This week at Ubisoft, a number of games launched new seasons, including The Division 2, For Honor, and Riders Republic, while Just Dance 2023 Edition and Oddballers gave sneak peeks at what's to come when those titles launch. Following the Assassin's Creed Showcase at Ubisoft Forward, the documentary "Beyond the Creed" launched on YouTube to celebrate the franchise's 15th anniversary. Check it all outin this week's weekly roundup of Ubisoft news:
Price of Power, The Division 2's Season 10, is out now, available on all platforms for players who own the Warlords of New York Expansion and Ubisoft+ subscribers. Agents are on the move in a new Manhunt, tracking General Peter Anderson, the new leader of the True Sons. As Season 10 progresses, Price of Power will also bring Leagues, Global Events, new difficulty modes for Countdown mode, and new items and Apparel Events.
For Honor Year 6 Season 3, Demon Dagger, is out now, introducing the Yokai Nightmare event, which will run until September 29 and put a twist on the classic Dominion mode: players will fight on Temple Garden with art and ambience updates inspired by Japanese yokai folklore. Season 3 is also ringing in a new Battle Pass and Battle Bundle, bringing back the Testing Grounds, and, later in the season, rolling out Phase 2 of cross-platform play.
Riders Republic Season 4: Freestylin' is live, which means the BMX Sport add-on is available for Year 1 Pass holders and will be available to all other players on September 21. The new Season includes a BMX career mode and Area 52, a new zone dedicated to BMX. Freestylin' also marks the start of the Vans partnership, and brings in new in-game sponsors like Cult, Odyssey, We The People, and more. Stay tuned for the Vans Waffle Cup and Red Bull Uncontained events later this season, where players can show off their handlebar skills.
As part of AC15, the months-long celebration of Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft released "Beyond the Creed" on YouTube, a special 15th Anniversary documentary. The video features interviews with those who worked on the franchise, including Narrative Director Darby McDevitt and Creative Director Jean Guesdon, as well as passionate community members like Marco Chiacchiera and Claudio Canfora.
In a new initiative to further support indie games and studios, a curated selection of indie games are now available on Ubisoft+, or for purchase through the Ubisoft Store. Dive into The Last Friend from The Stonebot Studio, A Normal Lost Phone by Accidental Queens, Astrologaster by Nyamyam, Evan's Remains by Maitan69, and Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark and Gamious' Lake by Eyes Studio. More titles will be added in the future.
The September 13 Nintendo Direct featured Just Dance 2023 Edition, revealing four new songs that will be part of the game:
- "Dynamite" by BTS (방탄소년단)
- "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons
- "Telephone" by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé
- "Wannabe" by Itzy
Trackmania Games Announced
On September 12, Ubisoft announced a new competition called Trackmania Games. The inaugural event, set to take place in Paris in Summer 2024, will feature multiple racing disciplines. Trackmania games will be accessible to all players, be they pros or amateurs, and will bring together experienced competitors and creative players. More details about the new event will come in the next few months.
Oddballers Will Release in 2023
Oddballers was also featured in Nintendo Direct, with the announcement that it will release for the Switch in early 2023. In this unique dodgeball-inspired game, players can throw anything and everything at their opponents in online play or minigames.
Ubisoft+ Spotlight - Rayman Origins
(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: The Glade of Dreams needs your help! Rayman, Globox, and a couple of Teensies are just trying to take a nap with the Bubble Dreamer when they inadvertently disturb an old woman in the Land of the Livid Dead, causing an invasion of Darktoons in the Glade. Now, Rayman and his buddies need to travel through the realms in the Glade of Dreams to free Electoons and heal the Bubble Dreamer. The cartoonish journey that ensues is full of Nightmares, Nymphs to rescue, Kings to free, and a shocking betrayal (plus a bonus boss for those who collect all 10 red teeth).
Rayman Origins is a return to the original game's side-scrolling roots, bolstered by the updated tech of 2011. The 2D animation is bright and colorful, giving the game a unique look that also sparks nostalgia for the older titles. The game also has a fun trick of moving players - or enemies - to the foreground or background of a level, giving the run a 3D feel while sticking to its two-dimensional roots. With over 60 levels in the Glade, Rayman Origins keeps engaging content flowing. The gameplay is just as zany as the story sounds, with Rayman leaping up walls, riding steam vents, piloting mosquitos, and more. Plus, Rayman Origins is the first game in the series to have co-op multiplayer, letting up to four friends fight through the Glade together. You can play Rayman Origins today on PC with a Ubisoft+ subscription.
The Division 2's Price of Power didn't just introduce a Manhunt; it also released new patch notes that describe the updates and improvements to gameplay.
- Loot quantity and quality of drops from second wave of Hunters will increase
- Expertise cap is now 21, up from 20
- Server time added to the main menu
Coinciding with the launch of Demon Dagger, For Honor released patch 2.38.0 on September 15, outlining improvements and bug fixes to Heathmoor.
- Warlord, Centurion, Highlander, Black Prior, and Jormungandr Heroes now have Side Dodge Attacks
- Warden's Zone Attack Stamina now costs 30, down from 60, and Second Light Attacks are now 500ms, down from 600ms
- Medjay's Throne Guard attack no longer missing frames
Anno 1800 released game update 15 on September 15, adding support for DLC 11: Empire of the Skies and the "Clash of Couriers" scenario, as well as new items and gameplay improvements.
- 10 new items added, including Mad Mary, Animal Nutritionist, Temperate Pedologist, and Synthetic Chemist, among others.
- New Lifestyle Needs category has been added
- Maximum impact radius of Hacienda increased to 75