Assassin's Creed 3

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31st October 2012

Face-Off: Assassin's Creed 3

30th October 2012

Assassin's Creed 3 review

Assassin's Creed is a series all about history - well, that and stabbing people in the neck. So, for the release of Origins, we thought we'd celebrate by delving into the history of the series. It's a lot less messy than doing the stabbing in the neck thing ourselves.

FeatureAssassin's Creed: the story so far

Everything is permitted.

There will likely never be a better entry point to Assassin's Creed than Origins, released today. A prequel set a thousand years before the events of Assassin's Creed 1, Origins can be enjoyed as your first experience of the series.

Ubisoft forecasts lower Assassin's Creed 4 sales than AC3 managed this past financial year

Ubisoft forecasts lower Assassin's Creed 4 sales than AC3 managed this past financial year

Thinks Watch Dogs can match or better AC1's first-year tally of ~6 million.

Ubisoft thinks the Golden Age of Piracy is a stronger theme globally than the American Revolution, but for the sake of being "prudent" has forecast lower sales for Assassin's Creed 4 than AC3 managed this past financial year.

Ubisoft did similar for new cross-generational IP Watch Dogs, with CEO Yves Guillemot forecasting that, "We believe the game can perform as well or even better than Assassin's Creed 1 back in financial year '07." Assassin's Creed 1 managed greater than 6 million sales that year. "However," he added, "our target reflects more conservative expectations," although he didn't say what that was.

Assassin's Creed 3 broke the magical 10 million mark during the financial year ended 31st March 2013, shifting 12.5 million copies - a number comprised of shipped boxes and digital sales.

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Assassin's Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington - Episode 2 review

It's been a busy few weeks in the Creedverse. Since The Tyranny of King Washington's first part was released, Ubisoft has announced and revealed much of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, the series' next

enormous adventure. The studio has introduced its next star and setting. On top of that, the latest round of leaks suggests a new PlayStation Vita game, Rising Phoenix, is on the way too.

The downside of Ubisoft's relentless marketing schedule and its inability to plug leaks is that last year's game seems very much like last year's news. But here we are again, back in Boston with Assassin Creed 3's Connor and a few other old faces. The Betrayal, Tyranny's middle portion, gets straight to the action. Connor's stuck in jail and must escape (again), although this time he has his new Ghost Recon-style cloak to make things a bit different.

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Assassin's Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington - Episode 1 review

The Tyranny of King Washington feels like an experiment. Freed by its alternate timeline setting, this add-on campaign for Assassin's Creed 3 risks potentially game-breaking new mechanics and weaves a fantastical story punctuated by hallucinogenic interludes. Another test is Tyranny's delivery in monthly episodes, meaning you will need to part with not one but three chunks of change to play it (and Ubisoft is already trying to selling you a whole Assassin's Creed game every year!). You're likely to have questions. Thankfully, so does Assassin's Creed 3's hero, Connor.

The Infamy, part one of Tyranny's three-month series, opens with a confused Connor waking up to a very different world. Connor aptly acts the role of player surrogate as you uncover a darker landscape ruled over by the newly-crowned King Washington. The mad monarch has a mind-controlling Apple of Eden, and Connor's mum - last seen alive in the main game's opening act - has become embroiled in a plot to stop him.

History has been changed so that events which both players and Connor will remember have been undone. (To be accurate, he's neither an assassin nor named Connor in this timeline - the story refers to him by his original Native American title Ratonhnhaké:ton.) By uprooting the story, Tyranny feels a much more urgent and goal-driven affair, with a black-and-white threat to conquer that is more tangible than the series' usual moral conflict between secret societies.

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Assassin's Creed 3 patch kills save-wipe bug, readies your game for Tyranny

Ubisoft has squashed a serious Assassin's Creed 3 bug that was deleting users' saved games.

A new patch, detailed on Ubisoft's forum, is filled with bugfixes and also adds support for the game's upcoming Tyranny of King Washington DLC storyline.

The bug occurred when players downloaded any Assassin's Creed 3 DLC while simultaneously playing the game.

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Assassin's Creed 3: The Tyranny of King Washington DLC release date

The Tyranny of King Washington, a new episodic storyline for Assassin's Creed 3, is set to begin on 19th February, publisher Ubisoft has announced.

That's the PC and Xbox 360 date, anyway. European PlayStation 3 players have to wait until 20th February, and there's no date at all for the Wii U version.

