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Ubisoft’s 5 Biggest E3 Announcements

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E3 is a triple-A company’s chance to shine, and the press conferences have begun. First on our list is Ubisoft, which has taken the opportunity to show off developments on existing games as well as new ones. Although Ubisoft is one of those developers that’s copped a bit of flack over the past few years for releasing some dodgy games (*cough* Assassin’s Creed Unity *cough*), it’s also got the rights to some much-loved titles such as South Park: Stick Of Truth. So it’s well worth taking a look at what they’ve got up their sleeve, as well as hoping that they restore some of their longer running franchises to their original glory. Here’s a list of the company’s biggest announcements:

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

There’s a new South Park game in the making, called South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Once you get over the name, it’s going to be a superhero RPG. The game will apparently focus on  Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny making their own video game. It will continue the story from South Park: Stick Of Truth and will be developed in consultation with series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. There’s no release date yet, but expect it sometime next year.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

The upcoming Assassin’s Creed Syndicate now has a new trailer. Ubisoft showed the crowd a bloody assassination mission featuring one of the two protagonists, brother and sister Jacob and Evie Frye. The game will take place in London during the Industrial Revolution and will apparently be all about overthrowing corruption. It will come out later this year. You can watch the video below.

The Division

The Division, a Tom Clancy game, now has a release date. After first being revealed back at E3 2013, we haven’t heard much about the urban-survival-shooter. We can now expect it to be out on March 8th 2016 for PC, Xbox One, and PS4, with a beta scheduled to be released a few months earlier.

Ghost Recon Wildlands

Perhaps one of the most surprising things to come out of Ubisoft at E3 this year is that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series will return. Wildlands will be an open-world shooter where users will play a US Special Forces operative and go kill bad guys. Apparently, the story will focus on a Special Forces team sent to the not-so-distant-future Bolivia to take down a drug cartel. Sounds like fun. You can see the E3 trailer below.

Rainbow Six: Seige

Angela Bassett, the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress will be joining the cast for Rainbow Six: Seige. This is the third announcement about a Tom Clancy game so far, by the way. Bassett has been cast as the leader of Team Rainbow, but it’s not yet clear how involved her character will be in the story. The game will release later this year on October 13th, with a beta coming out in September.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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EA and Square Enix Encounter Leap Year Issues

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For individuals who may not recall, the Year 2000 Problem, commonly referred to as the Y2K scare, was a thrilling period of chaos experienced in the late 90s. There was widespread concern about a potential catastrophic computing disaster due to discrepancies in dating systems. Today, we had the opportunity to experience some unexpected events as EA and Square Enix faced technical difficulties due to the leap year, causing their games to be temporarily unplayable.

Players of EA’s Sports WRC encountered a problem on the 29th where they couldn’t start the game because of a timezone glitch. The issue was promptly fixed, but users had to adjust their system settings for the next day to play. Meanwhile, Square Enix is facing challenges, with the problem only impacting Nintendo players and not PlayStation users. The Theatrythm Final Bar Line failing to start up ruined the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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It seems like these problems have been addressed based on our observations, highlighting how minor details can surprise you unexpectedly. Were there any scheduling conflicts related to the leap year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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New Heavy Armor Appears to be on the Way with Helldivers 2 Mech Gameplay Leaks

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In Helldivers 2, players will find themselves in need of additional firepower to spread freedom across the galaxy. Arrowhead Game Studios announced that armored mechs will be included in the game for free shortly after its release. Leaked gameplay footage on social media suggests that heavy armor support is on its way.

IGN showcased a few clips, with the first one being shared by Redditor fozzye18, featuring a Helldiver piloting a mech equipped with what appears to be twin-linked autocannons. It’s important to note that in another clip shared by Redditor Klyka, we witness a mech equipped with a gatling gun and rockets, hinting at the possibility of various strategy versions for these machines.

A clip from TikTok ponders the possibility of a different outcome at the famous Malevelon Creek, where the Helldivers community faced a significant defeat against the Socialist Automatons.

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Any idea when these much-needed mechs will make their way to the battlefield? What armament configurations would you prefer to see? Feel free to suggest a flamethrower-armed melee assault variant in the comments. segment provided

 

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Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown will mandate an internet connection on the PS5

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To fully experience Nacon’s upcoming social racer Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown, an Internet connection is required. The new trailer reveals the off-road areas of Hong Kong Island, highlighting the diverse experiences offered in the upcoming game. It also emphasizes the MMO features that have been integral to the franchise.

“While driving, there are always other players surrounding you, which brings the city to life,” a press release discloses. “In Test Drive Unlimited, players can immerse themselves in the world of cars through interactions at dealerships and workshops, discussing future purchases, dream cars, and customization options.”

Undoubtedly, there is a trade-off with the need for a constant online connection to support various social features such as leaderboards, races, inventories, moderation, live events, anti-cheat measures, and the overall game experience. You need an Internet connection to play Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown.

As expected for an online-focused game, players will need to rely on Nacon’s servers and PSN.

Nevertheless, it appears that the racing game is making significant progress. In a recent development update, the team highlighted their ongoing efforts to enhance the particle effects for off-road gameplay. They are currently facing challenges in recreating the expansive dust clouds seen in their WRC games within a shared-world sandbox environment. “We are currently in the process of integrating and optimizing these effects,” it concedes. “It is a crucial aspect of off-road immersion, yet it also demands a lot of resources and performance.”

It appears that the game is nearing its final stages. The team is taking their time to guarantee that Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown provides a seamless, stable, and enjoyable experience for players. It has been brought to our attention that we need to ensure the game meets your expectations before release. We are currently focused on improving various aspects, such as enhancing server stability and optimizing the game’s performance.

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