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Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2

Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2

Just four months after the release of Watch Dogs, publisher Ubisoft has discussed some of the changes it will make in the sequel.

Speaking with CVG, Ubisoft Montreal's vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud compared Watch Dogs' debut with that of the original Assassin's Creed.

"The reception has actually been pretty close to Assassin's Creed," said Raynaud. "With the first one we didn't have such a good reception, and it was fair.

"We had a lot of flaws in the replayability of gameplay loops and you could feel that the game was a first iteration. At the time, there was clear potential but it was not easy to know it was going to become the franchise that it is today.

"It's the same thing with Watch Dogs: it was difficult to do everything at the right level, which is why we took more time. The time we took was definitely useful - it allowed us to release the game without compromises and do everything that we wanted. We also kept parts of the game we felt didn't fit with the original for the sequel."

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New Steam Store features tackle discoverability problems

New Steam Store features tackle discoverability problems

Valve has added new functionality to Steam’s Store homepage in a bid to make it easier for users to find games they are interested in.

According to Valve, the Steam Discovery Update came about due to the huge numbers of games being added to the service: 1300 titles have been added in the last nine months.

At the heart of the update is the Steam Discovery Queue – a new way of exploring the most popular new releases that you haven’t yet seen. You can browse through suggested games and choose to follow a game, add it to your Wishlist, purchase it, or indicate that you are not interested. The Queue is automatically refreshed each day with new, best-selling releases.

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New-gen, PC GTA V has a new first-person mode - report

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New-gen, PC GTA V has a new first-person mode - report

Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will include a new first-person mode, according to a post on the website of Rockstar, the game's developer.

The post has since been scrubbed from the Internet, but not before industrious Redditors took some screengrabs.

Among the changes the post outlined was a new first-person mode when driving that includes vehicle interiors, and a new first-person mode while on foot.

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AC Unity's Season Pass includes a standalone 2.5D game set in China

AC Unity's Season Pass includes a standalone 2.5D game set in China

Assassin's Creed Unity's Season Pass includes two completely new adventures: an epilogue to the Unity campaign, and a standalone 2.5D title.

The latter is called Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, and it will deliver a new story, setting, and gameplay type.

Developed by Climax Studios (Silent Hill: Origins, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories), ACC:C takes place in the 16th century, when the last remaining Assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood has returned to her homeland to avenge her fallen allies.

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Monday Briefing – New releases, farming loot in Destiny, and much more

Monday Briefing – New releases, farming loot in Destiny, and much more

◆ Curve (The Swapper, Thomas Was Alone, and Lone Survivor) is teaming up with Funktronic Labs to develop Nova-111, “a sci-fi themed adventure game that cleverly combines turn-based gameplay with real-time action, forcing players to utilise both real time decisions and turn-based strategy to fight enemies and solve puzzles”. It’s a Cross-Buy title coming to PlayStation Store in early 2015.

◆ Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition will be available digitally on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC in Australia on October 23 and New Zealand on October 24. The Complete Edition includes the base game and all six pieces of released DLC, price TBA.

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Mojang's Scrolls will be much cheaper on tablets

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Mojang's Scrolls will be much cheaper on tablets

Mojang's Scrolls will cost significantly less on tablets and phones than it currently does on PC and Mac.

The collectible card game from the studio behind Minecraft currently costs US$21, but Mojang recognises that it won't be able to charge that much on portable devices. When the game is released on iOS and Android, it will cost US$5.

"We’ve realised that our current price point is not feasible for flatter, more touchy, machines," said Mojang.

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Spending $50 million on Darksiders 2 was "ridiculous", says IP's new owner

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Spending $50 million on Darksiders 2 was "ridiculous", says IP's new owner

The new owner of the Darksiders intellectual property says he has no intention to spend as much as THQ did on on Darksiders 2.

Nordic Games boss Lars Wingefors said that his company could make the same game for less money.

"Darksiders is a top product," Wingefors told MCV. "THQ spent $50 million making Darksiders 2. We can produce a product of the same quality but for a lower cost."

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Scalebound not as hardcore as other Platinum Games titles

Scalebound not as hardcore as other Platinum Games titles

Although Xbox One-exclusive Scalebound is an action game, it won’t require the reflexes of other Platinum Games titles, says game director Hideki Kamiya.

Platinum Games is known for its challenging action titles, which include Bayonetta, Vanquish, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and The Wonderful 101.

However, speaking with Polygon, Kamiya said that Scalebound won’t just be for the hardcore.

