E3 2019: Riverbond Out Now On Xbox One (also on Game Pass), PS4, and PC

Cococucumber did a stealth release on us! Their co-op voxel dungeon crawlers Riverbond is out now on Steam, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Better yet, if you’re a member of Xbox Game Pass you can download the game as part of the pass. Happy E3 everyone, it’s a magical time.

Go To Hell In Assassin's Creed Odyssey Latest DLC - Out Now

Ubisoft has announced the latest episode of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC. Episode 2 of The Fate of Atlantis is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Judging from the synopsis, trailer and screenshots - players will be going to Hell:
 
Torment of Hades transports players to the Underworld, a vast world of endless gloom filled with wandering dead, ruled by the sharp and cunning Hades. As the story unfolds, players will come face-to-face with the ghosts of their past and continue their journey in mastering the Staff of Hermes. In order to escape the afterlife, players will have to help the dead find their rightful resting place and settle the debt that Hades demands.

This episode also brings new ability enhancements for your character - you can check out the trailer and press release below. 

VENTURE INTO THE UNDERWORLD IN ASSASSIN’S CREED® ODYSSEY THE FATE OF ATLANTIS, EPISODE 2, NOW AVAILABLE 

Montreal — June 4, 2019 —Today, Ubisoft announced that Torment of Hades, the second episode of the post-launch story arc of Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey The Fate of Atlantis, is now available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC.

Torment of Hades transports players to the Underworld, a vast world of endless gloom filled with wandering dead, ruled by the sharp and cunning Hades. As the story unfolds, players will come face-to-face with the ghosts of their past and continue their journey in mastering the Staff of Hermes. In order to escape the afterlife, players will have to help the dead find their rightful resting place and settle the debt that Hades demands.

Each of the episodes of The Fate of Atlantis will introduce new ability enhancements related to the different branches of the skill tree – Hunter, Warrior and Assassin. In this second episode, players will discover three new ability enhancements, including:

  • Kronos Time Shift is part of the Warrior branch of the skill tree, and will launch players into the air while temporarily blinding surrounding enemies. While you are in the air, time stops for a moment, letting you use abilities from above or in a chain with Leap of Faith’s ground smash. When you shoot in the air, the damage will also automatically crit targets.

  • Ares Last Breath is also part of the Warrior branch of the skill tree. This healing ability will grant immunity to enemy attacks, restore 5% of damage dealt as Health and automatically parry enemy melee hits.

  • Artemis Trickery is part of the Hunter branch of the skill tree, and will transform players’ arrows into deadly traps that detonate and deal damage to enemies that come in close proximity. Any type of arrow can be used and will offer a different type of effect on detonation.

In order to play Torment of Hades, players will have two different options:

  • Following the main game, players will have to complete the questline Between Two Worlds, the mythological main game story arc, and the Lost Tales of Greece questline Heir of Memories that is available after completing the former questline. Finally, they must have reached character level 28 or above.

  • Players who do not fulfill all the above conditions will be able to use a shortcut created specifically for them. Thanks to this shortcut, players will enter Greece level 52 with preset abilities and resources, enabling them to start their adventure into the afterlife with Heir of Memories. They will also have the opportunity to choose their hero. However, contrary to the previous option, player progression using the shortcut will not carry over to the main game save, and they will not be able to obtain achievements.

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey post-launch plan is the biggest and most ambitious in the franchise, and season pass owners will be able to 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® III Liberation Remastered, which released for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC on March 29, 2019.

The Fate of Atlantis can be purchased as part of the Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey Season Pass for $49.99 or as part of The Fate of Atlantis story arc for $34.99 and will be downloadable for players who already own the Season Pass or Gold Edition starting today.

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

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

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2018-19 fiscal year Ubisoft generated Net Bookings of €2,029 million. To learn more, please visit
www.ubisoft.com.

© 2018–2019 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries.

Dauntless Out Now On PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Epic Game Story - Crossplay Enabled

Vancouver (and southern-California) based studio Phoenix Labs have released Dauntless across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Epic Game Store). The free-to-play game has the art style of Fortnite, while containing the gameplay of a quicker more fast paced Monster Hunter.

Powerful, wild, and ravenous for the aether that holds the Shattered Isles aloft, Behemoths are a threat to our very existence. Team up with other Slayers to confront these massive beasts before they consume what's left of our world.

