E3 2015: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Evie Frye Trailer

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Evie Frye

When Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was announced earlier this year, many people were pleasantly surprised. Not only was the game set in Victorian London, a setting that fans have been asking for for quite some time, but it also featured a playable female protagonist which is a first for a main Assassin’s Creed game. Plus, given that Assassin’s Creed Unity caused controversy with its lack of playable female characters, the decision to let players run around London as either Jacob Frye or his twin sister Evie was considered a huge win.

However, Ubisoft didn’t win everyone over with their reveal of Evie as she seemed to take a backseat to her brother. Not only was she not featured much in the reveal trailer, but the special editions of the game featured no Evie-related merchandise and one report suggested that Evie would only be playable in around 25% of the game’s main campaign. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case at last night as at Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, Evie was front and centre in her very own Assassin’s Creed Syndicate trailer.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Special Editions Revealed

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Yesterday, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate would be the latest main AC game. In Syndicate we’ll be in London at the height of the Industrial Revolution, where we’ll be stabbing Templars in the neck for putting the poor into poverty. Assassin twins Jacob and Evie Frye take the lead and although we’ll have no choice during story missions, we’ll be able to explore London as whoever we want.

The game has been making all the right noises so far as combat has gotten a massive overhaul and Evie’s inclusion is also a good thing. Ubisoft may have just undone all of that progress though, as the publisher has revealed some controversial Assassin’s Creed Syndicate special editions.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Announced, Will Feature Playable Female Character

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Following the (thoroughly broken) launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity last year, an insider leak revealed that Ubisoft was working on a new game called Assassin’s Creed Victory that would be set in London. Seven months later and we’ve now got an official reveal, along with a new name. Introducing: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

What’s the deal with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s playable female character? What’s putting the fire into our assassins’ bellies, encouraging them to fight for freedom and justice? And what are the new ways we can kill our enemies? All of these questions are answered after the jump.

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Child of Light Gets a Free Art Book to Celebrate Anniversary

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When Ubisoft released Child of Light last year, the platforming RPG was a hit in terms of sales and reception. In addition to having a brilliant story (the game follows a young princess named Aurora as she saves her kingdom and grows up along the way), praised was heaped upon the game’s art style as it has gorgeous watercolour graphics thanks to the Ubi Art Framework game engine.

People who bought the deluxe edition of the game received a poster and the official art book but now Ubisoft wants to share Child of Light‘s art style with everybody. So, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the game’s release, Ubisoft has released a digital art book and story that is now available for free. More on that after the break.

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Watch Dogs 2 Leaked, Could It Have a Female Protagonist?

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Flash back to 2012 when Watch Dogs was one of the best games shown at E3. Everyone was excited for Ubisoft‘s cyber security sandbox to launch alongside the PS4 and Xbox One – the graphics and the gameplay that we’d been promised in trailers looked phenomenal. Unfortunately, the game was delayed until the beginning of 2014 and when it finally arrived, many players were underwhelmed.

But despite Watch Dogs not being “perfect in any way”, according to the game’s creative director Jonathan Morin, it still sold 4 million copies in its first week, becoming the best-selling new IP ever. It was also the best week 1 sales performance that Ubisoft had ever seen too.

It’s a no brainer then that Watch Dogs 2 is on the way, but thanks to a leak from a Ubisoft gameplay programmer, we now have even more confirmation.

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Uplay Sale Discounts Over 400 Games, Including Assassin’s Creed and Dragon Age

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Uplay is Ubisoft’s answer to Steam. The online storefront allows Ubisoft to sell games directly to fans, meaning that Valve won’t take a cut. It also allows Ubisoft to sell a great many non-digital things too such as character figurines or official branded clothing. Unfortunately, for Ubisoft, no one really likes it.

Uplay also allows Ubisoft to make sure that people aren’t pirating the game but not only does this extra level of DRM (Digital Rights Management) feel unnecessary, it’s also coupled with bad servers that limit multiplayer and it has a habit of crashing. The one thing that Uplay does get right are its semi-regular sales and in its latest round of deals, over 400 games have been discounted.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Launch Trailer Released

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Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity was a giant stinker of a game as it was plagued with bugs and the business with its female characters (rather, it’s lack thereof) wasn’t pleasant either. If Ubisoft wanted to win us all over then a bit of brilliance was in order; but they may just deliver that in Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

The game features female assassin Shao Jun as the last member of the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins as she returns to China, seeking revenge. It’s a massive departure from the map-following, chest-looting formula that we’ve come to know and love (or hate?) from the Assassin’s Creed series but it could breathe new life into the franchise. More on Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China after the break.

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More Child of Light Projects Are in the Works, Ubisoft Confirms

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Last year’s RPG platformer, Child of Light, was a total surprise. It completely destroyed all conventions by featuring a young girl as the lead (the protagonist, Aurora, grows up over the course of the game) and all of the dialogue and narration is written in rhyme. It was also praised for its gorgeous watercolour graphics, with the game being powered by the UbiArt Framework game engine.

But the new IP was a huge risk for Ubisoft, a publisher best known for peddling Assassin’s Creed games year in, year out (even if those AC games are embarrassingly broken), as the Child of Light team was an experiment to what small teams could do when left to their own devices. Clearly it it paid off and following speculation of a Child of Light sequel, Ubisoft confirms that more Child of Light projects are in the works.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Announced; Takes Players to India, China and Russia

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Although Assassin’s Creed‘s storylines are based on achieving freedom and equality for all, one long-standing sore spot has been its lack of diversity. AC2, Revelations, Brotherhood, Black Flag and Unity were led by white men (it’s unclear what Altair from AC1‘s ethnicity is) and although Assassins’ Creed 3 featured Connor, a Native American protagonist, we also had to play as his white father for a significant chunk of the game. Last year, publisher and developer Ubisoft also came under fire for not including playable female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

And while no one can force Ubisoft to include more diverse characters in doing so, they can tell more stories about more cultures and more groups of people throughout history. That’s what the company is doing now with the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy that takes us to India, China and Russia too.

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8 of the Best Female Protagonists on PS4

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There’s no debating it, the games industry (or the media as a whole, if we’re being honest) doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to female representation. Characters are often designed as men by default just because and plenty of female characters are designed as flailing boob monsters whose goal in life is to titillate the male audience. Like I said; things aren’t great.

The tides are turning though, as those in charge of our games are finally wising up to the fact that half of their audience is female and that featuring playable female protagonists isn’t going to decimate their sales. The PS4 has been the host to a fair but brilliant group of female-led games ever since it launched in 2013, so to highlight some of those, I’ve put together this list

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