Far Cry 5 – Welcome to Hope County

We’ll have a lot more to say about Far Cry 5 this Friday, May 26 – but to whet your appetite (and because we’re terrible teases), here are a few brief postcards from Montana’s beautiful Hope County, pulled together into a single teaser video.

For all the latest on Far Cry 5, stay tuned to UbiBlog.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole – October 17 Release Date Announced

Ubisoft and South Park Digital Studios announced that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be available at partners across North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) on October 17, 2017. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, The Fractured But Whole is an outrageous sequel to 2014’s award-winning title, South Park: The Stick of Truth and will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC.

With crime on the rise in South Park, the streets have never been more dangerous. As the sun sets on the quiet Colorado town, havoc and chaos unleash a reign of terror and the seedy underbelly of the city comes alive. The town needs new heroes to rise! Eric Cartman seizes the opportunity to save the town and create the best superhero franchise ever, his own Coon & Friends with himself as the leader, The Coon.

Every superhero has an origin, and Coon & Friends are no different. Continuing in their role as the New Kid, players will discover their backstory, assemble their unique costumes, and harness their fart-based powers from numerous hero classes to create their own original hero. An all-new combat system offers unique opportunities to master space and time while on the battlefield, and a revamped looting and crafting system gives players the freedom to craft their own equipment to aid them in battle.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be available in four editions: Standard, Gold, Steelbook Gold and Collector’s. Anyone who purchases South Park: The Fractured But Whole will receive South Park: The Stick of Truth for free.* If you pre-purchase the game at select partners, you can start playing The Stick of Truth immediately.

All pre-orders will also receive an exclusive in-game assistant, Towelie: Your Gaming Bud. The streets of South Park aren’t as safe as they used to be, and even the most seasoned South Park veteran will need help. Towelie: Your Gaming Bud provides helpful and hilarious advice and commentary to players at key locations throughout the game.

*Limited time gift with purchase offer expires on January 31, 2018

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For more information, check out our previous coverage:

Behind the Scenes of South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Meet Studio SF

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For Honor – Season 2 Shadow and Might Now Available

Season 2 of For Honor starts today, which means a new round of the Faction War as well as two new maps, new gear, and more. Two new Heroes also join the roster for the new season: the Samurai now count the nimble Shinobi among their ranks, while the Knights get the powerful Centurion. Both of the new Heroes are available now for Season Pass owners, while other players will be able to unlock them for 15,000 Steel each starting May 23.

We’ve put the new arrivals through their paces, spending a considerable amount of time hurling chained sickles, ringing opponents’ bells with mailed fists, and shoving hapless warriors into lava pits. Here’s a quick distillation of what we thought:

Shinobi

Mikel Reparaz: The Shinobi might be my favorite of the two new arrivals, although it’s a closer contest than I expected. Unsurprisingly, the Shinobi isn’t much for soaking up damage, but nobody’s faster, and the long-distance grab moves – which can hook and pull in an opponent in a surprise block-breaking maneuver – are immensely fun to execute, especially if you’re quick enough to launch into a combo as soon as your target gets close. You can keep enemies guessing by backflipping away after an attack, which might look like a simple dodge but enables you to launch into a flip kick or another grab.

Keep in mind that “quick” is a double-edged sword here. The Shinobi can execute some stunningly fast moves, like a double-dash that can chain right into an attack, and a deflection that lets you teleport behind your enemy – but at the same time, you’ll have to perform those moves quickly to be effective, especially since the Shinobi’s stances (and ability to block) evaporate almost instantly after you nudge the right stick. That’s especially true considering that the Shinobi’s most powerful attacks are charged by windmilling the kusarigama, which leaves you vulnerable to attack for a brief window. Find an opening and strike quickly, or you’ll lose your advantage.

Andy Bauman: The first time I sprinted toward and subsequently slide-tackled my opponent at the start of an elimination match, I knew the Shinobi was pretty cool. Shortly after, I realized the new Samurai is not only adept at close-range combat, but can strike at long range as well, making the Shinobi a must-master warrior. That’s going to be easier said than done, however, because there are so many useful moves and abilities available to you. Once you’re up to speed, you’ll be flinging your chained kusarigama from pretty far away, then summersaulting in to close the distance and land a flurry of close-up hacks and slashes, only to then time your dodge perfectly to when the enemy attacks to teleport behind them to pull off a stylish kick to their backside. Hopefully, you’ll still have some stamina left to get away and start the combo over again, because if not, well, you’ll be dead in just a few hits. Pesky light heroes. You might not care, though, because of how awesome you just looked.

Giancarlo Varanini: The Shinobi is the kind of For Honor Hero where you see it action and say, “Wow. I want to learn that character!” As Andy and Mikel pointed out, the Shinobi has an impressive array of short- and long-range maneuvers that are sure to keep even the most experienced For Honor combatant on their toes, but it might take some time before you can get to that point. All of those cool moves feel like they require a bit more situational awareness and sharp reflexes than most of the bruisers on the For Honor roster, but if you can put in the time, it’ll be well worth it.

