Earlier today, Ubisoft announced a flurry of games through a digital conference called Ubisoft Forward. Though already leaked prior to the event, one of the biggest titles to make an appearance was the next major entry in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6.
As always, player characters are thrown into a hellish landscape and unwittingly tasked with taking down an oppressive government. Further, the new entry continues the trend from Far Cry 5 wherein the settings are caricatures of real-world dystopias. In Far Cry 5, players took on a doomsday cult in rural America. In Far Cry 6, players will take on Yara, a corrupt Latin American government.
However, unlike Far Cry 5, Far Cry 6 will once again feature a named and voiced character, Dani Rojas, who can be customized as either male or female. Further, the most striking addition to the series is who the main baddie is.
Anton Castillo, the dictator of Yara (and main antagonist) is played by Giancarlo Esposito. You will likely recognize him as Gus Fring from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In those critically acclaimed series, Esposito brilliantly plays a drug kingpin masquerading as the big boss of a successful chicken restaurant chain.
Marking the first entry in the next generation of consoles, Far Cry 6 will launch on February 18, 2021 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.
Ubisoft also announced that Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s Editions for Far Cry 6 will be available for pre-order
- The Gold Edition will include the base game and the Season Pass.
- The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, and the Ultimate pack, which includes Jungle Expedition pack, the Croc Hunter pack, and the Vice pack.
- The Collector’s Edition will include the base game, Season Pass, the Ultimate pack, a high-end replica of “Tostador”, the flamethrower weapon from the game**** (7 parts to be assembled, length: 72cm), a “How to Assemble” one-pager artwork illustrated by famous artist Tobatron, a unique Collector’s Case based on Tobatron’s iconic art style, an exclusive Steelbook®, a 64-page Artbook, a set of 10 stickers, a Chorizo keyring, a map and a selected Soundtrack of the Game.
Fans who pre-order Far Cry 6 will get access to the Libertad Pack which includes the “Libertad Outfit” for Chorizo and the state-of-the-art “Discos Locos”, a weaponized disc launcher that will make enemies dance on their own graves.
Fans who purchase Far Cry 6 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade their version to next gen at no additional cost at the launch of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.
For players looking for an introduction to the Far Cry series, the Franchise Sale starts July 13, with prices starting as low as US$3 across multiple retailers.
Besides Far Cry 6, Ubisoft also announced more details for Watch Dogs: Legion. According a new trailer, the hacking roleplaying game will allow players to recruit anyone in the game world as a hacktivist. The number of possible recruits supposedly number in the millions, marking a new way to play the game.
In other news, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla got a new gameplay trailer. Ubisoft also announced its take on the battle royale genre, Hyper Space.
PUBG Mobile is making a comeback as Battlegrounds Mobile India
Will be exclusive to India
After an excruciating wait, it’s official — PUBG Mobile is coming back to India. But this time, it’ll have a new name: Battlegrounds Mobile India with some added features, and an India-centric focus.
Krafton, the game’s developer, has announced it’ll be launching the Battlegrounds Mobile India soon. The game will bring an AAA-rated multiplayer experience alongside exclusive in-game events, tournaments, and leagues. While a launch date isn’t available, Krafton did confirm that pre-registration will be opened up soon.
The game will be free-to-play and incorporate the same battle royale concept that made it popular. Although, little detail is available about maps, guns, vehicles, and the plot (if there is any) of the game.
Furthermore, the game’s developer said that it would comply with all local laws and compliances. This includes data localization — storage of data within Indian borders. The announcement has cheered millions of players in the country who’ve been waiting for an alternative ever since the primary game was barred.
Why PUBG had to go
In mid-2020, India and China were involved in a fatal border skirmish that left many casualties on both sides. Following the conflict, India took a stringent anti-China stance and banned a host of apps that were developed or backed by Chinese companies. TikTok, owned by ByteDance, was among the first to come under the hammer.
PUBG Mobile was also included in the ban because Chinese giant Tencent was a distribution partner of the game. Following the ban, Krafton quickly removed Tencent from the agreement and announced plans to launch a new game independent of any Chinese influence.
Indian developers rode the hype wave, and many TikTok clones were touted as the next big thing. On the same lines, nCore Studios tried to bridge the gap by launching FAU-G, but it was a colossal failure. In fact, it still doesn’t have a battle royale mode, so it’s safe to assume Call of Duty: Mobile is the only practical alternative left for users right now.
PG 5 sneakers gets the PlayStation 5 colorway
It just makes (dual) sense
Nike and PlayStation are collaborating once again for the signature sneakers of NBA star Paul George. For its fifth iteration called the PG 5, these basketball kicks are going to get the PlayStation 5 treatment.
On the PlayStation blog, Paul George notes that Nike and the PlayStation designers including Yujin Morisawa took inspirations from his game to bring this collaboration to life.
What to expect:
- The tongues of the shoe have the PG and PlayStation logos
- The colors of the shoe are heavily inspired by the industrial design of the PS5 with references on the sock liner and outsoles.
- Iconic PlayStation shapes are integrated and can be seen along each shoe in the same pattern as on the DualSense wireless controller.
The P5 G PlayStation 5 colorway also comes with a special hangtag to celebrate the partnership.
The PG 5 PlayStation 5 colorway drops in select regions starting May 14, 2021. Specific pricing and availability details have yet to be announced.
League of Legends’ animated Netflix show is coming soon!
Out by this fall!
The new animated series is titled Arcane. And, it’s coming from the League of Legends (LoL) publishers themselves: Riot games. Despite releasing countless animated shorts, Arcane is a first for the League franchise. Riot Games partnered with Fortiche Productions to develop and produce this series; keeping character designs and art close to home.
Since the first hint of it in 2019, fans have been waiting patiently for this release. And if you want the series now, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. It’ll be out on Netflix and on Tencent Video in China by fall this year.
We follow two iconic League champions, their origins, and the power that tears them apart. The backdrop to the story is the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun.
Riot Game’s Global President of Entertainment, Shauna Spenley said, “Arcane was created as a love letter to our players and fans, who have been asking us for more cinematic experiences that dive deeper into the worlds and champions in League of Legends.”
Netflix’s video game animated series
Arcane is just one of few new video game adaptation slates in Netflix’s lineup. Which, spells good news for fans and players of games. One recent release was Dota: Dragon’s Blood, an animated series inspired by Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (moba) game DOTA 2. Other Netflix series based on the video game realm include Assassin’s Creed, Castlevania, Cuphead, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, and Assassin’s Creed.
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