8 December 2023

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This Week at Ubisoft: Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Out Now, Skull and Bones Announces Launch Date

This week at Ubisoft, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora launched; Skull and Bones announced its new release date and an upcoming Closed Beta; Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown revealed a free demo coming one week ahead of its January 18 launch; Just Dance 2024 Edition announced a Disney-themed season coming on December 12; and Rocksmith+ introduced the piano to the music-learning app.

6 Things To Do First in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is out now, letting you play as a Na'vi and explore a never-before seen continent: the Western Frontier. This new land is vast and varied, with a ton of exploration opportunities - so what do Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora's developers think players must do once they jump in? We sat down with Creative Director Magnus Jansén and Senior Narrative Designer Chella Ramanan to get their personal recommendations.

Skull and Bones Launches February 16, Closed Beta Running December 15-18

Skull and Bones is officially launching on February 16, 2024, for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PC through the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store, and Amazon Luna. You'll have the chance to grow from outcast to kingpin on the high seas by building your Infamy, completing contracts for different factions, and expanding your fleet of ships. Once you gain enough power, you'll be able to start and run your own pirate lair and black-market network. If you can't wait for launch to sail the seas, be sure to register for the upcoming Closed Beta, which will run from December 15-18.

Try Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown For Free on January 11

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is coming to Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC through the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store on January 18, and will be available on January 15 for those with a Ubisoft+ subscription. However, if you're looking for a chance to try out the Metroidvania-inspired 2.5D action early, a free demo will be available on January 11 for all platforms.

Just Dance 2024 Edition - Disney Magical Time Season Launches December 12

Just Dance 2024 Edition is partnering with Disney to bring the Disney Magical Time season to the game from December 12 to February 20. The season will give all players free access to selected songs from popular Disney animated movies like Aladdin, Hercules, Moana, Frozen, Tangled, Mulan, and more, as well as new playlists and a new progression track with 25 rewards to unlock.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora - Making an Authentic Avatar Story

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora lets you play as a Na'vi who awakens on Pandora years after being abducted as a child and raised by the human militaristic corporation known as the RDA. In the video above, Senior Narrative Designer Chella Ramanan, Creative Director Magnus Jansén, Associate Game Director Drew Rechner, and Narrative Coordinator Jennifar Bartram discuss working with experts at Lightstorm Entertainment to craft a brand-new Avatar story while remaining true to the Avatar universe.

Learn Piano with Rocksmith+

On December 5, Rocksmith+ added a new instrument to the music-learning app: the piano. In addition to acoustic, electric, and bass guitar, players can now use their piano or keyboard to learn how to play using a library of over 7,000 songs from popular artists. This month, Rocksmith+ also added songs by Coldplay, Paramore, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to its library.

Ubisoft+ Spotlight - Prince of Persia

(Editorial note: This is a series of quick weekly highlights written by Ubisoft News team writers that feature games available with a Ubisoft+ subscription. We hope you'll enjoy reminiscing with us, or perhaps discover something new.)

Brittany Spurlin, Writer/Editor: When Prince of Persia launched in 2008, it was a fresh start for the series, featuring a new world to explore, new gameplay, and a new Prince as the protagonist. An otherwise unnamed warrior, the Prince teams up with Elika, an Ahuran princess, to restore a world destroyed by corruption in a war between the gods of light and darkness. Prince of Persia is filled with action-packed platforming exploration, deadly combat with Ahriman's corrupted lieutenants, and Ahuran magic that helps the Prince perform acrobatic feats throughout the game.

The title was the first open-world game in the Prince of Persia franchise, giving players a newfound ability to freely explore and experience a non-linear story. They can choose the order in which the Prince and Elika purge darkness from different regions of the land, which involves avoiding traps, traversing temples, and defeating enemies, eventually trapping the god of darkness himself - but at a terrible cost. It's a game that made us think long and hard about free will and destiny, and what sacrifices are worth saving the world.

You can play Prince of Persia today with a Ubisoft+ subscription.

Game Updates

The Crew Motorfest implemented a patch on December 6, bringing a number of quality-of-life updates to the game.

  • Players can now disable traffic ghost cars during freeride

  • The Crew 2 Season 9 vehicles and vanities are now available in Motorfest

  • 11 new path combinations have been added to the Grand Race, which will also feature different vehicle types

For Honor deployed patch 2.481 on December 7, bringing a number of improvements and bug fixes to Heathmoor.

  • All Front Dodge Bashes lose tracking 100ms later during attacks against dodging opponents

  • Fixed a bug where the Shugoki had a backwards dodge animation on right stance and side dodges

  • Fixed an issue where the Event and Hidden Gears did not appear as obtained and were locked when equipped

The Division 2 implemented Title Update 19.3 on December 5, bringing a number of bug fixes to the game.

  • Missions no longer remain stuck on "Secure the Area" after defeating all enemies and bosses

  • Backbone, Empress International, and Battery Pack backpacks now all show the correct attributes

  • Fixed server performance drop issue when Mel Arnold bounty was active

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