Each part will cost 800 Microsoft Points/£7.99, or it all comes free with the Assassin's Creed 3 Season Pass (2400MP/£23.99). The Pass also includes all pre-order DLC and an expansion for the game's multiplayer - they become essentially free when you tot up the cost of each King Washington episode.

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Assassin's Creed 3 sells over 7 million units

Assassin's Creed 3 sells over 7 million units

Ubisoft's fastest-selling game to date. We've spent 82 centuries of gaming time playing it.

Assassin's Creed 3 has sold a whopping 7 million units since it launched at the tail end of October, Ubisoft has announced. This makes it the publisher's fastest selling game ever.

Half of these sales were made during the game's first week on store shelves, as it had sold a whopping 3.5 million only seven days after its release.

Ubisoft also noted some amusing statistic like people have spent a cumulative total of 82 centuries of gaming time in the single player alone, where they've committed more than 3 billion assassinations. The publisher also noted that more than twice as many players have joined the multiplayer mode relative to that of last year's Assassin's Creed: Revelations. Over 250 million assassinations have been performed in over 5 billion multiplayer sessions.

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Nintendo confirms German law to blame for Europe-wide Wii U eShop 18+ content restrictions

Nintendo confirms German law to blame for Europe-wide Wii U eShop 18+ content restrictions

"We always aim to provide a safe gaming experience for fans of all ages."

Nintendo has explained the restrictions on Wii U eShop 18+ content.

Last week Eurogamer confirmed that Nintendo of Europe blocks access to 18+ content on the Wii U eShop at certain times of day.

We were unable to buy 18-rated content, such as ZombiU and Assassin's Creed 3, during the day time. This, it emerged, was because access to content Nintendo deems unsuitable to minors is restricted to the 11pm to 3am time window on these shores.

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Face-Off: Assassin's Creed 3 on Wii U

Digital FoundryFace-Off: Assassin's Creed 3 on Wii U

The launch game stacked up against Xbox 360, PS3 and the new PC version too.

For our original Assassin's Creed 3 Face Off, we were pleased to find the game's visuals on both 360 and PS3 were very closely aligned indeed, and welcomed the addition of v-sync to a series with a long-standing reputation for intrusive screen-tearing. Frame-rate issues were a factor around the busy Boston and New York areas, but it still stood as a respectable release for developer Ubisoft Montreal, marking the fifth game in the series for the two trusty home consoles.

Now we have the Wii U version to add to the collection, released just a day after the console's European launch. Despite Nintendo's dogged efforts to keep the console's raw hardware specs veiled, the recent revelation that its three CPU cores are clocked to a modest 1.24GHz value does put the lacking performance of some multi-platform releases such as Batman: Arkham City into perspective. It's perhaps an example of how tasks traditionally assigned to the processor such as AI routines, physics and in-game animation systems can potentially be the performance pitfall if not accommodated carefully - a growing pain usually associated with new hardware, and one that will hopefully disappear with more development time.

So let's see how Assassin's Creed 3 fares in the company of other such launch-window titles, and assess whether the GamePad features amount to anything substantive enough to give the Wii U version an edge. To start, we run through an image quality comparison via our suite of head-to-head videos, plus a quad-format comparison gallery. This now includes the recent PC release, which comes complete with DirectX 11 features such as tessellation - producing superior bump mapping and smoother character models - and the alluring promise of quadruple resolution textures.

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Buy OTT gaming guff to help charity GamesAid this Christmas

Chicken costume signed by David Hasselhoff anyone?

Which angle to go for? The one about you being able to buy a Burnout Crash chicken, cheerleader or karate suit signed by David Hasselhoff? Or the one about you spending a bit of money this Christmas to help the GamesAid charity that helps disabled or disadvantaged young people in the UK? Appeal to the kleptomaniac or tug on the heartstrings?

FeatureWhy are we stuck with games being released on a Friday?

An investigation into the origins, arguments and potential for change.

For as long as most folk remember, games have launched on Fridays in the UK and on Tuesday in the US. That's the way of things. Sometimes they converge for a glitzy worldwide launch but mostly they don't - they stick to the norm, and Europeans wait.

Ubisoft details huge Assassin's Creed 3 patch

Ubisoft details huge Assassin's Creed 3 patch

Around a hundred bugs stabbed.

