Ubisoft today held a live streaming event of the latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise Assassin’s Creed Syndicate formerly Assassin’s Creed Victory taking place in London 1868 the industrial revolution. The new assassin Jacob Frye a born and raised assassin his mission to help free the working class, along with the new assassin comes new gadgets at the Assassin Gauntlet; essentially a grappling hook the player can use to climb buildings in seconds, revolver, and brass knuckles.
New gameplay mechanics such as the ability to drive certain vehicles fighting on carriages, trains, and jumping from carriage to carriage are shown. Fighting is supposed to be faster paced than in previous games to be a close ranged combat being described as more like a brawl. There’s no word on if counters are to make a comeback in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate which is set to release this year on October 23, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
Day one of the Star Wars Celebration opened with the new Star Wars Force Awakens teaser trailer and day two opens with the long anticipated show trailer of Star Wars Battlefront. Though no real gameplay was shown the reveal trailer is made up of the in-game engine teased. Things that were talked about during the Star Wars Celebration included a DICE panel on the Battle of Jakku, a free DLC to all who buy Star Wars Battlefront set to come out December 8, 2015. Those who pre-order will also apparently get a full week of early access to that content starting December 1, 2015.
The actual game itself releases November 17, 2015 for PC / PS4 / Xbox ONE but will be available early for Xbox ONE users who participate in the “EA Access” subscription service. So far we know that the base game takes place on Sullust, Endor, Hoth, as well as Tatooine with playable characters including the iconic Darth Vader and Boba Fett.
Also talked about during the panel was the confirmation of switching from first person to third person perspectives in game like in previous Battlefront installments. The revelation that the game will not have a single player story / campaign but instead missions for co-op / online / solo play similar to the original title. Some are upset about this although it does follow the traditions of the first Battlefront game. There will be no space battle however, and that is a real shame since the cancelled version LucasArts had developed seemed to be promising in terms of aerial gameplay. We hope that this June at E3 2015 we may have more to see and talk of in regard to Star Wars Battlefront’s engine and gameplay, but for now details are a bit sparse.
Star Wars Battlefront Official In-Game Engine Footage:
The new Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer was also shown at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, a yearly Star Wars convention celebrating all things Star Wars.
Bethesda confirmed on June 14th they will be holding their first ever press conference for the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the “Super bowl” of video game industry trade events. The Press Conference will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year at E3 2015 and further information about where around the Convention Center it will be is expected to be revealed as E3 approaches. Along with Bethesda’s new Press Conference comes the annual block of Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Sony Press Conference’s on June 15th 2015 and Nintendo the following day.
Bethesda have yet to give any more information on what to expect at the Press Conference but there is heavy rumor and speculation that Bethesda will announce Fallout 4 the fourth instalment in Bethesda’s critically acclaimed Fallout franchise. Plenty of possibilities are Dishonored which came out in 2012 and a sequel has been in high demand. Further information regarding the new Doom as yet to be released, as for Wolfenstein The New Order and The Evil Within both games were released last year and probably do not merit for sequels. My opinion is that Bethesda will announce Fallout 4 since Bethesda’s last big Role Playing Game (RPG) was The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim which was four years ago so they had to be working on something these past four years.
At last year’s latest Game Developers Conference (GDC) Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) was in talks about developing virtual reality video games. Now the company has scheduled another virtual reality (VR) session, talking about next-generation video game engines and more.
The talk titled ‘Virtual Reality and Getting the Best from your Next-Gen Engine’ hosted by SCE Immersive Technology Group technical director Ian Bickerstaff and Research and Development senior engineer Patrick Connor. They will discuss the importance of creating a video game engine that can sustain VR development, and its need for higher frame rates and low-latency. Ian Bickerstaff and Patrick Connor will be offering advice on how to deliver high quality VR experiences, focusing on Project Morpheus VR head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4. It was also stressed how these techniques discussed will be applicable to standard video game development as well as VR development.
It maybe for a while until we all have a VR-HMD part of our gaming experience but at such a time when third-party game developers have further acquainted themselves with the new tech we won’t be playing Grand Theft Auto V, Assassin’s Creed, or Call of Duty VR editions soon.