UbiSoft’s previously PS Vita exclusive Assassin’s Creed: Liberation is set to make its HD remaster debut on current generation consoles early 2014. While no Xbox 360 release date is being slated beyond “early 2014,” the hit Vita title from 2012 is set to launch on PlayStation 3 January 14 and Windows PC January 15.
AC: Liberation was praised for its bold narrative, a story centering around the assassin Aveline, a half French half African-American woman in the years preceding the American Revolutionary War in Louisiana. It was certainly a game that caught my attention, in particular for its tone and setting coupled with the fact that it is the best looking mobile version of Assassin’s Creed to date. I had previously been holding out for a console release as many viewed the game as solid, but something that would ultimately benefit from seeing a console release.
I am a little concerned at the lack of a immediate release date for the Xbox 360 as UbiSoft has been making a conscious effort to distance itself from Microsoft. What started as time-based exclusivity on DLC for games like Watch_Dogs has extended to franchises that have performed well on the Xbox brand, including Assassin’s Creed. Further muddling the relationship is that the Xbox One’s software status seems to be pushing forward while UbiSoft is mired in delays with their next generation fare, especially with the company’s push for support in Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation has a base price of $19.99 and includes a special promotion of a $5 discount with the purchase of the Assassin’s Creed IV DLC season pass.
Hotly anticipated as a day one launch title for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, UbiSoft’s near-future open world title Watch_Dogs has been delayed until 2014. The move puts the game back at least five months to at least an April 2014 window.
You may recall that it was Watch_Dogs that initially spurred the early rumors of next generation consoles being in development as much of the technology shown in its initial demo at E3 2012 where beyond the capability of current consoles. The game has slunk back in the gaming hype this fall, despite UbiSoft prepping the game as the next big open world game, so a delay isn’t terribly surprising.
Personally, I found Watch_Dogs to be an intriguing title, but one that didn’t show me enough through its development process. With UbiSoft splitting development resources on versions across six platforms, it seemed to lack a special spark that would crown it worthy of being a next-gen title. The game has certainly shown glimmers of being a memorable game but its uninteresting story and rough looking current generation versions has me wary. Consider also that current generation open world games like Grand Theft Auto V and Saints Row IV have been stellar and UbiSoft was right to take the time to develop Watch_Dogs. Hopefully with a little more time to polish the game for a lonelier launch in the spring, Watch_Dogs can develop into something special.
While UbiSoft has certainly shown the ability to hold major releases in tight windows, Watch_Dogs November launch would put it squarely between UbiSoft’s other major releases of Assassin’s Creed IV and South Park: The Stick of Truth. At the very least, moving Watch_Dogs away from these releases prevents the cannibalization of their own sales.
It hasn’t been a great week of news for UbiSoft. The French company announced that both Rayman Legends and Splinter Cell Blacklist fell short of sales expectations along with the delay of next generation racing game, The Crew.
Believe it or not, this year’s E3 was more than Microsoft and Sony exchanging blows (or depending on how you saw it, Microsoft rocking in the fetal position). With new consoles means new gorgeous games to salivate over and Nintendo is always a safe bet to surprise, especially in a period where the Wii U needs to gain a firm hold before the new systems launch. But as much hype as pipeline titles like Star Wars Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge 2, Kingdom Hearts III and Halo have gotten, this list is reserved for titles that have shown off at least a little bit of gameplay.
10. Destiny – Bungie – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, X360
Sci-Fi action studios need to take notice whenever Bungie tries something new, Destiny looks stunning. Set on Earth in the distant future, it looks like scavenging is a way of life for a planet taken over by aliens. But as much as Bungie is fantastic creators of worlds, Destiny looks incredibly similar to Halo from the weaponry to the 343 Guilty Spark knock-off.