Ubisoft has unveiled an enormous new patch for Assassin's Creed 3 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The update is scheduled to go live "by the end of next week", the developer wrote on the game's official forum. Around a hundred fixes are included, encompassing the game's main story quests, side missions and multiplayer modes.

A personal bugbear was the fact that the game's Xbox 360 version still showed the icon for Benedict Arnold missions - a feature exclusive to the PlayStation 3 version.

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Assassin's Creed 3 PC "will be less buggy than the console versions" at launch

Assassin's Creed 3 PC "will be less buggy than the console versions" at launch

Devs "depressed" at fan fears game would be anti-British.

The upcoming PC version of Assassin's Creed 3 will launch with fewer bugs than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, Ubisoft has reassured.

A new patch is in the works to squash glitches on all versions. It will be the second title update for the game following a meaty patch available day-one.

The PC will launch with both of these patches included, Assassin's Creed 3 community man Gabe Graziani said during a Reddit developer Q&A.

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Assassin's Creed 3 sales estimated at over 3.5 million units

Assassin's Creed 3 sales estimated at over 3.5 million units

More than doubles AC: Revelations' first week sales last year.

Ubisoft has estimated that Assassin's Creed 3 has sold over 3.5 million units in its first week out, more than doubling that of Assassin's Creed: Revelations during the same time frame last year.

Unfortunately for the publisher, these figures aren't included in its recent financial report for the six month period ending on 30th September, which ended in a €32.3 million loss. This is par for the course during the spring/summer seasons as all the big money makers come out in Q4 - or get delayed into Q1.

Looking ahead, the developer has several big releases during this time frame. In addition to the aforementioned Assassin's Creed 3, there's Far Cry 3 - which "has achieved among the best playtest scores in Ubisoft's history," according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot - as well as Wii U launch titles Rayman Legends and ZombieU.

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UK chart: Assassin's Creed 3 top, second biggest launch of the year

UK chart: Assassin's Creed 3 top, second biggest launch of the year

Ubisoft's leap of faith rewarded with best sales of the series.

Assassin's Creed 3 has topped the UK charts with the best sales of the series to date. It was the biggest launch in publisher Ubisoft's history and the second biggest launch of any game in the UK this year (behind FIFA 13).

It doubled the launch week sales of Assassin's Creed 2, and beat last year's Revelations by over 117,000 copies.

Wow.

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This week on Outside Xbox

Talking Assassin's Creed 3 with Steven Masters, zombies with Chet Faliszek and Minecraft with our pumpkins.

Hello Eurogamers, how have you been? We've been pretty busy over on Outside Xbox and, if you'll indulge us, we'd like to show you the best bits from the past seven days.

Ubisoft advises you download Assassin's Creed 3 day-one patch

Ubisoft advises you download Assassin's Creed 3 day-one patch

"Optimises player experience and is highly recommended".

Ubisoft has recommended all players download the Assassin's Creed 3 day-one patch, which addresses numerous bugs and crash scenarios.

Be warned, Ubisoft's full patch notes contain spoilers. There are none below.

"This day one update is designed to optimise your player experience," the developer wrote. It is "highly recommended" you download it.

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Assassin's Creed 3 review

Assassin's Creed 3 review

Eagle to please.

They say that size doesn't matter, but size is very hard to look past, especially when you're playing a game like Assassin's Creed 3 - which can take as long as eight hours to open up and present you with the world of tempting objective icons that this fascinating, brilliant and occasionally infuriating action-adventure series has taught us to expect.

The game begins with a quick catch-up video summarising its convoluted sci-fi meta-story, which has already twisted and turned its way across four sprawling instalments prior to this 'third' adventure. This is followed by a semi-playable preliminary sequence reintroducing us to genetic memory explorer Desmond and his pals, which is then followed by an enormous playable prologue at the outset of the American Revolution in Boston and on the Frontier, which is then followed by a few early years with main protagonist Connor, a Native American of mixed descent, which is then followed by his inevitable introduction to the Assassin order and - eventually - the recognised start of the game you're expecting. Concluding chapters in famous trilogies are sometimes guilty of not knowing when to end; Assassin's Creed 3 is somewhat guilty of the opposite.

