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  1. Ubisoft Will Mine Your Online Data to Creep You out in Their Watch Dogs Marketing Site

    Who watches the watchdogs?

    Ubisoft has put together a clever marketing site for their hacking-themed game, Watch Dogs. If you use Facebook, it will mine your data (and your friends' data that they've shared with you) and present an eerie analysis of the type of person you are, your net worth, and which of your friends could be used against you.

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  2. The Honest Trailer For Assassin’s Creed 4 Is Just Too Real, Man

    Yarrrr this pile of hay is not sufficient enough to cushion my fall, yarr.

    So apparently lots of people loved Assassin's Creed 4: Pirate Booty, which is cool, but there's no denying the game has some issues. Smosh Games has released their latest Honest Trailer about our fave not-assassin-assassin-pirate, and it really hits the mark. Please enjoy Ass-ass-in's Creed 4: I'm on a boat.

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  3. Ubisoft’s Child of Light Looks Stunning and Amazing, Must Play Immediately

    Seriously, is it 2014 yet? We need this beautiful JRPG co-op in our lives.

    Montreal-based Ubisoft announced a bunch of new downloadable titles at Digital Days, but nothing caught our eye quite like Child of Light. A love-letter to 16-bit JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Child of Light is built using the UbiArt Framework (the same tool used for Rayman Origins), by the same creative team behind Far Cry 3. And it. Looks. Amazing.

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  4. Watch All of Today’s E3 Press Conferences Live Right Here [Live Stream]

    Get a look at tomorrow's game consoles today with press conferences from Microsoft this afternoon and Sony tonight.

    It's E3 week, and, well, you know what that means, don't you? It means that starting at 10 am PT today, we'll be bringing you a whole week full of live press conferences, trailers for new games, and new looks  at the latest next gen consoles -- the PS4 and Xbox One -- that are about to leave a smoldering crater in your bank account where 599 U.S. dollars used to be...give or take.

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  5. PETA Protests Whaling In Assassin’s Creed IV, Just In Case There Is Whaling In Assassin’s Creed IV

    Well, PETA has invented a ludicrous thing to be outraged over, so it must be Wednesday. This week, it's Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed IV that has the animal rights group all in a tizzy over portrayals of whaling in the game. Or rather, what might potentially be portrayals of whaling in the game, since the game isn't out yet, and all we know about the game's latest maritime installment is that at some point, the protagonist is on a ship and sees a whale. This, according to PETA, makes the game developers whale hating monsters who are worse than 1,000 Stalins, presumably because having any other reaction to it would require the folks at PETA to actually think about a reasoned response for like two minutes.

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  6. Ubisoft Embraces Piracy, Announces Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

    Okay, so maybe Ubisoft hasn't actually embraced piracy in the literal sense, but they have embraced pirate-themed video games. After much speculation, and a number of prominent leaks, Ubisoft has confirmed that their latest and greatest Assassin's Creed video game will be officially called Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Why they've decided to immediately move to the next installment of the franchise is unclear, but Ubisoft sure does like putting out a new version of this game each year.

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  7. Strange Things Are Happening With Ubisoft and Electronic Arts’ Online Stores

    Video game publishers Ubisoft and Electronic Arts are up to something that can only be described as bewildering. Ubisoft will be selling third-party games (i.e. not their own) on their online store, Uplay. Odd, but simple enough. They're also going to be selling their own games on competitor Electronic Art's online store, Origin. Huh? No, wait, I have a theory.

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  8. Tom Hardy to Star in Splinter Cell Movie, Probably Will Be More Intelligible Than Bane

    Ubisoft, the video game developer and publisher, is pushing traditional media in a hard way. Not only do they have an Assassin's Creed film in the mix, but they're working on bringing Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell to the big screen as well. Barring our typical distaste with video games being made into movies, both franchises could prove excellent fodder for the stereotypical action film. Now that the Splinter Cell movie has Tom Hardy cast as protagonist Sam Fisher, it'll be even tougher to ignore.

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  9. The Microtransactions Are Coming: Assassin’s Creed III to Offer Multiplayer Credit Bundles

    Video game publishers and developers are coming to believe that they're not providing a product to their consumers. Instead, they're providing a service. While this might at first seem like a good thing, it actually means that more companies than ever are embracing the idea of microtransactions. If they can offer tiny tidbits of content for a price, especially if these are just ways to make content already present in the game available faster, they will. Ubisoft is no different. Turns out that their latest game, Assassin's Creed III, will apparently have packs of something called "Erudito Credits" available for purchase.

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  10. Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed Movie Is Definitely Happening

    For A More Civilized Age

    Over the summer we heard Prometheus star Michael Fassbender had landed the lead role in Ubisoft's film adaptation of their video game, Assassin's Creed. Not only that, he was co-directing it as well. Then...nothing. Thankfully we can all breathe a big sigh of relief. The project is a go thanks to new financing.

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  11. Ubisoft Officially Off the Always-On DRM Bandwagon

    Of all the publishers in the world of video games, few have put forth as onerous a digital rights management system as Ubisoft. Their stance on PC piracy eventually caused them to require all Ubisoft games on PC, across the board, to be constantly connected to their servers in order to ensure that they weren't pirated. It seems, however, that they might have had a change of heart. According to an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Ubisoft quietly made the call last year to ditch their always-on DRM scheme.

