Assassin's Creed 2 Deluxe Edition

UPDATE 1.00AM: Ubisoft has confirmed Assassin's Creed Odyssey via a brief teaser clip posted on Twitter, and said it will show more of the game at E3.

The confirmation comes just hours after the Assassin's Creed Odyssey keyring image below leaked online.

The video tease appears to confirm its Ancient Greece setting, and the game's logo also includes the Spartan helmet from the keyring on it.

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Assassin’s Creed® Brotherhood

The Assassin's Creed comic series has just reached a moment in the franchise's overall story which fans have long awaited - a point the series' plot arc has been building to for nearly a decade.

(If you're not up to date on the Assassin's Creed games up to Syndicate, beware spoilers below.)

Back in 2016, Ubisoft and Titan Comics revealed that the First Civilisation plotline which featured in multiple Assassin's Creed games would instead "culminate" in a new series of graphic novels.

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Assassin's Creed® Origins

Ubisoft will hold its annual E3 briefing around the usual time - on Monday 11th June at 9pm UK time, or 1pm Pacific.

It will, again, be at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown LA - a swanky venue with, if memory serves, a lovely chandelier. Or you can watch online.

So, what do we expect? Well, Ubisoft has already said we will see The Division 2 for the first time. Massive's shared world shooter sequel was briefly confirmed earlier this year but as of now remains under wraps.

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Assassin's Creed® Origins

Do you want to be like Neo from the Matrix? Maybe you just miss video game cheat codes from olden days? Either way, you'll be able to hack Assassin's Creed Origins on PC later this month via a new customisation interface.

The "Animus Control Panel" will let you fiddle with 75 game options - from changing the game's main character, to finer attributes such as giving you unlimited health, increased speed and improved senses.

Want six tamed animals following you around? No problem. Want to swim like Aquaman underwater? That's fine too.

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Assassin's Creed® Unity

Ubisoft delved into the "perfect conditions for the perfect storm" behind 2014's Assassin's Creed Unity's launch issues.

As part of the talk '10 Years of Evolution of the Assassin's Creed Brand' at GDC 2018, creative director Jean Guesdon explained how Ubisoft iterated on each game as it built the franchise.

Unity started development in 2011, after work on Brotherhood had finished, and was designed to be the first real next-gen game for then upcoming consoles PS4 and Xbox One.

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Beyond Good and Evil™

Ubisoft has emerged victorious in the long-running battle to stave off a hostile Vivendi takeover.

The publisher of Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Rainbow Six and Rayman has, over the last year, looked under real threat of being acquired.

Month on month, Vivendi steadily bought up shares until it finally owned 27.3 per cent of Ubisoft capital - close enough that it would soon be required to launch a formal takeover bid.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Ninja Theory's self-published gamble, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, leads the nominations for the BAFTA video game awards 2018, with nine nods including Best Game. It's been a tremendous success for the British studio, with Hellblade winning both critical acclaim and bringing in more than half-a-million sales.

Sony's PlayStation 4 smash hit Horizon: Zero Dawn follows with eight nominations ahead of Eurogamer's number-two game of the year 2018, What Remains of Edith Finch. Our game of the year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, has five nods, as does wonderful and inspired puzzle game Gorogoa.

On the four-nod tier are old Disney-inspired platformer Cuphead, Night in the Woods and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. On the three-nod tier: Assassin's Creed Oranges, Monument Valley 2, PUBG and Super Mario Odyssey. On the two-nod tier: Snipperclips, Fortnite, NieR: Automata, The Sexy Brutale and Bury Me, My Love.

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Assassin's Creed® Origins

The trio of Egyptian deity bosses in Assassin's Creed Origins are some of the game's toughest challenges - but fans have been calling for them to be made even tougher.

Tomorrow, those fans will get their wish as the Anubis, Sobek and Sekhmet trials get a fresh Hard Mode.

Each week in March will feature both a standard boss and another on Hard Mode. Slay a one of the Hard Mode bosses and you'll unlock some eye-catching new gear as a reward:

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Assassin's Creed® Origins

I spent a couple of hours this week playing a preview build of the upcoming Assassin's Creed DLC, Curse of the Pharaohs - which, as the name suggests, is all about the ire of Egypt's rulers. Specifically, the dead ones. With some careless grave robbers helping themselves to powerful artefacts, the Pharaohs have grown restless and put a curse on the game's new region of Thebes.

The curse manifests in the intimidating Shadows of the Pharaohs - spectral representations of the disgruntled nobles that appear at random and murder everyone in the nearby vicinity. You - that is, Bayek - are charged with putting things right, and that's mostly achieved by hitting said things with a sword.

As you can see from the gameplay above, the region of Thebes is really rather nice - it's colourful, vibrant and also varied, as it also includes the world-famous Valley of the Kings. The true star of my time with the game, however (minor spoilers ahead, here) was the afterlife. The land beyond death is a real treat to explore, providing a beautiful and surreal imagining of what Bayek's afterlife might be like. You can see a whole bunch of new gameplay and find out more about the DLC from the video, but to be honest I mostly wrote this article to see what kind of Pharaoh puns you can come up with in the comments below. I'll start - you can't say Pharaoh than that. Sorry.

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Assassin's Creed® Origins

UPDATE 21/2/18: Assassin's Creed fans have raced through Origins' New Game Plus mode to uncover the secret reward unlocked at the end.

(Cover your eyes now if you don't want to see it.)

After ploughing through the New Game Plus mode's story in around six hours - about 10 times faster than I originally plodded through the campaign - reddit user Najoray became one of the first in the world to unlock the new Mythical Warrior legendary outfit.

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