Assassin’s Creed Origins – New Trailer Spotlights Sinister Order of the Ancients

Poisonous snakes. Ravenous hyenas. A plague of insects. These nasty creatures all make appearances in a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed Origins, but the real threat comes from a shadowy cabal known as The Order of the Ancients. They manipulate the pharaoh and seek to extend their power and control, and it will be up to Bayek and his allies to root out this threat to Egypt and its people. Get a glimpse of what you’ll be up against in the trailer below.

Assassin’s Creed Origins takes place in the series’ biggest world yet, and we recently got to play through a quest in Memphis in which we tried out new weapons, explored a hidden tomb, and investigated a crime for Cleopatra.

Assassin’s Creed Origins will be available on October 27 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. To keep up with the latest, check out our previous coverage.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands – Ghost War PVP Open Beta Details and Class Tactics

After taking the fight to Santa Blanca, Unidad, and anyone else who wanted to tango, Ghost Recon Wildlands players are getting the chance to face off against that most challenging of enemies: other players. The Open Beta for the Ghost War PVP mode is coming to all platforms on September 21 through September 25, and will be available for preload starting September 19. The full Ghost War mode will be available in a free update this fall, but before then, we had a chance to jump into a version of the Open Beta to get an early look at the action.

Each match in the Ghost War Open Beta is a 4v4 deathmatch with no respawning, fought in a “best of three” format. The Open Beta will include five of the eight total maps and you’ll have access to six of the 12 specialized classes that are spread across three categories (Assault, Marksman, and Support) in the final version of the mode.

In the Assault category, you’ve got the Tank – a burly soldier with thick armor, extra health, and a light machine gun. LMGs are powerful in Ghost War because of the new suppression mechanic. When you’re suppressed, your vision is heavily blurred and it’s nigh impossible to be an effective soldier until you relocate or the barrage subsides. Suppression is great for tamping down snipers and keeping enemies in check while your team advances to a better position or revives a downed ally. Revivals are key in Ghost War; don’t let your buddies languish if you can help it, but watch out, an enemy might by lying in wait.

If you’re tired of being on the receiving end of enemy suppression, you’ll probably want to pick the Pointman. This Assault class can’t be disrupted in any way, making them a serious nuisance and a powerful flanker. Keeping an eye on your enemies’ movements is crucial, and Support classes let you do just that with surveillance drones. The Scout class can tag enemies, while the Artillery class can call in a mortar strike to flush enemies out of cover.

Shooting down enemy drones is good for business, but drones aren’t the only way to tag your enemies. Using binoculars or spotting an enemy through your sights will mark them, and if you manage to capture the Recon tower that goes live in the middle of the match, it’ll reveal the whole enemy team and give your two Marksman classes someone to target.

The Enforcer class packs a big LMG for more suppressive muscle, and the Sniper class, well, snipes. Good sniper cover can severely limit your enemies’ movements and whittle down their headcount, but in a new feature developed for Ghost War, firing a gun will light up a noise marker for your enemies to spot. The bigger the gun, the bigger the marker, so stationary snipers can find themselves swarmed in a hurry.
The six classes can be further customized with perks that can, for example, mark enemies who mark you or increase your sprinting speed. Leaning into your talents and fitting in with your team’s strategy is crucial, because Ghost War sets the stage for some truly tense fights in which the team with the better tactics has a significant advantage.

For more information on Ghost War, be sure to tune into twitch.tv/Ubisoft on September 19 at 9AM PT to see the new PVP mode in action. A special pre-show will begin at 5AM PT featuring special guests. For the latest details on Ghost Recon Wildlands, check out our previous coverage.

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For Honor – Heroes Fight to Claim Offerings in New Tribute Mode

There’s a new 4v4 mode coming to For Honor, one that will see the Samurai, Vikings, and Knights vying for battlefield dominance in a whole new way. First teased as part of the For Honor development schedule, the mode is called Tribute. In it, two teams face off for control of the three Offerings on the map. Bring the three Offerings to your base, place them in your shrine, and your team will be victorious. This is no mean feat, however. As you can see in the video below, the competition will be fierce.

