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Ubisoft Suggests Bigger Worlds and Smaller Stories in Future Games




Ubisoft has opened up about the design ethos that it intends to follow for future games, including new entries in the Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Watch Dogs series.

In a Q&A  session hosted on the official Ubisoft website, Executive Vice President of Creative for Ubisoft’s Canadian studios, Lionel Raynaud, discussed the company’s forward strategy.

In response to a question about the shift to smaller narratives that serve a larger story arc, Raynaud revealed that the teams at Ubisoft took this approach as a result of “the will to not give finite experiences.” Raynaud mentions that an example of a “finite experience” is the traditional quest to “kill the bad guy,” and says that, once players had completed the ultimate goal of the main story, little is left for the gamer to do afterwards. Raynaud goes on to describe his ideal fantasy experience where the hero character not only frees one region or populous, but then journeys to free more and so on within an ever changing world that reacts to the players actions by offering more in-depth looks into life after the supposed final goal.

The interview also covers the question of what the company’s post-launch strategies may look like for upcoming titles. In response to that query, Raynaud says that the company sees a future in which “new experiences will come in the games,” and hints that the ambition is to have much larger worlds than has heretofore been the case:

“We would be able to – in the same world – have several historical periods, for instance, in Assassin’s Creed, and use the Animus to travel from one to the other. Or have different areas of the world linked by travel systems, so that a Far Cry game or a Watch Dogs game could happen in different countries in the same experience, seamlessly.”

Coinciding with this interview is a questionnaire released by Ubisoft regarding future content for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. The list compiles of twelve unique pieces of possible DLC including several story missions focused on established or new characters, DLC entirely focused around one new character with a separate progression system, a new storyline set in a new area, and a new mode introducing magic and/or mythical creatures.

The results of a new shift in direction for the developers are yet to be seen. Nevertheless, gamers will be keen to keep an eye on what Ubisoft’s single-player content will have to offer in the near future. Raynaud is a key figure in the development of many of Ubisoft’s biggest sellers including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Rainbow Six.

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Telltale Games Catalog to be Removed From GOG Next Week




Fans of the late developer Telltale Games should hurry to pick up its games quick, as PC players may not be able to buy the titles for much longer.

Digital retailer GOG has announced that Telltale’s game will be listed from the store’s website come May 27.

The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and Batman: The Enemy Within are just a few of the titles that will fall victim to the delisting. Tales from the Borderlands specifically was already removed from Steam sometime this week.

Fans of Telltale’s Borderlands spin-off have a sliver of hope however, as 2K says that it is working to bring the title back to digital platforms as soon as it can. A 2K spokesperson confirmed the news to Eurogamer.

“We are working to get Tales from the Borderlands back up on digital storefronts as soon as possible. All prior digital purchases of the game will of course still be honoured and supported.”

There is no word on if the same will happen over at Steam or other digital retailers, but fans should assume the worst. The internet-wide delisting is a result of Telltale’s demise late last year.

Though much of the Telltale catalog will be affected, its most influential title, The Walking Dead, will still be made available through the Epic Games Store.

Those who already own any of the games delisting next week should note that they will still be able to play the games as they please.

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