The Division

It’s refreshing to see a new game franchise deservingly take off the way Ubisoft’s The Division has. Ubisoft has announced Tom Clancy’s The Division has sold more than $330 million (digital and physical copy sales worldwide) in the first five days of release.

“The Division taking the top spot in the industry for first week sales of a new franchise is a tremendous achievement. We are very proud of our teams, and humbled by and thankful for the millions of players who are giving us their feedback and support,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO and Co-Founder, Ubisoft. “The Division is the latest example yet of our unique ability to deliver immersive gaming playgrounds that keeps players engaged and that they eagerly share with their friends and community.”

If those numbers aren’t enough, Ubisoft reports over 100 million hours clocked in on The Division’s servers, with more than 1.2 million players online concurrently over the weekend. The Division also dominates Twitch and YouTube viewers. On Twitch, Ubisoft reports The Division was the top viewed game at launch and on YouTube over 57 million viewers on that first week of release.

Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy label delivers a great new franchise outside of the Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell games. I’ve had a few hours into The Division on the PS4 and can say it’s a fun “Gun-PG” worth playing. I definitely recommend checking it out on the  PS4 (as well as Xbox One and PC). It’s a bit disappointing The Division is going the Xbox One first-release exclusivity-DLC route. But it is a different game that all players are definitely hungry for as the numbers show.

For more details on Tom Clancy’s The Division, visit the official website at www.thedivisiongame.com.

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Rayman Origins (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

Ubisoft has announced their lineup of upcoming and recently released games being showcased at  New York Comic Con. At Ubisoft’s booths (#1322 and #1338) from October 13 to 16th, here is the vast selection of games that are being shown:

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game: Based on the upcoming movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which is the highly anticipated film adaptation of one of the world’s most well-known and beloved literary series.

Assassin’s Creed® Revelations: Master assassin Ezio Auditore walks in the footsteps of the legendary mentor Altair. It is a perilous path – one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region. In addition to Ezio’s award-winning story, a refined and expanded online multiplayer experience returns with more modes, more maps and more characters, allowing player to test their assassin skills against others from around the world.

The Black Eyed Peas® Experience: The second game in the highly successful Experience franchise. The new dance game will feature authentic dance moves as well as numerous hit songs from The Black Eyed Peas® multiplatinum-selling catalog.

Just Dance® 3: The third game in the multimillion-selling Just Dance® franchise. Just Dance 3 marks the first time the series will be available on all three major platforms: Kinect™ for Xbox 360®, PlayStation®Move for PlayStation®3 system, and on Wii™.

Might & Magic® Heroes® VI: This game marks the return of the beloved Might & Magic franchise. Might & Magic® Heroes® VI includes all the characters and the features that have made the franchise a worldwide success, in addition to several brand-new innovations.

Rayman® Origins: From the mind of Michel Ancel, celebrated creator of Rayman®, Beyond Good & Evil® and the Raving Rabbids®, comes an artistically stunning, 4-player co-op comic adventure set in a lush, 2D world, teeming with unexpected secrets and outlandish enemies!

Shoot Many Robots™: The game follows P. Walter Tugnut on his mission to kill as many robots as possible after a factory begins to ominously produce killer robots. With an RV full of guns and beer, gamers will experience a four-player co-op run-n-gun side-scrolling RPG shooter filled with tons of weapon and item customization.

In addition to the Ubisoft game previews, here are some bonus items that NYCC goers will be able to get as well as events that Ubisoft will be hosting:

Assassin’s Creed Revelations
-Fans who pre-order Assassin’s Creed Revelations at New York Comic Con will get a free T-shirt.
-Multiplayer tournaments will be held once a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm EST. Players will need to play the game in the booth in order to be eligible to enter the tournament.

The Black Eyed Peas Experience
-Attendees who pre-order The Black Eyed Peas Experience at New York Comic Con will receive an exclusive Black Eyed Peas signed poster

Just Dance 3
-Attendees who purchase the game through Amazon.com will receive a free Just Dance 3 branded neon wrist watch.
-On each day of the conference, the first 100 fans to post something about Just Dance 3 on their Facebook or Twitter pages will win a free Just Dance 3 branded neon sweatband.

Rayman Origins
-Attendees who pre-order Rayman Origins at New York Comic Con will receive a free T-shirt.
-Fans who “Like” the Rayman Origins Facebook page at New York Comic Con will receive a free Rayman sticky hand.

