Ubisoft’s Announcements from Digital Days event
News and announcements were coming in hard and fast at Ubisoft’s Paris event – Digital Days. From news on free-to-play games to mobile announcements, Ubisoft had something for everyone. Check below for highlights from the event.
Free to Play announcements
Spartacus Legends – Free-To-Play XBLA and PSN
Upcoming fighting game based on the popular original Starz series will be launching as a free-to-play title on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and PlayStation Network.
Spartacus Legends offers gamers an opportunity to jump into an accessible fighting game. The game ensures that competitive play stays fair through a fame system; the higher-tier the equipment that is available for purchase, the more fame that is necessary to use that equipment.
Featuring thousands of ruthless gear combinations and a robust skill system, Spartacus Legends delivers a variety of tools for gamers to customise their gladiators and take down their foes. Gamers will be able to fight as Spartacus, Crixus or one of their own created gladiators as they battle with a friend offline or in online multiplayer to join the ranks on the worldwide leader-boards.
Official website: Spartacus Legends
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot– Free-to-Play PC
A totally free to play, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot puts players in an outrageous medieval fantasy world called Opulencia where wealth, status and showboating are the name of the game. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is scheduled to release early 2013 for Windows PC.
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot features a 2-steps game-play. The first phase is castle defence, where players have to protect treasure hidden in the depth of their castle. They can customise their lair by adding traps, weapons and monsters to prevent greedy neighbours from looting the treasures. In the second phase, castle looting, the roles are reversed as players prepare their hero to explore and plunder everyone else’s castles. While the game is totally free, players will have the opportunity to speed up their progress and customise their experience by purchasing in-game items.
Official Website: The Mighty Quest
Digital Release announcements
Trials Evolution: Gold Edition– PC
The definitive PC edition of its best-selling Xbox LIVE Arcade game Trials Evolution, is currently in development for an early 2013 release.
Trials Evolution: Gold Edition will feature all of the original game’s content, newly optimised and enhanced for the PC, including all the features that made the original a success: online multiplayer, global leaderboards, and Player-created content.
But that’s not all. The Gold Edition will also include everything from Trials HD – the best-selling XBLA predecessor to Trials Evolution. This effectively doubles the amount of content being offered, giving PC gamers access to two games which have never before been available on PC. Altogether, Trials Evolution: Gold Edition will contain more than 120 tracks, skill games, and multiplayer levels.
Official Website: Red Lynx
Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain DLC– XBLA
The first DLC for the wildly popular Xbox LIVE Arcade game, Trials Evolution. The DLC is expected near the end of September and should be available for download for 400 Microsoft Points.
The Origin of Pain DLC builds on the successes of Trials Evolution, offering tons of new editor objects, 36 brand new tracks, and a brand new BMX bike, the first time a bike mode has ever been offered in a Trials game.
Critically acclaimed and one of the fastest-selling XBLA games of all time, Trials Evolution features multiplayer competition, single player challenge, and user-generated content for almost endless gaming possibilities. To date, more than 160,000 Player-created tracks have been made available through its in-game content sharing system. Origin of Pain will only add to the possibilities of what players can build with the game.
Official Website: Trials Evolution
Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger– XBLA, PSN and PC
Developed by Techland for 2013 on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 Entertainment System, PlayStation Network and PC.
Returning to the roots of the series, Call of Juarez Gunslinger puts gamers in the shoes of a bounty hunter who has his sights set on taking down the most notorious gunslingers, including the likes of Billy the Kid, Pat Garett, Jesse James and more.
Giving gamers the tools to take down the best, the Concentration Mode made famous by the series returns with a twist – allowing gamers to unleash a flurry of bullets while dodging others. Along with the gun slinging abilities, gamers will hone their skills and acquire new abilities in a series-first skill progression system, allowing players to develop their own gun fighting style by choosing the abilities they want to develop.
Official Website: Call of Juarez
Thunder Wolves– XBLA, PSN and PC
Thunder Wolves brings a daredevil, arcade shooter to Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, Sony PlayStation Network and Windows PC download in 2013.
Thunder Wolves puts gamers in the hot seat of an experienced helicopter group that has survived a flurry of bullets and caused more destruction than the Seventh United State Army. Gamers will embark on a variety of missions including high-risk convoy protection, deploying a commando on fast-moving train or unleashing hell on a fully destructible battlefield.
Choosing from various categories of helicopters, gamers can play through the campaign to upgrade their chopper with special weapons and defensive tools to create the ultimate aerial hunter. Thunder Wolves will also feature two-player co-op – one gamer playing as the pilot and the other as the gunner – giving gamers an opportunity to establish aerial dominance with a friend.
Rayman Jungle Run– iOS and Android
The first Rayman iteration developed specifically for mobile devices. Rayman Jungle Run will be released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android mobile devices on September 20th, 2012.
Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and Pasta Games, Rayman Jungle Run is powered by the same UbiArt framework engine that brought players Rayman Origins, winner of multiple Game of the year and Platformer of the Year awards. Featuring beautiful graphics optimised for the latest devices and smooth touch-based controls, Rayman Jungle Run is easy for all ages to pick up and play, but challenging to master.
In a nutshell, Rayman Jungle Run includes all the acclaimed qualities and features that people can expect from a Rayman game, adapted to make the best of the mobile device’s possibilities.
Nutty Fluffies– iOS and Android
Developed by Red Lynx, Nutty Fluffies uses compelling physics and a unique touch-based interface to create a wild roller coaster ride that will shake touch-screen devices. Available Q4 2012
The game includes no less than 26 tricky rides from wooden coasters to steel speed demons, with more content to come after the release.
The Nutty Fluffies are composed of 5 different types of stuffed animals: Mouse, Cat, Dog, Pig and Elephant, each one having its own abilities and specificities that will help players collect hearts and coins. Those items can then be spent in building longer trains that will allow to reach higher scores and to unlock exciting new tracks.
Might and Magic Duel of Champions– Open Beta on September 13th – iPad version in October
The new free-to-play card game developed by Ubisoft Quebec will be accessible for all willing players from September 13, 2012 in Australia. The iPad version that allows cross-platform matches with PC players, will be available in October 2012.
Two iOS games being released on new platforms
- Prince of Persia Classic releases on Android devices on September 13, 2012
- Monster Burner will be released for Windows Phone 7 in Q4 2012.