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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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Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

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Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

I've been playing Far Cry 4 a lot the last few weeks, and the main thing that occurs to me is that it's not quite what I expected from the fourth game. I presumed something much different. The Far Cry series has always been about change and experimentation. The first three games, whilst all sharing common elements, are distinctly separate games in tone and feel. 

Far Cry 2 is the most obvious when it comes to being different. On the Venn diagram of Far Cry games it is the one that has the most components outside the shared zone. When it released in 2008 it wasn't fully embraced, with its harsh world and respawning checkpoints seen as a stain on the original game's fun legacy. But how does Far Cry 2 fit in today, in a world where Far Cry 4 is just more of Far Cry 3, and the shooter landscape is a distinctly different beast?

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Escape from Durgesh Prison: Far Cry 4 permadeath DLC ziplines in today

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Escape from Durgesh Prison: Far Cry 4 permadeath DLC ziplines in today

Far Cry 4 looks a bit like Skyrim, sometimes, when you’re picking flowers on the slopes of an unnamed mountain. But there’s something about the quick quest loops, and probably also the shotguns, that leaves it oh so much more frantic.

And if Far Cry’s frantic now, how do you think it’s going to be once you’ve been captured, tortured and stripped of your weapons in its Durgesh Prison DLC? And then, for good measure, set against the clock?

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The Assassin’s Creed movie's release date's been announced for December 2016

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The Assassin’s Creed movie's release date's been announced for December 2016

Retract your wrist blades, reader. You’re not going to be carving your way into a screening of the Assassin’s Creed movie anytime soon.* 20th Century Fox has announced a new release date for the Assassin’s Creed movie. Originally due out in Summer 2014, the film hit production issues which has caused a slight delay. You can now expect the film to drop into your local cinema on December 21, 2016.

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Ubisoft ponder the future of Far Cry: will it hold dinosaurs, vampires or Vietnam?

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Ubisoft ponder the future of Far Cry: will it hold dinosaurs, vampires or Vietnam?

Ubisoft have sent a handful of Far Cry 4 players messages in the last few weeks. Not to ask them to deliver any ashes, or guilt them into liberating a put-upon Himalayan country, but to inquire as to where they’d like the next Far Cry game to be set. How about a “Jurassic Park style" dinosaur island? Or the Spaghetti Western-era Americas?

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Assassin's Creed Unity unlocks all golden initiates chests during companion app holiday maintenance

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Assassin's Creed Unity unlocks all golden initiates chests during companion app holiday maintenance

Ubisoft have had to temporarily put their web-based companion experience to Assassin’s Creed Unity, AC Initiates, under a “continued state of maintenance". While it won’t affect players ability to play the PC game, it would inhibit their ability to unlock lucrative gold Initiates chests that are dotted around Paris.

All is not lost though. Foreseeing this problem, Ubisoft have gone and made all the cold Initiate chests accessible to all, for the entire period the maintenance is in effect. So if you want to go and get your hands on their contents, without having to trawl through the companion app, now’s the time!

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Far Cry 4's "Escape from Durgesh Prison" DLC to hit in January; will feature perma-death

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Far Cry 4's "Escape from Durgesh Prison" DLC to hit in January; will feature perma-death

Ubisoft have let the cat out of the bag about Far Cry 4’s first DLC: Escape from Durgesh Prison, which will arrive on January 13th 2015. It tasks the player with, surprise surprise, a prison break. Where it gets interesting however, is the fact you’ll be on the clock the entire time. Further more - if you wind up dead or recaptured, you’ll have to start the entire thing all over again.

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Heroes of Might & Magic III is getting an HD makeover and launches next month

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Heroes of Might & Magic III is getting an HD makeover and launches next month

I was grounded several times thanks to Heroes of Might & Magic III as a wayward youth. I could hardly be blamed for ignoring trigonometry or yet another bloody Shakespeare play when such a monumentally addictive strategy game was just sitting their, in my PC. But now, almost 30, I’m gleefully anticipating spending however much time I want with the recently announced HD remake.

Fifteen years after it first came out, HoMM 3 is getting a new coat of paint and Steamworks support. Along with the PC release, you’ll be able to grab it on tablet if fighting fantastical turn-based battles is the sort of thing you long for when stuck on the bus or sprawled on the sofa. 