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Sony's VR project is 85 percent complete

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Sony's VR project is 85 percent complete

Sony has almost completed development on its PlayStation 4-enabled virtual reality headset, codenamed Project Morpheus.

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said the company has finished 85 percent of the work needed to release the product.

“With the Morpheus and PlayStation 4, we can offer them a totally new virtual-reality experience in a lighthearted and fun manner,” Yoshida told The Wall Street Journal.

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Sleeping Dogs spin-off Triad Wars to be unveiled tomorrow

Sleeping Dogs spin-off Triad Wars to be unveiled tomorrow

United Front will reveal its vision for Triad Wars tomorrow.

The developer announced the news on its website, and added that it would be conducting a Reddit Ask Me Anything at 12pm PDT on Tuesday, September 23 (7am Wednesday NZST).

Triad Wars will be set in the same universe as Sleeping Dogs, an open world crime adventure set in Hong Kong.

Tuesday 23 September


Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2
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Ubisoft talks changes coming in Watch Dogs 2
Compares trajectory to Assassin's Creed.
New Steam Store features tackle discoverability problems
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New Steam Store features tackle discoverability problems
Upgraded search, recommendations, more.
New-gen, PC GTA V has a new first-person mode - report
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New-gen, PC GTA V has a new first-person mode - report
Page goes up, page goes down.
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Assassin’s Creed Unity – Season Pass trailer
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Assassin’s Creed Unity – Season Pass trailer
Extra content detailed.

Monday 22 September


Monday Briefing – New releases, farming loot in Destiny, and much more
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Monday Briefing – New releases, farming loot in Destiny, and much more
Your daily dose of bite-sized news.
Costume Quest 2 gameplay trailer
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Costume Quest 2 gameplay trailer
Cute RPG coming next month.
Battleborn – Cooperative Campaign Gameplay Walkthrough video
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Battleborn – Cooperative Campaign Gameplay Walkthrough video
18 minutes of gameplay.
Mojang's Scrolls will be much cheaper on tablets
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Mojang's Scrolls will be much cheaper on tablets
Existing users to be compensated.
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Age of Wonders III: Golden Realms gameplay trailer
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Age of Wonders III: Golden Realms gameplay trailer
18 mins of expansion gameplay.
Spending $50 million on Darksiders 2 was "ridiculous", says IP's new owner
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Spending $50 million on Darksiders 2 was "ridiculous", says IP's new owner
We could do the same for less - Nordic.
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The Order: 1886 Tools of The Trade BTS trailer
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The Order: 1886 Tools of The Trade BTS trailer
A weapon and combat-centric trailer.
Frozen Synapse Prime – Multiplayer Tutorial trailer
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Frozen Synapse Prime – Multiplayer Tutorial trailer
Modes and tactics detailed.
Scalebound not as hardcore as other Platinum Games titles
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Scalebound not as hardcore as other Platinum Games titles
Wider audience targetted.
Killer Instinct – Season Two Maya trailer
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Killer Instinct – Season Two Maya trailer
Killer Instinct 2 character returns.
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Sony's VR project is 85 percent complete
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Sony's VR project is 85 percent complete
No release window mentioned.
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World of Warships – Class-by-Class dev diary
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World of Warships – Class-by-Class dev diary
A deep dive on ship types.
Endless Legend launch trailer
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Endless Legend launch trailer
A 4X fantasy strategy title for PC and Mac.
Sleeping Dogs spin-off Triad Wars to be unveiled tomorrow
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Sleeping Dogs spin-off Triad Wars to be unveiled tomorrow
PC, online, free-to-play.
Wasteland 2 launch trailer
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Wasteland 2 launch trailer
The long wait is over.
Super Exploding Zoo – Gamescom trailer
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Super Exploding Zoo – Gamescom trailer
A meat apocalypse.
Kickstarter creators now required to complete projects
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Kickstarter now requires creators to complete projects
Or face possible legal action.
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Oculus unveils new Rift prototype, app store, and more
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Oculus unveils new Rift prototype, app store, and more
Claims massive improvements over Crystal Cove.
Cannon Brawl launch trailer
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Cannon Brawl launch trailer
A bonkers 2D action-RTS for PC.
Outland – PC trailer
Trailer
Outland – PC trailer
Resogun dev's platformer out next week.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – TGS gameplay trailer
Trailer
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – TGS gameplay trailer
PSP title coming to new-gen.
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die launch trailer
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D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die launch trailer
The latest from Deadly Premonition director Swery65.
TinyKeep – Teaser Trailer #2
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TinyKeep – Teaser Trailer #2
A roguelike ARPG for PC.
The team at Gameplanet plays on Alienware.