Jade Raymond, the Canadian video game executive and the Managing Director of Ubisoft Toronto, has revealed that the company currently has five new games in development. Raymond wouldn’t specify what the titles were, but one of them has to be the next Assassin’s Creed. Two of the games are co-productions with other gaming studios, which sounds interesting.
No one left any the wiser as to what’s up at Ubisoft Toronto, only that there are five titles being developed there right now and that two of them are co-productions with other gaming studios. Continue your wild speculation, gamers.
“There are definitely a lot of plates spinning,” confirmed Raymond, best known for producing the wildly popular Assassin’s Creed series for Ubisoft’s Montreal office. “None of them have been announced.”
Ubisoft stated today that the company has five major games in development which are due to be released between April 2014 and March 2015. We already know about Watch Dogs, which has been delayed on Wii U, and also Just Dance, The Crew, and Division. Hopefully we will hear about the other title at E3 in June. It might be the sequel to the fantastic Beyond Good and Evil.
“Fiscal 2014-15 will see an exceptional games line-up, with the release of five major titles including Just Dance, The Crew and Watch Dogs, which is scheduled for release in the first fiscal quarter,” CEO Yves Guillemot states.
Analyst David Gibson has revealed via Twitter that Konami have seven major consoles games due out this year and a further seven due sometime next year. We already know that they’re developing Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes, Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2, PES15, Professional Baseball Spirits 2014, and New Loveplus Plus, while the remaining two remain a mystery. Let’s hope we get something for Nintendo platforms.
One franchise clearly dominates the video games chart, with Activision’s blockbuster Call of Duty series taking the top three spots in the all-time video games chart. This year’s Grand Theft Auto V may well overtake Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at the top of the list as it already takes fourth place after just one month on sale. EA’s FIFA football series is the other big franchise, taking the sixth, seventh and eighth places. Fantasy epic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes ninth place, and Wii title Zumba Fitness takes the number ten spot, impressive considering it’s the only title in the list which isn’t multiplatform.
“ Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and FIFA are three of the largest entertainment franchises in the world, so it’s no surprise to see them dominating the top ten best-selling games chart. The success of Skyrim suggests that there is a real appetite for epic fantasy games, whilst Zumba Fitness’s appearance in tenth place shows just how big Nintendo Wii’s fanbase is in the UK.”
- Ketu Patel, Video Games & Software Category Leader at Amazon.co.uk Ltd
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- FIFA 10
- FIFA 13
- FIFA 12
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Zumba Fitness
Below is a list of games that are scheduled to arrive this year on the Wii U in Japan. Some of the games listed – like Rabbids Land and LEGO City Undercover – have been available for purchase in the West for a while, though the country will be receiving a number of Wii U titles before other regions. There will be more Wii U games announced during E3 week next month, including a new 3D Mario and Mario Kart, which are rumored to be launching this year.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
New Super Luigi U (DLC)
F1 Race Stars Powered Up Edition
New Super Luigi U (disc)
Sniper Elite V2
Lego City Undercover
Yakuza 1&2 HD for Wii U
The Wonderful 101
Wii Party (new title)
Wii Fit U
Sonic Lost World
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
With such a large roster of games available for Nintendo 3DS right now, players may find it difficult to decide which one to go for next. Starting from tomorrow (23rd April) Nintendo Europe will be launching the So Many Games! Promotion on a select range of top Nintendo 3DS titles to help them choose.
Players simply need to register any three of eight top Nintendo 3DS titles with Club Nintendo by 30th June 2013, and they will be able to claim a free download code of their most-wanted game from the range for FREE. They can choose one of the remaining five titles to enjoy playing on Nintendo 3DS themselves, or select one they’ve already registered for the promotion to give to a friend to either share the fun, or experience some exciting multiplayer action!
