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Unity DLC will include Assassin’s Creed sidescroller

Posted by Peter Nickless On Friday 26 September 2014No Comments

Shao Jun makes the jump from franchise bit player to her own game.

The Assassin’s Creed series has stayed true to the promise of a new game each year. After arguably losing its way a little over the past couple of instalments, it bounced back strongly with Black Flag and hopes are now running high for Unity.

With Unity set to launch in November, details of the season pass have been released and it looks to be offering a wider variety to gamers than ever before.  Beyond just new costumes, weapons and side missions, the season pass will also include a cool looking 2.5D sidescroller known as Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

The new game will follow a supporting character from the Assassin’s Creed novels, Shao Jun, as she uses stealth and platforming skills to negotiate obstacles and perform the occasional ‘leap of faith’.

The game looks gorgeous so far and will hopefully play better than the more recent non-main series games, like Liberation or Pirates.

So this is what Battleborn looks like

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 25 September 2014No Comments

By now you have all probably heard about Gearbox’s next big game Battleborn. Something of a cross between Team Fortress 2 and a MOBA, this new game has been hard to describe to potential players with nothing but words. It is wonderful to see that Gearbox has recognised this issue and has decided to release an 18-minute gameplay trailer to the gaming public.

The video shows quite a bit of what to expect and it is hard not to be impressed. Battleborn sports a very unique art style and just like Gearbox’s previous smash hit Borderlands, quite a healthy dose of humour. Also on show are the different classes available to players and some of the hectic gameplay on offer. With a combination of traditional RPG area attacks, First Person Shooting and melee combat, there seems to be quite a few way to slaughter the seemingly endless hordes. There are also some impressive ability trees on show that are sure to have RPG fans drooling in anticipation.

The footage gives a nice taste of what to expect from this sure to be hotly anticipated game. After the saga involving a certain Xenomorph, Gearbox could certainly use a hit game to help wash that acid blood taste from their fan’s mouths. Battleborn is due on current gen systems next year.

Blizzard turfs Titan

Posted by Erin Marcon On Wednesday 24 September 2014No Comments

Blizzard’s first MMO, World of Warcraft, is about to receive its fifth major expansion.

In what is likely to be regarded as the biggest cancellation news of the year, Activision and Blizzard have pulled the plug on their long awaited Titan MMO. In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime has confirmed that the project, which the company has never discussed in detail, is being abandoned. “We didn’t find the fun,” Morhaime said. “We didn’t find the passion.” Titan had been in development for seven years.

While widely celebrated for its work on the StarCraft and Diablo franchises, Blizzard is perhaps best known as the company behind the World of Warcraft MMO. At its peak, the game fondly known as WoW attracted more than 12 million paid subscribers. Over the past few years, the audience has declined by about 50%. The lack of a WoW sequel on the horizon had many assuming that Titan would represent Blizzard’s next big push in the MMO space, but it now appears that Blizzard is taking a break from the genre. “I wouldn’t say no to ever doing an MMO again,” Morhaime said. “But I can say that right now, that’s not where we want to be spending our time.”

Triad Wars to expand the world of Sleeping Dogs

Posted by Stephen Foote On Tuesday 23 September 2014No Comments

Canadian developer United Front Games has announced the projected 2015 release of Triad Wars, an online multiplayer action game that will follow on from its 2012 hit Sleeping Dogs.

Exclusively coming to PC, Triad Wars is described by Design Director Steve Ferreira as the “flip-side of Sleeping Dogs”, and will focus on the rise of players from Hong Kong gang enforcer to crime boss, stepping away from the undercover cop aspect of Sleeping Dogs’ protagonist Wei Shen.

Many of Triad Wars’ gameplay aspects will be familiar to players of Sleeping Dogs, with hand-to-hand combat, driving and racing all making a return. Expanding on the criminal angle, Triad Wars offers a myriad of illegal activities to engage in, including counterfeiting, extortion and smuggling. As an online only title, Triad Wars will also add aspects more conducive to online play such as the need to engage in turf wars with rival players to advance.

United Front Games is currently offering places in the closed beta for Triad Wars at the official site.