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Ubisoft isn’t playing by the standard rules at this year’s Gamescom. Unlike Sony or EA’s traditional reveals, Ubi made most of its recent announcements free titles and released more footage for some other free titles.
Following its plans of more free-to-play PC games, the publisher has announced the development of Anno Online and 2 additional Might & Magic online games. Anno will play like the franchise’s medieval iterations, but this time connected to islands of different players, which enables the forming of guilds and such. Anno Online will release for browsers by the end of the year.
Coming in 2013, both Might & Magic releases will add their own take on the series in a client-based game. Might & Magic: Heroes Online is the truest to the game core. Players will amass an army and roam through the world of Ashlan for glorious conquest. The online component will allow for cooperative play as well.
Might & Magic Raiders is a faster, more active MMO. Players will choose between 4 characters and form a team of elite fighters to take on challenges in real-time cooperative combat.
These two iterations follow the announcement of a card game in the same series dubbed Might & Magic: Duel of Champions. Ubisoft has announced that this strategic free-to-play game is now live for anyone interested in a different take on Magic: The Gathering. You’ll find the Beta here.
Shooter fans could be interested in Ghost Recon Online. The latest in the Tom Clancy series adds a ton of neat gadgets to the military shooting game. It’s gone live and is free to play here.
We’re not even half done, since Ubisoft is hell-bent on promoting all their free titles. One of these is the recently announced Silent Hunter Online that released a new teaser with indications of a closed Beta signup.
Last but not least in the free games series, The Settlers Online also had a new trailer launch for Gamescom. The successful browser MMO is always expanding its kingdom thanks to its many users.
Luckily, the publisher still has a few pay checks coming up as well, such as the previously reported Assassin’s Creed III with exclusive Playstation 3 content. Dancing fans can now enjoy a new sizzling trailer for Just Dance 4 that apparently has moves like Jagger. We’ve been told the song is catchy, so approach the clip with caution.
Speaking of catchy tunes, Rocksmith is almost ready to debark in Europe. To prepare the First World for the event, Ubisoft went on an actual rock tour around several festivals. They recorded some footage of attendees enjoying the game. Remember that this edition will also allow bass players to heighten their skills.
Finally, Rayman Legends received 2 new trailers as well. The first features a fierce warrior by the name of Barbara. The barbarian is seen running and kicking all kinds of butt to a rocking beat.
The second clip shows the helpful features of this Wii U exclusive. The game pad is used to guide players along or manipulate the environment so that Rayman and his friends can pass.
If you intend on trying any of the barrage of free games coming up from Ubisoft, feel free to let us know!
While not free, the company still had one announcement up its sleeve. It launched Uplay PC, which will serve as a central hub that connects all games in one place, instead of separate launchers. To commemorate the occasion, several PC games have received huge discounts and games like Driver San Francisco are available for 1 buck on the freshly released platform. Undoubtedly, the promotion also serves as a way to distract people from the recent fiasco in Ubisoft DRM that created a severe threat to consumer security. Even if this new platform is supposed to restore faith in the publisher’s DRM choices, we’d still advise caution. It took them over 20 games to notice the “coding error,” so we’re not certain just how benign their little hiccup was that opened your computer to the rest of the world.