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NBA 2K21 Drops First Look At Next-Gen Gameplay

2K unveiled the first look at next-gen basketball today, dropping a gameplay trailer for NBA 2K21 that is…spectacular.

There is a whole lot to take away from this, not the least of which is that they’ve really nailed hair this time around. Look at the frankly insane amount of detail in Steph Curry – the pores, the little bit of neckbeard that escaped the razor, the way his fingers seem to actually contact the ball this year…

There are still some janky or stilted animations, but there are also some fantastic new touches like the way Curry swipes at the ball and then goes up for the block. If there’s a photo mode here – and there absolutely HAS to be right? – expect to see your Twitter timeline flooded with screenshots the day this hits stands.

NBA 2K21 on next-gen platforms gets a staggered release, with Xbox Series S and Series X version releasing November 10th alongside those consoles. The PS5 version for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea releases November 12th, and then November 19th for all other regions.

Here’s the press release:


NBA 2K21 DELIVERS A JAW-DROPPING FIRST LOOK AT NEXT-GEN GAMEPLAY

Next-Gen NBA 2K21 Reaches New Heights in Graphical Realism and Presentation

2K today unveiled the first true look at what gamers can expect on next-generation consoles this November, debuting a brand new NBA 2K21 gameplay video captured on PlayStation®5. Built from the ground-up to fully utilize the incredible power, speed and technology of the next-generation of consoles, NBA 2K21 will be available on November 10 for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S globally, November 12 for PlayStation®5 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and November 19 for PlayStation 5 in all other regions.

“Never before have we been able to deliver this level of visual fidelity and realism in a video game,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. “NBA 2K21 is the standout title that best delivers the promise of next-gen: truly revolutionary graphics, lighting-fast load times and incredible new features and gameplay only possible on next-generation hardware.”

Today’s video features a raw look at next-gen gameplay for NBA 2K21, presenting an exhibition game between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks. Players are brought right up to the action on the hardwood – as if they suited up themselves – and the game is brought to life thanks to new AI systems that power every single person in the arena! From here, the new Rail Cam presents NBA 2K21 gameplay in a dynamic and visually stunning fashion, elevating the game to new immersive heights.

The next-gen version of NBA 2K21 is positioned to be an awesome leap forward and the largest game in franchise history. So much has been expanded and improved upon, including:

  • An eye-popping leap in graphical advancements: next-gen lighting, textures, physics, animations, and more that push NBA 2K21’s visual presentation to the bleeding edge;
  • Rebuilt player movement and player impact, driven by new on-court animation and collision engines that make for a smoother, tougher game;
  • The entire arena comes to life, with more than 150 unique AI-driven characters interacting seamlessly to create a groundbreaking Lower Bowl experience;
  • An expanded soundtrack with 202 songs at launch and more to come.

Today’s gameplay video is just the beginning with much more next-gen NBA 2K21 information coming soon. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll be breaking down all of the new next-gen gameplay-specific features across three Courtside Reports that cover core gameplay, new movement and the “Impact Engine,” as well as next-gen AI and major changes to the MyPLAYER Builder. Additionally, in the coming weeks, NBA 2K fans can look forward to learning about what’s new in MyCAREER, the WNBA, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE. And of course, fans will get an in-depth look into what will be the biggest expansion of NBA 2K’s online basketball community feature yet: the experience formerly known as the Neighborhood.

Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K21 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is Rated E for Everyone from the ESRB. For more information on NBA 2K21please visit https://nba.2k.com/.

Visual Concepts is a 2K studio. 2K is a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

Watch Dogs: Legion Post-Launch Content Unveiled

Ubisoft supports their games extremely well, so Watch Dogs: Legion post-launch content being unveiled before the game is even released comes as no real surprise.

Alongside the dropping of a new story trailer, the publisher revealed that the game’s multiplayer mode will be releasing December 3rd as part of a free game update. The December update, part of an ongoing plan for post-release support, promises to bring four-player co-op as well as a PVP mode for four to eight players.

Down the road there’ll be a new character, replete with new abilities, as well as new mission and a New Game Plus mode. Need more? Get the Season Pass and you can explore the world of Watch Dogs: Legion in a new storyline featuring characters from past Watch Dogs games as well as a crossover from the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Watch Dogs: Legion is set to release October 29th on current gen platforms, November 10th alongside the Xbox Series S and Series X, and November 12th on PS5. The PS5 launch will be digital only, with physical discs not shipping until November 24th.

