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For Honor Gathers some Controversy over Execution Rework

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The road that has been taken by Ubisoft on their game For Honor has not been an easy one. After a launch that had several issues with their player base and even more technical problems, it seems like the game has garnered at least some stability as of late. However, it seems like peaceful days are going to be over as Ubisoft has brought a change in a mechanic that made the community angry.

Part of the hack-and-slash fighting game’s appeal for players lies in equipping signature finishing blows for the different classes of combatants. One such execution, for the Valkyrie class of the Viking faction, is called “No Touching,” and was made available in November.

The execution was taken out just an hour after some backlash regarding the move itself. Ubisoft told Polygon that the move was inappropriate content that didn’t belong in the game. I mean, the “No Touching” taunt was okay? You can look at how the taunt looked like below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX2HiaMvZHw

The move itself is self-explanatory enough. The opponent stumbles forward and, in a silly attempt to stabilize themselves by grabbing the nearest object, they grab the Valkyrie’s breasts. Then, the opponent acts like it was an accident and backs off and then gets a crotch shot.

Not only that but, asserting the dominance of the Valkyrie, she bashes the head of the perverted criminal with her shield. And then a mighty thunder from the Gods above finishes the opponent off.

The new animation gets rid of that and replaces it with a less funny variant of the animation. Seeing as how the opponent clings onto the shield of the Valkyrie and not her breasts. A lot of the people in the community acted against this because of the nature of the game itself.

“Killing an unarmed person while they kneel hopelessly while your character laughs and slits their throat? That’s fine,” said one redditor. “Crushing someone’s fucking skull using nothing but bare hands while they scream? That’s fine. Original No Touching execution? Oh no, that’s just too far.”

Now, according to Ubisoft this isn’t something that was meant to appear in the game to begin with. The original execution that came on November 9 was an earlier file that accidentally made it into For Honor. It seems like a flimsy attempt at an excuse to me but hey, whatever.

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Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years

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Activision has recently announced the establishment of a new studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, located in Warsaw. The studio has been entrusted with the exciting challenge of creating a groundbreaking AAA franchise that will captivate players with its immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay. A significant number of employees were let go by the large corporation after the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King earlier this year.

According to IGN, Activision made the announcement in a blog post, sharing that the team will be based in Poland with additional resources in the US. The studio has assembled a team of highly skilled individuals who have worked on acclaimed titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Destiny, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Activision’s response to IGN’s request for a studio logo or official artwork was rather unconventional. Instead of providing the requested materials, they sent over the Cambridge University dictionary definition of the word “elsewhere.”. However, with a discerning eye, one may catch a glimpse of something lurking in the background. The publication acknowledges that, whatever it may be, it has no connection to Call of Duty. Elsewhere Entertainment has been granted full access to Activision’s extensive resources and cutting-edge tools, enabling them to further enhance their production and development capabilities. We may have to wait a while before we find out what they have in store for us.

Curious about Activision’s latest venture, Elsewhere Entertainment? Opening a new studio after numerous layoffs—is it a tasteless move or simply another harsh reality of the video game industry? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser is currently working on the development of an exciting new ‘Open World Action-Adventure’ game

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Last year, we reported that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser had launched a new studio called Absurd Ventures, with the aim of developing original IP for all platforms and formats. The new outfit has recently started development on a game that boasts top-notch combat and third-person action in a variety of game modes.

This information is available, as Eurogamer discovered, from a recent job listing on the developer’s website. The company is looking for more people to join their team and contribute to an “open-world action-adventure game.”. According to Eurogamer, it seems that the project they are working on is still in its early stages. They are currently in the process of hiring for important positions like lead designer, lead gameplay designer, art director, and technical director.

Absurd Venture is dedicated to crafting immersive narrative experiences across a wide range of mediums, such as games, animation, books, graphic novels, live-action, and scripted podcasts. Their mission is to create captivating worlds, compelling characters, and engaging stories that span diverse genres. The former vice president of writing at Rockstar, who co-wrote both Red Dead Redemption games, has recently joined the studio. Additionally, Lazlow Jones, a former writer and producer at Rockstar, has also come on board.

Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the physical version, requires an online connection for installation

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Players who choose to go with a physical copy of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Shadows will need an Internet connection in order to finish the installation. This is unlikely to pose a problem for most Ubisoft fans, but it does align with a trend that is worth mentioning. It follows a requirement that was initially introduced in 2023’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and will also be the case with the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws.

As reported by VGC, pre-orders for the game are now available, and a notice on the front box art at retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop states: “Internet connection is necessary for game installation.” For Avatar, players had to install a day-one patch before being able to start the game. However, both Shadows and Outlaws come with a warning prominently displayed on the front of the box.

The lack of a clear explanation for this requirement raises concerns about the long-term preservation of the game, particularly if the servers are eventually shut down. In December, Ubisoft made the decision to delist the original The Crew, effectively ending its run. This unfortunate event may not be the last time we see a game meet a similar fate.

What are your thoughts on Ubisoft’s requirement of an online connection for the installation of its flagship games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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