After months of rumours and leaks, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has been offically announced on stage at E3.
Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot shared the stage with Shigeru Miyamoto to reveal the crossover – which has been in development at the firm’s Paris studio for the past 3 years – and is coming to Nintendo Switch on August 29th.
Ubisoft Paris over the last three years. It’s a tactical adventure, set in motion as the two worlds of Mario and Rabbids smashed together, making the world unstable and creating Rabbid versions of all the Mario Kingdom characters. It’s a bit of a bizarre set up.
The turn-based tactical game sees the Mario & Rabbid worlds collide, with gameplay taking cues from the likes of XCOM, with cover, team attacks and more shown off.
Check out the trailer below:
With E3 just around the corner, we’re not too far off official announcements, but nonetheless, the annual pre-show leaks have begun, with Ubisoft’s forthcoming Assassin’s Creed title being outed as “Origins”.
Rumours had been suggesting the next Assassin’s Creed game, previously known as “Empire” would be set in ancient Egypt, and the new merchandise found in the wild this week seems to validate these whispers.
As you can see, the familiar Assassin’s insignia now features an Eye Of Horus, or possibly Eye Of Ra glyph – a symbol representative of protection, royal power and good health in Ancient Egypt.
The main body of the tee’s artwork appears to be the game’s central player character, Ba Yek, who’s carrying a bow and shield – which will add some ranged attack options – although series fans will be pleased to see these sit alongside the traditional close-combat hidden blade gauntlets.
We believe Assassin’s Creed Origins is set to launch in early March 2018, but expect confirmation during E3 week, with the pre-event conferences kicking off June 10th.
As a celebration of their 30 years in the business, Ubisoft have been giving away a free PC game to UbiCLub members every month for the last seven months. Fear not, though, because if you’ve missed out on any of the freebies – or just didn’t know about the offer until now – you’re getting a second chance.
This weekend only, you can grab all of the Ubisoft Anniversary PC games free, all you have to do is log into your Ubisoft Club account and claim your games before December 18th.
Ubisoft gave away Prince of Persia: Sands of Time in June with Splinter Cell, Rayman Origins, The Crew, Beyond Good & Evil, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and Assassin’s Creed 3 being made available monthly since then.
Ubisoft seem to have learned a lot in the past 12 months, and the post-release DLC model supporting Rainbow Six Siege is one the company want to following as they release future titles. With Siege, for example, Maps have been free, while players only need to pay for content which customizes their characters – skins and such.
“Monetization is something we have to be very careful about, and my team is in charge of that and making sure we find a right balance,” said Ubisoft’s VP of live operations Anne Blondel-Jouin when speaking to GI.biz. “If it’s not adding something on-top of the actual experience of the game, then it is no good. Because you’ll be asking for more money for the wrong reasons.”
“No more DLC that you have to buy if you want to have the full experience. You have the game, and if you want to expand it – depending on how you want to experience the game – you’re free to buy it, or not,” she said.
Sounds good to me!
Continuing their 30th anniversary celebrations, Ubidoft have announced the next game being made available free to UbiClub members.
From October 12 PC gamers will be able to grab 2003’s Beyond Good & Evil, which replaces The Crew, last month’s freebie.
And, as if by some kind of completely unplanned marketing coincidence, this is superb timing, with designer Michel Ancel recently sharing art from an apparent sequel, saying his new game with the company is in “pre-production” and Ubisoft today taking to the Beyond Good & Evil Facebook page to post the following:
“If you’ve been waiting for news about BG&E… well, here you go! We are delighted to confirm that Michel Ancel is currently working with the Ubisoft Montpellier Studio on a new Beyond Good & Evil game,”
The first expansion for Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division is now available on Xbox One and Windows PC, and includes new missions, areas to explore, and gear sets.
In the Underground expansion, agents must fight a war on two fronts. Below the streets of New York, enemy factions are regrouping and preparing a large-scale attack. Players will confront these threats with up to three friends as they explore randomly generated dungeons comprised of subways, tunnels and sewers and recover powerful loot. While in Hell’s Kitchen, the Dragon’s Nest Incursion offers the biggest challenge to date where, the Cleaners are developing a devastating new weapon and have set their sights on the Base of Operations as their first target.
Additional Expansion I: Underground Feature
New Gear Sets
· B.L.I.N.D. – Control the battlefield with an improved Pulse skill and flashbangs with this hybrid gear set.
· DeadEYE – Dictate long-range engagements with powerful critical strikes or accurate headshots.
· FireCrest – Set enemies ablaze with this offensive gear set.
· Reclaimer – Boost the entire group with this ultimate support set.
The content is free to season pass holders, or £11.99 if bought separately. PlayStation 4 owners have to wait a little over a month until August 2, when it lands on Sony’s system.
Alongside the Underground DLC The Division’s 1.3 Game Update Patch has rolled out for all users on Microsoft boxes, with PS4 players needing to wait a week for this one.
· Find and equip nine new weapon types
· Experience Hudson Refugee Camp and Queens Tunnel in Challenge mode for better rewards
· Play the new Heroic difficulty to unlock top-tier rewards in incursions and select missions
· Get the all new Alpha Bridge gear set
· Discover the Terminal, a new shared social space inside the Base of Operations
Earlier today Ubisoft took to the stage at The Game Awards to reveal new footage of the forthcoming Far Cry title, Primal.
Far Cry Primal is set around 10,000BC, which presumably means less guns than previous incarnations, but also, far more importantly – more sabre-toothed tigers and wild bears. In the trailer we learn that our hero, Takkar, is the first man to tame the giant beasts, using his fluffy friends as an important ally as he enters battle and bids to rise above extinction and survive the land of Oros.
Far Cry Primal is due for release on PS4 and Xbox One at the end of February 2016, with the PC release delayed by one week, to the start of March.