Even when it does finally get going, the designers continue to tutor and nudge you to try the extraordinary range of mini-games and systems that have been arranged for you along the 1700s Eastern Seaboard. You can capture Templar forts, hunt animals through hill and brush, liberate city districts, attack roving convoys, establish a guild of Assassins, build up your Homestead on the Frontier, trade and craft items, battle the British navy in your ship the Aquila, collect Almanac pages from rooftops, feathers from treetops and pirate trinkets from clifftops, hunt for treasure up and down the coast, play various board games in pubs and inns, rescue citizens from firing squads and oppression, assassinate Templars, and - it's no exaggeration to say - much more. If you are happy to equate length and breadth to value, then there won't be many other games this year that represent more activity per pound or euro. There's even multiplayer on top of that.

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Take a look at Assassin's Creed 3's PS3-exclusive content

Take a look at Assassin's Creed 3's PS3-exclusive content

Four missions you won't find on any other platform.

It's long been known that PlayStation 3 owners will get an extra hour of Assassin's Creed 3 game time, with a side-campaign featuring famous traitor Benedict Arnold.

The PS3-exclusive storyline adds an extra four missions to the game and charts Arnold's betrayal of Revolutionary forces.

Assassin's Creed 3 hero Connor will meet Arnold and attempt to stop the treachery, with dialogue taken from written recordings of the actual events.

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This week on Outside Xbox

Synergising with Frank O'Connor, stalking Chet Faliszek, gaming's greatest roadtrips and more.

Greetings Eurogamer, Mike from Outside Xbox here. Hope you're having an excellent Saturday. Finest of all the days, Saturday. The weekend still full of promise - none of the Sunday malaise that comes from terrible television, nothing being open and the looming prospect of an early night in anticipation of Monday morning.

Assassin's Creed 3 trailer details Connor backstory

The latest Assassin Creed 3 trailer gives us our best look yet at the origins of new half-Native American, half-British hero Connor.

The assassin-in-training's origins have, so far, remained very much under wraps. But the new footage, shown below, includes glimpses of Connor's life from an early age.

These sections are reminiscent of the early stages from Assassin's Creed 2, when players were getting to know Rennaisance-era dreamboat Ezio for the first time. There's glimpses of several younger versions of Connor, although it is unclear if these sections are playable.

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Pre-order Assassin's Creed 3, Far Cry 3 at Eurogamer Expo for exclusive bonus

EGXPre-order Assassin's Creed 3, Far Cry 3 at Eurogamer Expo for exclusive bonus

Numbered lithographic prints available while stocks last.

Pre-order Assassin's Creed 3 or Far Cry 3 at the Eurogamer Expo and you'll get a numbered, limited edition print you'll find nowhere else.

Both will only be available while supplies last (there are 500 for Assassin's Creed 3 and 750 for Far Cry 3).

The stunning Assassin's Creed 3 artwork comes courtesy of digital artist Russ Mills. I would totally have this on my wall.

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Ubisoft: Assassin's Creed 3 sequels depend on reaction to new hero Connor

Ubisoft: Assassin's Creed 3 sequels depend on reaction to new hero Connor

"We made three games with Ezio because people loved Ezio."

Ubisoft has said that further Assassin's Creed games featuring new hero Connor could be in the pipeline should gamers warm to the character.

Assassin's Creed 3 will follow a trilogy of titles featuring Renaissance hunk Ezio Auditore, which ended in the slightly lacklustre Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

"We made three games with Ezio because people loved Ezio," Assassin's Creed 3 associate producer Julien Laferrière told Eurogamer. But could he see the same pattern repeating itself for the series' new American Revolution setting?

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FeatureWii U: How are the ports shaping up?

Donlan checks out the first wave of multi-platform releases, including Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3.

Console transitions can be awkward affairs at the very best of times. They're even weirder when the platform release dates don't overlap very cleanly - and when one of the machines comes with an inventive set of features.

Sony shocks world and announces PS3 super duper Slim

Sony shocks world and announces PS3 super duper Slim

Enough to undermine Wii U sales this Christmas?

Sony's early-morning (UK time) Tokyo Game Conference kicked off with the abrupt announcement of the heavily rumoured PS3 super duper slim.

The console weighs only 2.1kg; it's half as heavy as the fatty pants original PS3, and 25 per cent smaller and 20 per cent lighter than the PS3 Slim. And it's got a sliding disc cover.

UK shoppers will have two buying options: a 500GB model that arrives on 28th September, or a 12GB flash memory model that arrives on 12th October.

