Why Ubisoft’s Statement on Female Characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity is an Insult to Gamers

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In the run up to Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference, French Revolution stab-em-up Assassin’s Creed Unity was set to be one of the biggest moments of their briefing, if not of the entire event. We knew that it would be a hot topic and we knew that the next Templar-ousting game in the series would be led by a male protagonist. However what we didn’t know was that Assassin’s Creed Unity would exclude playable female characters entirely and as for Ubisoft’s downright offensive statement to justify the lack of playable ladies? None of us could have ever seen that coming.

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Rapid Fire Reading List: Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4 and NBA Live 15

 

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Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.

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Ubisoft’s Huge Pre-E3 Sale Discounts Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3 and More

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Ah, E3, otherwise known as ‘video game Christmas’ or ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ due to its glorious abundance of new shiny games to lust over is in just a few days. But what about the games that we missed out on? The Editor’s award receiving, high review score garnering blockbusters that for whatever reason, we didn’t get a chance to play? With the sequels to some of these cracking titles set to be revealed at E3’s LA-based event in a few days, there’s no better time than now to pick up the brilliant games that came before that further helped to cement as franchise’s status as ‘ace’ and buy the games on a budget as Ubisoft’s massive pre-E3 sale has now gone live. Find out more after the break.

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Ubisoft Announces E3 2014 Line-Up, Find Out How to Watch Their Conference Here

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Licking my wounds over The Division being delayed into 2015? Not me (ok, maybe just a little bit) but I’m still chomping at the bit to see what the ambitious New York spanning MMO fromUbisoft has to offer. Furthermore, I’m keen to see the publisher explain itself after the recent Far Cry 4 cover art controversy and I’m looking forward to seeing whatever sneaking, sleuthing and fleshy-bits stabbing action Assassin’s Creed Unity and its (rumoured) last-gen counterpart have in store for us. Luckily, they’ll all apparently be on show during Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference so you can find out all of the details (and what else they’ll be showing off) after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Sales Hit 11 Million

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag brought us the man with the plan, the big ol’ boat and more tattoos than you can shake a Kat Von D forearm at after Edward Kenway’s grandson, Connor Kenway, starred in a less than stellar turn in Assassin’s Creed 3 which was a likeable but mediocre romp as the Native American protagonist took on everyone including America, Britain and even his poor old dad. AC3 was a bit rubbish (although I did like Connor Kenway who you lot apparently hated so maybe you’ll disagree with me on the game’s quality) but this didn’t deter anyone from buying the next game as some mightily impressive Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag sales figures have been released by Ubisoft. Find out more after the break.

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Child of Light ‘A Modern Fairy Tale’ Trailer is a Wonderful Gaming Dreamscape

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Child of Light has me scared. Terrified actually, that no other game this year will be able to capture this level of video gaming magic and that every game I play afterwards will be dimmed by Child of Light’s overwhelming sheen. But I think I can live with that and if I can’t then I’m willing to try my damned hardest because what Ubisoft Montreal’s upcoming platforming RPG seems to be offering isn’t anything I’ve seen before in over a decade of gaming. Already being introduced to Aurora’s story of being a young girl having no other choice than to rescue her world from an evil queen who has stolen the sun, the stars and the moon, I was already taken by its premise, but the Child of Light A Modern Fairy Tale trailer pretty much sealed the deal. You can watch it too after the break.

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The Child of Light World of Lemuria Trailer is Beautiful, Mesmerising

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Child of Light’s art style is the best looking of all of the games that we’ll see released this year. I’m willing to put money on it. Hell, Child of Light may have the best art style of all the games released in the next two years (by the third year Ubisoft would have released a sequel, naturally). The game has indie stylings with a major developer and publisher behind it and the platforming RPG seems to be offering Ubisoft’s trademark crisp and clean way of pulling things off which makes me all the more excited to see how the game pans out upon release. You can watch the Child of Light World of Lemuria trailer after the break.

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Rapid Fire Reading List: Ninja Gaiden, Alien: Isolation and GDC 2014

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Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.

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Child of Light: Everything You Ought to Know About Ubisoft’s Platform RPG

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Child of Light blinks and glimmers like a beacon of hope on the horizon. With combat, platforming and an art style more creative than a da Vinci fever dream, you probably wouldn’t believe it if I told you that the game is from Ubisoft Montreal, the same development team that also brought us the brilliant stealth stabbing action of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. But it is, though Child of Light couldn’t be any further from that series if it tried. It’s like few things seen in any series actually, which makes it a hard sell. However, without making room for the title in your brainspace, you’d be seriously missing out, so where better to start than here, to find out everything you ought to know about Child of Light.

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition Announced by Ubisoft

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Where there’s a pirate captain with a thirst for rum and a penchant for golden booty (as well as a journey to free enslaved peoples and help rid the world of  Templar presence), there’s a way. A way to get you in on the Assassin’s Creed fun that is, as Ubisoft have now announced the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition, the definitive edition of the game that took to our consoles last year. This version of Edward Kenway’s path from frivolous pirate captain to unlikely dogooder comes with more DLC and extra content than you could shake a Man O’ War* at and if that comparison doesn’t make any sense to you, read on and find out more about the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition.

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