Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ubisoft Brings Rocksmith As A Subscription Service Back, Today closed Beta Sign-ups Start

During Ubisoft's E3 presentation, the publisher announced it's getting back in the guitar tutorial business with Rocksmith+. This new version of the decade-old franchise was given ample spotlight during the live stream, as Ubisoft San Francisco explained how is transforming it from a standalone product into a robust subscription service.Arthur Von Nagel, a Ubisoft producer, discussed some of the enhancements and changes coming to Rocksmith+. He noted how aspiring musicians can learn to play guitar or bass by connecting their instrument of choice to a PC, console, or mobile device. Because Rocksmith+ is able to use your phone as a microphone, acoustic guitar players and those using electric guitars with amplifiers can play without additional equipment. The appropriate app is all that’s needed to be downloaded on a mobile device and synced to whichever platform the user chooses. The music library was described as having “a huge amount of songs at launch,” featuring master recording and will grow each week with “new, authentic arrangements.” Genres mentioned in the presentation include pop, hip-hop, country, R&B, Latin, and metal subgenres. “It’s the most diverse song library ever seen in music learning software,” claims Nagel. There’s even going to be a way for users to create and add their own arrangements using a new tool called Rocksmith Workshop. Nagel also announced a bunch of new ways for people to learn strum or shred from Rocksmith+. Chord charts will be included for those who prefer to stick to rhythm guitar as well as the more accurate note-for-note style of past versions of Rocksmith. New this time around is a tablature view to read the music as one would with traditional sheet music. An enhanced recommendation system and better progress tracking have been added to allow for a more personalized learning experience for beginner and intermediate musicians. In a press release after the show, Ubisoft announced pricing details: $14.99 for a 1-month subscription, $39.99 for a 3-month subscription, and $99.99 for a 12-month subscription. Sign-ups for the Rocksmith+ "closed beta" start today, and the full launch of the service is expected later this year. You can check out the rest of Ubisoft’s big announcements at our E3 hub, and watch the reveals from other publishers along with the Game Informer team live on Twitch!
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark’s Horror Elements Are What ENSURE IT IS Legendary