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  12. U.S. Soldier-Terrorists Inspired by Rainbow Six: Patriots

    A group of U.S. soldiers who formed a para-military group planning to perform terrorist acts as a means of inciting hypervigilance and rallying support for the military were apparently inspired by Rainbow Six: Patriots, according to a prosecutor trying members of the group for murder.

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  13. Ubisoft Continues to Bemoan Piracy, Praise F2P, and Miss the Point

    Of all the companies that might put forth suspect data in order to win someone over, our money's on Ubisoft misrepresenting statistics in order to avoid making their digital rights management schemes look draconian. Speaking with GamesIndustry International at GamescomUbisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that the amount of paying free-to-play PC players equals out to the same amount that had previously purchased boxed copies. It may have been in Cologne, but something stinks here.

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  14. Hacker Exposes Major Security Exploit in Ubisoft’s Uplay

    Whenever a new form of digital rights management, or DRM, hits the market, people get antsy. Developer and publisher Ubisoft has their own particular brand of this nonsense which requires a launcher of their making: Uplay. Unfortunately for them, it looks like Uplay includes a major security hole which some hackers are decrying as an intentional rootkit. This is the kind of revelation that can lead to recalls and public statements.

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  15. Assassin’s Creed III Independence Day Trailer is Cool but a Bit Weird [Video]

    Ubisoft released a new trailer for Assassin's Creed III today. Don't get me wrong, it's a super rad video. There are just a few things that might make you go "Huh?" A trailer for a game about stalking and killing people set to Amazing Grace. Huh? A call to "Ignite the Revolution" this July 4th. Huh? All this coming from the Montréal division of Rennes-based publisher, Ubisoft. Huh? Well, watch the trailer yourself and see what you think. One thing is for sure, I'll still be waiting in line this October 30th for my copy of ACIII.

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  16. Ubisoft Files Complaint Against Author To Get Assassin’s Creed Copyright Dispute Settled For Good

    Not too long ago, Sci-Fi author John Beiswenger filed a lawsuit attempting to block any further Assassin's Creed releases on the grounds that the franchise's story infringed on the copyright of his novel Link. The lawsuit seemed pretty doomed from the start, and it's likely that Beiswenger knew that because he just recently dropped his own case, still arguing that he was totally in the right, but just didn't feel like (or have the money to go about) proving it at the moment. Now, Ubisoft has filed a complaint against Beiswenger in order to get the matter settled, essentially saying something along the lines of "Oh ho ho no you don't. You wanna dance? Let's dance."

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  17. A Plethora of Assassin’s Creed Concept Art Created 3 Years Before the Game’s Release

    Ubisoft has a cache of Assassin's Creed concept art, giving us fans of hidden blades and parkour assassination an eye-pleasing treat. Though the original game was released back in 2007, the concept art comes from 2004 and shows off more of a Prince of Persia style, a female assassin, and much more. Interestingly, the concept art was created so long before the game idea was cemented that the team thought they were creating a Prince of Persia spin-off. Each piece of concept art was drawn by Khai Nguyen, who seemed to have a pretty good idea what the game should look like, considering the final build turned out fairly similar to the 2004 concept art. Check out the rest of the pretty art below the break.

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  18. Sci-Fi Author Aims To Block Assassin’s Creed 3 Release, Claims It Infringes On His Copyright

    Excited for Assassin's Creed III? So are we, so I hate to be the bearer of potentially bad news, but Ubisoft is now facing a lawsuit that could block the release of Assassin's Creed III. Science Fiction author John L. Beiswenger has just filed suit against Ubisoft claiming that the Assassin's Creed franchise infringes on his copyright by ripping off his novel Link. As such, he's requesting $1 million in damages -- $5 million if the judge rules willful infringement -- and that all future Assassin's Creed releases be blocked.

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  19. Ubisoft Looking to Hire Fan to Help Write Assassin’s Creed Encyclopedia

    Ubisoft is looking to make an official encyclopedia for everyone's second favorite Ubisoft parkour franchise, Assassin's Creed, that, for some reason, isn't a wiki. A posting on UbiWorkshop states that they are making an official job offer and "not some petty human crowdsourcing trick." Beginner's need not fear and can apply to the job as well, as Ubisoft says they "wouldn't want to miss out on someone passionate and talented just because he or she doesn't have a five-year experience," further endearing them to fans across the world.

    To apply, head on over to the UbiWorkshop posting, check out the job recommendations and duties, take the writing test they provide, and send your information to the email provided in the post. You probably shouldn't mention if you have real-world assassination experience.

    (UbiWorkshop via Eurogamer)

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  20. Ubisoft Offering Beyond Good & Evil Soundtrack for Free

    Beyond Good & Evil is both a triumph and tragedy. Most people who have ever played the game will tell you how absolutely fantastic it is, how much they want a sequel, and how much of a shame it is that it was such a monetary failure they bought it from GameStop for $9 new. With the game's recent release with an HD overhaul, maybe more people can at least attest to the former two sentiments regarding the game's stellar quality. If Ubisoft giving us another chance to play BG&E--and in HD--wasn't totally incredible, the fact that we can now download its great soundtrack for free should at least add to some of the incredibleness. Go forth, readers, shout "Carlson and Peeters" on the top of your lungs, give the soundtrack a listen, and maybe you'll also have "Propaganda" stuck in your head as much as I do. Make sure to thank Ubisoft by telling everyone how great Beyond Good & Evil is.

    (SlickDeals via Joystiq)

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