Ubisoft Celebrates Year 4 Of Rainbow Six Siege With A Free-To-Play Weekend And New Editions

Got this press release from our friends at Ubisoft, which basically details the fourth year of Rainbow Six Siege along with new editions, and a free to play weekend on February 14th-17th. Check out below or on the official website for the full details.

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES NEW LINE UP OF EDITIONS FOR TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX® SIEGE YEAR 4 ALONG WITH FREE WEEKEND FROM FEBRUARY 14

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Today, Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be available to play for free from February 14 to 17*. This Free Weekend is the perfect occasion for newcomers to join the Rainbow Six Siege community. This Free Weekend also comes with up to 70% discounts on the game on all platforms starting today. For more information on the Free Weekend, please visit the Rainbow Six Siege official website. 

In the meantime, Ubisoft also announced details around the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Edition, Deluxe Edition, Gold Edition, and Ultimate Edition, to support the start of brand new content for Year 4 of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Players can purchase the new editions starting today. All current Year 4 editions will see a price reduction. 

Year 4 of Rainbow Six Siege will introduce permanent DLC Operator Price Reductions, through the implementation of a scaling DLC operator pricing system. Older DLC Operators will be less expensive and more easily unlocked. 

For all Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition owners, they will be converted to the progression system for unlocking the original 20 Legacy operators, for more information on this and the DLC Operator Price Reductions please visit the Rainbow Six Siege official website. 

Additional Year 4 Editions line-up details are available below:

Starter Edition

The PC Starter Edition is being removed from digital stores. All current owners of the Starter Edition will be automatically upgraded to the Rainbow Six Siege Edition. For current Starter Edition owners, all progression and content previously unlocked will be carried over. By removing the Starter Edition, all new players save approximately 150 hours unlocking all base operators at the current progression system rates.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege 

The Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege edition provides access to all maps and content and reintroduces the progression system for unlocking all 20 Legacy operators. This edition will cost $26.99 and is available on PC.

Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition includes all content from the Rainbow Six Siege Edition alongside all Year 1 Operators. This edition will be available for $39.99 on PC, $49.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Gold Edition

The Gold Edition provides all the benefits of the Deluxe Edition plus the Year 4 Pass, which grants early access to all 8 Year 4 Operators. Click here to discover all benefits of the Year 4 Pass. This edition will be available for $79.99 on PC, $89.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One 

Ultimate Edition

The Ultimate Edition unlocks all Operators in-game through the end of Year 3, as well as the benefits of the Year 4 Pass (Operators included). This version grants access to all 52 existing Operators, including every DLC Operator. Click here to discover all benefits of the Year 4 Pass. This editions will be available for $129.99 on PC, $139.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

The full reveal of Season 4 of Year 4, Operation Burnt Horizon, will take place in Montreal at the Six Invitational 2019 on Sunday February 17. Watch it live at 1:30 pm EST at https://www.twitch.tv/rainbow6

For more information on Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, please visit www.rainbow6.com

Guest Post - Five Canadian-made Indie Switch Games That Flew Under The Radar In 2018

The follow post was written by Poutine & Pixels, who you can follow on Twitter. They specialize in highlighting Canadian-made games on Switch.

 If you’re anything like me, you’ve been giving a bit of extra time to playing games lately, what with the “go outside only if you want to die” weather. I’ve taken this time to catch up on Canadian-made Switch games released in 2018 that slid under my attention, largely due to my being distracted by ridiculously popular Canadian titles like Celeste and The Messenger.

 The Nintendo Switch has been a jolt of adrenaline for many indie games and developers. It’s not uncommon to hear of games being given a fresh surge of sales on the Switch, or developers finding the boost needed to stay in business - like Castle Pixel, the Canadian-American dev combo behind the hit Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King, who have been very public in their praise of the game’s sales figures on Nintendo Switch, allowing them to continue making games.

 We’re approaching a full two years since the launch of the Switch in March of 2017, and the wave of great games coming to the Switch is showing no sign of slowing down. With over 85 Canadian-made titles now available or announced for the Switch, it’s not a surprise that some have been released to less media coverage than they deserve.