Might & Magic Heroes VI
-Fans who visit Ubisoft’s booth during New York Comic Con will receive a free Might & Magic Heroes VI poster.

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Raving Rabbids on TVUbisoft’s iconic and wacky Rabbids are breaking out of video games and into their very own Nickelodeon animated TV series. Estimated for a spring 2013 release, the new Rabbids television series will bring 26 half-hour computer animated episodes to Nickelodeon. Ubisoft, the company that created the Raving Rabbids games, will also be creating the CG shows.

“Nickelodeon is one of the world’s leading entertainment brands for children and families, and Ubisoft is thrilled to be partnering with Nickelodeon to deliver unique television programming to its viewers,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “As the world’s most recognized entertainment brand for children and families, Nickelodeon is the perfect vehicle to share the zany Rabbids characters and their crazy adventures with television audiences around the globe. This partnership represents a major milestone in Ubisoft’s strategy to expand its brands to new media, thereby attracting new audiences to its games.”

See the press release here for more details.

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From Dust (XBLA)

Today’s new Xbox LIVE Arcade game release is Ubisoft’s From Dust, available for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). The game comes from Eric Chahi, creator of Another World. From Dust is an all-new god game where players shift the terrain and the power of nature to impact a tribe’s destiny. The visuals look unique and calming at the same time. If you’ve been a fan of god games, don’t miss From Dust.

About From Dust:
“Behold the beauty of a primitive world pulsing with life and face the might of nature. Beware the danger of a world that is constantly changing under your command. Control the destiny of a tribe struggling to survive and help it recover its ancestors’ lost powers. Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous. A universe where Nature reclaims what is Hers; and you are your people’s only chance of survival.”

Download the From Dust demo or full game to your Xbox 360 here from Xbox.comFrom Dust is the second Summer of Arcade release. Read more details here on the Xbox 360’s Summer of Arcade game lineup and how you can qualify to get Crimson Alliance for free in September.

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Rayman Origins from UbisoftUbisoft adds to the Comic-Con 2011 anticipation, announcing its events planned for the show. The first public demos for Ubisoft’s upcoming games includes hands-on of Just Dance 3 and Rabbids: Alive & Kicking. Ubisoft  will also be demoing Rayman Origins, their upcoming platformer. A panel for Assassin’s Creed Revelations will also be happening on July 23rd. Below are all the details from Ubisoft. Keep a lookout on Ubisoft’s official Twitter feed at twitter.com/ubisoft for updates throughout Comic-Con next week.

Details on Ubisoft’s Comic-Con 2011 events:

Located in the Exhibit Hall at #4245, Ubisoft’s booth will feature a special stage for consumers to get down with Just Dance3, the latest iteration of America’s favorite dance game, which will be available on all platforms this fall, and Rabbids: Alive & Kicking, a zany, wild and humorous collection of mini games the whole family can enjoy. Booth visitors also will have an opportunity to play Rayman Origins for the first time before the game’s release later this year. Rayman Origins is a high-definition 2-D side-scrolling platforming adventure featuring full 4-player co-op. Additionally, Rayman Origins fans can win a free T-shirt by checking in on Facebook at the Rayman Origins billboard at 6th Avenue & F Street, in the Gaslamp quarter, and then claim their prize at Ubisoft’s booth. Other prizes will be given away at the booth, including special pre-order discounts and incentives on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Revelations and Just Dance 3 releases.

In addition to Ubisoft’s booth, Ubisoft is teaming with Break Media and NBC star Zachary Levi’s company The Nerd Machine to build out a “Nerd HQ” in downtown San Diego, from July 21-24.  At the “Nerd HQ,” fans will gather to celebrate nerd culture and will have the chance to play Rayman Origins.

Finally, on Saturday, July 23, from 3–4 p.m. in Room 25ABC, the writers behind Assassin’s Creed Revelations will discuss and answer questions about the thrilling fourth installment in the critically acclaimed entertainment franchise during the “Assassin’s Creed: The Creation of a Universe” panel. The panel will explore how the Ubisoft Montreal development team has created the Assassin’s Creed universe, which weaves real world history and global conspiracies into an ancient war between Assassins and Templars across a variety of media. Attendees will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how Ezio’s final journey will unfold as he walks in the footsteps of his legendary mentor, Altair, on a perilous journey of doubt and discovery. Additionally, attendees will get to watch an exclusive preview of the animated short film Assassin’s Creed Embers. Panelists will include the creators of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Revelations game, animated short film and comic. Adam Sessler, host of G4TV’s X-Play, will moderate the panel.

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