Ubisoft to rebrand its first-party games 'Ubisoft Originals'

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Ubisoft announced that, effective immediately, all first-party titles will be branded "Ubisoft Originals."

Ubisoft confirmed the new branding in a succinct statement to Eurogamer. "Moving forward the 'Ubisoft Original' mention is attached to all of Ubisoft's games created in-house by our talented developers," said the Assassin's Creed and Rainbow Six Siege studio.

While Ubisoft does not currently publish titles from exterior developers, the soundbyte-happy publisher is likely just looking for a trademark signifier, not dissimilar to "A Netflix Original Series". The mind boggles that it didn't go with "Ubisoft Iconics".

The first game to receive the sparkly new branding is Tom Clancy's The Division: Heartland — a new, free-to-play take on the non-political tactical shooter series. Developed by the series regulars, Red Storm Entertainment, The Division: Heartland is expected to launch on PlayStation, PC, and Xbox in 2021/2022, with a mobile port also in the works.

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Chris Moyse

Capcom draws Resident Evil Village werewolf on hill, confuses local papers

1 day 6 hours ago

If you've ever done a long drive in the English countryside, you may have seen one of our giant chalk figures. They're huge drawings made on the sides of hills that typically represent a story from local history or some sort of legend. Most notably we have loads White Horses and one guy with his willy out. But shaking things up a little bit, Capcom have drawn a chalk lycan to promote Resident Evil Village. Ah, what a lovely piece of British history.

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Imogen Beckhelling

Ubisoft will now brand all its own games as "Ubisoft Originals"

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Assassin's Creed and Far Cry publisher Ubisoft will now brand all of its games made by internal studios as "Ubisoft Originals".

The name first cropped up last week, when Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy's The Division: Heartland, a new free-to-play spin-off due later this year or early next.

When asked whether this label meant anything more than fancy new branding, a Ubisoft spokesperson told Eurogamer today that, "Moving forward 'The Ubisoft Original' mention is attached to all of Ubisoft's games created in-house by our talented developers."

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Who says Resident Evil Village isn't scarier than 7? Baby Chris Redfield will haunt your dreams

1 day 7 hours ago

Resident Evil games can get real weird.

Weird as in, "a grown man's head on a baby" weird? Uh, yeah that's about par for the course for this series in its complete camp heyday. It may not even be a top five all-time weird hall of fame event, and "we had clone DNA of Chris Redfield lying around" will probably be uttered at some point in series history.

This Resident Evil Village mod from creator JTegh takes things a step further and just thrusts us into a world where this is already a reality. It takes the Baby Rose model from Village and swaps it with a Chris Redfield head, and the results are as horrifying as you'd expect.

Just like in the Resident Evil 2 remake, people are going to town with Village mods already, sliding Thomas the Tank Engine and Barney into the game. But again, while slapping existing IP into Resident Evil could work in some sort of dream/hallucinogenic sequence, Baby Chris might be canon one day: mark my words!

No matter how many reboots Capcom might go for, they won't be able to resist baby clones of popular characters.

Mini Me Chris [Nexus Mods] Thanks John!

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Chris Carter

Sony expects it will continue to struggle to meet PS5 demand into 2022

1 day 7 hours ago

The constrained supply of the PlayStation 5 will continue into 2022, Sony has warned.

The company's CFO, Hiroki Totoki, said Sony will struggle to meet demand even with a supply boost, Bloomberg reported (paywall).

As most know, the PS5 is incredibly hard to buy at the moment, with stock snapped up as soon as it goes on sale. The console has also been the focus of scalpers, who sell on for an inflated price. Retailers have struggled to prevent new consoles from getting into the hands of scalper groups, some of which sell membership to their services. The situation got so bad, the government issued an official response to an online petition calling for a change in the law to tackle console scalping.