Here are the top 5 Canadian-made indie titles on the Switch that may have flown under your radar in 2018:

 

Just Shapes & Beats

 Just Shapes & Beats from Quebec developers Berzerk Studio was featured in the March 2018 Nindies Showcase. It’s no surprise Nintendo wanted to highlight the game, as it is an absolute blast to play with friends. The eShop page describes it as “a chaotic co-op musical bullet-hell”, which makes it sound a lot more complicated than it actually is - dodge the shapes to addictive music, then die because this game can be tough as nails.

I took this game to a party on the day of its release, and it took over the TV for the duration of the night. If you’re a fan of rhythm or bullet hell games, don’t pass over this one.

 View Just Shapes & Beats on the Canadian eShop

 

Light Fall

Light Fall is a precision platformer that gives you the ability to place a block, called a Shadow Core, beneath you to assist in speeding across the world. Québec developers Bishop Games combine excellent minimalist art design with very pretty parallax scrolling effects to create a wonderful world to explore, and there’s plenty of hidden paths and secrets to encourage you to take a peak in every nook and cranny.

Light Fall also incorporates a Speedrun Game Mode, allowing you to compete with other runners worldwide with an online leaderboard. This game was also featured at GDQ 2019, and I’d love to see it pop up again at future events!

View Light Fall on the Canadian Nintendo eShop 

 

Pizza Titan Ultra

 Look, if your game comes with a main menu that has a theme song with robot voice-over and a karaoke sing-along bar, I’m going to buy it sight unseen. While the list of games that fit that requirement consists solely of Pizza Titan Ultra, that doesn’t detract from my conviction to that statement.

Developed by Breakfall in Ottawa, Pizza Titan Ultra has you playing a giant robot that delivers pizza throughout a futuristic city while dodging a myriad of enemies and trying to collect as much cash as possible. It’s one part Crazy Taxi, one part Gundam, and zero parts pineapple on pizza because that is an abomination and you should be ashamed.

 View Pizza Titan Ultra on the Canadian Nintendo eShop

 

Battle Princess Madelyn

Battle Princess Madelyn is heavily, heavily inspired by Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. Fully funded on Kickstarter in 2017 in just a few days, Battle Princess Madelyn by Nova Scotia developers Causal Bit Games was released at the end of 2018.

Although I found the story mode to be a bit lacking, Battle Princess Madelyn’s arcade mode has kept me coming back for more. It’s perfect for the Switch’s portable mode, and is exactly the sort of title that I want to pick up for a few moments whenever I have the chance. If you have fond memories of Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts, I would highly recommend giving this game a look.

 View Battle Princess Madelyn on the Canadian Nintendo eShop


Full Metal Furies

Full Metal Furies by Toronto-based developers Cellar Door Games was released on PC and Xbox in January 2018. After months of waiting, both Full Metal Furies and their insanely popular 2013 title Rogue Legacy were released on the Nintendo Switch last November.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why Full Metal Furies hasn’t garnered even a fraction of the attention that Rogue Legacy did - it’s an excellently designed action RPG with gorgeous artwork, online and couch co-op, and sterling player and media reviews. While it may have escaped wider attention upon initial release, this title is one that any co-op gaming fan should take a look at.

Certain Affinity Opening Up Studio In Toronto

Certain Affinity the Austin Texas based developer who have worked with some of the major studios and franchises including Halo, Call Of Duty, and Doom have announced they’ll be opening up a studio right here in Toronto. The new studio, which opens this month, will be support the Austin studio which is currently working on an original IP, a sci-fi co-op FPS titled ‘Last Expedition”. You can check out all the details in the press release below.

CERTAIN AFFINITY ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF A NEW TORONTO STUDIO

New Studio to support AAA development of Certain Affinity games

 January 30, 2019 (Austin, TX) – Certain Affinity, the largest independent video game developer in Austin, today announced that it will be opening a second development location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Certain Affinity has a proven track-record developing innovative, triple-A action games, including both original titles and co-development of games in blockbuster franchises like “Call of Duty,” “Halo,”, “DOOM,” and “Left 4 Dead.” Certain Affinity’s new studio will be opening in February in the Fashion District in the heart of downtown Toronto. To select the right location for its new office, Certain Affinity worked closely with Toronto Global, a team of experienced business advisors assisting global businesses to expand into the Toronto Region.

