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Assassin's Creed

"An Incomplete Template" - Destiny, the $500 million work-in-progress

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Activision, Assassin's Creed, Bungie, Destiny, FPS games

"An Incomplete Template" - Destiny, the 0 million work-in-progress

...that reminds me of Assassin's Creed

Destiny reminds me of the original Assassin's Creed.

Wait, come back. Let me explain.

I remember when the original Assassin's Creed came out, and the hype train was a full speed for that particular title. I remember it being the game on everyone's lips, not least in part because one of the core aspects of the way that game handled felt so liberating and exciting. Running and climbing was fluid and intuitive and wildly freeing. I remember local multiplayer nights being replaced by us crowding round a single Xbox, swapping the controller back and forth every so often just as we had years before when the GTA series was in its infancy. This central mechanism, this seamless parkour and vertical freedom from which everything else seemed to derive, was incredibly exciting.

That might all seem a little daft now, but at the time it was extraordinarily exciting, coupled with open-ended assassination missions that gave you the run of the city and empowered you to make your own decisions. The core of the game was fresh and fun and brimmed with promise and potential.

"An Incomplete Template" - Destiny, the 0 million work-in-progress

That's the thing, though, it took Assassin's Creed II to take the franchise to the next level and really deliver on that potential, realising the promise hinted at in that first game. For all of its seemingly breathless originality and ambition at the time, the original Assassin's Creed was also repetitive, clunky, and fell far short of the grandiose ambitions underpinning its structure. Altair was a blank cipher, whose American voice sounded out of place amongst the heavily accented tones of every other character, and although the game around him had some nice ideas, it was mired in content that still had some way to go, its quality diminished by missions of an increasingly formulaic and repetitive nature, and a devolution into endless combat encounters the further along you got.

At the time of release, Electronic Gaming Monthly described it as "an incomplete template based on multiple other games" -- there were some unique flavours in the mix, but it took a sequel for Assassin's Creed to really find its feet and its complete identity.

That quote above could just as easily be applied to Destiny. In fact, it's even more pertinent here.

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Massive Sony sale kicks off today - Discounts for Ass Creed, Far Cry, Prince of Persia and loads more

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Persona 4 Golden, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Rayman, Ubisoft

Massive Sony sale kicks off today - Discounts for Ass Creed, Far Cry, Prince of Persia and loads more

Sony are running a massive Ubisoft-centred sale over the next couple of weeks that'll see prices slashed on titles from such series as Assassin's Creed, Rayman, Far Cry, Prince of Persia, and Ghost Recon.

But there are other bargains to be had too, with Persona 4 Golden, Luftrausers, and South Park: The Stick of Truth discounted over the next seven days.

Check out the full list of deals after the jump >>

Next-gen Assassin's Creed set during French Revolution, says leaked screenshots

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed, Leaks, Rumour, Ubisoft

Next-gen Assassin's Creed set during French Revolution, says leaked screenshots

Roll up, roll up, for a great big steaming pile of leaks fresh from the rumour mill. Kotaku, as per usual, have thrown an absolute sizzler onto the flames by revealing some leaked screenshots of what appears to be this year's Assassin's Creed game. Sources claim that Assassin's Creed: Unity (probably a working title) is set during the French revolution and features a retooled parkour system, starring an assassin called Arno.

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Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Review | ReVitalised

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Action Games, Assassin's Creed, HD remake, PS3 games, Ubisoft Sofia, Xbox 360 games

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Review | ReVitalised

Platforms: PSN (reviewed) | XBLA

Developers: Ubisoft Sofia

Publishers: Ubisoft

Releasing at the busiest time of year, Liberation went largely unnoticed when it released towards the back end of 2012 on the PS Vita. So when Ubisoft announced they would be polishing it up for a downloadable release on PSN and XBLA it was collective high fives all-round. Sorry Vita, but the big TV wins again.

So often, I cringe when I see the prices of digital games or HD remakes, but Liberation’s £15.99 asking price is very reasonable. Mainly because the original Vita version costs more and the visual upgrade is huge. Some of you may be disappointed to hear that the multiplayer options have been ditched, but this makes sense really. Why would Ubisoft want to dedicate resources to keeping more servers alive when they know most fans will be enjoying the superior multiplayer offerings of Assassin’s Creed IV?

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD Review | ReVitalised

You’d be forgiven for losing track of the plotlines in recent games, as ACIII had you playing as the grandson of the protagonist in ACIV, and now Liberation HD takes you back to the same timeline as ACIII in America. On the plus side, Liberation is only loosely connected with the main events of the series and doesn’t punish newcomers or anyone without an eidetic memory.

