In a press release on the official Ubisoft blog, it was announced by the gaming giants that Jade Raymond after 10 years is leaving to pursue other things and that Alexandre Parizeau, a founding team member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio, replaces Raymond as managing director.
During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin’s Creed (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin’s Creed II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29th 2014.
“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors.”
With more than 15 years in the game industry, Parizeau has an impressive range of experience across many facets of the business. As a founding core member of Ubisoft Toronto studio, Parizeau is a proven and trusted team builder and leader. He also served as senior producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas. Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will » Continue Reading.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is full of charismatic characters. Meet the actors behind Arno Dorian, Elise, Napoleon and more in the video below. Learn how they have embodied their character, allowing Assassin’s Creed Unity to display a powerful story. Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on the 14th November here in the UK. Will you be joining in the fight?
Ubisoft has announced that they are once again pushing back the release date for online MMO racer, The Crew until December, 2. The game was pushed back a few months ago, but is currently undergoing a closed beta where the developers are “scrutinizing” every little bit of user feedback on the game.
Creative director, Julian Gerighty had this to say about the announcement. “We are now scrutinizing all of the player feedback so we can ensure that The Crew delivers the seamless open-world experience that meets everyone’s high expectations,” I for one am glad that Ubisoft are putting this much effort into making the perfect gaming experience for us. But, December is a notorious difficult time of year for gaming companies. That said, this is probably on most people’s Christmas lists.
Ubisoft have also said that they will honour any pre-order Beta code for November…Which is terribly nice of them.
Watch_Dogs Bad Blood, a new downloadable piece of content for Watch_Dogs from Ubisoft will be released on September 23rd for season pass holders and available from September 30th for all other players.
Watch_Dogs Bad Blood is set to feature an all new story campaign starring T-Bone, the brilliant and eccentric hacker players first met in Watch_Dogs, who is now playable for the first time. The campaign explores T-Bone’s story through 10 new missions set in new locations throughout Chicago. Shortly after the events of Watch_Dogs, Raymond “T-Bone” Kenney infiltrates Blume one last time to plant a false trail in their system. Before he can disappear from the grid, he receives a panicked phone call from Tobias Frewer, a former colleague from Blume’s ctOS prototype days, who’s in desperate need of help. Putting his own escape at risk, T-Bone decides to help, but quickly realises the details of his old friend’s story aren’t adding up.
Watch_Dogs Bad Blood also grants players access to “Street Sweep” contracts, a dynamic new system of side missions that offers players endless hours of challenges. All Street Sweep contracts are playable in co-op mode (friend or public sessions), a first for Watch_Dogs, allowing two players to work together to combat Chicago’s criminal groups. The popular online ‘Hacking’ and ‘Tailing’ modes as well as the ctOS Companion App are also fully playable as T-Bone in Watch_Dogs Bad Blood.
In addition, Watch_Dogs Bad Blood features exclusive weapons, perks and outfits, including the remote-controlled car “Eugene,” T-Bone’s latest creation that can be upgraded with both offensive and defensive perks.
Ubisoft has released the second DLC pack for Trials Fusion, titled “Empire of the Sky” for £3.99 if you haven’t got the Season Pass. Empire of the Sky brings new tracks, challenges, editor objects and achievements to Trials Fusion.
After exploring the wastelands in Riders of the Rustlands, Empire of the Sky takes players to new heights. Ride through the floating islands of the privileged, who lead their lives blissfully unaware of the problems of the lands below. Sheltered in their dome of ultra-comfort, these citizens reside in a utopia that hides its own secrets to be unveiled.
Nine new tracks have been added, consisting of single player tracks, along with one Supercross track, one Skill Game, and one FMX track. In addition, there are 18 new Track Challenges, including secret locations and mini-games. Track editors also have dozens of new objects at their disposal including anti-gravity technology, force fields, and floating platforms to help create the track of their dreams.
Creative Director Alex Amancio presents you the technological leap which will allow you to live a unique experience in Assassin’s Creed Unity. With a redesigned game engine, refined fighting skills and combat system, but also a breathtaking atmosphere: welcome to the true new-gen experience!
During E3 then one presentation I was looking forward to was Ubisoft’s, there were some great games revealed and as ever the show ended leaving me feeling very excited about my game collection growing, little did I know that Valiant Hearts would be one of those games that would hold a special place on my virtual gaming shelf.
Valiant Hearts is a side-scrolling adventure that tells the tale of five characters journey through World War One. You begin the game playing as Karl, a German national living in France with his family, only to be deported from France to serve for the German Army. You’ll also play as Karl’s father-law, Emile, who is also enlisted by the French army. Both men have a shared aim of getting back to their family as quickly as possible. As the story unfolds you’ll also play as an American called Freddie, who just reminded me constantly of Mr T and Anna who is a medic helping those in need. There is also a dog who acts a loyal member to everyone and is on hand to help out when needed, he is able to get through small gaps, distract guards and collect items out of reach from humans.
Throughout the game you’ll meet up with certain characters only to be separated again, sometimes geographically while other times you’ll need to solve a puzzle to reunite. I found the puzzles to be well thought out and fun to work out, some were easier than others and there times where you may have retrace your steps to find missing items such as a key or a brick to throw to re-connect a gas pipe. Some puzzles have time limits on them but the majority of them allow you to solve then in your own good » Continue Reading.
Watch Dogs, from Ubisoft is now available at retailers worldwide for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and other platforms. The latest hacking game tells the story of Aiden Pearce, a hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt his family, players will be able to monitor and hack their enemies by manipulating everything connected to the city’s Central Operating System (ctOS). Watch Dogs lets the player use Chicago as their ultimate weapon and exact their own style of revenge.
A season pass is also available from today and offers savings of 25% on post launch content, including the new single-player story featuring T-Bone; a new Digital Trip game mode, plus new missions, weapons, outfits and more.
Furthermore, take your experience beyond the console with a groundbreaking, real-time, companion game Watch Dogs: ctOS Mobile. This innovative mobile platform allows players to connect and compete with friends, even when away from their home console. The Watch_Dogs companion game delivers revolutionary dual-screen gameplay that enables you to play from anywhere, at any time. Watch Dogs: ctOS Mobile is available at launch on iOS and Android.