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Activision No Longer Working With Call of Duty Actor After Sexist Comments

1 day 7 hours ago
Activision has said that it will no longer work with Call of Duty voice actor Jeff Leach after a series of sexist comments Leach has made surfaced on social media. Leach was responsible for the voice of Simon 'Ghost' Riley in 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty Mobile. As part of a Twitter thread from YouTuber NitroLukeDX, a video featuring some of Leach's past remarks has been circulating on social media. The video includes clips from Leach, across multiple streams, making explicit, sexual, and hateful remarks about women. The video below includes offensive language:
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Resident Evil Village's Lady Dimitrescu to receive her own flavor of G Fuel

1 day 7 hours ago

I'm not really sure of the demographic crossover of vampiric society queens and energy-drink-guzzling esports types but, never one to miss a marketing opportunity, Capcom has collaborated with G Fuel to produce a brand new flavor based on Lady Dimitrescu, one of the popular antagonists from the recently released Resident Evil Village.

Titled "Maiden's Blood", the powered hell comes in a container not quite as tall as the good lady herself, along with a 24oz shaker cup which will make you the coolest person at the gym. Honest. Packed with vitamins and supplements to increase focus, endurance, and reaction, G Fuel hopes that Dimitrescu's horrifying elixir will help consumers reach new heights. But not 9'6".  What does "MAIDEN'S BLOOD" *thunder clap* taste like? Melon. Fucking melon.

Scheduled to launch in July 2021, interested parties can jump on a waiting list right now over on the official G Fuel website. I'll definitely be downing the stuff while I go about my slavish tasks for Lady D, including sweeping her floors, polishing her shoes, getting the bloodstains out of her dress, responding to her emails, and sorting her recycling.

It's a living. Besides, Daniela is surprisingly good at Crossfire.

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Chris Moyse

Monster Hunter Rise and Resident Evil 3 fuel another record year for Capcom

1 day 7 hours ago

Capcom has seen record profits for the fourth year in a row.

Revenue for the financial year ending 31st March 2021 was 95.3bn yen (£622m), up 16.8 percent from the previous year, with profit of 34.6bn yen (£226m), up 51.6 percent from the previous fiscal year)

Capcom pointed to the success of Monster Hunter Rise and the Resident Evil 3 remake, as well as sales growth for high margin back catalogue titles including Monster Hunter World: Iceborne and the Resident Evil 2 remake. Capcom said the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S version of Devil May Cry 5 "also performed well". The boost to video game interest during lockdowns also helped.

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Returnal fixes corrupted update issue, but still doesn't offer proper saves

1 day 8 hours ago

Did you update to Returnal version 1.3.3? That's old news! 1.3.6 is the new hotness. Ah, modern game development.

In case you didn't hear, Housemarque tried to warn people last-minute about not allowing auto-updates on your PS5, as they may mess with your Returnal run (which requires players to put the game into rest mode). Unfortunately that was an understatement, as 1.3.3 corrupted some saves, amid other bugs.

In response, the studio thankfully got a quick fix out and within two days, had addressed the issue in the aforementioned 1.3.6 edition, which is the latest patch. This one fixes some crashes, collision problems, "incorrect healing behavior, controller mappings, and "numerous minor" bugs, too. You can find the full notes below.

This whole situation is very unfortunate, and I wish that the powers that be allowed the game a little more time in the oven to shore this all up before it shipped. While I haven't had major issues with the rest requirement yet, I've had many run-ins with the PS5's wonky rest mode in the past, and it's just a matter of time. For the long haul, Housemarque should nip this whole system as soon as possible.

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Chris Carter

LG's 1440p UltraGear 27GL83A-B monitor is the cheapest it's ever been

1 day 9 hours ago

Amazon UK are holding a big gaming sale this week, and one of the hottest deals of the day is on LG's UltraGear 27GL83A-B gaming monitor, a 27in, 2560x1440 screen with a 144Hz refresh rate that's one of Nvidia's officially certified G-Sync Compatible monitors. Normally £430, this excellent screen can now be had for a new all-time low price of £370, saving you a very agreeable £70.

