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First Major Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC, ‘The Hidden Ones’, Confirmed for January

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Ubisoft has revealed its plans for Assassin’s Creed: Origins’s post-release content through January, which includes its first major piece of DLC.

On a recent post on the game’s official website, the publisher outlined the  plans to further support Assassin’s Creed: Origins with new content spanning from the January 9 to 30.  Leading the month will be a title update that includes a new questline celebrating the arrival of ‘The Hidden Ones’ expansion pack where players will get to explore a different region while fighting against Roman soldiers. Those who have already reached maximum level in game will pleased to know that the level cap has increased from 40 to 45 as well. However, no specific date for either the update or the expansion has yet been unveiled.

Changes to the in-game loot box system will also be  made by adding the items previously found in the Nightmare, Wacky, Gladiator, and First Civilization packs into the item pool. Players will also now have the option to sell their unwanted outfits at weaver shops.

January also sees the inclusion of more Trials of the Gods missions. The first of the trials will be available between January 9 and 16 , when gamers will have the opportunity to take on the god of the dead, Anubis, once more. The second trial running between the January 23 and 30 will again feature the crocodile god, Sobek.

Several new packs will be added to the game that showcase additional weapons, including a pack tied into another Ubisoft title, For Honor, which features weapons from the Viking, Samurai, and Knight factions. Members of the Ubisoft Club will be able to purchase the Warden’s Oath outfit for 40 Uplay Units. The costume resembles one of the playable characters—the Warden—from For Honor.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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