014 and will be rated “M” for Mature.
Return to where it all began with Far Cry Classic and relive the game that left a legacy. With graphical enhancements, revamped cut-scenes, and a fresh new user interface, Far Cry Classic allows players to experience all the action and chilling gameplay that made Far Cry legendary.
It’s another beautiful day in paradise…or is it? Step into the shoes of Jack Carver, a ship captain unwittingly trapped on a remote tropical island and hunted by an unrelenting team of highly trained mercenaries. Choose firepower, strategy, or stealth, and use your freedom in massive open environments.
It’s never too late to rediscover a classic.
The content will be available February 11, 2014 on Microsoft Xbox LIVE for the Microsoft Xbox® 360 and on the Sony PlayStation Network for the Sony PlayStation® 3 for only $9.99.
SAN FRANCISCO – February 5, 2014 – Today, Ubisoft® announced that single-player adventure, Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry, will be available as a stand-alone game exclusively for download on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems for $14.99 on February 18. The game will also be available for PC on February 25 for $14.99. Originally released as an add-on adventure for Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™, Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry will not require the purchase of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.
“We decided to release Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry as a stand-alone game for both fans and newcomers to the Assassin’s Creed universe,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ubisoft. “Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry delivers key elements of an Assassin’s Creed game, including a new hero, new environments and new weapons.”
Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry tells the story of Adewale, a man born into slavery. Once a pirate and now a trained Assassin, Adewale is shipwrecked in 18th-century Haiti, home to the most brutal slavery in the West Indies. In an effort to get back to the sea, Adewale assists the locals in exchange for a crew and a ship. The more he fights for freedom from slavery, however, the more he is drawn into the Maroon slave community, forcing him to face his vicious past. In the game, Adewale will take his new crew and set of weapons, including a machete and a blunderbuss, to assassinate enemies and free slaves, delivering merciless justice in plantations and cities alike. No stranger to the sea, Adewale will command a fearsome brig to take down slave owners in the Caribbean.
For more information on Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, please visit assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed. For information on Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Freedom Cry, please visit: http://assassinscreed.com/freedomcry
For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit the UbiBlog: ubiblog.com.
About Assassin’s Creed
Initially launched in 2007, the first five Assassin’s Creed games have sold more than 59 million units worldwide, and the franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series ever. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed transcends video games, branching out into other entertainment experiences including comic books, mobile games, novels, as well as a feature-length movie currently in development.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman and Far Cry. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2012–13 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,256 million. To learn more, please visit http://www.ubisoftgroup.com.
© 2007–2014 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin’s Creed, Black Flag, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Ubisoft today released a video demoing its new Snowdrop Engine. The video shows off how the engine makes the game look different in various situations mostly dealing with lighting and particles. This video is nice to look at, but I am worried that the game will be all on foot and no driving around at all. Which sucks especially if it’s a big map to explore. Clearly we’ll find out more at a later date, but as it is, it is nice to see something new for the game again since we’ve been pretty much closed out of the developments of this game since the debut in June at E3 2013.
SAN FRANCISCO — November 12, 2013 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™, the latest installment of the award-winning franchise set in the gritty and exotic Golden Age of Pirates, leaps into the next-generation of video games and is now available on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system in North America – rated M for Mature.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is the first Assassin’s Creed game leveraging the power of next generation consoles, making this the most beautiful chapter of the franchise to date. On PlayStation 4, gamers will be able to use Remote Play to stream Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag to their PlayStation® Vita handheld entertainment system via WiFi, freeing up the television for other uses.
For a limited time, when gamer buy the disc or digital version of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag for PlayStation 3 they can download a PlayStation 4 digital copy from the PlayStation Store for a discounted price.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will release on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and on Windows PC on November 19. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is now available on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and a seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time that becomes known as the Golden Age of Pirates.
Ubisoft has also announced the Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Season Pass for $19.99, which includes Freedom Cry – a new, more than four hour, self-contained story featuring Edward Kenway’s first mate Adewale, the exclusive Kraken Ship Pack, additional single-player missions, weapons, skins and collectibles, as well as new characters for an expansive multiplayer experience.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Season Pass grants a 20 percent savings off the regular price of each individual downloadable pack included. The Season Pass will be available for PlayStation®4 system, PlayStation®3 system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed.
And for the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, visit the UbiBlog: http://www.ubiblog.com.
**Ubisoft has recently launched its new press site, http://www.ubisoft-press.com, which contains product info, release dates, fact sheets, screen shots, videos, developer team backgrounders and more. Moving forward, please use this as your primary resource for obtaining assets as we will be discontinuing FTP links in the future. Visit http://www.ubisoft-press.com to “register now” and input all of your information and please note it will take up to 48 hours to process.
For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit: assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed.
About Assassin’s Creed
Initially launched in 2007, the first five Assassin’s Creed games have sold more than 57 million units worldwide, and the franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series ever. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed transcends video games, branching out into other entertainment experiences including comic books, mobile games, novels, as well as a feature-length movie currently in development.
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 29 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2012–13 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of 1.256 billion euros. To learn more, please visit: http://www.ubisoftgroup.com.
© 2013 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin’s Creed, Black Flag, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo trademarks and copyrights are properties of Nintendo.