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Assassin’s Creed: Origins Includes Largest Land Mass of Series

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins will include the largest crop of land seen in the series to date, according to the game’s director, Ashraf Ismail.

Speaking to Game Informer, Ismail compared the scale of Origins’s map to that of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, saying “it’s at least twice the size of Havana from Black Flag.” However, he did not clarify whether that comment refers specifically to the landmass of Havana, or the entire world map including the expansive ocean within the game.

In either case, Ismail was quick to emphasise that the map’s size is less important than its content, which is being designed to show the uniqueness and importance of each of the Origins’s locales:

“Having said that, I don’t think of the size of the city is what matters. It’s really the content, the experience that you have inside of it. It’s how alive it is. So we filled these locations with quests, with making each city feel unique to itself, why was it important to Egypt.”

The remainder of the interview largely reiterates earlier revelations, including the heightened level of customisation that players will have access to with Bayek, as well as the fact that the game’s world will be fully accessible almost immediately.

However, Ismail did hint that the game may feature a return of the more in-depth character-driven modern storyline of the original trilogy by saying, “I think people will be happy,” although also stated that he intends for the modern-day portion to be a surprise.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins was officially announced at E3 2017, and will release on October 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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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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