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Katharine Castle

Resident Evil and Monster Hunter drove Capcom to a fourth year of record-breaking profits

1 day 9 hours ago

Capcom has released its latest financial earnings report and, in news that will come as no surprise to anybody, the long-time developer/publisher's fortunes continue to soar. The new report records a fourth consecutive year delivering record-breaking sales figures for the company, thanks to quality new releases and continued steady sales of its back catalogue.

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, overall net sales increased 16.8% on the previous year, raking in just over ¥95 million (or roughly $876 million USD). Meanwhile, operating income skyrocketed 51.6% on the previous year, which translates to around ¥34.5 billion (or roughly $317 million). This figure represents the eighth consecutive year that Capcom's operating income has grown, with the company forecasting growth to ¥42 million by 2022.

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Chris Moyse

Before I Forget: How two strangers made one of 2020's most moving games

1 day 10 hours ago

They met when the story of Before I Forget begins, at a game jam in Bristol in 2016. Chella Ramanan and Claire Morwood didn't know each other but, on a wave of intuition, decided to tackle the brief of 'borders' together. And whereas other people took a more physical approach, looking at things like Trump building a wall, or the Syrian refugee crisis, Ramanan and Morwood decided to look inwards.

They pulled on an idea Ramanan had scribbled down in a book at some unconnected time before the event. Simply, she wrote, 'Woman with dementia'. It was an idea born out of a fascination with memories and what they are, and what happens when someone begins to lose them.

I'm a bit surprised by this. I expected the idea to originate from some kind of personal experience of dementia, in whatever form that may be. From what I've seen, it's a condition that seems to leave an indelible mark on the lives it touches, something you need to see up close before you fully comprehend it, fully understand. If they hadn't, how could they?

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PS5 hardware stock woes likely to continue into 2022

1 day 11 hours ago

In a private briefing with investors, Sony has reportedly told shareholders that it expects the short supply woes currently bothering its PS5 hardware to continue for the foreseeable future, throughout 2021 and leading into 2022.

While the PS5 has gotten off to an incredibly strong start sales-wise — even beating out the launch numbers of the previous generation's PS4 — a shortage of manufacturing components hangs heavy over the industry, with Sony expect demand to far exceed that of production. According to a report by Bloomberg, Sony Japan has openly addressed this problem in a meeting held not long after the release of its latest financial earnings report.

"I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand," Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki reportedly told investors "We have sold more than 100 million units of the PlayStation 4 and considering our market share and reputation, I can’t imagine demand [for PS5] dropping easily."

The shortage of PS5 consoles is, essentially, a two-pronged attack on customers. At the supply level, a lack of internal components is causing slow production of the physical console itself, while at the retail level, customers have struggled in battles with scalpers and multi-buyers to bag what little hardware hits the market. Add to the mix production delays and distribution issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and it's easy to see why all major publishers — not just Sony — are struggling to get their wares into the hands of the public.

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Chris Moyse

Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier to Get a Closed Beta in June 2021

1 day 12 hours ago
Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier is getting a Closed Beta Test in June 2021 that will give those with Android devices a chance to try out the upcoming battle royale mobile game. The Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier Closed Beta Test will take place from June 1 - June 7, and the registration period for those interested is currently underway. Those with a 64-bit Android device with Android 7.1 or newer and at least 3GB of available memory can sign up here until May 27, 2021. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/02/25/final-fantasy-vii-the-first-soldier-teaser-trailer"] This test will only be for those in the US and Canada, and game data and progress will not be transferred over to the full game when it launches later this year. However, Square Enix will let you stream the game should you be accepted into the Beta. Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier was announced alongside Final Fantasy 7: Ever Crisis - a "chapter-structured single player game covering the whole of the FFVII timeline - including the events of the original game and the FFVII compilation titles." This battle royale game takes place in Midgar 30 years before Final Fantasy 7.
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Adam Bankhurst

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Remnant: From the Ashes to Get a Free Next-Gen Upgrade This Week