 Certain Affinity recently celebrated its 12th anniversary; during its history it has developed or co-developed 29 products across 12 different franchises, with more than 100 million units sold. The new Toronto location will support the Austin studio currently developing an ambitious original title as well as an original IP game, “Last Expedition,” which is a sci-fi co-op FPS.

 “Toronto is becoming a hub for game development with its progressive and multicultural environment and its thriving design and technical talent pool,” said Max Hoberman, Certain Affinity’s President and Founder. “We have built a company not only with top talent and benefits, but also with one of the game industry’s most inclusive and diverse cultures, and we look forward to bringing this mindset to our new Toronto studio and to being a positive member of the Toronto business community.”

 The new studio, which is expected to ramp up to 60 developers later this year, will be a fully integrated extension of the Austin office, which currently has more than 170 full-time employees. Historically, Certain Affinity has been known for development and co-development on other studios’ titles. While maintaining its core co-development business, the company has recently shifted its focus to lead game development, with a model of developing games as a service, available online and continuously updated with new features and content.

 “The Toronto Region is drawing the attention of the world for its emerging digital media and game development sectors, its diverse and welcoming community and dynamic cultural scene,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “I’m thrilled that Certain Affinity will call Toronto home, create jobs for our talented residents and contribute to our reputation as a global centre for innovation, creativity and economic growth. Welcome to the Toronto Region!”

 Certain Affinity is seeking a variety of skilled and passionate team members to join the company in Austin and Toronto, including artists, engineers, designers, producers, and more. Anyone interested in joining this growing independent AAA game developer can see a list of current job openings at certainaffinity.com/careers.

 About Certain Affinity

Certain Affinity (CA) was founded in 2006 as a bootstrap startup with the goal of creating innovative, top-quality action games. CA brings together an exceptionally experienced, unusually talented group to form one of the largest independent game developers in Austin, Texas. The company’s 170+ full-time employees include veterans from dozens of successful game studios, with Max Hoberman, CA’s founder and former Multiplayer and Online Lead for the Halo series, serving as President.


Unworthy Is The Latest Canadian-Based Game To Release On Switch

Aleks Kuzmanovic’s soulslike metroidvania released on on Steam in mid-2018, and it is now the latest of recent Canadian games ported to Switch. You can pick it on Switch right here, and check out the trailer and some screenshots below.

UNWORTHY is a hardcore combat-focused platformer without jumping. Play as a warrior, risen from the grave. Equipped with sword and shield, you must traverse a bleak and hostile world swarming with creatures of nightmare. Your patience, determination and skill will be put to the test, as you fight against epic bosses, uncover powerful weapons and abilities, and attempt to prove your worth.

Patreon Podcasts - Canuck Play Interview and Podcast Episode 104

In case you don’t know, Patreon’s at the $4.00+ level get early access to the podcast, and any audio interviews we do. Tonight we did two shows.

First up was an interview with David Winter, the CEO and President of Canuck Play, who have been working on Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football 2019. We discuss his history as a game developer, and the history and future of Maximum Football. Check it out on Patreon here.

The second show we did tonight was a normal podcast episode with Bret - we talk about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and the franchise in general, Omensight, Twitch streaming, recent Switch ports, and more. Check it out here.

Redbull Gaming - Levels: The Art Of Game Development'

Redbull Gaming has worked on a video series on innovative video games, and Episode 1 was based on Studio MDHR’s Cuphead - titled ‘When risking everything pays off ‘ - you can check it out below.

'Lily Bard Mysteries: The Body in Shakespeare Park' Demo Now Available

One More Stories have announced the demo for their upcoming game based on the Charlaine Harris’ book Shakespeare’s Landlord. The free download gives you a 30-60 minutes look into the game containing themes on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mental Health, & Sexual Assault.

“Lily Bard spent the last four years trying to hide and heal from the secrets of her past. Shakespeare, Arkansas was a quiet place until a body is discovered steps from Lily’s door and threatens to unravel old wounds and dredge up sinister memories. This game contains mature content and is intended for audiences over the age of 16. “

To download the demo you can head over to their website to download the executable, or here for the Flash/Browser version.

Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander Coming To Switch January 31st

Massive Damage have announced their retro-style space strategy RPG Halcyon 6 is heading to Nintendo Switch. Starting January 31st you’ll be able to download the game for $22.99. If you’re unfamiliar with Halcyon 6, it launched on Steam in 2016 and got an updated version in 2017. The gang at Massive Damage are also working on Star Renegades which is due out in 2019.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Legacy of the First Blade Episode 2 Out Now

Ubisoft have already released Episode 1 to their first Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC Episode, and now players will be able to download Episode 2 (of 3).

“In Shadow Heritage, a letter from Darius leads players to investigate a mystery through which the hero will come face to face with a new threat, The Tempest, a mastermind of naval battle who commands her own fleet. With her superior naval techniques and deadly weaponry, she will stop at nothing to ensure the hero’s demise.”

While the first episode brought a new Assassin ability, this episode will come with a new Hunter ability - Rapid Fire.

“It will allow players to rapidly shoot arrows without having to reload with the firing speed increasing with each skill level and will be a valuable skill to all players, not only those with a Hunter playstyle.”

ASSASSIN’S CREED® ODYSSEY LEGACY OF THE FIRST BLADE, EPISODE 2, NOW AVAILABLE

Battle The Tempest and Unravel a New Mystery in the Latest Story Arc Episode 

Montreal— January 15, 2019 — Today, Ubisoft announced that Shadow Heritage, the second episode in the first post-launch story arc for Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey Legacy of the First Blade, is now available across all available platforms.

In Shadow Heritage, a letter from Darius leads players to investigate a mystery through which the hero will come face to face with a new threat, The Tempest, a mastermind of naval battle who commands her own fleet. With her superior naval techniques and deadly weaponry, she will stop at nothing to ensure the hero’s demise.

Each episode of Legacy of the First Blade will feature a new ability for each branch of the skill tree: Hunter, Warrior and Assassin. The first episode, Hunted, introduced a new Assassin ability, and in Shadow Heritage players will discover a new Hunter ability, Rapid Fire. It will allow players to rapidly shoot arrows without having to reload with the firing speed increasing with each skill level and will be a valuable skill to all players, not only those with a Hunter playstyle.

To access Shadow Heritage, players must have completed Hunted, the first episode of Legacy of the First Blade, and the Naxos questline in Chapter 7 of the main story of the game, and must have reached character level 28 or above.

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey post-launch plan is the biggest and most ambitious in the franchise, and the launch of Legacy of the First Blade is just the beginning for players who wish to progress further with new content in Ancient Greece. Season pass owners will access two major episodic storylines, Legacy of the First Blade and The Fate of Atlantis. Players can dive into new episodes as they premiere, or experience the epic adventures in their entirety once all episodes are available. The season pass also includes Assassin’s Creed® III Remastered and Assassin’s Creed® Liberation Remastered and will be released this March.

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Season Pass, which includes the two story arcs Legacy of the First Blade and The Fate of Atlantis, can be purchased for $49.99. Legacy of the First Blade is also available separately for $34.99. The first episode, Hunted, and second episode, Shadow Heritage, are now downloadable for players who already own the season pass or Gold Edition. The third episode of Legacy of the First Blade will complete the story arc beginning of March. 

For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit: assassinscreed.com.

For the latest on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

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13AM Games Releases Double Cross On Nintendo Switch And Steam

Our friends over at 13AM Games have released their first non-Runbow game - Double Cross is out now on Steam and Switch. The action platformer has you playing as Zahra, an agent for R.I.F.T (Regulators of Interdimensional Frontiers and Technology) who keeps the peace between all dimensions:

A recent attack on R.I.F.T. headquarters thrusts players into a thrilling new case where they must use their R.I.F.T. developed gear to sling, swing, fight and investigate across distinct dimensions. During their travels players will gather clues to bring themselves one step closer to finding the identity of R.I.F.T.’s attacker and save every variation of the universe.

The game is enjoying a 25% launch discount right now, so head over to Steam or Switch to download today!