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Assassin's Creed 3 Achievements list leaked

Story clues, new features and the usual multiplayer awards.

Assassin's Creed 3's Achievements list has been outed online, spilling information on the game's past and present day storylines, as well as a couple of new game features.

EGXUbisoft brings top talent to Eurogamer Expo developer sessions

Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist developers all in the house.

Here we go! I'm very happy to shade in a few of the remaining blocks on this year's Eurogamer Expo developer sessions page by revealing that Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist are all on the schedule for this year's event!

Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer storyline to continue long after launch

Assassin's Creed 3's multiplayer mode will offer new story content long after launch, Ubisoft has revealed.

Players will be treated to new challenges every month. Completing these will unlock more of the game's Abstergo-based storyline.

"The multiplayer is so big today that it's already a game on its own," Ubisoft Annecy director Damien Keiken told CVG. "We've been given the right to develop the Abstergo storyline since the beginning, which is a big responsibility."

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Ubisoft confirms Assassin's Creed 3 PC release date

Ubisoft confirms Assassin's Creed 3 PC release date

For the first time less than a month after consoles.

Assassin's Creed 3 will arrive for PC on 23rd November 2012, publisher Ubisoft announced.

That's the date prophesised by Eurogamer in June, when word of the always-delayed PC version reached our ears.

23rd November is less than a month after its PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 brethren. It continues a steady improvement in the amount of time that PC users have had to wait for Assassin Creed titles.

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Assassin's Creed 3 PS3-exclusive content is an hour long

Assassin's Creed 3 PS3-exclusive content is an hour long

Multiplayer beta plans off the table.

We've known for a while that owners of Assassin's Creed 3 on PlayStation 3 will receive exclusive content. Now, box art and trailers for the game have confirmed the content will weigh in at an hour long.

Ubisoft has yet to confirm exactly what the extra gameplay will entail. The company previously announced it would comprise four missions, and arrive as day-one DLC.

It's not the first time that Ubisoft has showered PS3 fans with more gameplay. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood included the Copernicus Conspiracy mission on PS3, which Xbox 360 and PC players missed out on.

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Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer story hinted at in trailer

Information on Assassin's Creed 3's multiplayer story has been fleshed out in a new in-universe trailer.

The footage first popped up on GameTrailers last night, although has since been taken offline. It's still available to view on YouTube, however.

The Assassin's Creed series' multiplayer offering has been explained as a training exercise within Templar-backed research company Abstergo, creator of the history-delving animus device. Abstergo has now begun selling animus devices for commercial use, allowing anyone to join in the stabbing.

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Eurogamer.net Podcast #121: One Of Us Is Wearing A Hat

Is Ubisoft's DLC studio a good idea? What is your favourite vegetable? How do you cure an ear infection? That sort of thing.

Holy hell it's hot all of a sudden. After months of rain, the sun has got his hat on and he won't f*** off. The good news, then, is that THQ has chosen this exact moment to send me a Russian ushanka hat to keep warm while celebrating the forthcoming release of Company of Heroes 2. If you want to see what I look like with that wedged onto my massive head, check out the video version of the latest Eurogamer.net Podcast below.

Assassin's Creed 3 live-action trailer rises for Independence Day

Assassin's Creed 3 live-action trailer rises for Independence Day

Live gameplay at select GAME stores today.

Ubisoft has released another Assassin's Creed 3 trailer to tie into the US Independence Day holiday.

This time we're treated to a live-action affair, where a number of ungrateful US colonists rise up and decide to rid themselves of British rule.

True, young soldiers are dying, people are being locked up and farmers are being forced to ship their produce back to Blighty.

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EGXAssassin's Creed 3 playable at Eurogamer Expo

Ubisoft announces line-up for September show, also including Just Dance 4.

With E3 finally out of the way, we're getting the point where we can start to announce some of the games and developers who will be making their way to this year's epic, four-day Eurogamer Expo, taking place at Earls Court from 27th-30th September 2012.

Was E3 2012 the grisliest games show ever?

Assassin's Creed creative director: "We're reinforcing a stereotype that I don't think is actually true."

One of the big takeaways from E3 this year was the sheer brutality - and frequency - of the violence on display in trailers and demos during the big publisher press conferences.

Assassin's Creed 3 getting PS3-exclusive DLC

Assassin's Creed 3 getting PS3-exclusive DLC

Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation Vita link-up bonuses detailed.