Check out the new story trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mOVusuXl7E

Here’s the press release:


WATCH DOGS®: LEGION RELEASES NEW STORY TRAILER AND UNVEILS POST-LAUNCH CONTENT

As Part of Post-Launch Content, The Online Mode of Watch Dogs: Legion Will Be Available December 3 Via Free Game Update 

Montreal – OCTOBER 6, 2020 – Today, Ubisoft released the story trailer for Watch Dogs: Legion that places the fate of London in players’ hands. Zero-Day, an unknown entity, has framed the secret underground resistance, DedSec, for the bombings that contributed to the fall of London. In Watch Dogs: Legion, players must fight to liberate London by building a resistance.

Led by Ubisoft Toronto*, Watch Dogs: Legion will release on October 29, 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Stadia and for Windows PC on Epic Games and Uplay. The game will also be available on UPLAY+**, Ubisoft’s subscription service. Watch Dogs®: Legion will also release on Xbox Series X | S on November 10 and digitally on PlayStation®5 alongside the console on November 12. The physical version of the game on PlayStation5 will be available on November 24. Watch Dogs: Legion will also be available on Amazon Luna when the Ubisoft channel launches.

Ubisoft also announced that the Online multiplayer mode of Watch Dogs: Legion will be available on December 3 as part of a free game update for all Watch Dogs: Legion players. Watch Dogs: Legion has a robust post-launch plan that will bring fresh content to the single-player mode, and introduce online multiplayer modes.

The Online mode of Watch Dogs: Legion will include the following features as part of the December 3 free update:

  • Free-roam open-world co-op where players can team up with their friends for up to four-player co-op and explore the city of London and participate in side activities
  • New co-op missions for two-to-four players using new co-op gameplay mechanics and giving players the opportunity to recruit the perfect team
  • Four-player co-op Tactical Ops missions which will require teamwork and efficiency
  • The first available Player-vs-Player (PvP) mode, Spiderbot Arena, where four-to-eight players control armed spiderbots and compete in a high intensity free-for-all deathmatch

New free content for the single-player mode will be available in a future update in 2021, and will include:

  • New characters with new abilities
  • New mission content
  • A New Game Plus mode

Additionally, players who acquire the Season Pass of Watch Dogs: Legion will get access to Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline, a new storyline which includes Aiden Pearce from the original Watch Dogs game and Wrench from Watch Dogs 2, fully playable in the single player campaign and online, along with two other characters which were unveiled today:

  • Darcy, a member of the Assassin Order, thanks to a cross-over with Assassin’s Creed®
  • Mina, a subject of transhuman experiments, who possesses the ability to mind control individuals

In addition to the unique playable characters and Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline story expansion, the Season Pass will offer extra DedSec missions, the original Watch Dogs Complete Edition from 2014***, and more. The Season Pass of Watch Dogs: Legion is available for purchase as part of the Gold, Ultimate and Collector editions.

Built with a next-gen concept, Watch Dogs: Legion introduces “Play as Anyone,” a never-before-seen gameplay innovation created by Ubisoft Toronto**, the studio behind Watch Dogs: Legion. Play as Anyone gives players the entire city of London to choose their roster of resistance members from. Every single person in the open world can be recruited and played, is unique and has a backstory, personality and skillset. Watch Dogs: Legion will also support hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing on Xbox Series X and full ray-tracing support on Nvidia RTX-equipped PC devices, bringing real-time ray-tracing reflections to the streets of London. Players who purchase Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox One or PlayStation4 will be able to upgrade their game to the next-gen version (Xbox Series X or PlayStation5) at no additional cost****.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, London is facing its downfall. Amidst the growing unrest of a restless London, an unknown entity named Zero-Day has framed secret underground resistance DedSec for coordinated bombings across London. In the aftermath, criminal opportunists from every corner of London took hold and filled the void left by a defeated government. As a member of DedSec, players will be going up against those criminal opportunists in Watch Dogs: Legion; sadists, mercenaries, cybercriminals, and more; they’ll have to be prepared for a variety of situations. Players must recruit members into their DedSec Resistance to take on these criminal opportunists, liberate London and uncover the identity of Zero-Day.

