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Ubisoft is releasing 3 versions of Might & Magic Heroes VII; here's what's in them

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Ubisoft is releasing 3 versions of Might & Magic Heroes VII; here's what's in them

Ubisoft is selling three versions of Might & Magic Heroes VII, the publisher announced today. There’s a standard edition, which comes in digital and physical flavours, a rather fancy Collector’s Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Edition, which is like the collector’s edition, but digital and not nearly as good. 

Pre-ordering any of them nets you access to the closed beta, kicking off next month, if that’s your thing. 

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Ubisoft reveals Rainbow Six Siege's British Counter Terrorism Unit

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Ubisoft reveals Rainbow Six Siege's British Counter Terrorism Unit

Britain’s a terrifying place. Monstrous facsimiles of humans are fighting over who will tell everyone else what to do for the next few years, gangs of youths prowl the streets saying threatening things like “Afternoon" and “How’s it going?", and with the country no longer being gripped by cold weather, there are lary wasps everywhere. Everywhere. 

It’s no wonder, then, that we need a Counter Terrorism Unit. A British Counter Terrorism Unit, uniquely suited to deal with the scary things that happen here, like the rising price of cigarettes or the weird look I get from some of my neighbours. Sometimes they deal with other problems, though, as you will see below in the first of a new Rainbow Six video series, detailing the different special forces units. 

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China releases tomorrow, has an amazing trailer

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China releases tomorrow, has an amazing trailer

The first instalment of the side-scrolling, Mark of the Ninja-like Assassin’s Creed Chronicles comes out tomorrow on the PC. It comes with a cool launch trailer that gives us some background on the main character, Shao Jun, and also a taste of the game’s distinctive art style.

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve been this excited about an Assassin’s Creed concept since Black Flag.

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Ubisoft prep more Child of Light projects

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Ubisoft prep more Child of Light projects

The release of Child of Light was a pivotal moment for Ubisoft. It was the baby of Patrick Plourde, who worked his way through the ranks at the publisher’s flagship Montreal studio and cashed in his influence for a shot at an oddball JRPG written wholly in verse.

The results didn’t wow everyone, but the example has rippled through Ubisoft, who have since funded projects like Valiant Hearts in Montpellier and Grow Home in Newcastle. And more is yet to happen in the Child of Light universe.

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Rainbow Six Siege alpha is a brilliant skeleton of a game

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Rainbow Six Siege alpha is a brilliant skeleton of a game

My ears are ringing and every noise I hear is deep and bassy. A dust cloud from a hole in the wall conceals everything in front of me, but as it dissipates there’s a flash of gunfire, then a response from an ally standing next to me. Another explosion, this time from the barricade, heaps chaos on top of chaos. A man starts to sing in French and another swears in English. 

The wall-demolishing vandal is dead, but his cohorts pour through a door, stepping on the splinters and wooden planks that were once our barricade. More gunfire, lighting up the room, piercing the smoke, and then… victory. The Frenchman is singing again. Yes, I think to myself, sing it. It was my first Rainbow Six Siege victory, and it felt great. 

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Heroes of Might & Magic 7 is a slave to its conservative fans

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Heroes of Might & Magic 7 is a slave to its conservative fans

It’s rare for a game developer to be so open about what went wrong. It’s rarer still for a game developer to be so open about a conflict between them and their community. Limbic, the developers responsible for Might and Magic, are doing both. Because they’ve got a problem.

The core of the Heroes of Might & Magic games haven’t changed much in the past 20 years. Since the beginning you’ve commanded your heroes and their attached war bands around the campaign map, battling monster encampments, capturing towns, and collecting conveniently abandoned resources. Each iteration brought better graphics and new armies but the core mechanics remained the same.

There’s a reason why the games haven’t changed much. It’s because the fans don’t want change. They actively campaign against change. That puts Limbic, the team responsible for pushing the series forward, in an awkward position.

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Ubisoft announces the Assassin's Creed Chronicles trilogy, a historical world tour

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Ubisoft announces the Assassin's Creed Chronicles trilogy, a historical world tour

Assassin’s Creed is heading to new, interesting places. Ubisoft has announced the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy today, where each game will take place in a different time and place, all connected by Assassin’s Creed lore and 2.5D action platforming. 

The first game, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, was revealed last year as part of the now dead Assassin’s Creed Unity season pass and will launch on April 22nd. It will be followed by two more adventures, one in India and the other in Russia, which will launch separately later in the year. 

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Far Cry 4 grows a new survival-focused open world today for Valley of the Yetis

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Far Cry 4 grows a new survival-focused open world today for Valley of the Yetis

After finishing the fantastic (and in places fantastical) Far Cry 4 last week, I felt no need to continue picking up the masks dropped by butter-fingers serial killers. Nor was I compelled to download the mish-mash of competitive modes and odd permadeath excursions that’d formed its DLC to date.

Valley of the Yetis is something different and intriguing, though: a new open world that takes advantage of Ubisoft’s free-rambling mechanics but fits them into a new structure - one that sets echoes of Minecraft and Fortnite bouncing between the peaks of the Himalayas.

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Why Far Cry 4 is wonderful for letting me choose my own subcontinental adventure

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Why Far Cry 4 is wonderful for letting me choose my own subcontinental adventure

There’s been a tendency in the more recent open-world Ubisoft games to track your progress with slightly unnerving precision. And even, after long periods of absence, to email you with the figures - as if you’ve failed to fulfill an obligation.