As part of the launch, Phoenix Labs has announced One Dauntless - a way of saying that the game has cross-play and cross-progression across all three platforms, provided you’ve linked your accounts.

With One Dauntless, we’re thrilled to offer a true cross-play experience on every system. That means that you can play with your friends no matter which platform they choose. Have one friend on PC, another on Xbox, and a third on PlayStation? With cross-play, you can all hunt together, chat together, or even join up with the same guild!

We also have some great news for those of you who started your journey on PC: You can take your progress with you. By linking your Dauntless account to Epic Games, you’ll be able to pick up and play from any system – including Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And yes, your hard-earned gear, cosmetics, quest progress, and more will travel with you.

I’ve played a few hours and enjoyed my time immensely - and will be streaming a lot more of the game on Twitch.

Road to E3 2019 - Marvel's Avengers Will Make Its Debut

One of the most anticipated game at this year’s E3 will no doubt be Marvel’s Avengers from Edios Montreal and Crystal Dynamics. The game was actually announced a little while ago, but very little has been shown. Square Enix announced a few days ago that we will get our first glimpse of the game at this year’s E3.

Since this, a few things have gone out like IGN reporting that the game will have “continuous” single-player, and co-operative gameplay. We’ll have to wait a little while longer to get the full look though and see what that means, and we’ll be sure to post it here on CanadianGamedevs.com

Cuphead Being Ported To....Tesla Cars

Well if you have a PlayStation 4 then you can’t play Studio MDHR’s hit Cuphead - however if you have an Xbox One, PC, Switch and now…a Tesla car, then you can. Announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on their weekly podcast, and posted by IGN - the gang at Tesla has gotten Cuphead working on their cars and will be available on Tesla's Model 3, Model S, and Model X by the end of the year.

“"Cuphead, we've got working," Musk said. "[The developers] have been helping us make it work. It's a cool game. It's insanely difficult. It's sadistically difficult. It's a twisted plot. It's dark. It looks like some cute little Disney thing and you're like, 'This plot is very dark'," he added with a laugh.”

Cuphead came out in 2017 and was a smash hit. DLC titled “The Delicious Last Course” was announced at last year’s E3 and we’re hoping to hear about it more…perhaps at this years E3.

Slender: The Arrival Heading To Nintendo Switch

Slender: The Arrival, Blue Isle Studios indie hit from 2013 is heading to the Nintendo Switch next month on June 20th.

“You're on your own. No one to come for you. No one to help you. No one to hear you scream. Slender: The Arrival is the official video game adaptation of Slender Man, re-created from Mark Hadley's original nerve-shattering sensation. Developed by Blue Isle Studios, The Arrival features a brand new storyline, improved visuals, great replay value, and most importantly, survival horror at its best.”

Rainbow Six Canada Nationals: Ubisoft Canada partners with Enthusiast Gaming for Year 2

Rainbow Six Canada Nationals have announced that in thier second year they will be partnering with the gang at Enthusiast Gaming. You can check out the details below, the winners will compete for $15000 at this years EGLX.

UBISOFT CANADA PARTNERS WITH ENTHUSIAST GAMING FOR THE SECOND YEAR OF THE RAINBOW SIX CANADA NATIONALS

Canadian teams will compete for a $15,000 CAD prize pool

MONTREAL, CANADA – May 28, 2019 – Today, Ubisoft Canada announced the second year of the Rainbow Six Canada Nationals. The video game publisher is partnering with Enthusiast Gaming for this year’s competition, featuring the popular Canadian-made Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, to once again crown Canada’s best R6 team!

Presented by Ubisoft Canada and powered by Enthusiast Gaming, the Rainbow Six Canada Nationals will kick off in June 2019. This year’s competition will consist of two stages, with the live LAN finals taking place on October 20 in Toronto at the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX), Canada’s largest video game expo. The top four Canadian teams that make it through the group stage will earn their chance to compete for a $15,000 CAD prize pool.

The tournament will begin with the first two-day Open Qualifier, where each team (made up of all Canadian players) will compete for their chance to participate in the elimination rounds of the Canadian league. Once league play begins, each team will face off over eight weeks, ending with the top four teams securing their spot at the finals. This year will also see the return of last year’s champions, Team Canada, who will earn a buy into the Stage 1 elimination round. For more information on the format and rules, please visit the
official Rainbow Six Canada Nationals page.

