Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed is one of the most popular and profitable gaming franchises at the moment. The latest avatar of the game seems like it’s going to be the best so far. Assassins Creed 4: The Black Flag has a new protagonist and many new gameplay mechanics. When in the “past”, play as a pirate, from fighting against naval forts and other ships to searching for treasure on the sea bed. The game will actually allow the player to free swim on the ocean bed in search of lost treasure but beware sharks! In the “present” the player will be able to explore much more of Abstergo than ever before. It will still have many of the things that have made the franchise popular like free running and an upgrade system – this time around expect free swimming as well, and players will have to upgrade their ship.
In other news, Minecraft developers 4J Studios has said that it is in the final stages of finishing up the new Title Update 12 for Microsoft Xbox 360 – they hope to apply for certification later this week which means that it would take another week or two for the game to be available on Xbox Live. 4J Studio also plans to reveal the first Mash-Up for the console – these packs are combinations of new skins, user interface, textures and a themed world to make the game look like another game. Expect it to be revealed at the same time the Title Update goes in for certification, says 4J Studio – so hopefully by the end of the week or later this month.
Electronic Arts, owned by PopCap Games and more commonly known as EA, has made some of the most popular games of the decade. And it is now trying its hand at Plants vs Zombies 2 .It is busy with PopCap, the developers of the franchise, to make Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare – a tower defence and third person shooter game. Initially announced for the X-Box 360 and X-Box Live consoles reports state that it will now be available for PCs as well.
EA Labels President, Frank Gibeau, says that it was an EA development team that first came up with a little prototype with some nifty gameplay mechanics. This was then showed to PopCap, who received it so well that the EA team actually went over and started developing the game. Gibeau has also let us know that fans can expect a certain amount of crossover from the second game in the franchise, Plants Vs Zombies 2 – It’s About Time. So while we’ll still have our favourites like the Pea-shooter and Disco Zombie, expect new plants like Bonk Choy and also some setting and gameplay quirks from the second instalment.
Reports state that the game will have four main characters, each with different primary skills and attributes. It will also have fully fledged multiplayer modes – co-op playand online multiplayer with up to twenty-four players!
This is completely unexpected, but the Plants vs Zombies universe is so loved by gamers that it’s guaranteed that Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare – a tower defence and third person shooter, will be well received by fans.
Microsoft has been a leading light in targeting piracy across its various channels. And now it has set its guns on the gaming world as well…
If you are one of the gamers who has been trying out the pirated version of Halo 4, then you better switch over. Touted as one of the most anticipated game of 2012, Halo 4 would now be protected by its own developer, Microsoft which is backing 343 Industries for the game. Over the last few days, many gamers have found their Xbox Live accounts ‘permanently suspended’ owing to the use of pirated versions of Halo 4 on their consoles. This stops them from accessing the multiplayer format via the internet. And if you think that this is cruel, the company promises more severe action in the future.
The game which is due for a November 6 release is prepping for a grand opening and fears are imminent with Microsoft that these leaked versions may affect its overall sale. The multi-billion enterprise has issued a statement mentioning that they are ‘aware of isolated cases in which Halo 4 content has been propped on the web’ and assured gamers that they are ‘working closely’ with their security officials and law enforcement ‘to address the situation immediately’. They asserted that ‘consumers should be aware that piracy is illegal’ and they would ‘take vigorous action against illegal activity’ related to their products and services.
The leak was first reported by a video game trade magazine which reported about a version of the game which was leaked last weekend and has supposedly gone viral ever since. The game was purportedly leaked over a month ago and is not a new phenomenon in the world of gaming. In the month of September, Capcom was also faced with a severe situation when leaked versions of the game were being sold at a Polish store. The game CD was even being sold on a website by a buyer as well.
But the most damage to any game is the leaking of its multiplayer version which involves a lot of gamers and makes for more interesting game play. In this particular case, although Microsoft was successful in getting the accounts ‘suspended’, it cannot curb the users from creating new accounts and accessing the multiplayer format. For now, they have succeeded but the pirated versions would be hard to control considering the range and might of the internet. But the company’s efforts can be lauded at a time when most gaming companies have been suffering silently owing to the damages caused by rampant piracy.
Providing good news to the game developers, the recently published Nielson Game Rank Report has established Halo 4 as the most anticipated game of 2012 beating its FPS rival, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Activision, the latter’s developer, was beaten by a slender margin in this survey which gauges gamer/consumer anticipation. The top three is completed by Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3 which is due for an October 30, 2012, release. Well, we do hope that Microsoft’s war on the pirates continues strongly and they are able to restrict more such perpetrators in the near future.