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Arno races the guillotine in a new Assassin's Creed Unity CG trailer

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Arno races the guillotine in a new Assassin's Creed Unity CG trailer

It’s always a little strange when new CG trailers get churned out for a game that we’ve already seen proper in-game footage of. Mind you, the latest CG trailer for Assassin’s Creed Unity is a smart one, with lots of flash and acrobatic shenanigans. 

It also introduces a woman, in case you were wondering is Unity would have any of them. Yep, there’s one. She needs to be rescued first, though. Ah. 

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Now you Siege me: here's 36 minutes of Rainbow Six footage

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Now you Siege me: here's 36 minutes of Rainbow Six footage

Rainbow Six Siege was the toast of E3 - and the single family home map on show has become so familiar in subsequent streams that some of us could probably find our way downstairs to the fridge for a snack in the middle of the night.

But that’s okay. Ubisoft Montreal’s maps will have to offer enough variety in approach to withstand not several playthroughs, but several hundred. And this one’s doing just fine so far.

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Ubisoft reveal the "worlds apart" districts of Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris

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Ubisoft reveal the "worlds apart" districts of Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris

Paris! It’s the city of love - so long as you stick to the neat gardens of Le Marais, plant your fingers in your ears and sing Clair de lune at the top of your voice. On the other side of the river, the mob tip carriages back and forth until their passengers spill out onto the cobbles. An assassin, as ever, lives in the space between.

Here’s everything Ubisoft have told us about the diverse districts of Assassin’s Creed Unity’s open world thus far.

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Assassin's Creed Unity's redesigned engine sounds promising

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Assassin's Creed Unity's redesigned engine sounds promising

Ubisoft’s pretty chuffed with the tech behind Assassin’s Creed Unity. And well they might, because at a glance, it does seem fairly impressive - at least in terms of creating a lively, detailed city. 

Creative director Alex Amancio lends his voice to a video breaking down the improvements brought about by Ubisoft Montreal and the redesigned game engine, including buildings that are no longer just facades and more fluid movement when travelling and in a fight. Take a gander below. 

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Assassin's Creed Unity to be overseen by Ubisoft's new Chief Parkour Officer

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Assassin's Creed Unity to be overseen by Ubisoft's new Chief Parkour Officer

Ubisoft have appointed a new Chief Parkour Officer. Rather than promote a fleet-footed executive from within, they’ve hired on noted freerunner Michael ‘Frosti’ Zernow. He’ll advise on the imminent Assassin’s Creed Unity.

“I’ve been a long-time fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and it’s one of the few highly visible examples of parkour that attracts younger athletes to the sport every year," said Zernow of his role.

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Assassin's Creed Unity celebrates Bastille Day with murder

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Assassin's Creed Unity celebrates Bastille Day with murder

While the French celebrate Bastille Day, remembering the storming of the Bastille and the subsequent uprising, the rest of us can just watch a new Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer, showing off new single-player footage and lots of jumping and murdering interspersed with hyperbolic accolades from E3. 

Take a gander at the video below. 

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8 million copies of Watch Dogs shipped; Ubisoft calling it a "major franchise"

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8 million copies of Watch Dogs shipped; Ubisoft calling it a "major franchise"

In its quarterly financial report, Ubisoft has revealed that it’s shipped over 8 million copies of its new IP, Watch Dogs. That doesn’t equate to 8 million copies sold, rather it’s how many units have been shipped to retail outlets. This doesn’t include downloads, which would bump it up quite a bit. 

In my Watch Dogs review, I criticised the game for struggling to find an identity and for its boring protagonist, but there were moments of brilliance found within. The IP has potential, it just wasn’t very well realised. The game’s success means that future titles could do this, though. 

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Assassin's Creed Unity is a "new narrative start"; "best entry point" since the series began

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Assassin's Creed Unity is a "new narrative start"; "best entry point" since the series began

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag was one of the best games of 2013 - not least because it ditched the contemporary landlord antics of its predecessors completely. In their place were first-person sequences set in offices a lot like those Ubisoft occupy in Montreal. It worked, really well. But it wasn’t a meta-trick the studio could repeat twice, and Assassin’s Creed Unity marks the beginning of a new story cycle.

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Far Cry 4 trailer reveals elephants to be murderous monsters

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Far Cry 4 trailer reveals elephants to be murderous monsters

If Far Cry 4’s soundtrack is anything like the one in the latest trailer, I’m pretty much sold. Yeah, murderous elephants and junkyard helicopters are cool, but they need catchy tunes. 

Ubisoft’s showing off some new shenanigans from the explosive, open world romp, in between a bombardment of praise and hyperbole from E3. It looks like good times. 

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Exclusive no more: Watch Dogs Deluxe Edition DLC available to everyone tomorrow

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Exclusive no more: Watch Dogs Deluxe Edition DLC available to everyone tomorrow

Ubisoft’s releasing a three-mission DLC for Watch Dogs tomorrow, if you’re not ready to bid near-future Chicago farewell. Accompanying the three missions, which will presumably be filled with stuff to hack and men to shoot, are a bunch of new guns and perks.