For the latest news on Watch Dogs: Legion and all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

For more information about Watch Dogs: Legion, please visit watchdogs.com, and join the conversation by using #watchdogslegion.


*Associate studios are Ubisoft Montreal, Paris, Bucharest, Kiev, Newcastle and Massive Entertainment, a Ubisoft Studio.

**$19.99 per month. Cancel anytime. The Ultimate Edition (Excluding VIP status) will be available as part of a UPLAY+ subscription at game launch. More information at uplayplus.com.

“***Stadia players will be able to access Watch Dogs Complete Edition later this year, while all other platforms will have access in available territories when Watch Dogs: Legion launches.”

****Watch Dogs: Legion leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title and Xbox Series X title when available. Watch Dogs: Legion PlayStation 4 Digital and Blu-Ray™ games gives access to the corresponding Watch Dogs: Legion PlayStation 5 Digital version at no additional cost, when available. Requires a PlayStation 5 or a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, the game disc (if owned on Blu-Ray™) must be kept inserted in the PlayStation 5 disc tray to play, a PlayStation™Network registration, additional storage & Broadband internet connection. May incur bandwidth usage fees.


ABOUT WATCH DOGS
Watch Dogs launched in 2014 as the video game industry’s best-selling new IP at launch. To-date, the award-winning franchise has sold more than 40 million games worldwide. The hacker series extends to other entertainment media, including books and comics. The next opus in the franchise, Watch Dogs: Legion, will release on October 29, 2020.

ABOUT UBISOFT
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2019–20 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,534 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.

Review – Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers was pegged as a Destiny-like loot game ahead of its release, a notion supported by all the pre-release marketing, but that sells the game criminally short.

Don’t get me wrong, there is that whole Games As A Service aspect to Avengers and when you hit the ‘endgame’ here, you’ll jump into the many missions available to you to grind out levels and loot to improve your character. Before that though, there’s a great campaign that deserved a lot more focus than their marketing gave it.

As Kamala Khan – Ms. Marvel if we’re using our made-up names, a character I was aware of but not familiar with going into the game, players will help pull the Avengers back together and you’ll play as Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man during the game’s 15-ish hour story mode as she tracks them down and recruits them back into the team.

Khan, played perfectly by Sandra Saad, is a delight as she transforms from squealing fangirl who is awestruck by the Avengers into a hero in her own right. The transformation is handled better than other ‘ordinary person to hero’ evolutions, if only because there’s no ‘flip the switch’ moment where she goes from normal to perfection.

Khan doubts herself through most of the game. She makes mistakes, and she gains experience and understanding. She never totally loses her fangirl adoration of the Avengers roster, but it becomes tempered by understanding they’re regular people who make mistakes, disagree, and even fight. I won’t spoil the ups and downs of the plot, but for comic fans it’s worth playing and probably justifies the price of admission on its own.

Get done with the story, though – or jump in early if you don’t mind some late-game spoilers, and the rest of the game expands into the endgame form via the Avengers Initiative. Jump into any of the dozen-plus missions available – with more added regularly and changes made to the modifiers on existing missions to keep them fresh – and take on enemies to gather loot and accessories to increase your character’s power.

Playing with up to three friends or allowing the AI to fill those roles, gamers can choose to be Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, or Ms. Marvel with the caveat that there can be only one of each hero in the game. The combat is quick and frantic, with a mix of melee and ranged combat that’s a ton of fun for both button mashers and combo artists. There’s a full selection of stuns, knockbacks, shield breakers, launchers, air juggles, and other beat-em-up staples that players can take advantage of but mashing on the buttons can work for the lower challenge levels.

Each character comes with a ‘battle pass’ to fill by completing daily and weekly challenges, unlocking new emotes, takedowns, outfits, and the game’s currency. All six of the starter characters receive their battle pass for free, allowing gamers to pile up currency in advance of the addition of new characters as downloadable content (DLC).

All DLC for the game will be free – new regions, new adventures, new enemies, and even new characters. The new characters will have a battle pass associated with them, costing 1,000 of the game’s currency to unlock. Completing the battle pass returns that 1,000 plus another 400 more, so there should be no need to spend money on future battle pass additions. The game also has skins to purchase, but I haven’t seen one that tempted me to spend any of the currency I’ve gathered – if they hope to finance future development with outfit sales, they need to do a better job on that front.