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Assassin's Creed: Brahman Comic Will Drop “Strong Hints" About Future Games

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed: Brahman, Comic, Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed: Brahman Comic Will Drop “Strong Hints" About Future Games

Ubisoft announced a new Assassin's Creed graphic novel series at San Diego Comic-Con, which will apparently contain plenty of tidbits about where the franchise is headed after Black Flag.

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Désilets: 1666 Could Be "The Next Assassin's Creed"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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1666, Assassin's Creed, lawsuit, Patrice Desilets, Ubisoft

Désilets: 1666 Could Be "The Next Assassin's Creed"

If He Gets The IP Rights Back From Ubisoft, That Is

Patrice Désilets, the ex-Ubisoft designer who's currently suing the old firm for the rights to 1666, believes that his pet project has the potential to "evolve the action adventure genre" and become "the next Assassin's Creed."

He should know, seeing as he designed Assassin's Creed in the first place.

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Ubisoft: Annualised Ass Creed "Not An Issue At All"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal, Yannis Mallat

Ubisoft: Annualised Ass Creed "Not An Issue At All"

One could be forgiven for worrying about annualised releases affecting the quality of  franchise. And then, surely, there's saturation to think about, too.

But Ubisoft are perfectly happy with their annualised setup for Assassin's Creed, mainly because more players are getting involved than ever before, apparently.

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Assassin's Creed Movie Screenplay In Production

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed, Game movies, Michael Fassbender, Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Movie Screenplay In Production

Michael Fassbender To Star

Ubisoft has announced that work has begun on the Assassin's Creed movie screenplay, which will feature the acting talents of Michael Fassbender (300, Prometheus). Shooting begins next summer.

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Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II Deluxe & Brotherhood Deluxe Editions | £12.49 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed, PC games, Ubisoft
Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II Deluxe & Brotherhood Deluxe Editions | £12.49 | GamersGate | PC

GamersGate's so-called Assassin's Creed Complete Bundle doesn't actually include Revelations, but it's still a great way of getting your hands on the first three games in the series. £12.49 will net you the original Assassin's Creed alongside deluxe editions for its two sequels, including extra singleplayer and multiplayer content, maps, skins and bonus materials.

Credit to dmorison at HotUKDeals, who found this earlier this morning.

Ubisoft Classics | £4.99 | Game & Gamestation | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed, Fary Cry, PC games, Prince of Persia, Rayman 3, Ubisoft
Ubisoft Classics | £4.99 | Game & Gamestation | PC

Here's a nifty deal for five excellent Ubisoft games: Far Cry, Rayman 3, Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time, Beyond Good & Evil and Assassins Creed, which is a 'heap and helping' of game as my gran used to say. Great value - BG&E is probably worth the price of admission. This will save you about £7.

Fassbender To Star In And Co-Produce Assassin's Creed Film

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed, DMC Film, Films, Hollywood, Michael Fassbender, Transmedia, Ubisoft Motion Pictures

Fassbender To Star In And Co-Produce Assassin's Creed Film

The exceptionally versatile Michael Fassbender - who's starred in films such as Inglourious Basterds, Hunger, X-Men: First Class, Prometheus, and Shame - will apparently be both starring in, and co-producing, a film based on Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series.

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Assassin's Creed | £2.49 | Impulse | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Assassin's Creed, PC games, Ubisoft
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Assassin's Creed | PC
Assassin's Creed | £2.49 | Impulse | PC

Ubisoft are riding high at the moment, and with good reason: they always give an innovative franchise a chance. Can you imagine anyone else taking a punt on a medieval melee-centric free-running sandbox game set in the fevered genetic dreams of a bartender? EA and Activision would have laughed it out of the boardroom. This unassuming, fun yet slightly flawed title eventually blossomed into one of (if not the) best new IPs of the generation, and Impulse/Gamestop are charging a paltry £2.49 for the PC version.

Ubisoft Toronto: "It's Time For Our Medium To Grow Up"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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AAA, Assassin's Creed, Jade Raymond, Michael Bay, Splinter Cell, Ubisoft Toronto

Ubisoft Toronto: "It's Time For Our Medium To Grow Up"

Former Assassin's Creed lead and Ubisoft Toronto head, Jade Raymond has suggested that it's time video games grew up, stressing that the industry doesn't "need to make the equivalent to a Michael Bay flick in order to sell five million copies".

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Ubisoft Classics Collection (5 Game Pack) | £7.95 | Zavvi | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, PC games, Prince of Persia, Rayman 3, Ubisoft
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PC
Ubisoft Classics Collection (5 Game Pack) | £7.95 | Zavvi | PC

Here's a nifty deal for five classic Ubisoft games. Zavvi will post you Far Cry, Rayman 3, Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time, Beyond Good & Evil and Assassins Creed for the bargain price of £7.95, which is pretty good going despite not quite being the cheapest we've ever seen it. Great value nonetheless, and some excellent titles.