Centurion

Mikel: As an ancient Roman soldier fighting alongside knights in plate mail, the Centurion might seem a little out of place on For Honor’s battlefields – but he’s a battering ram of a Hybrid, with a hulking frame and toughness to match. He’s a big fan of combining his short gladius with devastating punches, and if you’re tackling an enemy head-on, his jab combo – which actually begins with an impaling gladius lunge, continues with an unblockable punch to the face, and follows up with a couple of quick slashes a downward stab if your enemy fell over – is an excellent opener. I also had a lot of fun with his Lion’s Roar combo, which involves staggering your enemy with a punch, and then moving in close to bash them in the head a few times with the gladius’ pommel. He’s a brawler who can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time, but if you’re fast enough, you can get around his defenses and cut him down to size.

Chris Watters: Many of the heroes of For Honor obscure their faces for battle, but there’s something uniquely unsettling about the Centurion’s expressionless human mask. Perhaps it’s that the appearance of calmness contrasts so sharply with the rowdy close-quarters combat at which the Centurion excels. Like the Berserker, he (there’s no female Centurion) rushes in with both arms swinging. The difference is, the Centurion is more heavily armored, so he can take more of a beating, and he only wields a single one-handed weapon, leaving his gauntlet-clad hand free to grab, punch, or grab and then punch.

His bulk can be frustrating when he’s casually blocking your strikes with his flared vambraces, but don’t mistake him for a hulking heavy. If (or rather, when) one of his haymakers knocks you to ground, he will quickly dive on top of you like a rugby player scoring a try—only instead of a ball spiking into the grass, it’s a gladius stabbing into your chest. The Centurion brings a new style of combat to the battlegrounds, not to mention the chance to live out some classic warrior movie fantasies. Leonidas’ iconic front kick that sent a Persian envoy the bottom of the well in 300 is part of the Centurion’s move set, as is a taunting execution in which he baits his prey with a thumbs-up and thumbs-down, as if to ask his downed enemy whether his life should be spared. The Centurion’s verdict? To chop off his arm and stab him to death.

Giancarlo: There’s such a sharp contrast between the finesse of the Shinobi and the brutality of the Centurion, and while the latter might be easier for most For Honor player’s to ease themselves into, it won’t be any less of a challenge to master them. In my brief time with the Centurion, I became quite fond of using his running attacks to surprise a foe and then follow it up with a barrage of staggering melee attacks. However, I found it can be just as easy to be overzealous and lose track of how much of your own stamina you’re using to maintain a barrage. I can’t wait to play more.

For Honor is available now on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. For more on the game, check out our previous coverage:

For Honor – See the Shinobi and Centurion in Action

For Honor – Season One Faction War Ends With Viking Victory

For Honor – Tips for Earning Steel and Customization Q&A

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Rocksmith Coming to iOS; Soft Launch Starts Today

Here’s something you already know: Rocksmith is the fastest way to learn guitar or bass. If you’re one of the 4 million people who have used the software themselves, you may even be able to attest to its speed and effectiveness personally. However, what Rocksmith has never been is the most portable way to learn guitar or bass. We’ve heard players ask if and when Ubisoft will put out a version of Rocksmith for mobile devices, and we can finally give them an answer: The “if” is yes, and the “when” is… complicated.

Rocksmith for iOS is now available as an iPad app on the App Store in Canada as part of what we call a soft launch. The app is free to download and features several tools that console and PC players already know and love, including interactive video lessons, dynamic difficulty that automatically tailors the difficulty to your skill level, and the celebrated Riff Repeater. Riff Repeater lets you dive into any song, adjust its speed, repeat specific phrases and sections, and tailor your practice sessions to your exact personal goals. It’s a powerful tool made even easier with the advent of touch controls. There are no time limits or subscription fees with the app, so you can practice to your heart’s content.

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The free app comes with four songs — three of which are completely new to the Rocksmith library – and you’ll find more than 20 additional hit songs available for purchase at launch. Of course, that’s just the beginning; just like its PC and console siblings, the iOS edition of Rocksmith will release new songs on a weekly basis for in-app purchase.

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Rocksmith for iOS will eventually be available worldwide on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, but for now, Canadian players with iPads get the first taste of what we have in store. When the app is ready for a global rollout, we’ll let you know! For more detailed information, check out the FAQ at Rocksmith.com or stop by the official forums for deeper discussions. We’ll be there!

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The Crew And Trackmania Turbo Is Now Available For Xbox One

Content: The Crew And Trackmania Turbo
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Game Description: This bundle includes The Crew and Trackmania Turbo.

The Crew Your car is your avatar – fine tune your ride as you level up and progress through 5 unique and richly detailed regions of a massive open-world US. Maneuver through the bustling streets of New York City and Los Angeles, cruise down sunny Miami Beach or trek through the breathtaking plateaus of Monument Valley. This is driving at its most exciting, varied and open.

Trackmania Turbo – Test your skills in outlandish tracks and challenge your friends at home (offline splitscreen) or online.

Purchase The Crew And Trackmania Turbo for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Nadeo / Ivory Tower
Publisher: Ubisoft
Website: Trackmania Turbo / The Crew
Twitter: @Ubisoft  / @Trackmania / @TheCrewGame

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands And Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Is Now Available For Xbox One

Content: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
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Game Description: This Bundle Includes Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Create a team with up to 3 friends in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and enjoy the ultimate military shooter experience set in a massive, dangerous, and responsive open world.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege invites players to master the art of destruction. Intense close quarters confrontations, high lethality, tactics, team play, and explosive action are at the center of the experience. The gameplay sets a new bar for intense firefights and expert strategy in the rich legacy of past Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six games.

Purchase Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Website: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands / Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Twitter:  @Rainbow6Game / @GhostRecon / @Ubisoft