There’s more to Ubisoft than just Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed games. At Ubisoft Digital Days 2013 they’ve given us a glimpse.
Many tablet and phone games seem to be on the way from Ubisoft if Digital Days 2013 is anything to go by. Along with stand alone titles like Rabbids Big Bang there is some focus on companion apps like Watch Dogs CTOS Mobile. Which lets one player get an overview of the city as they hack Chicago area to help or hinder other players.
Not everything is restricted to mobile, some of these will become available through Xbox and Playstation digital distribution networks.
1. Child of Light
Child of Light is a re-imagining of classic fairy-tales, inviting players on an epic adventure into the magical painted world of Lemuria. Players will uncover mysteries, participate in turn-by-turn combat inspired by classic JRPGs, and explore the mystical kingdom.
Speaking of the inspiration for Child of Light’s overall tone, writer Jeffrey Yohalem says, “When we originally discussed Child of Light we talked about making it a playable poem in every conceivable way and I had to think about it for a while before saying yes because it’s a huge undertaking.”
The game puts players in the shoes of the young fairy adventurer Aurora, a child stolen from her home, who, in her quest to return, must bring back the sun, the moon and the stars held captive by the mysterious Queen of the Night. Helped by her companion Igniculus the firefly and several unlikely allies, Aurora will face her darkest fears, including dragons and other mystical creatures in this modern take on a coming-of-age story.
There will be a number of puzzles driven around turn-based combat that operates on a timing system, and as such, interrupting enemy attacks at the correct moment is the key to successful battles, along with successfully matching elemental attacks to counter your opponent’s. Igniculus can also help in battle, and can be controlled by a second player.
Child of Light is coming to PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2014.
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2. Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Valiant Hearts is a new video game that gives players the chance to live a touching yet comical adventure which follows the story of five characters whose destinies cross during the Great War. Valiant Hearts: The Great War will be available in the first quarter of 2014 via digital distribution platforms.
Valiant Hearts is being developed by a small team at Ubisoft Montpellier, known for their work on critically-acclaimed titles like Beyond Good & Evil, Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends.
Ubisoft Digital Days 2013 as promised a launch on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for Valiant Hearts. It’s being developed in the UbiArt Framework engine and follows the complex narrative of five individuals and their dog during World War I.
The game is inspired by letters from the war and exists as a hybrid of platforming and puzzle-solving, all set against a dark tone.
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3. Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD
The latest in Assassin’s Creed features unique assassin game-play mechanics, an immersive Assassin’s Creed storyline, and richly detailed high-definition graphics. Developed by Ubisoft Sofia, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is the striking chapter of the pre-American Revolution Assassin’s Creed saga, arriving for the first time as a digital title on Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and PC.
Taking full advantage of its new hardware, Liberation HD introduces a complete graphical overhaul, re-mastered music and sound effects, a revamped game-play experience, and new missions that dive deeper into Aveline’s story.
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4. Assassin’s Creed Pirates
A standalone game for smart-phones and tablets AC Pirates will allow players to further explore the Caribbean during the Golden Age of piracy as Alonzo Batilia, a young and ambitious captain. Players will have to manage their crew, upgrade their ship, recruit new crew member and engage in huge real-time naval battles to become the most feared pirate of their time and claim La Buse’s legendary treasure. As in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the Caribbean seas will become their hunting grounds.
Inspired by the naval combat in Assassin’s Creed III and in line with keeping the hype going for Black Flag
In Assassin’s Creed Pirates for smartphones and tablets, players can further explore the Caribbean during the Golden Age of piracy as Alonzo Batilia, a young and ambitious captain. You will need to manage your crew, upgrade your ship and engage in huge naval battles to become the most feared pirate of your time and claim La Buse’s legendary treasure.
Ubisoft is promising numerous side missions, quests, upgrades, achievements, and “groundbreaking 3D visuals” including changing weather that will directly impact gameplay.
Assassin’s Creed Pirates will be out this year on smartphones and tablets.
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5. Rayman Fiesta Run
In this followup to Raymans Jungle Run players are introduced to a new ‘wacky’ Fiesta world. Gamers will lunge for cocktail umbrellas, leap on limes and punch piñatas in this playful, colourful, musical adventure.
The fiesta-themed game will have Rayman traversing environments full of fruits and food, jumping on cocktail umbrellas, bouncing off limes and punching pinatas. Rayman will have the ability to swim, shrink and perform a powerful super punch through more than 75 levels.
Fiesta Run also includes Invasion Mode from Rayman Legends, features four different fiesta-inspired worlds and new boss battles.
Rayman Fiesta Run looks like good fun for anyone to pick up and play, though I’m not sold on the ability to share achievements using social features.
Aimed to will launch on iOS, Android and Windows 8 mobile devices this Fall.
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6. Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online
More Tom Clancy and this time in a browser-based game on PC and Mac. Developed by Ubisoft Shanghai, the team behind the console version of Tom Clancy’s EndWar,
Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online is a tactical and strategic MMO that offers real-time battles, HQ and army management, and massive community-based wars, all set in next stage browser technology to deliver an unrivalled game-play experience.
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7. Rabbids Big Bang
The Rabbids are coming to smartphones and tablets this Spring with Rabbids Big Bang.
The Rabbids are making space their new playground in this physics-based game. Players will pilot the ‘wacky’ (what is it with Ubisoft and wacky) little creatures using jetpack boosts and the gravitational force of planets, to avoid catastrophic accidents, fly around obstacles and explore the edges of the galaxy.
The game promises 150 missions, jetpack upgrades, outfits, disguises and other customisation options. Missions include crash-landing on planets, reaching high speeds and even bouncing off space cows. Rabbids Big Bang will be available for unspecified mobile devices and tablets this autumn.
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8. Autodance 2014 by Just Dance
is the only application that turns users and their friends into amazing dancers on the hottest hits. All they have to do is to take out their smart-phone and record. They can then select their favourite sequences and let Autodance 2014 make a unique choreography out of them on 5 of Just Dance 2014’s greatest hits:
- Get Lucky – Daft Punk Ft. Pharrell Williams
- Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Ft. Pharrell
- Feel So Right – Imposs Ft. Konshens
- Kiss You – One Direction
- Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
Other details that have been announced
- Competitive online feature styled like a massively multiplayer online game
- 40 tracks
- Auto Dance videos are short recorded clips of players’ routines
- Upload videos to Facebook, Twitter and Ubisoft’s dedicated Just Dance channel
- Classic free-dance mode
- Pasty Master mode on Wii U. One player uses the GamePad to change the dance floor rules, select moves and even switch up the song
- Dance against “ghosts” of your friends’ gameplay (Sort of like racing games)
- On Stage mode provides routines for one star performer dancing in the foreground with two backup dancers
- World Dance Floor is a “massively multiplayer online dance game”, players worldwide compete for the top slot in online leaderboards, dance to the same global playlist and upload and view one another’s AutoDance clips
- Karaoke on all consoles with a built-in microphone, players won’t be docked points for singing poorly however hitting the right notes will earn bonus mojo points
Bonus: Mighty Quest For Epic Loot
Ubisoft has announced that a fourth character, The Runaway, will join the ranks of heroes in The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot.
The Runaway was raised as the daughter of Opulencia’s most famous classical harpsichord duo. Forced to conform to the prim and proper world of the aristocratic elite, she secretly longed for a life of adventure, excitement, and loot beyond the wildest dreams of her parents and their stuffy friends.
Read our review of Mighty Quest For Epic Loot.