Marvel’s Avengers is a must-buy for comic fans, and has a real shot at being one of the most complete beat-em-ups released this year – even if nobody thought that’s what kind of game it was going to be. The endgame needs some fleshing out, but it’s more than enough to keep you busy until it’s been rounded into shape. The game is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. PS4 and Xbox One versions offer free upgrades to the next-gen, though it’s not yet known if game progress will carry over.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Story Trailer Released

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla hits shelves November 10th on a slew of platforms including next-gen, and Ubisoft is ramped up the hype levels today with a story trailer.

The trailer introduces the backstory to Valhalla as well as teasing exactly how the Assassins figure into this Viking tale… I can’t wait to dive into the game’s combat, and I hope it’s as fleshed-out as the last few games have been.

Taking a break and revamping the game for Assassin’s Creed: Origins couldn’t have been an easy decision to make but it’s certainly proved effective. The game has hit all-new levels of immersion and interaction, with engaging combat and a progression system that keeps players coming back.

Couple that with Ubisoft’s now-trademark ongoing support for their games and it makes Assassin’s Creed Valhalla an easy recommendation for those picking up next-gen systems this November.

Here’s the press release:


New Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla Story Trailer Gives First Look at Eivor’s Legendary Viking Saga

New podcast series Echoes of Valhalla explores Viking History and Stories

Montreal — September 29, 2020 – Today, Ubisoft released a new Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla story trailer and a new podcast documentary series, Echoes of Valhalla, that gives insight into Viking stories and highlights the historical inspiration behind the game.

The story trailer offers players a new glimpse of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider torn between their duty to their brother Sigurd and a personal quest for glory. Driven from Norway by endless wars and dwindling resources, Eivor’s clan must secure a future among the kingdoms of England. During their journey, Eivor will face powerful figures including Saxon kings and the warmongering sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, as well as a mysterious, growing threat bound to England’s destiny.

In addition, Ubisoft announced Echoes of Valhalla, a podcast documentary series starting today that unveils the historical background of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In Echoes of Valhalla, the story of the Vikings is given a new voice to better represent the warriors who traveled and shaped the world.

With development led by Ubisoft Montreal*, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers players the captivating experience of playing as Eivor, a legendary Viking raider, in a beautiful and mysterious open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. Players can take advantage of new features, including raids, weapon dual-wielding, and settlement building. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release worldwide on November 10, 2020 on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store on Windows PC, as well as on UPLAY+**, Ubisoft’s subscription service, and Stadia. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release on PlayStation®5 alongside the launch of the console from November 12, 2020.*** Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on Amazon Luna alongside the launch of the Ubisoft channel.

To discover more about the podcast series Echoes of Valhalla, please visit: open.spotify.com/show/32D0s4zdgKVDplzPf8GZBO?si=XGGrxTM9RJu9FyiI9FlGPg

For more information about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, please visit: assassinscreed.com

For the latest news on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit: news.ubisoft.com

*Associate Ubisoft studios are Sofia, Singapore, Montpellier, Barcelona, Kyiv, Bordeaux, Shanghai, Chengdu, Philippines, Quebec, Bucharest, and Pune. Additional help provided by external partner Sperasoft.

**$19.99 per month. Cancel anytime. The Gold and Ultimate Editions will be available as part of a UPLAY+ subscription. More information at uplayplus.com.

***Players who purchase Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on Xbox One or PlayStation®4 will be able to upgrade their game to the next-gen version (Xbox Series X or PlayStation®5) at no additional cost. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla leverages the Smart Delivery technology – buy the game once and play it on either Xbox One or Xbox Series X | S when both the console and that version of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is available. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PlayStation®4 and Blu-Ray™ games give access to the corresponding Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PlayStation®5 Digital version at no additional cost, when available. Requires a PlayStation®5 or a PlayStation®5 Digital Edition, the game disc (if owned on Blu-Ray™) must be kept inserted in the PlayStation®5 disc tray to play, a PlayStation® Network registration, additional storage & Broadband internet connection. May incur bandwidth usage fees.


About Assassin’s Creed
Since it first launched in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed series has sold more than 140 million games worldwide. The franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series in video game history. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed transcends video games, branching out into numerous other entertainment media.

