"Another Big Assassin's Creed" Set For 2011
Despite a fairly shaky start, Assassin's Creed a prime example of a franchise that genuinely goes from strength to strength with each successive outing. We rated the recently-released Brotherhood as a top contender for Game of the Year, but naturally speculation is rife about where the series is headed next- and when it will be released. After Ubisoft Boss Yves Guillemot dropped cryptic hints about "something around Assassin's Creed next year" during an investors meeting, their chief European marketing exec has revealed that a major new AC title has been slated for 2011.
Yes, Yves [Guillemot, Ubisoft CEO] mentioned it last week in our financials – and more details will be forthcoming. But what I can say is that next year we will have another big Assassin's Creed game. - Ubisoft's Geoffroy Sardin to MCV
We reckon this "big" game will have to be Assassin's Creed 3, but the million dollar question is where exactly the freeform parkour murder will be set next time around. And when in history. It's possible that the near-future setting will play a much larger role (as hinted by a previously-canned AC project that will possibly appear as a full sequel)... but right now, it's anybody's guess.
Where would you like to see Assassin's Creed 3 set? Ancient Egypt? World War 2? A grim futuristic city (sigh)? Have your say in the comments!
Zombie Cow And Littleloud Honoured At BIMAs
The British Interactive Media Association Awards celebrate and honour digital achievements from UK developers, and two outstanding studios walked away with the prizes. Zombie Cow Studios won the Games award for Privates: their anarchic and hilarious sexual education game that was sadly rejected by Xbox Live Arcade. Littleloud studios also scooped up two awards for their political-correctness themed title.
Zombie Cow's Dan Marshall accepted the award with due humility... as well as a characteristically hilarious dig at drinks prices these days!
It was nice just to be nominated for three BIMA awards (Games, Originality and Effectiveness), but to walk away with the one we honestly thought we had no chance of winning was a shock second only to the completely-true story of being charged five pounds for a can of 'Red Stripe Lager' at the bar. Honestly! Five pounds!
Have one on us, Dan. Congratulations! [GI]
Test Drive Unlimited 2 Dated For February
Namco Bandai have confirmed Test Drive Unlimited 2 for a February 2011 release date here in the UK- along with some nifty preorder bonuses from certain retailers. The Casino DLC will only be on offer from GAME, Amazon, Play.com, HMV.co.uk, Asda.co.uk, Argos.co.uk and Gamestation.co.uk- as well as some unique unlockable cars from each retailer.
Here's a trailer to help you make up your mind.
Latest BioWare Clue Hints At The Clash... And London?
The latest binary clue in BioWare's ongoing series of cynical viral marketing stunts for their latest title has led intrepid adventurers to the artwork for a Clash Greatest Hits album cover. This punk rock connection, coupled with the MI6 building from a previous binary string, strongly suggests that the mysterious title might well be set in London. [Beefjack]
That's all we've got for now. We'll have to wait for December 11th for the full reveal.