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Oct 10, 2012
Shacknews - Andrew Yoon
Sam Fisher is sneaking into the world of comics. Splinter Cell: Echoes is an upcoming graphic novel written by Nathan Edmondson and illustrated by Marc Laming that promises to bridge the gap between Splinter Cell: Conviction and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Perhaps the comic can also explain how Fisher is inexplicably getting younger in every iteration--and why his voice has changed so much?
Speaking to IGN, Edmonson says that while there will be "fan-service," the comic has been adapted in a way to be approachable to non-gamers as well. "We treat the characters and story in the same way we would if this was our original creation," he said.
To see some sample pages of the upcoming graphic novel, visit IGN.
Shacknews - Jeff Mattas
Publisher Ubisoft has announced that it will be transitioning the hosting of many of its online services "from a third-party data center to a new facility" on February 7. During the transition, which is meant to "improve the maintenance of our infrastructure and deliver better uptime and greatly improved services for our customers," some Ubisoft titles across a number of platforms will be completely or partially unplayable.
Ubisoft preemptively apologizes to its customers for the inconvenience in the official announcement on the Ubisoft Online website. While there's no mention as to how long the transition of services will last, the publisher has provided a list of the games, platforms, and services that will be partially or completely taken offline during that time.
The following six games will not be playable at all during the transition:
- Assassin's Creed - Mac
- Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 - PC
- Might & Magic: Heroes VI - PC
- Splinter Cell: Conviction - Mac
- The Settlers 7: Path to a Kingdom - PC
- The Settlers - Mac
There are some games that won't be impacted by the transition at all. They are:
- ANNO 2070 - PC
- Assassin's Creed Revelations - OnLive, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
- Driver: San Francisco - OnLive, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
- Just Dance 3 - Xbox 360
- The Settlers Online - PC (web-based)
Ubisoft's announcement also notes: "The Online features of all games that are not mentioned above will be impacted during the transition. Offline modes will not be impacted."
As expected, the PC version of Uplay--the publisher's proprietary online game service--will also be offline during the migration. It's also stated that all Ubisoft websites will be "impacted by the transition," save for the Official Forums and Solution Center sites.