Stage 1 Open Qualifiers will take place on June 29 and 30 and then again on July 6 and 7, followed by the Stage 1 elimination league play broadcast live each weekend in July. Stage 2 Open Qualifiers will start on September 7. At the end of each stage, the two top-ranked teams will have secured their place at the live Grand Finals in Toronto.

“We are very excited to bring back the Rainbow Six Canada Nationals for Year 2. Partnering with Enthusiast Gaming, this year promises to be a year of stellar matches, great times and exciting moments for players and fans alike! We cannot wait to see how this year will unfold!” says Adam Climan, esports and communications manager at Ubisoft Canada.

Additional details regarding spectator opportunities for the Grand Finals will be revealed closer to the event in October and fans are encouraged to follow
Ubisoft Canada on social media for real-time updates with #R6CN.

Canadian Rainbow Six Siege players can register their team for the Canada Nationals today, and find more information about the tournament at
r6canadanationals.com.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, please visit https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com/siege and the Facebook page.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017-18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit
www.ubisoft.com.

About Enthusiast Gaming
Founded in 2014, Enthusiast Gaming is the largest vertically integrated video game company and has the fastest-growing online community of video gamers. Through the Company’s organic and acquisition strategy, it has amassed a platform of over 150 million monthly visitors across its network of websites and YouTube channels. Enthusiast also owns and operates Canada’s largest gaming expo, Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, EGLX, (
eglx.ca) with approximately 55,000 people attending in 2018. For more information on the Company, visitwww.enthusiastgaming.com.

About Waveform Entertainment
Waveform Entertainment Inc. is a leading Canadian broadcast and production agency specialized in the gaming and esports industry. Founded in 2018, Waveform has been on the leading edge of live event production and broadcast for several years and services clients all around the world. Learn more about Waveform at 
http://waveform.gg

Canadian teams will compete for a $15,000 CAD prize pool

MONTREAL, CANADA – May 28, 2019 – Today, Ubisoft Canada announced the second year of the Rainbow Six Canada Nationals. The video game publisher is partnering with Enthusiast Gaming for this year’s competition, featuring the popular Canadian-made Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, to once again crown Canada’s best R6 team!

Presented by Ubisoft Canada and powered by Enthusiast Gaming, the Rainbow Six Canada Nationals will kick off in June 2019. This year’s competition will consist of two stages, with the live LAN finals taking place on October 20 in Toronto at the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX), Canada’s largest video game expo. The top four Canadian teams that make it through the group stage will earn their chance to compete for a $15,000 CAD prize pool.

The tournament will begin with the first two-day Open Qualifier, where each team (made up of all Canadian players) will compete for their chance to participate in the elimination rounds of the Canadian league. Once league play begins, each team will face off over eight weeks, ending with the top four teams securing their spot at the finals. This year will also see the return of last year’s champions, Team Canada, who will earn a buy into the Stage 1 elimination round. For more information on the format and rules, please visit the
official Rainbow Six Canada Nationals page.

Stage 1 Open Qualifiers will take place on June 29 and 30 and then again on July 6 and 7, followed by the Stage 1 elimination league play broadcast live each weekend in July. Stage 2 Open Qualifiers will start on September 7. At the end of each stage, the two top-ranked teams will have secured their place at the live Grand Finals in Toronto.

“We are very excited to bring back the Rainbow Six Canada Nationals for Year 2. Partnering with Enthusiast Gaming, this year promises to be a year of stellar matches, great times and exciting moments for players and fans alike! We cannot wait to see how this year will unfold!” says Adam Climan, esports and communications manager at Ubisoft Canada.

Additional details regarding spectator opportunities for the Grand Finals will be revealed closer to the event in October and fans are encouraged to follow
Ubisoft Canada on social media for real-time updates with #R6CN.

Canadian Rainbow Six Siege players can register their team for the Canada Nationals today, and find more information about the tournament at
r6canadanationals.com.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, please visit https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com/siege and the Facebook page.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017-18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit
www.ubisoft.com.