1 day 12 hours ago
Remnant: From the Ashes will be receiving a free next-gen upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on May 13, 2021. Announced on Remnant: From the Ashes' Twitter, this next-gen upgrade will allow for the game to run at 4K/30 FPS or 1080p/60 FPS on both PS5 and Xbox Series X. On Xbox Series S, just the framerate will be improved as the console is only capable of outputting resolution of up to 1440p. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/08/20/remnant-from-the-ashes-review"] As an added bonus, cross-play is being added between Xbox and Windows 10 Store players. Remnant: From the Ashes is a third-person survival action shooter that is set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monstrous creatures. In our review, we said that it "is a co-op action-RPG that's punishing and grotesque, but exciting and beautiful all at the same time. Despite the occasional difficulty spikes and slightly disappointing gear system, the thrill of finally beating a boss that’s had your number for hours is unmatched." Remnant: From the Ashes was part of March 2021's PlayStation Plus games and was available until early April. If you missed it on PlayStation, it is currently available on Xbox Game Pass. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=top-10-soulslikes&captions=true"] For more, check out where Remnant: From the Ashes landed on our list of the best Soulslike games. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story?
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Adam Bankhurst

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Call of Duty: Warzone May Soon Add Rambo and Die Hard's John McClane

1 day 12 hours ago
Alongside Verdansk '84, Call of Duty: Warzone looks to be continuing the celebration of the 1980s as it is teasing the arrival of both John Rambo and Die Hard's John McLane. A few days ago, the Call of Duty Twitter account asked if anyone knew "SURVIVORJOHN#1009062?" Their #WarzoneReport is pretty impressive as it shows they have 552 kills, and infinite K/D ratio, 0 deaths, 5 games played, 5 wins, and 7 hours played. Screenshot_2021-05-10 Call of Duty on TwitterBy doing a bit of digging into the history of Rambo, you will find that there have been five Rambo films (5 games played and 5 wins) - which all have a combined runtime of 7.8 hours (7 hours payed) - and Rambo has not yet died in his films (0 deaths) and has killed, according to Fandom.com, exactly 552 people (552 kills). John McClane's tease is a bit more involved, as there is a brand new website - NakatomiDuctCleaning.com - that hints at his arrival. On Twitter, Call of Duty said "Air ducts are a complicated network of danger. If yours are in need of repair, call the best business at Nakatomi Duct Cleaning." Screenshot_2021-05-10 Call of Duty on Twitter For those unaware, Nakatomi Corporation was where McClane's estranged wife worked.
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Adam Bankhurst

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A Clean Cut

1 day 16 hours ago

Didier Nguyen is a concept artist at Blizzard who has previously worked on games like the Spyro Reignited and Crash 4.

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Luke Plunkett

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Bethesda Spring Steam Sale Lets You Save On Wolfenstein, Doom, Skyrim, And More

1 day 23 hours ago

Summer hasn't started quite yet, and Bethesda doesn't want you to forget that with its latest Steam Spring Sale. From now through May 16, you can save up to 70% on the publisher's biggest games, including newer titles like Doom Eternal and classics like Skyrim and Quake 3 Arena.

Doom Eternal and the 2016 Doom are both on sale as part of the promotion, costing $20 and $10, respectively. The games give the classic shooter series a fully modern makeover, complete with a signature melee-finishing system, tons of great weapons, and an always-moving philosophy that separates it from other first-person shooters.

For Wolfenstein fans, you can also take advantage of the sale with nearly every game in the series, including Wolfenstein: The New Order for $8, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for $16, and the cooperative Wolfenstein: Youngblood for $13. Though Youngblood is a spin-off game set a few decades after its predecessors, it seems like it's setting up a climactic third game.

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'Shop Contest: Baby Fallen

2 days ago

I don’t know much about Destiny’s lore or whatever. But I do know that the Fallen baby is adorable. Let’s have some fun with this infant that looks oddly similar to a grenade.

