E3 2019: Watch Dogs: Legion Announced

Ubisoft has announced the next game in the Watch Dogs franchise, titled Watch Dogs: Legion will be coming March 6th 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. Ubisoft Toronto took centered stage in the press release as the driving force behind the games biggest draw - being able to play as anyone.

Thanks to a never-before-seen gameplay innovation created by Ubisoft Toronto*, the studio behind Watch Dogs: Legion, players will have complete freedom to ‘Play as Anyone.’ Every Londoner in the open world is fully simulated, with a persistent life and backstory, and players can recruit anyone from the entire population into their team. From an MI5 agent to a tough bareknuckle fighter, from a brilliant hacker to an illegal street racer, or from a rising football star to a geriatric grandma, anyone can join the resistance and become the hero of the story.

Ubisoft also announced Watch Dogs 2 will be part of the their newly announced UPlay + program which will be launching later this year. Full press release below!

UBISOFT ® ANNOUNCES WATCH DOGS®: LEGION

Watch Dogs®: Legion Introduces Gameplay Innovation  Enabling Players to ‘Play as Anyone’ in Near-Future London

MONTREAL – June 10, 2019– Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft® announced that Watch Dogs®: Legion, the newest installment of the blockbuster Watch Dogs® franchise will be available worldwide on March 6, 2020 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC. Watch Dogs: Legion will also launch on the new generation gaming platform, Stadia

In the near future, London is facing its downfall: people are being oppressed by an all-seeing surveillance state, a corrupt private military corporation controls the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the most vulnerable. In Watch Dogs: Legion, the player’s mission is to build a resistance to fight back against the emergence of an authoritarian regime.

Thanks to a never-before-seen gameplay innovation created by Ubisoft Toronto*, the studio behind Watch Dogs: Legion, players will have complete freedom to ‘Play as Anyone.’ Every Londoner in the open world is fully simulated, with a persistent life and backstory, and players can recruit anyone from the entire population into their team. From an MI5 agent to a tough bareknuckle fighter, from a brilliant hacker to an illegal street racer, or from a rising football star to a geriatric grandma, anyone can join the resistance and become the hero of the story.

Every character also has unique gameplay traits, based on their profile. Once they join the team, players choose their class, level them up, and unlock new abilities and upgrades. They can easily swap between them and approach the challenges of the game the way they want using hacking and drones, stealth, melee or combat, lethal or non-lethal.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, the players' choices have real consequences. If non-lethal force is used, the enemy will attempt to subdue and arrest the player. But if the player shoots to kill, their characters could be wounded or even permanently killed.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, players can even bring their unique team online and team up with their friends in four-player co-op, while sharing their progression between single-player and online.

In addition, Ubisoft announced the Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s Editions** for Watch Dogs: Legion:

  • Gold Edition includes the base game and the Season Pass.

  • Ultimate Edition includes Gold Edition and Ultimate digital content, including four weeks VIP Status to earn experience and currency faster.

  • Collector’s Edition includes the Ultimate Edition plus the LED Ded Coronet Mask Replica, an exclusive Steelbook®, a set of three stickers and a recto-verso propaganda poster, all inspired by the game's universe, and instant access to the mask in-game. Collector’s Edition is exclusive to the Ubisoft Store.

Fans who purchase the Gold, Ultimate or Collector’s editions will be able to get the game up to three days early from the standard release date. Fans who pre-order Watch Dogs Legion will receive access to the Golden King Pack with the “Uneasy Lies” Mask Skin, the “Serpent Sisters” Pistol Skin and the “Lux” Car Skin.

Moreover, Ubicollectibles revealed Watch Dogs: Legion: Resistant of London, its new figurine inspired directly from the world of Watch Dogs. This 26 cm figurine shows a DedSec operative in an iconic pose, wearing either the Winston mask or the King of Hearts mask (as two switchable masks will be included) and stepping defiantly on an Albion mercenary’s helmet as a proud member of London's resistance. This piece holds a burnt Black Jack flag, the symbol of the city’s decay. On top of that, a unique ULC code that unlocks the in-game mask “King of Hearts” will be included for free.

Watch Dogs: Legion will also be available on Uplay+, Ubisoft’s subscription service for Windows PC. More details on Uplay+ can be found on Uplay.com.***

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For further information about the Watch Dogs Legion Collector’s Editions and Ubicollectibles, please visit our website,
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*Associate studios are Ubisoft Montreal, Paris, Bucharest, Kiev and Newcastle.  

**Final content and release dates subject to change. Some features may not be available at launch. Content may be available for purchase and/or as giveaway(s) separately at Ubisoft’s sole discretion at any time.

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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.

© 2019 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Watch Dogs, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries.

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

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.


Voxel Couch-Coop Dungeon Crawler Riverbond Coming Out This Summer

Shown off at today’s Playstation State of Play, Cococucumber announced their couch-coop voxel dungeon crawler will be coming to PlayStation 4 this Summer. They then followed up saying it’ll also be out on Xbox One and PC. You can wishlist the game here on Steam.