Ubisoft: Next Assassin's Creed Will Be "The Biggest To Date"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft

Ubisoft: Next Assassin's Creed Will Be "The Biggest To Date"

'We're Challenging EA and Activision'

We have high hopes for the next Assassin's Creed title (heavily tipped for a holiday season 2012 reveal), and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot reckons that the next iteration of the franchise will be "the biggest to date." Shrugging off suggesions that the annualised release schedule may be hurting the brand, Ubisoft are confident that they'll be in a position to challenge the likes of Activision and EA to become the world's "number one" publisher.

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AC Revelations Director Exits Ubisosft

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Alexandre Amancio, Assassin's Creed, Assassins Creed Revelations, Ubisoft

AC Revelations Director Exits Ubisosft

Leaves For Marketing Firm

Assassin's Creed: Revelations wasn't quite as successful as Ubisoft had hoped, I imagine, effectively ending their idea of an annualized AC model - I hope. It had some interesting ideas, and switching to Constantinople was yet again an inspired location change, but overall the formula had become generic and tired, and the series is in dire need of a revolution instead of revelations. Geddit? Ahem, well, it appears as if creative director Alexandre Amancio has had enough with overdressing assassins, too, as he's left Ubisoft to join a marketing firm.

"Video games and advertising have many common elements," Amancio told Game Informer, about to take on his new role of chief creative officer at Cossette, a Canadian marketing company. "In addition, like advertising, the video game industry must now take into account and supply a very important social dimension in its development and strategies. The game is no longer just a game, it's a community, relations between players, and the brand." Ubisoft have yet to comment on the matter, although reports of sniffling and the occasional emotional hiccup have been reported from their HQ. [Game Informer]

Ubisoft Classics Collection | £6.99 | ShopTo | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed, Fary Cry, PC games, Prince of Persia, Rayman 3, Ubisoft
Ubisoft Classics Collection | £6.99 | ShopTo | PC

Here's another nifty ShopTo deal for five classic Ubisoft games. £6.99 will get you Far Cry, Rayman 3, Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time, Beyond Good & Evil and Assassins Creed, which is pretty good going. Great value, and some excellent titles.

Ubisoft Wants Your Input On The Next Assassin's Creed Era

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 3, Ubisoft

Ubisoft Wants Your Input On The Next Assassin's Creed Era

Medieval China? Victorian England? Ancient Egypt?

Last week, rumors emerged that Ubisoft had dropped a none too subtle hint as to where - or to be more precise, when - the next Assassin's Creed adventure might take place. We've put our death-dealing skills to good use in The Holy Land, Renaissance-era Italy and now Constantinople thanks to Ezio - and Altair's - latest adventure. But what's next? Well, a recent survey submitted by Ubisoft might contain the answer.

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Is Assassin's Creed 3 Set In Egypt?

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Assassin's Creed, Assassins Creed Revelations, Ubisoft

Is Assassin's Creed 3 Set In Egypt?

WARNING! Spoilers For AC: Revelations Inside!

We've long wondered where Ubisoft might take the next full-blown Assassin's Creed adventure. While we've enjoyed seeing out Ezio's last days in last year's Brotherhood and this month's Revelations, we here at Dealspwn feel we've spent enough time in one era and it would be in the franchise's benefit to truly move the narrative forward. But have Ubisoft dropped a none too subtle hint in their latest offering?

Again, spoilers for Revelations inside...

Is Sony Prepping An Assassin's Creed Film?

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Assassin's Creed, Sony, Ubisoft

Is Sony Prepping An Assassin's Creed Film?

Ubisoft's Murder-Sim To Be A Movie?

The internet was abuzz with rumours this weekend that Sony had entered final negotiations to pick up the rights to an Assassin's Creed film from Ubisoft. We've had a slew of videogame films in the past, from flops like Mortal Kombat and Prince of Persia, to the moderately successful Tomb Raiders and the half a billion dollar grossing Resident Evil franchise. And now Sony appears to be back in the ring and swinging with Ubisoft's medieval murder-sim, with a slew of patents filed pertaining to just such a film.

However, the question is: who will it star? The bland as water crackers Crusades-era Altair? Or the smooth-talking, charismatic Ezio Auditore Di Firenze, who for my money is the best new protagonist this generation - sorry Nathan Drake, fans. Ubisoft have been making inroads towards an AC movie for a while now, producing a number of live-action short films off their own back to much success. It appears to have done the trick, catching Sony's eye who will be looking for a new franchise to milk. [Fusible]