About Enthusiast Gaming
Founded in 2014, Enthusiast Gaming is the largest vertically integrated video game company and has the fastest-growing online community of video gamers. Through the Company’s organic and acquisition strategy, it has amassed a platform of over 150 million monthly visitors across its network of websites and YouTube channels. Enthusiast also owns and operates Canada’s largest gaming expo, Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, EGLX, (
eglx.ca) with approximately 55,000 people attending in 2018. For more information on the Company, visitwww.enthusiastgaming.com.

About Waveform Entertainment
Waveform Entertainment Inc. is a leading Canadian broadcast and production agency specialized in the gaming and esports industry. Founded in 2018, Waveform has been on the leading edge of live event production and broadcast for several years and services clients all around the world. Learn more about Waveform at 
http://waveform.gg

Game Developer Jobs - Unreal Programmer - Mikutech

Unreal Programmer

Is "Unreal" your preferred game engine and a description of your coding skills? Then Joydrop is looking to hire you! Join a dynamic team of game development professionals working on the latest technologies.

Job Responsibilities

  • Write, modify, integrate, and test high quality code using Unreal Engine

  • Maintain existing computer programs by making modifications as required

  • Identify and communicate about technical problems, processes and solutions

  • Work with QA to ensure smooth, bug free releases

  • Deliver quality products through the use of agile methodologies and test-driven development

Required Skills and Experience

  • An almost obnoxious attention to detail for proper coding structures and conventions

  • Experience with Unreal Engine, either at a previous job or demonstrating it through personal work

  • Proficiency in C++, C#, Javascript and Node.js

  • Experience with Typescript and Visual Studio are a bonus

  • Willingness to learn new languages and technologies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Other Requirements

  • Cover letter

  • Up-to-date resume

  • A link to a portfolio of your coding work (website, blog, github account, etc.) containing source code and executables

  • Upon application, you will be contacted to write a short programming test before your interview

Compensation

• Based on experience

About Joydrop/Mikutech

Joydrop/Mikutech is a full-service agency specializing in video game development and production. Under the branding of Joydrop, we craft experiences for the consumer on Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox One, mobile, and PC. Mikutech is our brand for serious gaming solutions involving medical and commercial training using augmented and virtual reality. Both brands were established by Mark Mikulec, a veteran game developer on titles like Warframe and Bioshock, an architect of 3D graphics engines, who has been at the forefront of VR/AR long before its recent popularity.

Working at Joydrop/Mikutech means working elbow to elbow with respected industry professionals and up-and-comers in code, art, and design. It also means you’ll not only be given the chance to show off your expertise and finesse, but learn alongside similarly ambitious people.

Mikutechis located in London, Ontario, a city with a large game developer community and most of the amenities of much larger -- much more crowded! -- urban centers.

The job’s requirements may seem daunting, but if you’re fresh out of school, you’re in luck –we love new grads!

Academic experience (via group projects) can count just as much as industry experience.

For further information about Mikutech visit www.mikutech.com or twitter@MikutechTips. Apply to jobs@mikutech.com and mention this job posting in the subject. For more information about Joydrop Ltd, visit joydrop.co.

Action Twin-Stick Shooter 'Project AETHER: First Contact' Coming Soon To Steam

Here is one I missed from October of last year, but Sleepy Spider Studios have announced a twin-stick shooter set in space Project AETHER: First Contact which you can wishlist on Steam right here.

As a threat from beyond looms over the solar system, Project AETHER is ready to deploy! Take control of the powerful AETHER mech in this action oriented twin stick shooter. 

Fight the alien threat across 9 unique levels, each with a powerful boss to defeat. 

Customize your mech's loadout with an assortment of powerful weapons, including the rapid fire assault rifle, high impact railgun, concentrated laser beam, and more. 

According to Steam the game is coming soon, so hopefully we don’t have too much longer to wait.

Away: The Survival Series Announced During Playstation: State of Play

It looks like Riverbond wasn’t the only Canadian game announced during Playstation’s State of Play last week. Quebec based Breaking Walls announced Away: The Survival Series for Playstation 4 and PC.

As cataclysmic storms bear down on the planet, you must travel across vast environments in search of safer lands. From the mighty treetops to the forest floor, immerse yourself in nature as you explore a vibrant world brimming with life, but beware of the dangers that await on your journey.

The game has you running, jumping, climbing and gliding though an “organic, living world”. There will be a “nature documentary narration” for the storyline, but also a variety of side-quests and is planned for 2020.