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Zack Zwiezen

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Celebrates The Call Of Duty League With An In-Game Statue

2 days ago

Not long after a mysterious unknown object appeared in Call of Duty: Warzone's Verdansk '84, Activision has now revealed what it is and what it's all about. Activision and the Call of Duty League are partnering for a special in-game event, and you can watch the announcement video below.

The mysterious object in the game is right outside Verdansk Stadium. During the Dallas Empire Home Series broadcast on Sunday, it will be lifted to unveil a statue that celebrates the Call of Duty League trophy. It will honor the 2020 Call of Duty League champions, the Dallas Empire, specifically.

"Dressing the front of the stadium will be banners featuring each of the starting five players from 2020's championship-winning team," Activision said.

"This places CDL in one of the world's most popular digital spaces--giving Call of Duty's pro players even more fame and glory to battle it out for as the season goes on."

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Learn Japanese using the power of love and violence in Nintendo's Popeye no Eigo Asobi

2 days ago

We’ve been friends for a while now, right? And after all these Famicom articles, you’re probably thinking, “gee, that lady sure does know Japanese.” That’s not true. My Japanese can best be described as existent. I can sometimes take directions and pick out the odd word from a sentence. I can read some parts of instruction manuals, just enough that I can figure out what is a power-up and what increases your speedo. I was able to tell someone I don’t drink coffee, and I know the difference between a densetsu, a daibouken, and a monogatari.

So, no, I’m hardly fluent in the language. I don’t study as much as I should. Famicom games just rarely require a high level of comprehension.

So, for this Famicom Friday, we’re going to get a little vocabulary practice in using Popeye no Eigo Asobi or (and I’m using my actual language skills to translate this) "Popeye’s English Game". Or play. Or pastime. Let’s go with my first translation.

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Zoey Handley

Review: New Pokemon Snap

2 days 2 hours ago

It's still a bit jarring that there has been two decades between Pokémon Snap games. The first was a highlight in any Nintendo 64 collection; it was a quick, fast, instantly understandable game. Hop in a buggy, roll through the wilds of the Pokémon world, and photograph as much ambient Pokémon wildlife as you can, then laugh as Professor Oak throws your photos in the trash.

New Pokémon Snap feels both old and new. There are new sights to see, new Pokémon to photograph, and new tools to encourage Pokémon into more interesting reactions or interactions. The graphics and effects are obviously much nicer, and there is more happening on-screen than the N64 could've handled.

Yet it's still the same old Pokémon Snap. It is an on-rails photography experience that encourages multiple attempts and determination to nail shot after shot. I still spent a fair amount of time just tuning in the right trajectories to lob app- excuse me, "Fluffruit" at wild Pokémon. I'd take a shot I swore was gorgeous enough to hang in the Poke-MoMA, and the professor would say the subject wasn't centered or large enough and give me a paltry bronze rating.

Same as it ever was, New Pokémon Snap is still a Snap game. It's also a very good one.

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Eric Van Allen

Sunday Comics: HONK HONK!

2 days 3 hours ago

Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.

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Zack Zwiezen

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Learn To Code With These Premium, $60 Certification Courses

2 days 3 hours ago

Anyone who has followed the labor market, even casually, over the last 20 years knows that jobs related to computer programming are perennially among the most sought after. As our society shifts ever more to complete reliance on computers, so do we shift towards reliance on the people with the skills to program them. This dependence makes learning to code a great decision even for those who don't want to pursue it professionally. Not to mention, coding is practically a necessity if you want to work at a game studio.

While it is a great idea to learn to code, learning computer languages can get expensive. Some students go for four-year degrees to learn, others opt toward boot camps which can still cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Thankfully, there are e-learning options like The Premium Learn to Code 2021 Certification Bundle that can teach you all you need to know without breaking the bank. This bundle contains 27 distinct courses, combining for over 270 hours of instruction. Best of all, it's currently available for only $60. The combined value of all 27 courses is $4,056 (that's a savings of 98%).

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Stack Commerce

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