About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2019–20 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,534 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.

Next-Gen Launch Game Options Grow With ‘Observer: System Redux’ Set For Day One

Observer was a fantastic game that went almost criminally unappreciated when it launched back in 2017, and Bloober Team is hoping to rectify that by making Observer: System Redux – an upgraded re-release of the game for Xbox Series consoles and the PS5 – available at next-gen launch.

It seems like a smart plan, with gamers hyped for all things cyberpunk for some reason…and with a lower price point, it might even be worth it for gamers who played the original to jump back in for those upgrades, especially as a next-gen launch is usually followed by a drought of games.

Here’s the press release:


Bloober Team Announces Observer: System Redux as Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 Launch Day Title

Observer: System Redux launches on PC and Xbox Series X November 10, and PlayStation 5 November 12.

Kraków, Poland – September 18th, 2020 – Bloober Team announced Observer: System Redux will be available day one on next-generation consoles. This dark cyberpunk thriller will be available for $29.99 or €29.99 on PC and Xbox Series X November 10th, 2020, with a follow-up release for PlayStation 5 on November 12, 2020.  

“Making Observer: System Redux available for next-gen console players has been a huge focus for the team,” said Piotr Babineo, Bloober Team CEO. “Now that both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 release dates are out there, we can finally share our release date news. We know next-gen pricing is a major concern for our fans and we feel that releasing all the new content and upgrades in Observer: System Redux at the same cost as the original Observer is a great way to stay close with our community.”

Observer: System Redux brings additional content to the original release, with three new major missions: Errant Signal, Her Fearful Symmetry, and It Runs in the Family, updated characters models, and new locations. This new content is supported by the latest in next-gen features such as 4K resolution, upgraded textures, new animations, models, and effects, all transformed with ray-tracing and HDR lighting. Observer: System Redux will be released in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean at launch.

Considered one of the best cyberpunk games coming to next-generation platforms, Observer: System Redux features Rutger Hauer as Dan Lazarski/Observer in one of his last voice-acting roles.

Want a closer look at Observer: System Redux? New gameplay will be shown during Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online. 

Ubisoft’s ‘Immortals Fenyx Rising’ Targets December 3rd Release

Immortals Fenyx Rising first hit public awareness as Gods & Monsters, but I’m feeling this title a bit more and if I’m being totally honest after seeing the gameplay I’m 100% sold no matter what they called it.

Looking a bit like Ubisoft’s take on Breath of the Wild, Immortals Fenyx Rising allows you to explore a world that’s populated with all kinds of flora and fauna, building your character as you go with a progression system that’s every bit as in-depth as you expect from an Ubisoft title. I’m interested in seeing if it can provide the same kind of free-form shenanigans that Breath of the Wild is known for…

Here’s the playlist – expect to hear a lot more about this one before the early-December release date:


SAVE THE GODS AND PROVE YOUR HEROISM IN IMMORTALS FENYX RISING, AVAILABLE DECEMBER 3

Wield the Power of the Gods and Battle Fearsome Mythological Beasts in an Epic Fight for the Ages

Montreal – SEPTEMBER 10 – Today at Ubisoft Forward, the company announced Immortals Fenyx Rising, formerly known as Gods & Monsters, will be available worldwide on December 3, 2020 for Stadia, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch system, PlayStation®4, Epic Games, the Ubisoft Store, UPLAY+, Ubisoft’s subscription service* and will release on PlayStation®5 upon the launch of the console.**

Developed by the team at Ubisoft Quebec, creators of Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey, Immortals Fenyx Rising is an exciting new IP that takes grand mythological adventure to new heights.***  Players will embody Fenyx, a new winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse. Only by mastering the legendary powers of the gods, overcoming heroic trials and confronting powerful mythological beasts, will Fenyx be able to take on Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology.

An exhilarating experience for all heroes at heart, the game features dynamic action gameplay, fast-paced aerial and melee combat and stories inspired by Greek mythology. Players will face off against mythological creatures like the Cyclops, Minotaur and Medusa. With the help of the Sword of Achilles, Bow of Odysseus and Wings of Daidalos, players will launch themselves up into the air to deal with the immensity of these creatures. In addition to combat, players’ logic and strategy will be challenged by world puzzles, from small scale individual puzzles all the way up to the epic Vaults of Tartaros.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is an uplifting and witty take on the open world action adventure genre and is full of rewarding exploration through dynamic traversal. Sprint across open fields, climb enormous mountains, and glide through the skies to discover all the secrets of the seven unique regions inspired by the Greek Gods across the Golden Isle.

