Big Assassin’s Creed Unveiling Next Week

AC TeaserYea. I know it’s a teaser, but I have to post about it anyway. Ubisoft will be officially unveiling a new Assassin’s Creed game next year. My guess is that it’s the announcement and demo of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. The game is set in Victorian era London where canes were the order of the day. If there’s no sword hidden in that cane I’m going to be sorely disappointed. I also expect a large number of monocles to show up on different characters.

Seriously, though. We know that Victory is the next game in the series and it’s most likely going to be released sometime around the October – early December timeframe. Ubisoft really needs to do some work to erase the sting that was Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The game had issues that persisted for far too long. Ubisoft Montreal has been the lead developer on the series to this point, but it’s rumored that this new game could be developed by Ubisoft Quebec. Will a new development team breathe life into the franchise that it needs? Unity was a step back in many fans eyes after the excitement of AC: IV Black Flag.

There are still two more games in the AC Chronicles series to come out this year, but they would not put too much emphasis on those releases. Those games will be set in India and Russia respectively. It’s going to be a busy year for Assassin’s Creed fans.

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Activision Announces Tony Hawk 5 Is a Real Thing

Tony HawkIt’s become another in a line of worst kept secrets of the gaming industry, especially Activision. It seems they can’t keep anything a secret anymore. Tony Hawk is coming back, Activision confirms today, with the announcement of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. It’s bringing back all the combo-driven insanity you expect with the series, but putting a bigger emphasis on being able to do it all online.

“Skateboarding has always been about the freedom of ripping with your friends, and creating a game that captures that feeling has been a vision of mine since the Pro Skater series began over 15 years ago,” says Mr. Hawk. The best way to do that now is to take the game online and that’s just what Activision will be doing. Players can drop in and out of online skating sessions with both friends and other people around the world. You can also build your own skateparks, share them with the community and check out areas other players have built.

The game is being developed by Robomodo and Disruptive Games. It will be released later this year for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. Curiously absent, however, is any mention of a Wii U release, especially considering the game is coming to previous generation platforms. I’ve reached out to Activision to clarify and will update this story should I hear back from them.

Nintendo Download: Week of May 7th, 2015

Mega Man and BassWhat did we learn with this week’s Nintendo Download? Fans prefer Mega Man & Bass. That was the winner of Capcom’s contest to determine which Mega Man game would come to the Virtual Console. Splatoon gets a time limited demo.   Codename S.T.E.A.M. gets a new contest.   Steamworld Dig goes on sale. If you haven’t bought that game yet, then do so now. It’s only $4.50 on Wii U and 3DS. That’s a steal.

You can also pre-load Puzzle & Dragons Z & Super Mario Bros. Edition before it goes on sale later this month. Head past the break for the full list of games available this week.

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Nintendo and Universal Team Up For Nintendo: The Ride

UniversalOkay, so it’s not exactly going to be called Nintendo: The Ride, but the popular video game developer and Universal Parks & Resorts are teaming up to bring Nintendo themed rides to parks. No details as of yet as to what types of rides we’ll be seeing, but the two companies hope to leverage the popularity of both brands to attract more customers to Universal Parks.

Universal will be using Nintendo stories and characters to design new attractions. Nintendo will continue their path towards world domination. They say more details will be announced in the future. As for now all we can do is speculate as to just what we’ll be able to ride in the future.

I’ve thought for a long time Nintendo would do well in the theme park business. Now I guess we’ll finally get to see that happen.

Rumor – Call Of Duty Black Ops 3 Viral Marketing Sent To Wii U Subreddit

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What does it say?

For those wanting to play Call of Duty on the Wii U, it’s been a roller coaster to say the least. The rumors have been flying around whether or not it Black Ops 3 would be on the system for a while now. You could link your Nintendo Network ID on the site and even recently, they told fans to “stay soon” when they were asked about Call of Duty on Wii U. Well, here’s some more rumors and speculation.

Activision allegedly sent some viral marketing out to Reddit mods. However, the message was also sent to the Wii U subreddit. Of course, this can be fake or a mess up on Activision’s end, however if it is real, one could assume that something is going on. Who knows though. E3 is right around the corner!

Oculus Rift Delayed To 2016

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Over the past year, gaming in Virtual Reality has seen a lot of coverage. Much of this is due to the Oculus Rift. To say the Oculus Rift is popular with the development community would be an understatement. At most gaming conventions these days, there’s at least one developer showing off how their game works on the VR Headset. Unfortunately though, if you were hoping to get one this year, I have bad news for you. Oculus Rift has officially been delayed to Q1 2016.

All is not lost though. The VR headset is still on the way and it will be much better then what we’ve seen so far. This is what Oculus had to say:

The Oculus Rift builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as a highly refined industrial design, and updated ergonomics for a more natural fit

Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift will open up later this year. Are you interested in VR? Will you be getting the Oculus Rift?

NintendPals Episode 12: Cranky Donkey

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In this weeks episode the NintendPals try out a brand new section for the show, they chat about some upcoming games including one that Myles found on a sketchy website and as always we talk about we’ve been spending our playing this week. Also Myles got drunk and played Mario Kart 8 again and Nick had an ill family member.

Silicon Studio Shows Off Paradox Game Engine

Did you play Bravely Default? How about 3D Dot Heroes? Well, the developers behind those games, Silicon Studios, are truly talented. You see, people may see these games and think the studio behind them just specializes in these kinds of visuals. Well, they would be wrong. Last year, Silicon Studio showed off the very impressive Mizuchi graphics engine. This year, they’re one-upping what they did last year and are showing off a new engine named Paradox with a beautiful tech demo named Industrial Robot. Check it out!

P.T. Completely Removed From PSN

PTMan, the saga behind Konami and Silent Hills continues to grow. A couple of weeks ago it was announced that the company was going to be removing P.T., the playable teaser for their upcoming Silent Hills game, from the Playstation Network. That happened last week on April 29th. It was not available for new downloads, but it was still available for people who had previously downloaded it and may want to download it again.

If you didn’t download the game to your system then you are now completely out of luck.
 has not only been removed from PSN for new downloads it’s also no longer available to be redownloaded by people who had “purchased” the game previously.

I checked my PS4 earlier and that is the case. I had gone online and attached the game to my account so that in the future should I ever want to download it I would be able to. When I went to my library it had been completely removed. A search of PSN confirmed it’s no longer available there as well.

This hasn’t happened often, if at all before. Any time a game had been removed from the digital stores it was still available to download for people who had purchased a license. This is a disturbing sign of things that could come in the future with games being completely de-listed and not available for people who’d legitimately purchased a game.

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