Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Coming to Chrome (Yes, Chrome)

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches this Friday on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and now Google Chrome.

You read that right. Today Google unveiled Project Stream, a service designed to stream AAA video games directly through your Chrome browser. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be featured in a “technical test” for the service, allowing a very small select group of testers to stream the game when it launches this Friday. Google outlined the basic functionality of the project in a blog post.

“We’ve partnered with one of the most innovative and successful video game publishers, Ubisoft, to stream their soon-to-be released Assassin’s Creed Odyssey® to your Chrome browser on a laptop or desktop. Starting on October 5, a limited number of participants will get to play the latest in this best-selling franchise at no charge for the duration of the Project Stream test.”

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Google released footage of the game running on the service alongside the reveal. It looks to be running smoothly at 1080p/60fps, but we won’t know about input lag, latency, and other factors that usually plague streaming platforms until this Friday.

“The idea of streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen poses a number of challenges.  When streaming TV or movies, consumers are comfortable with a few seconds of buffering at the start, but streaming high-quality games requires latency measured in milliseconds, with no graphic degradation.”

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Both Ubisoft and Google have been looking into the game streaming market for some time now. We heard rumors of Google entering the gaming space earlier this year, and this seems to be their big idea. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has also stated that he believes streaming will play an integral role in the next gaming generation. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems to be their first major test for this idea, with the game getting a cloud version in Japan and being available on Project Stream in the states.

The game will be completely free to play if you’re selected for the test, and you’ll have access until sometime in mid-January.

To participate in the test, users must be at least 17 years old, have a controller or keyboard and mouse to control the game, and a have a capable internet connection with a speed of at least 25 megabits per second, as well as both a Google account and a Ubisoft account. Signups are available here.

Input lag and latency are the two critical factors in streaming video games, and they hinder so many other streaming services. Will Google be able to finally deliver a reliable streaming experience comparable to running the game natively on local hardware? We won’t have to wait long to find out.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches on October 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and now Google Chrome for a handful of people.

 

New Red Dead Redemption 2 Gameplay Video Coming Tomorrow

Rockstar tweeted earlier today that the second gameplay demonstration for the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 will drop tomorrow morning.

 

The first gameplay video came out at the beginning of last month, and it ended with a teaser for more videos to follow, but Rockstar had been silent on when those would be coming until now. The post simply reads “Gameplay Video Part 2 coming tomorrow 9am Eastern”, which doesn’t tell us much, but if the first gameplay video is anything to go by, then we should get a pretty decent look at the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 clocking in at about 5 or 6 minutes. The first video ended with a tease for missions, side activities, and the Dead Eye system, Red Dead Redemption’s signature sharpshooting mechanic, so expect to see an in-depth look at those tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can check out the game’s initial gameplay reveal below.

Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The public beta for Red Dead Online, the game’s multiplayer component is set to launch sometime in early November.

 

Minecraft: Dungeons Announced For PC

A dungeon crawling game set in the world of Minecraft is coming to PC in 2019, Mojang announced today during Minecon Earth 2018.

The game is described as an “action-adventure game inspired by classic dungeon crawlers.” It’ll support up to four players cooperatively and feature new weapons, items, mobs, and environments as players embark on a journey to defeat the Arch-Illager.

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Dungeons appears to be the first of a series of Minecraft games. After the trailer debuted, Lydia Winters, the Chief Brand Officer for Mojang, said, “this is the beginning of our expansion of the Minecraft universe to new game genres.” Minecraft is no stranger to spin-offs, with studios like Telltale Games having already put their own unique spin on the blocky universe.

Minecraft: Dungeons is slated to launch in 2019 on PC. No word was given on other platforms. Mojang also detailed their new Village and Pillage update (which adds Pandas!) today, and you can read all about that here.

Will you be playing Minecraft: Dungeons? Let us know down below and stay tuned to Circle Square Games for all things Minecraft.

 

Pandas Are Coming to Minecraft

Minecon Earth 2018 is currently underway, and with it comes a lot of block-related news.

Announced today, the Village and Pillage update will introduce a slew of new villagers, including the Librarian, Butcher, Cleric, Cartographer, Leatherworker, Fletcher, Shepherd, Farmer, Fisher, Armorer, Toolsmith, and Weaponsmith. These villagers will have unique designs depending on the biome they’re from. Alongside these new villagers come Pillagers, new hostile mobs that will attack villagers and players with their dangerous beasts.

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Ahead of this big update, Mojang is adding two new animals to the game: pandas and stray cats. Bamboo forests will also be added to the game, along with the ability to harvest bamboo and create scaffolding with it.

“We recorded real pandas in China to help create these,” said Jen Bergensten, lead developer at Mojang.

The Village and Pillage update is scheduled to launch sometime next year, and the pandas and cats are due “very soon”. You can get a sneak peek of the creatures in the video above.

Mojang also announced a new dungeon crawling game set in the Minecraft universe called Minecraft: Dungeons during today’s stream. You can read all about that here.

 

There Won’t Be A PlayStation Experience This Year

PlayStation Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden has confirmed in this week’s PlayStation Blogcast that PSX 2018 is not happening.

“For 2018,” said Layden, ” I know this is going to be a disappointment to some people, but we decided to not hold PlayStation Experience this year.”

“We wouldn’t have enough to bring people all together in some location in North America to have that event. We don’t want to set expectation really high and then not deliver on that. It was a hard decision, but we have determined that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience.”

Last year’s PlayStation Experience was not as packed with announcements and news as previous years, which disappointed some fans. Years like 2016 saw the announcement of both The Last of Us Part 2 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, new entries in two of Sony’s flagship franchises.

Layden also mentioned PlayStation’s increased use of the PlayStation Blog and social media channels to convey announcements, and we’ve seen PlayStation break some pretty big news in that fashion this year, with blog posts revealing the release dates for God of War and Detroit: Become Human, and the PlayStation Classic debut came largely via social media outlets.

Unfortunately, this does raise some questions about the changing of PSN names. At PSX 2017, Layden told Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller that, in regards to name changes, “I hope we’ll see events occur so that you don’t have th ask me that question next PSX.”

At least they’ve got more time to work on that now.