In Immortals Fenyx Rising, players will be able to make Fenyx their own with a wide range of customization options available.  Progression is varied, centered on the Hall of the Gods where players can upgrade Fenyx’s health, stamina or god-given abilities. In addition to upgrading Fenyx, the weapons, armor, and potions used can also be enhanced by defeating enemies and opening chests throughout the world.

The journey will be as challenging and rewarding as the destination, and players will emerge as the heroes they are meant to become.

The Gold Edition of Immortals Fenyx Rising will include the base game, Season Pass and additional in-game content. All pre-orders will include one bonus quest, A Tale of Fire and Lightening.

Additionally, all Stadia players will get a chance to try Immortals Fenyx Rising with a free playable demo before launch. With just a single click, players will be able to add the demo to their Stadia library and instantly join Fenyx on their quest to save the Greek Gods. The exclusive Stadia demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising will be playable later this year in all regions where Stadia is accessible.

For more information on Immortals Fenyx Rising, please visit: immortalsfenyxrising.com.

For the latest news on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

*UPLAY+ is $19.99 per month. Cancel anytime. More information at uplayplus.com.

**Players who purchase Immortals Fenyx Rising on Xbox One or PlayStation®4 will be able to upgrade their game to the next-gen version ( Xbox Series X | S or PlayStation®5) at no additional cost. Immortals Fenyx Rising leverages the Smart Delivery technology – buy the game once and play it on either Xbox One or  Xbox Series X | S when both the console and that version of Immortals Fenyx Rising is available. Immortals Fenyx Rising Digital and Blu-Ray™ games gives access to the corresponding Immortals Fenyx Rising PlayStation®5 Digital version at no additional cost, when and where available. Requires a PlayStation®5 or a PlayStation®5 Digital Edition, the game disc (if owned on Blu-Ray™) must be kept inserted in the PlayStation®5 disc tray to play, a PlayStation® Network registration, additional storage & Broadband internet connection. May incur bandwidth usage fees.

***Associate studios are Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Singapore, Ubisoft Bucharest Ubisoft Chengdu, Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Kiev, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Pune, with additional help from external partners Sperasoft and Technicolor.


About Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2019–20 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,534 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.

The Next-Gen Wait Is Finally Over…Almost

After months of waiting on Sony and Microsoft to see who would blink first and finally reveal their next-gen console launch plans and pricing, a late-night leak forced Microsoft’s hand and pushed their reveal plans forward a week.

Hot on the heels of a leak by Brad Sams that detailed the Xbox Series S, the lower-powered option in Microsoft’s next-gen plans, the Xbox Twitter account released the full pricing details for the console. Hitting Canadian shelves at $379, the Series S is a digital-only console – no disk drive included to play physical games.

The Series S is also the smallest console Microsoft has ever built, smaller than even this generation’s Xbox One S model, but it packs a lot of power in a small frame. Games will be rendered on the Series S at 1080p or 1440p, and it’s targeted at people with older TVs or who play on a monitor, though it will also upscale to 4K for those with a 4K TV. Though it targets a lower resolution, it supports all the other next-gen bells and whistles – raytracing, low latency output, up to 120 fps framerates, and faster load times thanks to the built-in SSD.

The following day, Microsoft unloaded the second salvo in what it had planned for a big day of reveals – the Xbox One X pricing and release date for both consoles. The Series S bigger brother will cost gamers $599 Canadian when the two options hit shelves November 10th and will have Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – running at 4K 60 fps – and Gears Tactics among the launch day titles.