In true dungeon-crawling style, Riverbond takes you on a journey through memorable worlds where you battle monsters, find treasure and become the hero. We wanted to channel the nostalgia of playing games from the 16-bit era and infuse it with fast and fluid controls for maximum action! Riverbond lets you choose your play style by letting you select from a ton of melee or ranged weapons to fight waves of enemies, take down huge bosses or completely decimate everything in sight.

It was also announced that there will be plenty of skins from other games added to the game, including Drinkbox Studios own Juan from Guacamelee, Lover Mu from Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and Robot 5 from Cococumber’s previous game Planet of the Eyes.



Shakedown: Hawaii From The Developer Behind Retro City Rampage Releasing May 7th

VBlank Entertainment, the Vancouver developer behind Retro City Rampage will be releasing their latest - Shakedown: Hawaii on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PC tomorrow on May 7th. Similar to Retro City Rampage, Shakedown: Hawaii is a retro style open-world game similar to the original Grand Theft Auto Games.

The entire island is up for grabs... or at least, could be with the right business model.

Welcome to Shakedown: Hawaii, Vblank Entertainment's latest open world adventure. Build a "legitimate" corporation by completing open world missions, acquiring businesses, sabotaging competitors, "rezoning" land, and shaking down shops for protection money.

You are the CEO, and questionable subsidiaries, misleading ads, fine print, hidden service fees, and marketing spin are your tools of choice. Shakedown: Hawaii parodies big business, and the most absurd business practices that go alongside.

From the boardroom to the streets, build your corporate empire and destroy the competition.

The game will be out on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PC on May 7th, and is expected to hit Nintendo 3DS at some point.

Crimson Moon Content Update Coming To Starlink: Battle of Atlas This Month

Ubisoft isn’t done with Starlink: Battle of Atlas. After announcing they are done working on physical toys, Ubisoft will be dropping the new content update on April 30th. Titled Crimson Moon the free update will let players travel to the Crimson Moon, home of the Outlaw Games:

Players will be able to compete in all-new single-player and two-player split-screen racing tracks, fight waves of ruthless enemies in the Crimson Coliseum and see their rank and stats on leaderboards. The Crimson Moon will also impact the entire world of Atlas and let players engage with new faction story missions and weekly challenges.

The update also includes five new pilots, three new starships and eleven new weapons available separately for digital-only purchases. Additionally the game will be released on PC on the same day as the update.

On top of all of this, exclusive to Switch there will be a new campaign where players will get to play as StarFox companions Peppy, Falco and Slippy each with their own unique abilities. This DLC will be a separate download, and go for $15.99. You can check out the trailer and screenshots below.

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES NEW CRIMSON MOON CONTENT UPDATE FOR STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS®, LAUNCHING APRIL 30

Join Forces with Star Fox Team’s Peppy, Falco and Slippy in Add-On Content Launching Alongside the Update, Exclusively for Nintendo Switch™ 

Montreal — April 24, 2019 — Today, Ubisoft announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas® will receive a significant content update centered on the mysterious appearance of the Crimson Moon in the Atlas star system. The update will be available for download on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X.

The new Crimson Moon content will also be included in the all-new Windows PC version of the game, releasing the same day, April 30, 2019. On PC, Starlink: Battle for Atlas will feature the same content as the console version and will support the Dualshock and Xbox One controller mounts, as well as digital play. For more information about Starlink: Battle for Atlas PC specs, please visit https://starlink.ubisoft.com/game/en-ca/news-videos/348652/Starlink-Battle-For-Atlas-Comes-to-PC.

As part of the free update, players can explore the Crimson Moon, theater of the Outlaw Games. Players will be able to compete in all-new single-player and two-player split-screen racing tracks, fight waves of ruthless enemies in the Crimson Coliseum and see their rank and stats on leaderboards. The Crimson Moon will also impact the entire world of Atlas and let players engage with new faction story missions and weekly challenges. Additionally, players will be able to expand their roster and play through the new Crimson Moon content with five new pilots, three new starships and eleven new weapons available separately for digital-only purchase. 

Alongside the Crimson Moon update, prepare to take control of the Star Fox team members Peppy, Falco and Slippy in brand-new content coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. Hunt down the Star Wolf team in a series of missions with the help of three new Star Fox team pilots, each with their own unique special ability and skill tree. The new Star Fox content will be available separately for digital-only purchase for $15.99 on Nintendo Switch beginning April 30, 2019.

For more information about the Starlink: Battle for Atlas, please visit www.starlinkgame.com.

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit 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 2017–18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

© 2018–2019 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. The Starlink Battle for Atlas logo, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Nintendo properties are licensed to Ubisoft Entertainment by Nintendo. Star Fox characters © Nintendo. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.