Why Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Is Adding Romance

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is venturing into territory the Assassin’s Creed franchise has never fully immersed itself in before in an attempt to fully honor the premise of making history your playground. Explaining this new creative direction as “putting choice at the core” of the Odyssey experience, Ubisoft’s new Assassin’s Creed is going to be incorporating romance options into the gameplay. The two playable characters, Alexios and Kassandra, will have a wealth of romance-able characters, a decision narrative design director Mel MacCoubrey says will help personalize the experience for each player.

“With our focus on relatedness between the player and the game, we wanted a story that would impact people, so we wanted to tell a personal story. In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, we’re telling a story of a family that has been torn apart and a family tragedy,” she told IGN during a group interview at a Ubisoft press event at E3 2018. “We thought it would be better to place those romances in the world, to have their own stories to be able to develop those stories further, instead of forcing an opinion on you as a player.”

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AC Odyssey is Re-Redefining the Series

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Despite having the title and setting spoiled by some pesky pre-E3 leaks, I still enjoyed plenty of surprises in my lengthy hands-on demo of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The setting is one of the most interesting (and beautiful) historic locales we’ve seen from the series yet, and the ways in which Ubisoft Quebec is trying to once again redefine the nature of the franchise provide both welcome nostalgia and innovative changes that have me eager to jump into the full game when it releases later this year.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Release Date Announced

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Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be released on October 5, alongside a trailer and a host of gameplay details.

Set in 431 BC, before the events of 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, AC Odyssey takes place during the Peloponessian war in ancient Greece. Transforming the open world action-adventure game into a proper RPG. Odyssey enables players to fight for either Athens or Sparta in the conflict, as well as experience branching decision-based story paths with one of two playable characters.

Other additions include new customizable combat abilities, as well as a new mix-and-match approach to gear and armor. You can read all about our extended demo of AC Odyssey here, as well as check out gameplay and interviews with the development team.

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E3 2018: The Crew 2 Open Beta Starts Later This Month

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Ubisoft announced The Crew 2 open beta begins June 21.

Previously, Ubisoft held a closed beta for The Crew 2 on PS4, PC and Xbox One. The closed beta ran from May 31 through June 4.

The Crew 2 comes out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC June 29, 2018. The open-world racing game takes place across a redesigned USA and lets players collect vehicles like cars, planes, and boats.

Anyone who preorders the Ubisoft-store exclusive Motor Edition can begin playing the full game June 24.

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Transference Coming This Fall to VR and Consoles

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Transference will come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — as well as VR — this fall.

Originally unveiled at E3 2017 as a VR experience, Transference is co-developed by Elijah Wood’s film production company SpectreVision and Ubisoft Montreal’s FunHouse. The first-person exploration game — which mixes in live action — was initially planned for this spring.

Last year, IGN’s preview of Transference noted that the game was unsettling yet intriguing.

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For Honor: Marching Fire Revealed

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Ubisoft has revealed a new expansion to For Honor titled Marching Fire, which will be available on October 16, 2018.

Marching Fire, described at Ubisoft’s E3 conference as the game’s “biggest and most ambitious addition so far”, adds a new Chinese faction, the Wu Lin, with four new fighters.

Each Wu Lin fighter will have an individual name and backstory, and will initially be available only as part of a paid DLC bundle, but will later be paid for individually with the game’s Steel currency. The bundle will also come with a new, as-yet unspecified “unlimited PvE mode”.

It will also add a new 4v4 mode, Breach which is set around a castle siege. Breach will be free for all players. Further tweaks and additions, including graphical enhancements, were promised, but haven’t yet been revealed.

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Ubisoft Announces Star Fox Tie-In for Starlink: Battle for Atlas

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At E3 today, Ubisoft revealed that Star Fox will be a pilot in its upcoming spaceship game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

Starlink’s official site says Fox will (of course) be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game, and that he “came to Atlas in pursuit of Wolf O’Donnell and his crew, and he has teamed up with the Starlink initiative in their fight against Grax and the Forgotten Legion.”

According to Ubisoft, you’ll be able to play through the entire campaign as Fox including Switch-exclusive missions, and “other friends from the Star Fox universe” will also appear.

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Starlink: Battle for Atlas Release Date Announced

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Starlink: Battle for Atlas is out on October 16 for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, Ubisoft announced at its E3 2018 press conference.

The action-adventure game features a toys-to-life element by letting players add weapons and other mods to a real toy ship that results in augmentations their in-game ship. The toy ship attaches to the player’s controller.

As part of the announcement, Ubisoft also announced a collaboration with Nintendo, which includes Star Fox and his Arwing will be available in-game exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

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Skull and Bones Beta Revealed

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At its E3 conference today, Ubisoft gave an update on Skull and Bones, showing off a new gameplay trailer and revealing a beta.

Though the beta test didn’t get a date, beta registration is open for PS4, Xbox One, and PC now. The gameplay trailer showed ship customization, a surprise attack on an enemy ship, and explained some of the ship combat mechanics.

Ubisoft first revealed Skull and Bones at last year’s E3. At the time, Ubisoft said it would feature a story campaign and that the team at Ubisoft Singapore didn’t want it to feel like an Assassin’s Creed game.

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The Division 2 is Getting Raids, Free Content Updates

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Ubisoft today announced The Division 2, the follow up sequel to Massive Entertainment’s shared-world shooter, will be getting large-scale raids for the first time.

“For the first time, eight players will be able to partner up to face the ultimate end game challenge,” said Julian Gerighty, Creative Director of The Division 2. “Raids are coming to The Division 2.”

In addition to the announcement, Gerighty also revealed free content updates for The Division 2 players. “Today we’re ready to outline our plans for year one.”

“We will be launching three DLCs in the form of episodes, each one will bring new story, new areas to explore, and new activities,” Gerighty said. “And the best part, all of these episodes will be complete free. For everyone.”

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