Any day now I’m expecting a note through the door to inform me that, though I’ve saved Kyrat, some 31% of the country remains technically unliberated. But I don’t think it’ll bother me, or awaken some untended completionist compulsion. Rather it’ll remind me of what an excellent job Far Cry 4 did in letting me play not just how I wanted, but how much I wanted.

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The Crew update stops cars from driving faster in reverse than forwards

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The Crew update stops cars from driving faster in reverse than forwards

I don’t know much about cars but when I saw a video of a Bentley going over 550km/h in reverse on dirt my interest was piqued. After reading the Dummies Guide to Cars, interviewing my man at NSA, and sitting on a bench for an afternoon watching people through the holes I’d cut in my newspaper I had my answer: the video was of Ubisoft’s The Crew, not a real car.

What? It’s not supposed to go that fast in the game either? Oh, good thing Ubisoft have fixed that little bug in their most recent update.

They’ve also added a new PvP mode and four new faction missions? Huzzah.

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Ubisoft’s sold 7 million copies of Far Cry 4

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Ubisoft’s sold 7 million copies of Far Cry 4

Ubisoft’s sitting happy despite Assassin’s Creed Unity and The Crew less than stellar launches. In a sales report published this morning, Ubisoft revealed that Far Cry 4 had sold more than 7 million copies. The two Assassin’s Creed games released last year - Rogue and Unity - chalked up a further 10 million sales.

They’ve also revealed details about the Assassin’s Creed movie, The Division, and Rainbow Six Siege.

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Heroes of Might and Magic 3 - HD Edition review

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Heroes of Might and Magic 3 - HD Edition review

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 - HD Edition is a handsomely restored relic of an earlier era. From the tacky prerendered cutscenes to an interface laden with cryptic buttons, it does not disguise its archaic origins. But its charms are timeless. Just as it was 15 years ago, Heroes of Might and Magic is an ideal fantasy strategy game whose simplicity masks demonic difficulty.

This HD edition is a great way for newcomers to encounter it, although it is not perhaps the comprehensive edition that fans deserve.

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Ubisoft reactivates stolen PC keys for players affected by unauthorised retailer sales, advises gamers only buy from ‘trusted retailers’

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Ubisoft reactivates stolen PC keys for players affected by unauthorised retailer sales, advises gamers only buy from ‘trusted retailers’

Recently a chunk of Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed: Unity players found their Uplay accounts missing their new games, a result of Ubisoft deactivating a bunch of keys that had been stolen. Ubisoft have now chosen to reverse that decision, reactivating keys for any players affected, provided they had played the game before the point of deactivation. 

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Ubisoft is removing games purchased through unauthorised retailers from Uplay accounts

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Ubisoft is removing games purchased through unauthorised retailers from Uplay accounts

Update: The keys were originally purchased on EA's Origin platform with stolen credit cards, then resold to merchants that use third party sites like G2A. It was EA that alerted Ubisoft to the situation. Merchants at G2A and Kinguin, where a lot of the codes were sold, have agreed to refund customers.

If you’ve suddenly found yourself unable to go on a murderous, elephant-assisted rampage in Far Cry 4 or jump around like a loon in Assassin’s Creed Unity, it may be bacuse you purchased your game from a third-party seller that Ubisoft dissaproves of. 

Over the weekend, Ubisoft forum users noted that their library had shrunk, as the publisher had been deactivating games purchased from unauthorised retailers. 

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Far Cry 4 expands its territory with another lot of DLC missions: Hurk Deluxe

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Far Cry 4 expands its territory with another lot of DLC missions: Hurk Deluxe

Far Cry 4 players will remember that Hurk is your fellow American and murder-tourist in Kyrat - the one with the beard and the inability to tell Golden Path from Royal Army. He also doubles as Player 2 avatar in co-op, but if you haven’t been bombing outposts with a friend you won’t have seen an awful lot of him.

That can change, if you want it to, with today’s Hurk Deluxe DLC.

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Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

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Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

Balanced on a wire drawn taut between two of Notre Dame's supporting pillars, I survey the congregation below. Among them lies my target; a chubby guy in a hat whose name I’ve long forgotten because this Assassins vs Templar war nonsense is getting tedious now. All I know is that his neck needs to be profusely bleeding, and I’m happy to oblige. 

I drop from my perch, collide into a barrier that was meters away from where I should have fallen, and collapse in a heap at the feet of my target. Thirty exclamation marks start swinging around on my HUD, the ‘dong’ sound effect signalling that I’ve been discovered rings out repeatedly. Before I can gather myself together I’ve been surrounded by guards who don’t hang around before skewering me like a hog roast. Colours fade, my assassin collapses, and the memory desyncs. 

This is my third attempt. Since when did Ubisoft make murder this obtuse?

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Grow Home is Ubisoft’s latest passion project, help a robot climb a beanstalk

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Grow Home is Ubisoft’s latest passion project, help a robot climb a beanstalk

Ubisoft are getting really good at smaller ‘passion projects’. Having kicked out Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon over the last couple of years, the studio is now gearing up to launch their latest little game: Grow Home. 

It’s all about helping a robot return to his spaceship which hangs in orbit. Rather than using the cliched method of rocket boosted boots though, the robot in Grow Home has decided to sprout a massive beanstalk and climb it to the clouds. 

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