Today, Ubisoft announced that the evolution of the world’s most loved puzzle game will be available for Nintendo 3DS this fall. In addition to delivering six exciting modes, Tetris Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS also includes an exclusive single-player Challenge mode that will put any player’s determination to the test.
With fun features and unique visuals, Tetris Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS allows 1–4 players to face off in seven different game modes:
• Marathon – Complete level 15 and rack up as many points as you can.
• Endless – Keep clearing lines until your stamina runs out.
• Ultra – Race to score as many points possible before time runs out in this three-minute challenge.
• Sprint – Clear 40 lines as quickly as you can.
• Battle – Go head-to-head to knock out 1-4 challengers.
• Battle Ultimate – Be the last person playing after using crazy power-ups. Go on the offensive with Carousel and make your opponent’s Well shift to the left after each move, or trigger Let it Rain and dump garbage down on top of them. Buzz Saw helps you out by clearing away a number of your lines, especially useful when you’re in a spot of trouble.
• Challenge – From disappearing Tetriminos (Tetris playing pieces) to orientation-locked Tetriminos, be prepared for a variety of challenges that will test a player’s fortitude.
Real-time worldwide leaderboards add to the fervor and competition among friends to see who the best-of-the-best Tetris Ultimate players really are.
Tetris Ultimate will also be available for digital download this summer for the first time on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and this fall on PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system and Windows PC.
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Super Smash Bros. game director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed that Ubisoft’s limbless Rayman will be a trophy ahead of the playable character announcement later today. In his daily Miiverse post, Sakurai casually revealed the platform character to his followers, saying that Ubisoft’s designers had sent Nintendo a unique character model for Rayman.
It’s certainly an interesting move from Ubisoft, but let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Remember you can catch the live reveal at 3pm BST / 7am PDT today. Here’s what Sakurai said on Miiverse:
“In order to make Rayman’s trophy, we asked Ubisoft to share their references. We were expecting to receive 2D drawing references for Rayman, but to our surprise, they sent us data of a brand new 3D model that they rendered for this game!! And that was how this trophy was created. It takes a lot of work creating each model, so it’s wonderful that the creators contributed their own efforts!!”
Thanks to all those who sent this in.
Ubisoft today announced their quarter one results for 2014. The report was dominated by news that the company’s recently released Watch Dogs has shipped eight million copies worldwide.
Sales for the first quarter of 2014-15 came to €360 million, up 374% (or 386% at constant exchange rates) compared with the €76 million recorded for first-quarter 2013-14. The first quarter sales figure was higher than the target of approximately €310 million announced when Ubisoft released its full-year 2013-14 results. The company also provided a breakdown of sales via platform and as you can see the Wii U didn’t generate very many. However, Ubisoft is still bringing out Watch Dogs to the platform later this year.
Ubisoft believes that gamers are now more open to downloadable content than ever before. Ubisoft VP of digital publishing Chris Early claims that when they’ve introduced downloadable content such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’s “Time saver” DLC packs, barely any consumers complained to the company about it. Here’s what he said.
“There was no resistance. Maybe there were 12 guys somewhere who said something, but whatever. As a whole, there wasn’t a problem.”
“I think there are some models that are accepted now. DLC is pretty much accepted. Season pass is pretty much accepted. Now it’s interesting when you start to think of Season Pass as a Service Pass. For our Season Pass holders, I know we hold events for them specifically, so it’s little bit more than just DLC content. So there’s an evolution going on there.”
If you fancy grabbing a bargain today then look no further than the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Ubisoft has put 17 of its games up for sale including the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends and the immensely popular Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. The games will be available at this price point until July 7th.
3DS games on sale:
Wii U games on sale:
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently took some time out to discuss cancelling games that don’t quite make the cut. Guillemot told the site that consumers are much more wary about purchasing subpar games and this hurts the bottom line. Therefore developers and publishers should be more open to cancelling games that aren’t going to live up to expectation.
CVG: How difficult was it to make the decision to scrap the original design [of Rainbow Six] and start again? Among the big publishers, Ubisoft certainly seems the least afraid to go back to the drawing board…
Ubisoft: In a way it was difficult because you have to say ‘OK, let’s do a write-off’. But the business has become a bit clearer; if you don’t make the right decisions, it tells you at the end you’ve made a big mistake. The longer you wait, the bigger the mistake is.
So in a way the decision is easier to make now than it was before. Before we could say, ‘OK, we’ll still sell a couple of million units and monetize our investment’. Today if you are not at the right quality level, nobody will buy. Nobody will like it.
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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot believes that the Wii U could succeed if it was sold at an enticing price point to consumers. Guillemot says the company made the right step with Mario Kart 8 and he hopes they can do the same with Super Smash Bros Wii U. He also mentioned the game that they have ready for Wii U, but they won’t release it until the machine starts to sell as well as expected.
“Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has warned that the machine can only succeed if the price is right.”
“With Mario Kart, Wii U made one step and we expect with Smash Bros it will also do more. If Nintendo put the right price on the machine then they will probably have a chance to do further.”
“That game is waiting for more machines to be available. We are also waiting for them to achieve more sales so that we can invest more. Because the problem we have with next-gen now here, is that we are seeing less games that are on next-gen and last-gen consoles.”
“Nintendo has to perform this year, otherwise they will have less games. Justifying investing in the machine needs a larger install base.”