There are no points to accumulate in Tribute; only the Offerings matter, and each one confers a blessing on the team that controls it. Stephane Brochu, team lead design, describes the blessings as follows:

•  Vindicator Blessing: Gives your whole team a boost to attack, as well as a speed boost when carrying an Offering and faster interaction when stealing an Offering.

 Guardian Blessing: Gives your whole team a small regenerating shield, as well as slowing enemy interaction when they try to steal your team’s Offering.

•  Oracle Blessing: Increases the awareness of your whole team. This includes showing, both in-world and on the radar, the location of an Offering carrier and the whole enemy team.

As you can see, controlling an Offering can tip the scales in your favor, provided your team can take advantage of the situation. We asked Brochu for some tips on team composition, and he had this to say:

“While you might think you need to fully focus on speed, you’ll find out quickly that having a tank on your team can be key since they will play a good part of your defense strategy. Having someone who stays at home and can keep opponents away from your hard-earned Offering is a good thing.”

Hero choice is just one part of setting yourself up for success in Tribute. Brochu also recommends bringing trap Feats into battle. Not only are they good for defending your base, but “they can also be used in an offensive strategy. Placing them in the path you will use when running back to your base with a stolen Offering, or leaving [a trap] at an opponent’s shrine, can be quite a shock to the enemy!” Ranged Feats are also helpful, he noted, as hitting your opponent at a distance will cause them to drop the Offering they are carrying.

Tribute will be playable on a variety of maps, including Tower Ruin, Canyon, Shipyard, Cathedral, Village, Forest, and Viking Village, when it joins the For Honor game mode lineup soon. For more on the latest from For Honor, check out UbiBlog’s previous coverage.

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Rayman Legends Definitive Edition Out Now on Nintendo Switch

Rayman, Globox, Barbara, and the Teensies are tearing their way across Nintendo Switch screens today with the release of Rayman Legends Definitive Edition. Enabling up to four players to join together to tackle meticulous platforming puzzles, music-driven levels, and exclusive local multiplayer Kung Foot tournaments, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition also includes touchscreen features when the Nintendo Switch is undocked, letting players (literally) take a more hands-on approach to manipulating the environment and defeating enemies.

A demo for Rayman Legends Definitive Edition is also available now on the Nintendo eShop, offering a free taste of the adventure. To find out more, check out our previous Rayman coverage.

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The Division – Play for Free on PC This Weekend

With the recent release of The Division’s 1.7 Update and the upcoming fall release of the 1.8 Resistance Update, there’s never been a better time to take to the streets and fight for what’s left of Manhattan. Luckily, PC players can dive into The Division for free from September 14 at 10AM PT, to September 17 at 1PM PT. Uplay users can start pre-loading the game today.

In addition to the free weekend, both the Standard and Gold Editions of the game will be discounted by 60%, giving players an opportunity to continue the progress earned throughout the weekend. Visit www.thedivisiongame.com/freeweekend for more information on The Division Free Weekend, timing, and pre-loading.

Check out our previous coverage on The Division and learn more about the 1.8 Resistance Update, which will bring a new West Side Pier map area, a new PVE mode, a new PVP Skirmish mode, and more.

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Atomega – Grow, Shrink, and Shoot Your Way to Victory on September 19

In a world where reality is rapidly dissolving and the universe is coming apart, what’s an advanced post-biological lifeform to do? In Atomega, these lifeforms compete in arenas to gain mass, either by collecting it peacefully or blasting their opponents apart. The more mass you gain, the more your lifeform will evolve along a diverse spectrum from nimble Atom to godlike Omega. Mass is the key to victory in Atomega, a new online first-person shooter from the team at Reflections, the Ubisoft studio that created Grow Home and Grow Up.

Up to eight players can duke it out in 10-minute rounds, gathering mass, losing it, and building it up again over the course of the skirmish. In addition to earning you points which determine the ultimate winner of the round, gaining mass will allow you to change up your strategy on the fly. The dynamic competitive action will be suffused with the lighthearted tone characteristic of the Reflections team.

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Atomega is scheduled for release on PC on September 19, 2017. For more on games from Reflections and all the Ubisoft studios, check out UbiBlog’s previous coverage.

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