The Deluxe version of the game came with these missions, while season pass holders got access to the DLC last week. 

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Watch Dogs E3 2012 graphics could have left it "less enjoyable or even unstable"

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Watch Dogs E3 2012 graphics could have left it "less enjoyable or even unstable"

Nine minutes of in-dev footage fueled two years of expectation ahead of Watch Dogs’ release - but that gave way to slow-burn fumes of outrage in some quarters upon its release last month. You can read our Watch Dogs review to see our verdict.

Even on Ultra settings, the finished game didn’t match the luscious lighting and dramatic depth of field seen in the E3 demo - and modders soon discovered those effects had been hidden in Watch Dogs’ files.

Why? That’s the question Ubisoft have sought to answer today.

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ctOS update: Watch Dogs PC patch pledges performance improvements

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ctOS update: Watch Dogs PC patch pledges performance improvements

On the PC, Watch Dogs' Chicago looks just as expensive as it surely was to make - but it hasn't necessarily played that way if our Watch Dogs review is anything to go by. Some players have seen graphical glitches on Low and Medium settings, suffered crashes in Nvidia SLI configurations, and struggled with the controls. But Ubisoft think they’ve sieved out all that in a new update set to arrive in the next few days.

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How to take over a Himalayan base using just one of Far Cry 4's elephants

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How to take over a Himalayan base using just one of Far Cry 4's elephants

Far Cry 4 might well be about false passports and terrible public transport and “tearing shit up", but it’s also still very much about stumbling into a fortress that isn’t yours and deading every last mother’s son inside.

The way you go about that is up to you. Two methods are on show in this playthrough: there’s your traditional stealth approach, which involves alternately offing very nearby and very far away enemies with knives and sniper rifles. And then there’s the elephant.

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Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris will be the largest city in the series

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Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris will be the largest city in the series

Despite Ubisoft’s intermittent fondness for historical accuracy, we’re informed that they've occasionally strayed from 1:1 geographical recreation of in-game locations. Port Royal wasn’t a small town opposite Kingston, but the centre of shipping commerce in the Caribbean sea. Constantinople law in the thirteenth century, it turns out, didn’t require every house to have its own hay bale.

But Assassin’s Creed Unity’s Paris will be closest in scale to its namesake than any other city in the series - bigger than all of Black Flag’s islands combined.

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Lack of resources, awareness the reason Assassin women will not appear in Unity

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Lack of resources, awareness the reason Assassin women will not appear in Unity

Cripes, Ubisoft. Help yourselves, already.

How are you not prepared for someone to ask why none of the other assassins who appear in the gameplay trailer are women? How are you not prepared to forestall that question by, you know, actually including playable female characters in the game? And if by some monumental act of stupidity you haven’t created Assassin women, how do you not have a better explanation than the disastrous admission that creative director Alex Amancio just made:

"It's double the animations, it's double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets," Amancio said. "Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work."

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Ubisoft scrapped Rainbow Six: Patriots so they could "lead with multiplayer"

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Ubisoft scrapped Rainbow Six: Patriots so they could "lead with multiplayer"

Rainbow Six: Siege is actually the second time the tangos ‘n’ tactics series has been rebooted in the last half a decade. The first time it was Rainbow Six: Patriots - a heavily narrative-driven affair which drew from anti-Wall Street feeling and domestic terrorism.

But Ubisoft Montreal’s paymasters canned Patriots before it ever saw an E3. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says that’s because they wanted to take a nearly opposite approach.

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Cyborgs invade Watch Dogs: they'll steal our jobs, our spouses and then sell us DLC

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Cyborgs invade Watch Dogs: they'll steal our jobs, our spouses and then sell us DLC

Watch Dogs has been out for a little over a week - and you can check out how it fairs in our Watch Dogs review - so it’s first slice of DLC has snuck up on us. Unfortunately it’s just another digital trip - one of the games within the game - and it will set you back £3.99/$4.99. 

Conspiracy pits Aiden against secret cyborgs and tasks him with hunting them down and killing them, because cyborgs are bad. I always knew Aiden was cyborgist. 

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Watch Dogs PC review

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Watch Dogs PC review

Watch Dogs is the culmination of five years of development and an even greater number of years of open world iteration. It’s empowering, fast and filled to the brim with explosive action sequences and cinematic car chases. I did not expect, half way through the game, to keep making excuses to stop playing. A quick cigarette on the balcony became a cigarette and a glass of whisky. Patting the dog became leaving the house and taking the dog for a walk. 

It’s not that Watch Dogs doesn’t have plenty of tricks to keep my attention, though. There’s a lot to do in Chicago. A lot of driving down streets. A lot of shooting men from behind cover. A lot of disconnected mini-games, side missions and optional content. Yes, a lot of things that have been done many, many times before. Some of that, though, is extremely good fun.

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