Assassin's Creed is Ubisoft's crown jewel, and the company is now putting it to use to promote another one of its games. AirMech Arena, an RTS game for Xbox 360, received an update today that incorporates the most renowned aspect of Assassin's Creed: its mechs.
Arena is a free-to-play mech game originally released on 360 at the end of July. (There's also a PC version available simply called AirMech.) Today's update is its first since then, and it improves matchmaking, changes the lobby system, and fixes bugs, among other things. You can read the full patch notes here.
More interestingly, it also introduces the Assassin's Creed-themed Novi Aquilus Neo mech (pictured above and below, courtesy of Polygon). Although it might not directly resemble anything from Assassin's Creed (what with those games primarily taking place in the distant past), it does feature an assassin-like cloak ability.
Also new is the Abstergo Saucer, which in the game is said to be built by Abstergo Industries, the primary antagonists of the Assassin's Creed series. In addition, new Assassin's Creed-themed pets are now available: the Apple of Eden, the DNA Cube vial, and the Spirit Eagle.
Arena has reportedly attracted more than 1 million players so far, though we have no indication of how many of those players tried the game once and haven't been back. You can try it for yourself right now for free.
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Ubisoft Montreal has begun to flaunt the explosive arsenal of weapons in its upcoming open-world FPS, Far Cry 4.
A new gore-riddled trailer provides an outline of some of the game's most lethal instruments, and the ample opportunities in utilising them in creative and fiendish fashion.
The video features an SMG, a machine gun, an P416 assault rifle, a flamethrower, an auto-crossbow, and countless virtual cadavers that can collectively help desensitise genuinely horrific ways of dying.
For the more strategic-minded, mortars have been introduced, allowing players to attack entire villages. There's also a kukri blade that offers some truly disgusting close-up kills, and animal bait to lure natural predators towards foes. Oh, and there's a flamethrower.
Anyway, Ubisoft has set a Far Cry 4 release date for November 18 across PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. If it's anything near as good as Far Cry 3, it could be a Game of the Year contender.
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Sins of a Solar Empire and Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock today announced a brand new PC fantasy 4X game called Sorcerer King. You don't have to wait long at all to play the new strategy game, as an in-development version is available now via Steam Early Access.
Stardock calls Sorcerer King a "new breed" of strategy game where the player must put a stop to a "single, overwhelmingly powerful enemy" who is out to destroy the world. You'll do this by recruiting champions, crafting artifacts, and expanding your kingdom.
The Early Access version of Sorcerer King is available today on Steam for $34, which is a 15 percent discount compared to the $40 it will cost at launch.
In Sorcerer King, you can "explore a vast and detailed world," seeking out treasure and adventure in a "monster-infested wilderness." The game's "hundreds" of quests were written by Cracked.com's Chris Bucholz. Eventually, you'll advance to the Shadow Gate and ultimately battle the Sorcerer King himself in a final showdown.
Stardock says Sorcerer King will be different than traditional 4X titles, like Alpha Centauri, in that the player and his enemy will play by an "entirely different set of rules."
"The Sorcerer King doesn’t need to crush your empire, he just needs to destroy the magical shards in order to enact his doomsday plan," Stardock says in a statement. "Defending the shards, not careful plotting toward economic victory, is the only way to save the world."
Stardock VP Derek Paxton added that he believes Sorcerer King represents a "new model" for 4X games. "Instead of competing against equal players, you're behind the eight ball trying to stop the Sorcerer King and his minions from destroying the world. It's strategy gaming under a guillotine," he says.
The full version of Sorcerer King is expected to launched in early 2015. A host of additional content is planned for the game, including more factions and further characters to play as. In addition, though the Early Access version only has few maps (for the purposes of testing, Stardock says), many more "hand-crafted" maps will be added to the game over time.
For much more on Sorcerer King, check back soon for GameSpot's in-depth interview with Stardock CEO Brad Wardell. You can also see a gallery of Sorcerer King images below.
Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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