There are eight top Nintendo 3DS games eligible in this promotion:
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS version)
- Luigi’s Mansion 2
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- LEGO CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
There are over 10 games coming from third-party publishers to Wii U in the summer and spring. Some titles, like DuckTales Remastered, Mutant Mudds Deluxe and Spin the Bottle, are download-only games and will be available in the Nintendo eShop. Upcoming physical games, including Injustice: Gods Among Us, Resident Evil: Revelations and Sniper Elite V2, will soon be released at retail. Of the upcoming Wii U titles in the list below, which ones are you looking forward to?
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- Resident Evil: Revelations
- Fast & Furious: Showdown
- Sniper Elite V2
- DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION – DIRECTOR’S CUT
- DuckTales Remastered
- Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
- Mutant Mudds Deluxe
- Spin the Bottle
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
The Nintendo 3DS has been on the market for about two years, and its developer, Nintendo, released an infographic to show how the portable game console has evolved over the period. So far, there have been multiple fine games on the device, including Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Fire Emblem Awakening and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, with plenty more titles on the way, such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Shin Megami Tensei IV. Of the games released, which one is your favorite?
Below is a list of confirmed games that are heading to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Among the titles coming to the online marketplace are several platformers, including Super Ubi Land, 8-Bit Boy, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Cloudberry Kingdom, Armillo and Another Castle. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, another platformer, was released earlier this week in the Nintendo eShop. The list of games coming to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U is bound to expand… Among the confirmed titles, which ones are you looking forward to most?
- 8-Bit Boy
- Aban Hawkins & the 1001 Spikes
- Anima: Gate of Memories
- Biker Bash
- Another Castle
- Cloudberry Kingdom
- Cosmic Highway
- Days of Dawn
- Demon Tribe
- Dusty Raging Fist
- Fade into Darkness
- Mutant Mudds Deluxe
- Oliver and Spike: Dimension Jumpers
- Pier Solar and the Great Architects HD
- Pokemon Scramble U
- Project Y2K
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
- Spin the Bottle
- Star Beast: The Stellar War
- Super Ubi Land
- The Pinball Arcade
- The 90′s Arcade Racer
- Toki Tori 2
- Two Brothers
- Zen Pinball 2
Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Kid Icarus: Uprising and the Super Smash Bros series has taken to his Famitsu column to discuss video game narrative. Sakurai says that the majority of video game stories don’t actually match up with the gameplay, which actually makes gamers annoyed, rather than moved by the tale being told. He says he just wants to enjoy a game and thinks he is just intolerant of anything that block that enjoyment. Here’s what he had to say.
“As a player, as someone who’s been playing games for a long time, the stories that get told in video games are honestly irksome to me pretty often,” he wrote. “For example, games that take forever to get through the intro and won’t let you start playing, or games that go through the trouble of being fully voiced and wind up having their tempo all messed up as a result. I just want to enjoy the game and I think I’m just intolerant of aspects that block that enjoyment. I can enjoy a story in any other form of media; I just want the game to let me play it already.”
“For example,” he continued, “let’s talk about how, in RPGs and things, a character that you spent the game raising dies or leaves your party for the sake of the story. From a gamer standpoint, that’s dreadful; it’s totally unreasonable. In games where you’re fighting against enemies, you’re playing from the perspective of the hero, and you’re being asked to basically win every time. If players wind up in a predicament because of what the story calls for, that’s like penalizing them even though they made no mistake. As gameplay, it’s lacking.”
“[In Kid Icarus] I did it so I could write a story that jibed with the game, one that took advantage of the game’s advantages,” he explained. “Every character, including the bosses, had their personalities shaped by their roles in the game, or the structure of the game itself. That let me develop the dialogue to firmly match the developments you encounter in the game. If I had had someone else write the story, I’d either have to keep explaining things to the writer whenever anything changed in-game, or I’d have to partition it away from the game and lose on that consistency. Especially with a game like Kid Icarus, which features air battles where the gameplay, dialogue, and music needed to fully mesh with each other, it was vital that the story and game were one and the same and could easily be fine-tuned.”
A game’s story absolutely needs to match the content and the gameplay. In an ideal world, we could take advantage of this to provide new story developments that you’ll never be able to see in other media.”