Avengers game, Watch Dogs score big for Canadian studios
- French video game developer Ubisoft was part of the opening day of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, the biggest annual trade show in the industry.
Several of the titles announced at yesterday's presentation are being produced at Ubisoft's Canadian studios in Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City.
You can watch the entire presentation on the Gamesport website:
- Hot on the heels of the summer's biggest movie (so far) is Avengers: Battle for Earth, being developed at Ubisoft Quebec.
- The timing couldn't be better for this game after The Avengers claimed both box office records and critical acclaim.
- The trailer for the game did, however, seem to focus more on the Avengers' backsides than their fighting powers.
- The latest installment in the Far Cry franchise of first-person shooter games, Far Cry 3, is being built in Montreal, along with Ubisoft's studios in Sweden, the U.K. and China.
This sequel introduces nudity and psychedelic drug references to the series' already violent game play, so it will likely be rated M in North America, for adults only.
This trailer below does not contain nudity...
- ...but the demo Ubisoft showed at E3 did.
- The first Assassin's Creed games were set in Renaissance Europe, but Asssassin’s Creed 3 brings the franchise to the American Revolutionary War. It, too, is being developed in Montreal.
- Ubisoft summarizes the game play in this tweet:
- Ubisoft's Toronto studio is behind Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the sixth installment in that series of stealthy action-adventure video games.
- But the big surprise of E3 from Ubisoft was Watch Dogs, not only a new game but an entirely new franchise being developed at Ubisoft Montreal.
The game is set in the near-future when, as a result of the 2003 North American blackout, all electronics, communications, power grids and other utilities are controlled by central computers. Players can hack into all these systems to further their life of crime in a free-form "sandbox" game similar to Grand Theft Auto.
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