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is my favorite film. Like, to the degree that if I were marooned on a desert island and given the option between water and Steven Spielberg’s classic 1981 action blockbuster, I’d go with the latter. The film released before I was born, and I didn’t really discover it until later in my life when my tastes evolved from Beethoven’s 2nd to Die Hard, but since my “discovery” of famed archeologist Indiana Jones, life has always carried a lot more depth and meaning … okay, not really, but the flick is still a lot of fun!Luckily, during Raiders’ 35th Anniversary, I was able to catch a screening at my local theater. Despite a bad movie screen, the film still dazzled as a grand-scale adventure crammed full of exciting action scenes, dazzling effects, and larger-than-life heroes and villains.RELATED: New Indiana Jones 5 Set Photos Tease Harrison Ford’s ReturnYet, despite the lavish set pieces and thrilling chases, what really makes Raiders of the Lost Ark stand out amongst the rest are its surprising horror elements, of which there are many. Even in a film featuring perhaps the greatest action sequence ever filmed — the legendary desert chase — Raiders’ climax doesn’t see Indy throw any punches or take on baddies such as Belloq (Paul Freeman) or Toht (Ronald Lacey) mano-a-mano. Instead, Indy, like us, stands by and watches the wrath of God literally melt the faces off the film’s evildoers with shocking brutality.Indeed, I showed the film to my two daughters a few weeks ago and while each offered a nice dose of enthusiasm for the extended fight scenes and shootouts (mostly to keep me happy), their attention always seemed to peak during the scarier bits such as when Marion finds herself surrounded by mummies and skeletons immediately following their escape from the Well of Souls.Still, the film’s greatest strength is the titular Ark of the Covenant, which provides a lot of the film’s mysterious/horror aspects. Take, for instance, an early scene in which Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) discuss the object. The scene starts off with Indy celebrating the opportunity to go after the Ark but changes its tone when Marcus warns Indy not to take this particular quest lightly.Later, in the Map Room at the Tanis archeological dig, Indy discovers the location of the Ark using the Staff of Ra. One would think this moment would result in something a little more triumphant, but Spielberg instead has composer John Williams score the scene with a foreboding choir that perfectly sums up the dangers surrounding the artifact.Another great bit occurs when Indy and Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) unearth the “Lost Ark,” a sequence drenched in shadows and a haunting underscore. You half expect some sort of Conjuring-styled ghostly apparatus to appear at any moment … and while one never does, the scene does a fabulous job establishing the Ark as a force equal parts remarkable and deadly.Around the hour and a half mark, there’s also a brief 20-second moment in which the Ark burns a Nazi swastika off the cover of a crate while nearby rats wither and freak out amidst its tremendous power. This bit connects the end of ACT II — right after the desert chase — with the beginning of ACT III — right before the bad guys arrive via submarine and apprehend the Ark — and neatly foreshadows the grisly climax.Of course, nothing else in Raiders of the Lost Ark terrorizes like the aforementioned finale — perhaps the most gruesomely shocking ending of any commercial film catered to a wide audience. Oh, to be able to travel back to 1981 to see reactions to this ending on opening night. Were people thrilled? Appalled? Stunned? Despite all the clues and foreshadowing, it’s likely most didn’t expect that — melting faces, exploding heads, lasers, and terrifying ghosts? Everything in this moment is such a radical departure from the rest of the film, I’d imagine most viewers back then were just as stunned as my young daughters were a few weeks ago, during which they could only watch in stunned silence at the carnage on screen.As an adventure film, Raiders of the Lost Ark continues to dazzle unlike any other. The film boasts romance, drama, comedy, thrilling action, astonishing stunts, and eye-popping special effects — the film is truly remarkable and actually quite perfect. But it really is the shocking horror aspects that push Raiders high above and beyond its many imitators, where it continues to stand triumphantly as an incredible masterpiece even four decades after its original release.RELATED: Indiana Jones 5 Set Photos Reveal Stuntman in a Harrison Ford Mask

    Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Game Shown by Ubisoft

    Ubisoft developed an Avatar game around the release of the first film in 2009 and announced it was making another game in 2017 around the release of the second movie slated for December 2022. Now the publisher and developer has finally shown the mysterious game in question and announced its name: Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. It is coming to the PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Amazon Luna, and Stadia sometime in 2022. No specific date was announced and the game is not coming to PS4, Switch, or Xbox One.[embedded content]The trailer was prepared in the game’s Snowdrop Engine, the same engine that powers both The Division and its sequel, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and more. It went through the game’s alien world, showcasing both the Na’vi and humans. The Division developer Massive Entertainment is also handling the game, as was previously revealed, in collaboration with Lightstorm Entertainment (James Cameron’s production company) and Disney.MORE: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Getting Expansions in 2022, Discovery Tour SoonIt will be a first-person action adventure game with a standalone story that’s set in a full open-world. Players will play as a Na’vi as they explore unseen parts of Pandora and “explore a living and reactive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters, and push back the formidable RDA forces that threaten it.MORE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Drop Into Brawlhalla This Month

    Cry 6 Season Pass ENABLES YOU TO Become Villains far, Includes Blood Dragon

    Ubisoft’s E3 event is in full swing and, as expected, more details about the season pass for the forthcoming Far Cry 6 have been confirmed.In a two-minute trailer, the company showed that players who own the season pass will be able to delve into the backstories of some of the franchise’s most nefarious villains. Vaas Montenegro, Pagam Min, and Joseph Seed will all become playable and will all be given life by their original voice actors.RELATED: Far Cry 6 Director Writes Open Letter to Fans: ‘Our Story Is Political’Ubisoft says that players will have to battle the inner demons of the villains in a “new gameplay experience in which you will have to die…and retry” with the ultimate goal being to escape the mind of a villain.If that doesn’t float your boat, the company also confirmed that what is inarguably the best game in the series – Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon – will be making a return for those who own the season pass. Whether or not this re-release will be made available to those who don’t partake in Far Cry 6 has yet to be confirmed.RELATED: Far Cry 6 Release Date Announced During Gameplay RevealThe good news is that the season pass is bundled with the Gold, Ultimate, and Collector’s Editions of the game, and will also be available separately if you decide to pick it up later. Far Cry 6 will release on October 7 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and all five Google Stadia owners will be able to join the fun as well.Additionally, a new cinematic trailer for the core game was released, which you can see below:[embedded content]