They also announced the expansion of Xbox All-Access from a US-only program to one that will run in 12 countries, including Canada. The program allows gamers to pick up a new console on a payment plan much like those used for mobile phones. The two-year plans include the console – gamers can pick either the Series S or the Series X – and two years of Game Pass Ultimate, for a monthly fee for $24.99 USD (approximately $33 Canadian) for the Series S or $34.99 USD (roughly $46 Canadian) for the Series X. It’s unclear what Canadian pricing will wind up being, but the US pricing represents a savings of $20 total over the two-year span. It’s worth noting that Canadians are already getting a currency conversion break on the Series X which should be about $60 more expensive dollar-to-dollar,

Microsoft wasn’t quite done yet, also announcing that EA’s subscription service EA Play – formerly EA Access – would also be getting rolled into Xbox Game Pass at no additional charge. The EA service allows gamers 10 hour demos of new titles, 10% discounts on purchasing games, and an extensive selection of older titles (just shy of 90 at last count) in the EA Vault they can download and play anytime they want.

All in all, it’s a little disappointing that Microsoft couldn’t carry out their plan of revealing this all in one event, but at long last, the wait is over…almost. We still don’t know what Sony’s next-gen plans are, but I’d expect to hear that very, very soon.

Warcave Reveals New Turn-Based Tactical RPG: ‘Black Legend’

Warcave is a Belgian game development studio, which no doubt helped shape the background lore of their new turn-based RPG, Black Legend, which features creatures from the folklore of Belgium, Greece, and Germany.

Exploring the city of Grant isn’t going to be easy, given that it’s shrouded with a ‘deadly fog that inflicts madness’ and all…but the promise of turn-based tactical combat is enough to prompt me to give it a shot when it hits PC and both current- and next-gen consoles in 2021.

I’m a sucker for character customization and the idea of creating my own character ability sets using cross-class abilities sounds pretty intriguing. I could turn out a supremely powerful character, or someone that’s a glass cannon who needs everything to go just perfectly to survive…who knows which it’ll be?

You can find out for yourself when Black Legend hits next year.

Here’s the press release:


Can you save a cursed city? Find out in Black Legend, a new Turn-Based Tactical RPG

Geel, Belgium, September 9, 2020  Warcave has revealed their brand new turn-based RPG, Black Legend,coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Switch next year. Master the art of alchemy and old-school strategy in this dark fantasy world directly inspired by folklore and stories from 17th-century Belgium and the Netherlands.

Watch the Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cri4qViLjxk

Lead a band of mercenaries into the cursed city of Grant, a metropolis shrouded in a deadly fog that inflicts madness upon anyone in its path. Use steel, alchemy, and close-quarter tactics to battle a deadly cult of fanatics and devout followers of the great alchemist Mephisto, who have taken control of the city. 

As you explore Grant, you’ll piece together stories from survivors, discover new equipment and classes for your team, and delve into many locations during your quest to discover how to stop the city’s curse from spreading.

Black Legend Features:

  • Strategy-Focused Gameplay: Approach each combat with a tactical focus, where unit placement, ability combos, and well-chosen attacks are key to survival. Black Legend focuses on old school strategy vibes, but without the 95% percent chance misses. 
  • Explosive Combos:  Mix up your ranged and melee combat by using alchemy for a wide array of explosive effects. Combine stacks of four different alchemic attacks to injure, poison, and debilitate your foes, but be warned, they will do the same to you.
  • Extensive Character Customization: Build your mercenary band with a wide array of classes, each with unique abilities. Improve each of your mercenaries with new weapons, armor, and trinkets, and create your own ability sets by equipping cross-class abilities. 
  • Choose Your Difficulty: For those who wish to see the story, the path can be gentle. For those who wish for difficulty, even the slightest mistake will be greatly punished.
  • Historic Enemies: Black Legend fills the city of Grant with creatures from Belgian, Dutch, and German folklore like nekkers, Halewijn, Witte Wieven and Old Red Eyes. 
  • An Engaging Story: Dive into the narrative through environmental storytelling, colorful NPCs, and rich set pieces.
  • An Entire City to Explore: Free-exploration lets you investigate the many alleys and streets in the city of Grant. Different districts host a wide variety of architecture and environments — you never know where you’ll discover a hidden path, a treasure trove of new items, hidden quest, or recruitable character.

About Warcave
Warcave is a Belgian game development studio founded in 2017 and located in Geel, Belgium. We are a dedicated team of developers, designers, artists, programmers, and most importantly gaming enthusiasts. We create epic groundbreaking titles for PC and next-gen platforms with great interest in strategy and RPG games. All of our games are developed in-house. We build and nurture long-lasting and inclusive communities around gaming experiences that engage, connect, and exhilarate our players.