This week at Ubisoft, Rainbow Six Siege launched Operation Commanding Force and For Honor announced its new season Heresy; Anno 1800 developers shared details about the upcoming console release and accessibility options; Ubisoft celebrated International Women's Day; and developers discussed building a Clancyverse since 2002. Check it all out and more in this week's roundup of all Ubisoft news.
Rainbow Six Siege's newest season, Operation Commanding Force, is out now. The first season of Year 8, it introduces the new attacking Operator named Brava, who wields a Kludge drone that has the power to turn Defenders' electronic gadgets against them. Operation Commanding Force also brings gameplay updates, a new beginner challenge system, and anti-cheat measures. You can also play Rainbow Six Siege for free from now until March 16.
For Honor Year 7 Season 1, Heresy, is coming to Heathmoor on March 16. A cult of Fanatics has formed around the relics uncovered during Year 6, leading to the creation of Inquisitors set on eradicating them. Heresy runs until April 6, and brings a new game mode, event pass, lootable weapons, and more. Other content coming in For Honor Year 7 includes new Heroes, Hero skins, Battle Passes, and more.
On March 16, Anno 1800 is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PS5, bringing the city-building game to consoles for the first time in franchise history. As the game was adapted for controller use, the developers also implemented a number of accessibility features. Nicolas Magnier, senior game designer, spoke with Ubisoft News about the new accessibility options and what it was like bringing them to a completed game.
On March 8, Ubisoft celebrated International Women's Day with a conversation between Carmen Cho and Natasha Small. Art directors from Ubisoft San Francisco and Ubisoft Halifax, the two spoke about how their careers have changed the way they play games, being introverted managers, and the state of equity in the games industry today.
Games inspired by Tom Clancy's universe (aka the Clancyverse), have been going strong since Splinter Cell's 2002 release. Distinguished by their unique tactical elements and stealth mechanics, the Clancyverse has grown to include not only games like Ghost Recon or Rainbow Six Siege, but also books and audio series. Creative Director Alex Karpazis (Rainbow Six Siege), Narrative Director Lauren Stone (The Division 2), and Senior Transmedia Content Manager Étienne Bouvier share their insights on why the Clancyverse and its characters are so endearing to players.
From now until March 16, you can get your first month of a Ubisoft+ subscription for 50% off. With Ubisoft+, you gain access to a vast library of games, including premium editions, the indie collection, and day-one access to new releases.
Starting in September of 2022, Ubisoft+ showed its commitment to supporting indie games by hosting a number of them on the platform, giving its subscribers free access to titles like Lacuna, Warpips, and Deadly Days. Each month, new indies get added to the library, and at the end of March, Beholder 2 and Revita are coming in. All indies on Ubisoft+ are available on the service for six months, which means that since their September debut, Lake, Evan's Remains, Astrologaster, and Fell Seal are now leaving; however, all indie games are still available on the Ubisoft Store.
Ubisoft+ Spotlight - South Park: The Stick of Truth
(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 town of South Park needs your help! In South Park: The Stick of Truth, you take on the role of New Kid, quickly becoming enmeshed in an epic fantasy role-playing game and fighting with Princess Kenny, Butters, and Cartman to recapture the Stick of Truth, which gives the bearer unlimited power. Though the adventure begins with all the staples of a fantasy tale, complete with wizards, elves, and more, it quickly escalates to a wild story involving aliens, a government conspiracy, and disgusting goo-creature zombies.
When you start the Stick of Truth, you get to pick a character class for New Kid, each one with specific abilities (the Fighter specializes in melee attacks, the Thief in sneaking around, the Mage with magic). Armed with your favorite playstyle, you'll venture out into South Park to fight the elves and reclaim the Stick of Truth, earning experience points per encounter and leveling up your abilities as you go. You'll also be able to unlock new areas of the map and new abilities like teleportation. Plus, by collecting Chinpokomon toys and adding friends to New Kid's Facebook page, you'll be able to unlock new stats like extra damage or increased resistance to damage.
You can play South Park: The Stick of Truth today with a Ubisoft+ subscription.
Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Commanding Force didn't just bring a new Operator - it also brought game balancing updates and bug fixes.
- Players can no longer shoot weapons if the magazine has been removed, closed bolt weapons excepting
- Brava will be unbannable in regular matchmaking for two weeks
- First bullet kick reduction increased to 50%
Brawlhalla's Luck O' The Brawl 20203 kicked off on March 8, bringing lucky new content to the game in patch 7.05.
- New themed skins available, including Kern Koji, Dragon Hunter Isiah, Gallowglass Jhala, Merrow Sidra, and more.
- Gold Mine and Lucky Charm avatars
- UI redesign to reflect the event them, including seasonal music for main menu, character select, and post-match screens