Assassin's Creed 3 will get PlayStation 3-exclusive DLC at the game's release, Ubisoft has announced, after demoing an impressive new naval warfare section of the game.

The deal is similar to how Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood on PS3 got the Copernicus Conspiracy mission on day-one, too.

Freshly-leaked PlayStation Vita title Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation has also been revealed by Ubisoft, live on stage at Sony's E3 press conference.

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Ubisoft's E3 2012 Conference

All the stories. New IP Watch Dogs takes the plaudits.

Update: It's all over! Here are all the key headlines from Ubisoft's conference, the undoubted star of which seemed to be new IP Watch Dogs from Ubisoft Montreal.

Assassin's Creed 3: UbiWorkshop Edition announced

Assassin's Creed 3: UbiWorkshop Edition announced

Deluxe set includes graphic novel, encyclopedia.

Another Assassin's Creed 3 special edition has just been made public.

The UbiWorkshop Edition includes either the PS3 or Xbox 360 version of the game, the second edition of the Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia and a graphic novel titled Assassin's Creed: Subject 4.

The book covers the entire Daniel Cross/Nikolaï Orelov narrative arc, merging the Assassin's Creed: The Fall and Assassin's Creed: The Chain stories.

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Ubisoft discusses next-generation game budgets

And supports Microsoft's $99 Xbox 360 deal.

How will Ubisoft afford to make even bigger and even prettier games on even more powerful next-generation machinery? By squeezing more money out of you - a metric known as ARPU (average revenue per user).

FeatureIt Was The Best Of Times

… it was the worst of times.

There has never been a worse time to be involved with the games industry. Whether you're a consumer or a developer, a punter or publisher, we are all infected by a creeping malcontent. The combination of a double-dip recession, ageing console technology and poorly financed corporate monoliths have left us with an industry that's too scared to try anything new; where the almighty COD buck has shaped the very creativity and structure of an art-form, leaving anything with a jot of personality or artistic ambition dead on arrival. If it even gets to arrive in the first place.

Assassin's Creed 3 Special Edition is GAME exclusive

Assassin's Creed 3 Special Edition is GAME exclusive

UPDATE: Gamestop gets Freedom Edition, meanwhile.

UPDATE: The Freedom Edition of Assassin's Creed 3 is a Gamestop exclusive, Ubisoft has confirmed to Eurogamer. It features two different exclusive missions: the Templar-fighting Ghost of War level and Lost Mayan Ruins adventure, which award The Pontiac's War Club weapon and Captain Kidd's cutlass, among other bonuses.

ORIGINAL STORY: Assassin's Creed 3's already-announced Special Edition will be exclusively available at GAME, the recently revived retailer has revealed.

The Assassin's Creed 3 GAME Exclusive Edition, as it is now named, boasts the exclusive in-game campaign mission "A Dangerous Secret" and flintlock musket weapon.

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Assassin's Creed 3 special editions announced

Assassin's Creed 3 special editions announced

Three exclusive single player missions spread over three releases.

Three exclusive Assassin's Creed 3 single player missions will be spread across three special editions of the game, publisher Ubisoft has announced.

The most lavish of the three releases is The Freedom Edition which includes the following swag:

A 24-cm high-quality figurine of Connor

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Assassin's Creed 3 Preview: Everything is Permitted

FeatureAssassin's Creed 3 Preview: Everything is Permitted

Ubisoft's radical reworking brings a revolution to the series.

The sulphuric stench of gunpowder hangs in thick, heavy clouds above a war-torn field that's noisy with the opposing forces of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Overlooking the stand-off, General Israel Putnam orders his men not to shoot until they see the whites of the enemy's eyes, while a mysterious figure with a familiar peaked hood silently works his way through the chaos.

For Assassin's Creed 3, the fourth game in as many years for Ubisoft Montreal's open-world stealth series, there's the smell of revolution in the air. Assassin's Creed 2 revived a series that was nearly dead on arrival, while its formula was refined even further in the immediate follow-up, Brotherhood. Revelations was a weary outing - no surprise, perhaps, given its quick-fire nature - a fact acknowledged in the clearly delivered message for the first true sequel since 2009.

