“News Stabs, Old Shots.”
Ubisoft made quite the splash this week with three of their most anticipated titles, while the steady stream of leaks regarding what’s to be shown at E3 keep flowing. Here’s what caught my eye and got my wheels turning this week.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Reveal
Another year, another Assassin’s Creed. After the very mixed reception of last year’s Unity, all eyes are on the next main entry to deliver. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, previously known from the content leaks as Assassin’s Creed Victory, is set in 1868 London at the prime of the Industrial Revolution. Leading Syndicate, are twin sibling assassins, Jacob and Evie Frye. London in 1868 isn’t the place you see on postcards; the average man is put to work in hostile conditions, and poverty spreads like a virus throughout the city infecting any soul it catches. The hefty reveal shows the Frye twins in an effort to rally the criminal underground of the city to a common cause; overthrowing the Templar rule. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has been in development for almost three years, with a whopping nine studios contributing to the project. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has my attention, but in order to fully reinvigorate my connection to the series, Syndicate needs to be the most progressive and robust installment yet.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Reviews & Sales
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has had me drooling all over myself for more than a year now and it’s almost here. The leading developer in creating role-playing games, CD Projekt RED, set a extremely confident embargo for the Wild Hunt’s highly anticipated reviews. This past Tuesday at 7 AM, Gamespot led the pack with their review awarding the Wild Hunt a perfect 10 out of 10 score, calling it essential, with nearly every other review falling between the 90s and the illustrious 100. As of today, the game sits at 92 with 34 reviews on Metacritic, with some of the most prestigious reviewers praising the game’s beautiful open world, story, responsive combat and deep roleplaying elements. That number is sure to change as the game finds its way into more hands post launch on the 19th. The number of units shipped is guaranteed to change as well. Prelaunch, the game has already managed to guarantee itself a strong start when it comes to sales, having already secured a staggering 1 million pre-orders. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is my most anticipated game of the year and as the wait shortens, I only grow more eager to fully lose myself to the highly complex world of the Wild Hunt.
Rainbow Six Siege Gets Release Date
Assassin’s Creed wasn’t the only upcoming Ubisoft title to get a confirmed release date this week; Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is set to breach ‘n clear on October 13. This comes by way of yet another pointless trailer, in an ever growing slew of prolonged, unrevealing, CG dominant announcement trailers. That said, I’m curious to dive into Siege later this year, for its exciting prospect is right up my ally. Ubisoft has high hopes for the upcoming strategic team-based military shooter, recently saying they believe Rainbow Six: Siege has a good shot at becoming the best-selling shooter in the company’s history.
The Division Coming 2016
It wasn’t all 2015 release dates and trailers for Ubisoft this week. It was also announced that Tom Clancy’s The Division, won’t arrive until Ubisoft’s 2016 fiscal year, which ends in March 2016, giving it a confirmed release window somewhere between January and March of next year. I didn’t see this game coming out this fall anyway, due to its ambitious promises, along with the iffy state of releases with similar goals. It’s clear Ubisoft doesn’t want to disappoint with The Division. Tons of focus has been put on the game during various press conferences over the last few years and it’s shaping up to be one of this generations defining moments, for better, or for worse.
Gears and Dishonored Remasters
As the steady stream of leaks and teases kick into overtime with E3 just a month away, the unconfirmed remasters just keep coming. Making the most waves would be the Gears of War remaster. The leaked footage and screenshots show a version of Gears of War with improved frame rate, lighting, textures and enhanced particle effects. One can now rightfully expect we’ll be getting some version of a re-release, whether it’s called “Gears of War Remastered,” or “The Marcus Fenix Collection”, Microsoft would be leaving money on the table if they overlook the potential in a Gears remaster; we all know Microsoft needs the sales.
It should also be noted that rumors are circulating around a possible Dishonored Remaster. The supposed “Definitive Edition” has been rated in Brazil, and if real, would likely come to PS4 and Xbox One. This wouldn’t come as a huge surprise, considering all the mass praise it received back in 2012. With Bethesda’s E3 conference right around the conner, a Remastered version of Dishonored surly wouldn’t be the craziest thing to come out of the convention.
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