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Ghost Recon Phantoms pulls off unlikely infiltration of Steam's most-played list

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Ghost Recon Phantoms pulls off unlikely infiltration of Steam's most-played list

You’re a PC gamer, so you’ll know that even a mediocre launch can decimate the population of a decent multiplayer game. But there’s nothing in the hurriedly-scribbled rulebook for online games to prevent publishers from simply trying again.

Final Fantasy XIV was redeveloped practically from scratch to become one of the best MMOs on PC the second time around. And the half-remembered Ghost Recon Online, miserly and malfunctioning upon its first release in 2012, has now been successfully rechristened as Phantoms. It’s currently one of the most-played free-to-play games on Steam.

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The making of Watch_Dogs: money, manpower and Ubi Montreal

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The making of Watch_Dogs: money, manpower and Ubi Montreal

Pick any two Ubisoft earnings calls from the past couple of years - they’re all public record - and you’ll notice a familiar refrain emerge. Every three months, the publisher’s investors would call on Yves Guillemot to slash Watch_Dogs’ R&D costs. And every three months, the mild-mannered but steely CEO would politely refuse.

Those R&D figures represented the cost of doing something new at the bonkers scale Ubisoft routinely work at. Between 2009 and 2014, Watch_Dogs wasn’t just about NPC manipulation - it was a hardcore numbers game.

Try 98 motion capture sessions with 64 cameras - at a rate of two working days a month for five years. Or two new consoles with 150-200 MB of memory - more than enough to dislodge the last generation’s cap on animations, and bring in ballooning team sizes and spiralling budgets to match.

And in the face of it all, Ubisoft Montreal. A Canadian studio with a headcount of over 3000 and the audacity to make the maths work.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch fixes more than 300 bugs

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch fixes more than 300 bugs

Assassin’s Creed Unity has more than its fair share of bugs - Arno was getting stuck in hay bales, falling through the floor, objectives weren’t completing, framerate issues. Heck, there’s a lot.

Ubisoft’s been working round the clock since release to get on top of the problems players are discovering and their next patch will be fixing more than 300 of them.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will improve framerate while leaving crowd size the same

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will improve framerate while leaving crowd size the same

Assassin’s Creed Unity launched with a host of bugs. Two patches have already been released and a third is currently in development. One of Ubisoft's technical teams are racing to get framerate fixes into the next patch, providing players with a more consistent experience while playing.

Ubisoft have detailed the areas they think are causing the problem for players and thankfully they won’t be touching the size of crowds.

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Far Cry 4 pirates accidentally reveal themselves to Ubisoft

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Far Cry 4 pirates accidentally reveal themselves to Ubisoft

Far Cry 4 has an FOV slider, which is lucky - an iffy aspect ratio can cause nausea and leave PC shooters completely unplayable. But the option was added in a launch day patch, and you know who doesn’t download launch day patches? A pirate.

Ne’er-do-wells hammered Ubisoft’s Twitter accounts complaining about the missing feature - an act tantamount to admitting in public that they hadn’t bought the game.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will stop Arno getting stuck in hay carts

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will stop Arno getting stuck in hay carts

Assassin’s Creed Unity launched with its fair share of bugs: NPCs were missing faces, Arno would get stuck in hay carts, and the game would crash frequently for some players. There was such a public backlash that Ubisoft’s stock fell.

Ubisoft announced that they were hard at work on a patch to resolve difficulties, particularly those affecting AMD users. They’ve released details of what the next patch will be addressing and it should make a significant improvement for a lot of players.

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Ubisoft stock price falls significantly following troubled Assassin’s Creed Unity launch

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Ubisoft stock price falls significantly following troubled Assassin’s Creed Unity launch

Ubisoft’s stock fell by 12.8% following Assassin’s Creed Unity’s release. While reviews have been largely positive, a great many bugs were discovered after the game launched - this ranges from animation glitches, to the player falling through the floor, to the online co-op failing to connect players.

Ubisoft also received a backlash from fans for withholding review copies from publications until the release day in the US and embargoing the reviews written from review events attended the week before.

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Assassin's Creed Unity AMD performance issues provoke prompt Ubisoft response

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Assassin's Creed Unity AMD performance issues provoke prompt Ubisoft response

Fraser had a fiddle with Assassin’s Creed Unity PC port yesterday, and came away with a number of technical reservations about Ubisoft’s Parisian playground.

While the most dramatic framerate troughs have been reserved for consoles, PC players have discovered performance problems across a range of rigs. In fact, the only point of consistency seems to be that AMD users have had the worst of it.

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