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Ubisoft VP Likens Watch Dogs Backlash To The Original Assassins Creed

Written by Jon Sutton on 23 September 2014 at 17:00

From the backlash it faced after launch you’d be forgiven for thinking Watch Dogs was a failure on Ubisoft’s part, but the 10 million units sold figure speaks for itself. Whatever people thought of its lack of derring-do or its poor optimisation, there was enough there to make Ubisoft a mighty stack of cash.

Watch Dogs is to all intents and purposes not a bad game. Sure, it lives in the shadow of Assassin’s Creed like nothing else, sharing in that series’ same weaknesses, coupled with a few of its strengths, but it’s by no means terrible. The Assassin’s Creed series began with one incredibly average title though, and Ubisoft’s iterations since then has since led to some cracking games. It’s from here where Ubisoft is drawing its inspiration once more, with the French outfit intending to build on the framework of the original Watch Dogs and delivering on the premise of what people wanted from it for future sequels. [More]

Active Steam Users Shoots Past 100 Million While Games Added Quadruples Year On Year

Written by Neil Soutter on 23 September 2014 at 16:00

Valve has revealed that Steam’s active user base is now a massive 100 million, more than doubling its user base during the last two years. Steam and PC gaming’s popularity is gaining pace at a remarkable rate, and while it’s easy to imagine that every PC gamer has already had Steam for years, recent figures indicate that this hasn’t been the case.

More than 25 million new accounts have registered since January, meaning 25% of active Steam accounts have registered just this year. Valve previously announced that there was 65 million active Steam users in October 2013, while the figure was 50 million nearly a year before in November 2012. Despite the rapid uptake in the past two years the success of Steam shows no signs of slowing, and that’s reflected in the huge gaming library being made available to Steam users. [More]

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Blitz And Glamour As Classic RTS Series Returns With Blitzkrieg 3

Written by Stuart Thomas on 23 September 2014 at 15:00

Hardened tacticians rejoice, because the venerable Blitzkrieg series is back with Blitzkrieg 3. We missed this one when it was quietly announced a few days ago, but the classic real-time strategy franchise back in a 3D-rendered sequel that will have micro-managing warmongerer's hearts aflutter.

Original series’ developers Nival are back at the helm for this sequel, which will once again be set in World War 2, blending single and multiplayer modes together in what promises to be the thinking man’s strategy game. The Axis, Allies and the USSR will be locking horns in an  intriguing asynchronous multiplayer mode that will allow epic games to take place without the need to be online playing for hours on end. [More]

Valve Delivers Huge Steam Storefront Redesign With New Discovery Features

Written by Jon Sutton on 23 September 2014 at 14:00

The rate at which games have been added to Steam has grown exponentially over the last few years, as Valve has lowered the barrier to entry and invited a free-for-all in recent months that has seen some quality titles buried beneath the torrent of releases.

Steam evidently needed some work done to it and Valve has responded, providing a mammoth update that adds Steam curators, a personalised front page and a whole bunch of new discovery features. Give it a boot up and you'll see it’s looking radically different, with the aim being to allow gamers find the games they are personally interested in easier, without sifting through the heaps of unwanted content. [More]

Assassins Creed Unity Season Pass Takes Players To The Great Wall Of China

Written by Neil Soutter on 23 September 2014 at 12:44

Ubisoft has blown the lid off its Assassin’s Creed Unity season pass, revealing we’ll finally be able to experience China in the 16th century, although the standalone Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China adventure isn't necessarily what most of us were expecting.

It’s not the only thing to be included with the Season Pass though, as Ubisoft also announced Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings, a brand new story campaign taking place after the events of the main game, while a host of additional missions, weapons and customisation options will be hitting the streets of Paris as part of the bundle.  [More]

Sleeping Dogs Devs Unveil Online-Only PC Exclusive Triad Wars

Written by Stuart Thomas on 23 September 2014 at 11:44

We’ve known for a while now that United Front Games has been working on a PC-only spin-off from Sleeping Dogs, but the developer has finally taken the wraps off of Triad Wars, an online open-world action-adventure game where the player’s aim is to rise to the top of the criminal hierarchy in the Triad underworld.

As masterminds of their own Hong Kong criminal enterprise, players must manage and build their gang, overseeing turf wars and ordering street hits in the rise to the top. United Front Games claim it’ll be a pure sandbox capable of sitting alongside the likes of Grand Theft Auto Online in the ranks of online crime. [More]

Developers May Face Legal Action Over Unfinished Kickstarter Projects Following Update

Written by Jon Sutton on 22 September 2014 at 17:45

Kickstarter has updated its terms and conditions to reflect that creators may face legal action from backers for unfinished projects. The alterations come after it emerged that a number of games and other projects never see the light of day, with no legal recompense for those who’ve forked out for it.

While Kickstarter continues to be home to so many incredible success stories like Divinity: Original Sin, Star Citizen, Pillars of Eternity, and what became a pretty expensive bowl of potato salad; Kickstarter also has its dark side. For every Wasteland 2 there’s a missing in action, and the staggering statistics from earlier this year revealed that just 1 in 3 of the projects successfully funded between 2009 and 2012 has ever seen the light of day. [More]

AMD Teasing Next Generation Hardware Reveals Later This Week In No Pills Required Marketing Campaign

Written by Neil Soutter on 22 September 2014 at 16:30

We’ve only just got over Nvidia’s scintillating reveal of the excellently priced GeForce GTX 970 and the GeForce GTX 980, but AMD is already coming to spoil Nvidia’s party with a mysterious announcement in just a few days’ time

Over the weekend AMD has been busy tweeting out teaser images claiming that the “#FutureIsAMD”, with more to be revealed this Thursday, exactly one year after its GPU 14 event that saw the launch the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series of graphics cards last year. It's unclear what AMD has up sleeve just yet but it seems the stage is being set for a next-generation graphics card reveal imminently.  [More]

Assassins Creed Unity PC Exclusive Graphics Features Revealed

Written by Stuart Thomas on 22 September 2014 at 15:15

leaked slides have officially confirmed the PC-exclusive graphical goodies coming to Ubisoft's Assassin’s Creed Unity later this year, making the most of the incredible hardware potential of gaming PCs to deliver the best possible version of the Parisian sequel.

Advanced tessellation, contact hardening shadows, TXAA, and HBAO+ are among a number of features ensuring Assassin’s Creed Unity looks even more beautiful on PC. While Ubisoft claims Assassin's Creed Unity has been heavily optimised to take advantage of the current-gen consoles, if you’ve got enough power under the hood of your gaming rig then you can go above and beyond these features, delivering PC enhancements to relive the French Revolution like never before. [More]

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