Assassin’s Creed: Unity Confirmed!

Ubisoft has come forward to confirm that yes, Assassin’s Creed: Unity is a real game, and yes, it is set in France.

 

In fact, they said the Templars that leaked those screens seen here, can Qu’ils mangent de la brioche! Or let them eat cake.

The screen shots show an assassin reportedly named Arno set against the backdrop of Paris. Kotaku sources hint that the game is set during the French Revolution, and I can confirm that my sources say the same.

The short teaser they released confirms this with shots of Notre Dame and the iconic guillotine. But Ubisoft is saying nothing more about the game, except, that it is coming to next-gen only. I’m going to assume that means also for PC but 360 and PS3 owners are out of luck.

Sony Reveals VR Headset “Project Morpheus”

Last night at a special briefing, Sony unveiled their answer to the Oculus Rift called Project Morpheus.


The virtual reality headset is the result of three years of research and development and the prototype shown includes lots of familiar Sony and VR tech. The Playstation Move was heavily featured as Sony emphasized six degrees of motion tracking. The headset used the same tracking tech found in the DualShock 4 and the PS4 camera.

Sony’s President said that they have a tremendous amount of respect for other people in the VR space like Oculus and Valve, and said much of their recent work is due to the feedback from press about their offerings.

The specs of Morpheus include a 1080p display with a 90 degree field of view. It uses 1000Hz polling, the same rate as most gaming mice, and tracks in a three-axis environment. The PS4 camera will track the headset like it tracks PS Move controllers.

If you have friends over while using Morpheus, they’ll be able to see a more traditional video image on your TV while you play with the headset. So what about games? So far only EVE: Valkyrie and special build of Thief from Square Enix have been announced, but with the vast library Playstation has at their disposal, you can only imagine the possibilities.

Game Developer’s Conference 2014

The annual Game Developer’s Conference wrapped up last week and I’ve got a few videos to share with you! Check out my coverage, including more pieces going live this week on Escapist News.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gameplay Preview:

I sat down with Thomas Wilson, the Creative Director of Beenox’s upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” He discussed all the new gameplay improvements in the sequel and what they wanted to do differently with the game.

 

Alien: Isolation Gameplay Preview:

I spoke with Design Lead from Creative Assembly about their upcoming game Alien: Isolation. The game features Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda Ripley and is a survival horror coming sometime in Fall 2014.

 

Fantasia: Music Evolved Multiplayer Walkthrough:

I visited the Harmonix team at GDC 2014 to check out the multiplayer mode of Fantasia: Music Evolved. She played in mulitplayer mode with Lead Designer Jonathan Mintz on the classic “Night on Bald Mountain.”

Watch Dogs New Story Trailer, Release Date

Ubisoft has announced their open-world action adventure game Watch Dogs will be releasing worldwide on May 27th.

The game will launch for Xbox One and 360, PS3 and PS4 and PC on the same day, except for the Wii U. They did not give a specific date when it would come to Nintendo’s console, only saying it would be a few months after the initial release.

Batman: Arkham Knight Coming Fall 2014

Warner Bros. revealed the next installment in the Arkham franchise: Batman Arkham Knight. Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the powerhouse developer behind Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, comes the next phase for the caped crusader.


According to Game Informer, “Rocksteady is hoping to raise the bar even higher on what will be its final Arkham game. Set after the events of Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Knight may just end the Dark Knight’s journey.”

And yes, you get to drive the Batmobile. The city map will be, “An entirely new area of Gotham City, far larger than Arkham City, [it] has much wider streets to accommodate the new driving gameplay that is designed to integrate smoothly with Batman’s gliding and grappling traversal.”

Villains you can expect to see include Two-Face, Penguin, Scarecrow, and of course, Harley Quinn.

Arkham Knight will be coming Fall 2014 to PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.

Rockstar Games Sued Over GTA 5 “Mob Wives” Character

A former star of the VH1 reality show “Mob Wives,” Karen Gravano claims that Rockstar used her image and life story in Grand Theft Auto 5 without her permission. She is so tore up about it, she wants $40 million dollars in compensation and punitive damages.

 
The character she is referring to is Antonia Bottino, a character you meeting during a random encounter mission called “Burial.” You find her about to be buried alive when she reveals that she is the daughter of retired Gambetti crime family boss Sammy Bottino, who entered witness protection after quitting his gangster ways as part of a plea bargain.

Gravano’s real life story is very similar, as her father was part of the Gambino crime family, Sammy Gravano who also entered witness protection after a plea deal. According to papers filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court, “Notwithstanding the fact that plaintiff has the utmost respect for the writers and creators of Grand Theft Auto V video game…her story is unique and is hers to tell,” according to papers filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court.

She plans to tell that story with a new book deal, something she alleges Rockstar could have licensed, “with relative ease, which may have [averted] this action.”