Feb. 07, 2013 | 7:18 p.m.
The next installment of “Assassin’s Creed” will come out by April 2014, and will take place in a new time period, with a new hero, Ubisoft Chief Executive Yves Guillemot announced Thursday during the company’s third-quarter earnings call. A representative for Ubisoft told The Times that the company had no additional details to share at this time, but that there will be more information coming soon. REVIEW: ‘Assassin’s Creed 3,’ an alternate history, with footnotes The last installment of the franchise, “Assassin’s Creed III,” was released in October 2012. That game takes place during the American Revolution, and features protagonist Connor Kenway, birth name Ratonhnhaké:ton, the son of a European colonist and a Native American woman from the Mohawk nation, or Kanien’keha:ka, as they prefer to be called. It features cameos from Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin […]
Oct. 30, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.
Long before “Assassin’s Creed 3” gets going – multiple hours before players even meet the part-Native American protagonist Connor – players have the opportunity to play a board game. Fanorama, as “Assassin’s Creed” informs players, is an ancient game native to Madagascar. In Ubisoft’s historical fiction series, it’s played on a ship sailing the Atlantic to the American colonies. While Fanorama is a great example of what this game does best — pay attention to historical detail — it also highlights an aspect of the game that’s ultimately lacking. In the wide-screen “Assassin’s Creed 3″ world, this interactive board game is one of the few places players can strategize outside the confines of an otherwise convoluted, rigid plot. Playing through “Assassin’s Creed 3″ is like flipping through the pages of a screenplay. Forget puzzles, there are directions. Mount the horse, the […]
June 08, 2012 | 8:58 p.m.
It’s game over for this year’s E3 but what’s the final score? We put the question to Yves Guillemot, the chief executive of Ubisoft Entertainment, a French company he co-founded in 1986 and guided to its current ranking as the world’s third-largest game publisher (after Activision-Blizzard and Electronic Arts) with franchises such as “Assassin’s Creed,” “Rayman Raving Rabbids,” and “Splinter Cell.” From his perch in Montreuil-sous-Bois, an eastern suburb of Paris, Guillemot has built a reputation as an astute trend-spotter who was nimble in capitalizing on the Wii and DS craze then heard a hit in the dance-game craze and delivered “Just Dance,” a franchise that has sold more than 28 million copies. Here are six major trends that will affect the games players will see in the coming months. 1) THE SECOND SCREEN: “Video games played on home television sets will increasingly incorporate another mobile screen,” Guillemot […]