    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Getting Expansions in 2022, Discovery Tour Soon

    Assassin’s Creed Valhalla released in November 2020 but Ubisoft is not even close with supporting the title. Ubisoft announced in the Ubisoft Forward that the RPG will be getting even more DLC in 2022 as well as the Discovery Tour in late 2021. This is in all in addition to the free updates and events the game has been receiving since launch.No other Assassin’s Creed game has gotten DLC support in its second year. Odyssey got the most DLC support and its final expansion released on July 16 of the following year, around nine months after the base game. Ubisoft hinted that this mysterious batch of DLC was going to be centered around Odin and contained a shot of a mysterious gateway. It could possibly send Eivor to one of the other realms, but it is not clear.MORE: Rainbow Six Extraction Release Date & Cross-Play RevealedNo dates were given, as Ubisoft still has to release The Siege of Paris, the next expansion. This DLC will take Eivor to France, which Ubisoft also showed a little of in the presentation. Black box infiltration missions are returning, which are open sandboxes that allow players to choose how they complete a mission. These were in some important missions in both Unity and Syndicate. Unity was also set in Paris so this seems appropriate. Players will also experience new abilities, weapons, and enemies. No date was given aside from “summer.”MORE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Drop Into Brawlhalla This MonthThe Discovery Tour is also coming back for the third game in a row and like those two other games, it is coming in a free post-launch update. “Exclusive rewards” will await those who delve into the game’s interactive museum-like tours that show different aspects of England at that time. It is coming this fall.

    This Month teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Drop Into Brawlhalla

    During their E3 presentation, Ubisoft has announced that the erstwhile heroes in a half-shell will be showing off their T-U-R-T-L-E power in Brawlhalla starting next week.That’s right. Players of the free-to-play platform fighting title will be able to lead Michaelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael into battle from June 16, as the latest incarnations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be grabbing a hot slice of ‘za and going to work against the other 50+ characters that currently fill the Brawlhalla roster.RELATED: Ubisoft Announces Rocksmith+, Details Closed BetaCheck out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Brawlhalla trailer below:[embedded content]Also on the cards is a new game mode by the name of Crew Battles. This mode allows you to take up to six characters into combat at once, tagging them in and out as required.Brawlhalla is currently available for basically every platform apart from the Atari 2600, and you can dive into the action with the current roster over on the official Brawlhalla site. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be added on June 16.RELATED: Just Dance 2022 Announced, Gets Exclusive Version of Todrick Hall Hit

    Dance 2022 Announced just, Gets Exclusive Version of Todrick Hall Hit

    Just Dance is back for another yearly installment.Ubisoft announced that the next installment will launch on November 4, 2021. It will feature 40 new songs including “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and “Level Up” by Ciara. It will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia.Check out the Just Dance 2022 trailer below:It was also announced that Just Dance 2022 will get an exclusive version of Todrick Hall’s “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels.” That makes sense considering the non-PG-13 lyrics in the original version. The lyrics will be swapped to be more dancing-focused, so it’s a fun collab.“For the first time ever, the Just Dance team and I are collaborating to give you an exclusive version of my song for Just Dance 2022,” said Hall. “To me, Just Dance allows people to express themselves through dance and to celebrate who they are and their individuality in such a fun way. Just Dance has transformed millions of lives, and I hope that this song brings you all so much joy … The new lyrics were handcrafted specifically for Just Dance, and let met tell you something: they’re full of sass because, you know, they were written by yours truly.