"We've made an entirely new experience," says Tommy François, the series' IP and development director and a man who previously lent his new-age corporate evangelism to the ill-fated Innergy. "First and foremost, this has been in development for well over three years, and we still have a lot of time to go. We pooled all our resources wherever possible to make sure that we were innovating wherever possible. This is going back to the original core team that worked on Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, and that worked on Assassin's and Assassin's 2."

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Assassin's Creed 3 Wii U details revealed

Assassin's Creed 3 Wii U details revealed

Touch screen controller acts as a link to the Animus.

The first details have emerged on how Assassins' Creed 3 will work on Wii U.

The latest issue of Nintendo Power, via Nintengen.com, reports that the Wii U touch screen controller acts as a link to the Assassin's Creed Animus. In this way, it works as a persistent on-screen map and navigation tool.

Animus Database entries pop up from time to time on the touch screen controller so as not to interrupt the flow of the game. The Animus also acts as an encyclopaedia of information, including character biographies.

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Assassin's Creed 3 will be "back to basics"

Story takes place over 30 years.

Alex Hutchinson, creative director of Assassin's Creed 3, has told an audience at the Game Developers Conference that the game aims to strip back the ballooning complexity of the series' mechanics and story.

Hello! Someone's smacked the industry with a stick and a bevvy of games have come flooding forth. There's a third game in a series that's actually the fifth, a fourth that's really the sixth and one that pretends that it's not a sequel at all (it's in fact the fifth). Games!

Assassin's Creed 3 trailer: blow-by-blow analysis

Ubisoft has revealed its first trailer for Assassin's Creed 3, which features new historical protagonist Connor.

The cinematic trailer does not contain any gameplay footage, although it does give a good idea of the new features coming to the game. Namely, we see the game's huge and untamed frontier area, said to be bigger than Assassin's Creed Revolution's entire map, as well as a glimpse at the chaotic battlefields of the American Revolutionary War.

No populated areas are shown, although the game is said to offer both New York and Boston to explore.

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First Assassin's Creed 3 details - report

First Assassin's Creed 3 details - report

Locations and main character detailed, screens leak.

Assassin's Creed 3 mainly centers around the North American cities of Boston and New York in the 18th Century and features historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Charles Lee, according to information gleaned from the latest issue of GameInformer.

The US magazine's reveal, summarised on NeoGAF, adds that the game's lead character is called Connor. He's half English, half Mohawk and was raised by native Americans on the US frontier.

Exact details of the game's plot were not disclosed but some of the scenarios include the great fire of New York and Washington's winter at Valley Forge.

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Official Assassin's Creed 3 box art confirms American Revolution setting

Official Assassin's Creed 3 box art confirms American Revolution setting

Ubisoft to announce "all the details" at 5pm, Monday, 5th March.

Ubisoft has released Assassin's Creed 3's official box art, which confirms the game's American Revolution setting.

The company said it will announce "all the details" at 5pm on Monday, 5th March.

Additionally, Game Informer has revealed its latest cover feature which includes more artwork of the game's new main character.

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New Assassin's Creed mobile game exclusive to Gree

New Assassin's Creed mobile game exclusive to Gree

Out from December for iOS and Android.

Ubisoft has announced a new Assassin's Creed game that will launch exclusively on the Gree platform.

Ubisoft and Gree said they are "committing to delivering a new and innovative social gaming experience" to the popular franchise on the Gree platform through iOS and Android devices. No gameplay details were revealed.

What is Gree? It's a Japanese mobile and social gaming platform designed to connect gamers with high quality content. For developers, it offers a "fully borderless" cross-platform network of iOS and Android players.

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Assassin's Creed 3 release date announced

Assassin's Creed 3 release date announced

Out in October. Has been in development for 3 years.

Assassin's Creed 3 launches on Tuesday, 30th October 2012, Ubisoft has announced.

Confirmation comes from an on-going investor call. No other details were announced, but Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot said the development team had been working on the game for three years.

"We will push the title a lot because it's a fantastic product that the team has been working on for three years," he said. "What we have seen is just fabulous."

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"Major" Assassin's Creed title confirmed for 2012

"Full-fledged" new title to be revealed soon.

There will be a "major" new entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise in 2012, Ubisoft has confirmed.

CEO Yves Guillemot made the announcement during an investor call earlier today, but didn't offer any more precise details as to what to expect.

"There will be another great, full-fledged Assassin's Creed title next year," he said. "It will be another major release and we will be communicating more about it in the coming months."

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