Tag: Ubisoft

Ubisoft CEO details plan to address workplace sexual misconduct and toxicity

French video game giant Ubisoft detailed today how it will address toxic behavior and sexual misconduct in the workplace following multiple reports of incidences at the company. In a blog post, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced the changes the company’s taking so that it will be better at discovering and dealing with complaints. The new […]

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Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape is a sci-fi battle royale with audience participation

Ubisoft is unveiling its new science fiction battle royale game called Hyper Scape, where 100 players battle each other in first-person combat to be the last one standing while the audience tries to influence the outcome. Such free-to-play battle royale games are a hot trend in the game industry during the pandemic, as the barrier […]

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Ubisoft CEO promises company-wide overhaul after sexual misconduct reports

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told employees in an internal letter that the company will overhaul how it handles employee complaints in the wake of a number of reports of sexual harassment. The letter, which GamesBeat obtained and Business Insider first reported about, is an indicator that game companies are responding to a wave of sexual […]

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Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla creative director steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

Ashraf Ismail is stepping down as creative director on Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. This comes after multiple people alleged that Ismail lied about being married to keep them in a relationship with him. Publisher Ubisoft has confirmed the move. “I am stepping down from my beloved project to properly deal with the personal issues in my […]

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Ubisoft launches blockchain-based Rabbids collectibles to raise money for UNICEF

Ubisoft is launching blockchain-based Rabbids digital collectibles to raise money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It’s a clear move to try to find gaming uses for blockchain, the transparent and secure digital ledger technology. Blockchain has a lot of applications beyond cryptocurrency, but those applications haven’t come as fast as many early investors […]

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Ubisoft launches 5th season for entrepreneur lab with 8 startups

Ubisoft has launched its fifth Entrepreneur Lab with eight international startups focusing on social entertainment. Led by Ubisoft’s Strategic Innovation Lab, the program supports startups creating products and services that have it deem has potential to transform the entertainment industry. The Paris-based Ubisoft is one of the world’s biggest video game publishers, with brands such […]

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The Video Game Industry Has No Clue How to Respond to Protests

As protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism have arced across the United States, the video game industry has been slow to show its solidarity with Black people in the community. When they do, some of these statements are shy of showing an actual commitment to the cause. Video game development studios were behind the […]

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Rob McElhenney interview — How Mythic Quest: Quarantine episode came together so fast

We don’t write about TV episodes much, but Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is produced by video game publisher Ubisoft, and it’s a thoughtful comedy about a fictional game studio. And it is returning today on the Apple TV+ subscription service with special episode dubbed Mythic Quest: Quarantine, which was written, filmed, and edited in quarantine. […]

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Ubisoft says 11 games sold over 10 million copies each in PS4/Xbox One era

Ubisoft revealed its latest earnings today, reporting net bookings of $450.67 million for its fourth quarter ending on March 31. That is down 38.3% from the same period last year, thanks largely to a lack of any major releases from Ubisoft in the past several months. But the publisher still found something to brag about. […]

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Ubisoft announces ‘E3-style showcase’ for July 12

Ubisoft announced today that it will host a digital event on July 12: Ubisoft Forward. The publisher is calling the show an “E3-style showcase.” E3 proper is cancelled this year. This event will broadcast about a month later than when Ubisoft would normally put on its E3 show. The steam will include “exclusive game news, […]

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Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and more this holiday

After announcing the title yesterday, Ubisoft has given us a better look at Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla today. Ubisoft also confirmed that the game is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox One Series X, along with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, this holiday season. This includes a cinematic trailer, which you can watch above. It […]

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Ubisoft announces Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Ubisoft revealed Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, the next installment in the history-spanning action-adventure franchise. As the name suggests, it will feature vikings (or just the Norse, depending on how much raiding and pirating the game contains). A full reveal will happen at 8 a.m. Pacific tomorrow, April 30. That should give us a better idea of […]

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Ubisoft Paris gets new managing director to oversee 700 employees

Ubisoft has one of the most intricate and coordinated development cultures in the entire games industry. That’s one of the reasons it’s putting company veteran Marie-Sophie de Waubert in the role of managing director at Ubisoft Paris. Running the Paris studio requires a deep understanding of Ubisoft operations, and that’s something that de Waubert gained […]

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Roller Champions closed alpha test kicks off March 11

Ubisoft has a number of new games stewing within its many studios, and one of those is the competitive-skating digital sport Roller Champions. Now, the publisher wants to see how the free-to-play multiplayer game performs in the real world. Ubisoft is kicking off a closed alpha for Roller Champions that begins March 11 and runs […]

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New operators Iana and Oryx helped me dust off Rainbow Six: Siege

Tell me if you’re familiar with this scenario: A publisher announces a game, and you really like what you’re seeing and hearing from the developers, so you vow to put it on your immediate play list. Four years pass and you still haven’t touched it. Unfortunately for me (or Ubisoft), I relegated Rainbow Six: Siege […]

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Ubisoft reveals VR escape room Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time

Ubisoft is taking the idea of the virtual reality escape room and running with it. The latest example is its new VR experience, Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time. The co-op adventure is based on the classic Prince of Persia video game created by Jordan Mechner in 1989. It is the third location-based VR […]

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Why Ubisoft took us back to New York in The Division 2’s Warlord expansion

Ubisoft’s new Warlords of New York expansion takes Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 back to New York. While The Division (our doomsday saviors) was busy in Washington, D.C., in the main gameplay of The Division 2, the villains were running wild in post-pandemic New York, the scene of the original The Division. So now you […]

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The Division 2 Warlords of New York hands-on: The chase is on for rogue agents

Ubisoft is launching its Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Warlords of New York expansion on March 3 on the consoles and PC, and we’ve taken the first mission of the game for a spin. It’s going to take players back to New York City, the center of the outbreak of the bio-engineered pandemic (yes, it […]

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The DeanBeat: Ubisoft’s Mythic Quest is a TV show that doesn’t look down on gamers

When was the last time you saw an authentic take on video games in mainstream media such as a television series? I can’t think of any myself that didn’t talk down to gamers. But Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, which debuts today on the new Apple TV+ entertainment service, is a first in that respect. It’s […]

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Ubisoft’s Uplay revenue is up 73% compared to last year

Ubisoft’s sales are down significantly, but the company has some bright spots as it works to regroup. The publisher’s net bookings (which is its primary metric for measuring revenue) reached €1.117 billion ($1.226 billion) for the first nine months of the fiscal year. That’s down 17.4% year-over-year. But even as games like Tom Clancy’s Ghost […]

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Rainbow Six: Siege has over 55 million registered players

Ubisoft announced today as part of its third quarter 2019-2020 earnings report that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege now has over 55 million registered players. Rainbow Six: Siege launched back in December 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The multiplayer shooter had a rocky start, but updates from Ubisoft won over players and […]

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Ubisoft acquires Idle Miner Tycoon developer Kolibri Games

Ubisoft knows that its fans love a good game where the numbers keep getting bigger. That’s why it has added role-playing-like levels to recent Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy games. But what about a game where the entire point is the numbers going up? Well, to get into that business, Ubisoft is acquiring mobile developer […]

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