    Ubisoft Announces Rocksmith+, Details Closed Beta

    Since Ubisoft’s Rocksmith released for consoles and PC back in 2011, millions of users have picked up their guitar, connected the bundled cable, and did their best to try to learn how to play. An “updated” version (which didn’t really include any updates) was released in 2014 but since then, things have been quiet.Today though, Ubisoft has announced the next generation of the product, in the form of Rocksmith+.MORE: Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Leaks Ahead of Ubisoft E3 StreamRocksmith+ gives learners and experienced musicians the chance to hone their skills without the use of any extra equipment. For the first time, players will be able to use their mobile device as a microphone, rather than having to plug their axe into their console of choice. What this means, of course, is that Rocksmith+ allows for acoustic players to join the fun.The new service will include a tablature view for more experienced strummers, chord charts for rhythm players, and bass tabs for those who like slapping the low frequencies.MORE: Rainbow Six Extraction Release Date & Cross-Play RevealedCurrently, it doesn’t look as if the service will be coming to consoles. A closed beta will be available in due course (although a timeframe has yet to be specified) on PC, and a standalone mobile app is on the way for Android devices. We assume iOS will be involved as well, but given Apple’s approach to app monetization, that certainly isn’t guaranteed. A wave of popular tracks will be available at launch – although none have been confirmed as yet – and Ubisoft claims that new tracks will be on the cards every week.You can register for a chance at getting into the PC closed beta over on the official Rocksmith+ site.

    Rainbow Six Extraction Release Date & Cross-Play Revealed

    Ubisoft kicked off its Ubisoft Forward event with a Rainbow Six Extraction release date reveal. The co-op sci-fi shooter will be out on September 16, 2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. All systems will be able to play together with cross-play, which Ubisoft also confirmed.MORE: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Getting Expansions in 2022, Discovery Tour Soon[embedded content]The above gameplay deep dive showcases the game in action for the first time. It shows the known Rainbow Six Siege gameplay, but with more future technology and parasitic aliens called the Archæns which will be divided into 10 different enemies. Up to three players can squad up and choose from 18 different Operators. Each will have different gadgets and abilities. Those who also own Rainbow Six Siege and Extraction will instantly get access to the 18 operators in Siege as well as some cosmetic bundles. There will also be 12 unique maps.MORE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Drop Into Brawlhalla This Month

    Watched IN THE HOME: Top Streaming Films for the Week of June 5

    Ahoy, fellow couch potatoes! These last several weeks have been a lot of fun as DEG’s Watched at Home Top 20 has consistently been inconsistent with its list. This week, for example, sees a new champion: Four Good Days, the Glenn Close/Mila Kunis drama based upon Eli Sallows 2016 Washington Post article, “How’s Amanda? A Story of Truth, Lies and an American Addiction.” The film made its debut on the list a few weeks ago and rose to No. 3 last week, but finally claims the top spot — at least for now — over Tom and Jerry (No. 2), The Marksman (No. 3) and new addition The Courier (No. 4).RELATED: Interview: Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’s Daniel Mertzlufft & Kate LeonardSpeaking of new, the TV comedy Friends: S1-10 made its debut at No. 17 coinciding with HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion, while the family adventure The Water Man appeared at No. 20.All three seasons of Yellowstone also made the list as viewers brace themselves for Season 4.Top 201. Four Good Days (Vertical Entertainment)2. Tom and Jerry (Warner Bros.)3. The Marksman (Universal)4. The Courier (Lionsgate)5. Chaos Walking (Lionsgate)6. The Little Things (Warner Bros.)7. The Dry (IFC)8. Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)9. The Unholy (Sony Pictures)10. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)11. Above Suspicion (Lionsgate)12. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner Bros.)13. Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)14. Minari (A24)15. Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)16. The Father (Sony Pictures)17. Friends: S1-10 (Warner Bros.)18. News of the World (Universal)19. Nomadland (Disney)20. The Water Man (RLJ Entertainment)

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