Watch Dogs 2 Will Be An AMD Gaming Evolved Title

During AMD’s recent GDC event named “Capscain,” the company has revealed quite a few interesting things, including a series of DirectX 12 partnerships on games and engines such as Ashes of the Singularity, Total War: WARHAMMER, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Battlezone VR and the Nitrous Engine. However, AMD also announced that the upcoming Watch Dogs 2 game by Ubisoft will actually be optimized for AMD GPUs, which is definitely interesting considering the problems that the first Watch Dogs encountered. You probably still remember what a mess Watch Dogs was upon release, and how it was plagued by stuttering issues on a wide range of hardware, even on high-end GPUs.

Apparently, Ubisoft will work closely with AMD in order to optimize Watch Dogs 2 for AMD GPUs, which means that we’re not going to see any GameWorks features in this particular game. As far as DirectX 12 support goes, AMD’s Roy Taylor has issued the following tweet, in which he basically confirms the use of this API.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Ubisoft is ceasing all partnerships with Nvidia, especially since the recently launched The Division game supports GameWorks features. No word on a potential release date for Watch Dogs 2 yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see what Ubisoft and AMD have in store for us.

TrackMania Turbo Release Date Has Been Unveiled

Developed by Nadeo and published by Ubisoft, TrackMania Turbo is an upcoming racing game that’s set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ubisoft has recently unveiled that the latest installment in the TrackMania franchise is going to be released on March 24, 2016, which is less than two months from now. The game will offer an easy-to-learn, hard-to-master, arcade racing experience and will feature time attack gameplay as well as a mix of matchbox car fantasy and massive scale. The title will also include a Trackbuilder tool that will allow players to create their own unique and challenging tracks, just in case the original 200 tracks aren’t enough.

Each one of these tracks will feature a driving style such as International Stadium, Rollercoaster Lagoon, Valley Down & Dirty and Canyon Grand Drift, which means that the game will offer plenty in the way of variety. Interestingly enough, TrackMania Turbo will also offer support for virtual reality headsets, and it represents the first TrackMania game to be released on consoles since 2009. Accompanying the release date announcement, Ubisoft has also unveiled three new screenshots of this upcoming game, which you can admire below.

Are you looking forward to this new racing game?

Console Game Sales Drop While PC Sales Increase Says Ubisoft

Back in the day, when Assassin’s creed 2 came out, Ubisoft was a very popular developer, mainly because it offered original games with original stories and fun gameplay. Most importantly, Ubisoft’s games used to run just fine on all platforms, including consoles and PCs. However, it all started to go downhill after Watch Dogs and the more recent Assassin’s Creed Unity title, as these two games suffered from incredibly poor performance on the PC. As a consequence, PC gamers started to lose their faith in Ubisoft, and many have said that they will no long purchase games developed by the company.

However, recent numbers suggest that Ubisoft’s PC sales have actually increased, which seems a bit odd to me, if I’m honest. The company has recently reported that its PC sales have gone up by 5 percent since earlier this year, which means that this platform now makes for 20% of its total sales. PlayStation 4 sales are still on top with 27% of all sales. Below you will find the exact breakdown.

  • PS4: 27%
  • PC: 20%
  • Mobile: 18%
  • Xbox One: 12%
  • Xbox 360: 10%
  • PS3: 10%
  • Wii U: 1%

It’s worth pointing out that Ubisoft’s mobile sales have also increased from just 6% to 18%. So at least on paper, Ubisoft is doing a pretty good job so far. In related news, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is set to come out on the PC on November 19. Do you think that this game will help restore the company’s image?

There Will Be No Single Player Campaign in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

Set to be released on December 1, 2015, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege is the “successor” to the cancelled Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots, and it is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The first-person tactical shooter will include 11 maps in total at its release, but Ubisoft plans to add even more maps in the future, all of which are expected to be completely free. Obviously, the game was designed for multiplayer from the ground up, and if some of you were expecting to play its single-player campaign before jumping into the fray, you’re about to be disappointed. During the 2015 edition of the EGX event, Scott Mitchel, the art director for Rainbow Six: Siege, has announced that the game will not feature a single-player campaign. However, gamers will be able to hone their skills by playing a series of tutorials, which will allow them to practice all operators and devices.

Here is Scott Mitchell’s exact statement:

“There is no story mode per se. You go through training, where you get to experience different operators and their devices. You can play against enemy AI in co-op through all the maps. You can customise matches, so that’s what we’re offering on the single-player side of things. It’s a pretty good training ground, and on top or that you’re unlocking the same content as you would playing in PvP. You’re still gaining stars, renown points, and new operatives”

Ubisoft has released its own statement regarding the subject, in which it hinted that users will be able to play certain game modes offline:

“The creative vision for Rainbow Six Siege has always been strongly focused on a compelling cooperative and multiplayer experience. The game supports solo play when playing Terrorist Hunt offline & online and we will provide further details on single-player content in the near future.”

That’s still not as good as a campaign if you ask me. What do you think?

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Ubisoft Will Announce a New Assassin’s Creed Game on May 12

It’s pretty safe to say at this point that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity game was not exactly a remarkable success, especially given the title’s numerous performance issues and glitches. We’ve already covered the fact that Ubisoft knew that Unity was not ready before its release, and even though the game’s tessellation patch for PC is still nowhere in sight, the company is ready to announce a completely new Assassin’s Creed on May 12.

Given Ubisoft’s resources, it’s not hard at all to imagine that the next title has been in the works for quite some time now, but it sure would be nice to see another major patch for Unity in the near future as well. The announcement is accompanied by a teaser trailer, which highlights the statement “Oppression has to end.” Personally, I’m quite curious to find out more about the upcoming game, and I do hope that it will be much more stable and glitch-free when compared to its predecessor. You can have a look at the teaser trailer by clicking below.

What do you think about Assassin’s Creed games in general? Are you looking forward to the next installment in the franchise?

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