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Find out what The Division's Dark Zone is all about in this story trailer

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Find out what The Division's Dark Zone is all about in this story trailer

The Dark Zone is The Division’s free-for-all area, where teams of survivors can shoot at each other over weapons and presumably other stuff. The zone was shown off in an E3 demo, and I’ll be honest: it left me feeling lukewarm, at least until the betrayal at the end. There’s a story to this area, though, and maybe that’s exciting? 

Let’s find out!

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Rainbow Six Siege features Angela Bassett and Terrorist Hunt mode

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Rainbow Six Siege features Angela Bassett and Terrorist Hunt mode

Update: You can now watch a game of Terrorist Hunt in action. 

Ubisoft threw up a new Rainbow Six Siege CG trailer at its conference, mainly to introduce Angela Bassett’s character, Six. Yes, Angela Bassett is in Rainbow Six Siege. Ubisoft Montreal’s Genevieve Forget also spilled the beans on the co-op and single-player modes, including the return of Terrorist Hunt mode.

Watch the official E3 trailer below. 

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For Honor is a 4v4 medieval melee combat game from the makers of Assassin's Creed

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For Honor is a 4v4 medieval melee combat game from the makers of Assassin's Creed

Ubisoft have begun their E3 with a new game in an unfamiliar genre which, according to CEO Yves Guillemot, couldn’t wait until later in the show.

For Honor is a melee medieval combat game from Ubi’s flagship studio in Montreal, which looks to be equally inspired by Dark Souls and MOBAs - and perhaps the less zeitgeisty Dynasty Warriors.

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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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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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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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Assassin's Creed Unity companion app and Initiate rewards will be accessible to all

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Assassin's Creed Unity companion app and Initiate rewards will be accessible to all

Assassin’s Creed Unity’s fifth patch is due out for the PC version tomorrow, fixing a small number of issues. It’s a far cry away from the gargantuan patches of last year, which had to deal with hundreds of bugs

 

One issue has persisted throughout, though: the broken companion and Initiate apps. Patch 5 solves that by giving everyone all the exclusive content without needing to mess around on phones and in browsers. 

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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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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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Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC gets a release date and a spiffy trailer

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Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC gets a release date and a spiffy trailer

If you’ve not had enough of Assassin’s Creed Unity’s facsimile of revolutionary France, then you might consider grabbing the Dead Kings DLC, due out later this month. 

The DLC is free, to boot. It was originally part of the Unity season pass, but then Unity launched in a sorry state, with bits falling off and others being stuck together with chewing gum, so Ubisoft canned the season pass and is giving everyone Dead Kings. 

Take a look at the spiffy cinematic trailer, below. 

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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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Ubisoft expects Assassin's Creed Unity patch 4 to fix remaining bugs

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Ubisoft expects Assassin's Creed Unity patch 4 to fix remaining bugs

Assassin’s Creed Unity is a billboard sized advertisment for the follies of annualised games, which has lead to folks over at Ubisoft scurrying around, attempting to plug in the gaps and fix the game-breaking bugs. The last patch fixed over 300 bugs, but that didn’t solve all the problems. Patch 4 is underway, and a full preview of what it fixes is expected this week. 

In the meantime, Ubisoft has released details on the biggest problems it’s set to tackle. 

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