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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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    Rainbow Six Extraction Gameplay Revealed, Fall Release Date Set

    Rainbow Six Extraction, formerly known as Quarantine, just dropped new gameplay for fans to enjoy during E3 2021. The latest look at the upcoming Ubisoft title shows off a look at the Incursions, as well as Rainbow Six Extraction release date information. First things first, when is Extraction dropping? Rainbow Six Extraction will be available on September 16. That gives the title a little bit of breathing room before the holiday season boom, providing players a chance to go up against a rising threat. Take a look at the latest Rainbow Six Extraction trailer below:  With this game, players will need to team up and work cooperatively in order to defeat the hordes of enemies that are there to stop you from completing your mission. In this instance, you're having to dive deep into the bowels of danger in order to extract (see what we did there) a missing operator. Getting to them is no easy feat, however, and it's up to players to communicate with one another to beat past various enemy types in order to recover the MIA operative in action.  [embedded content] Rainbow Six Extraction isn't anything truly revolutionary, and it doesn't have to be. This standalone experience draws from common tropes in this genre and tailors it to fit within the Rainbow Six universe. Siege players will note a few operators as looking familiar, and gear works similarly as well. It puts a more tactical edge on PvE, an edge that fans of this particular branch of Tom Clancy's adventures will find enjoyable for an experience beyond what Siege has to offer.  Rainbow Six Extraction makes its grand debut on September 16 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Luna, and Google Stadia. What are your thoughts on what we've seen of Rainbow Six Extraction? Are you excited to learn more about this co-op experience with Rainbow Six Extraction or are you all Tom Clancy'd out? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! Be sure to also mosey on over to our dedicated E3 2021 event hub here to catch up on any news you may have missed. 

    Today rainbow Six Extraction – New Gameplay

    Rainbow Six Extraction has been on the minds of gamers for a long time. First revealed as Rainbow Six Quarantine, the follow-up to Siege has been a mystery as to what fans can expect from this new PvE experience. Today as part of E3 2021, publisher Ubisoft is finally pulling back the curtain on its latest project, and shooter fans worldwide should be excited.Join the Council of Alexes (Van Aken and Stadnik) as they take you on a tour of this new three-player experience on this episode of New Gameplay Today. Players will fill the shoes of some of their favorite (or underrated) operators from the previous Siege title as they battle the dredges of this world. Fans can expect a very similar tactical experience to that of the aforementioned predecessor as your squad will be tasked with infiltrating infested maps and try to survive as long as possible. But what happens if you fail? When you die in a match, your operator actually becomes unavailable to you. Later, at the game's discretion, that character will show up on the map, trapped and in need of a rescue. If you're successful in your extraction, operators such as Sledge will be playable once more, but if not, you'll just have to keep trying until you can get them out of harm's way. Fans of Rainbow Six don't have too much longer to wait as Extraction is dropping on September 16 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Amazon Luna, and Stadia! The party doesn't stop today, friends. We're in the midst of the video game industry's biggest week of the year, and we're celebrating in style. We're live streaming all the biggest conferences with you, giving our spicy reactions on the YouTube channel, and filling a huge E3 hub with all the content you could dream of. Thanks for watching!

    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

    Rainbow Six Siege Goes Cross-Platform On PlayStation and Xbox In 2022

    Rainbow Six Siege is celebrating six years of operation as we head into E3 2021. While no major revelations happened today in terms of new operators, maps, equipment, or competitive play,  a few updates are likely to be highly significant for the community, both existing players and new prospects. On June 30, Rainbow Six Siege goes cross-platform, with cross-progression on PC, Luna, and Stadia, allowing players to interact with each other on these services and platforms as well as keep their progress when they travel from one to another. This is a big deal, but the bigger deal arrives in early 2022. Early 2022 brings cross-play between the Xbox and PlayStation platforms as well as cross-progression across all platforms. Basically, in early 2022, you can finally play Siege anywhere with almost anyone, and retain all of your progress as you move from platform to platform. While that’s a ways off, it should have a profound impact on the game and its players when it arrives. In addition, a brand new animated trailer rolled out with this announcement, giving players a look at some of the characters. These trailer shorts have become commonplace for the game to help define the stories of its flavorful cast. In North Star, you get a new look at some of Rainbow Six Siege’s characters - outside of the usual laying siege to houses, offices, and other environments. Rainbow Six Siege is a notable example of a game that launched with lackluster sentiment but grew into a powerful and praised experience as a service over time in a live environment as major changes continue to roll out at a speedy clip. Have you tried Rainbow Six Siege? Are you still having fun with it? Are cross-play and cross-progression likely to bring you onboard to give it a try if you haven’t yet? Let us know in the comments, and stick with us for E3 2021!

    Cry 6 Season Pass Brings Back Vaas far, Pagan Min, AND MUCH MORE

    Far Cry 6 has several different options for players to choose from, including a pretty sweet collector's edition, but what about digital bonuses for those looking for something a little extra? During E3 2021's Ubisoft forward showcase, we got our first look what the Far Cry 6 Season Pass will have to offer. The trailer for the Far Cry 6 Season Pass includes how Ubisoft is bringing back familiar baddies from the series' past, including Joseph from Far Cry 5, Pagan Min from Far Cry 4, and Vaas "the definition of insanity" from Far Cry 3. The kicker? You won't be fighting these foes again, you'll be playing as them.  "The mind is dangerous," reads the above trailer, showing off an incredibly dark sequence of events when we become those we hate, the ones we've killed in the past. It's pretty wild, and honestly? Maybe I'm alone, but it gave me chills seeing Joseph and Vaas again. Take a look at the trailer below and see for yourself:  [embedded content] With no Arcade Mode or Map Editor this time around, the creative team had more time to focus on narrative details, including DLC. As is the case with any Season Pass, Far Cry 6's includes upcoming DLC that will act as additional stories in an anthology-like fashion to pair with the main game's storyline. Regarding the game itself, Far Cry 6 arrives on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Luna, and Stadia. You can learn more about the game with our dedicated hub right here, as well as our E3 2021 hub to catch up on any news you may have missed.  Thoughts on the latest look at Far Cry 6 and the Season Pass? Sound off with your hottest of hot takes in the comment section below! Be sure to drop any E3 prediction you may have as well, we've got a solid week ahead in gaming news! 

    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.

    Assassin's Creed Valhalla Siege Of Paris Expansion Revealed, Future Content Plans

    During the E3 2021 Ubisoft Forward showcase, the studio confirmed a ton of good news for Assassin's Creed fans, including continued support well into the game's second year. With players already enjoying the current Wrath of the Druids DLC, Ubisoft also confirmed that the next expansion takes a different turn with Siege of Paris. The Siege of Paris expansion drops sometime this Summer and will include a new storyline and new gear to earn. Check out our first look in the video below, as well as an inside look into future content plans and more on the Discovery Tour:  [embedded content] Discovery Tour will be coming this Fall, allowing players to dive deep into the history of the Viking age. Much like previous installments, players can safely transverse this world while learning all about the history that plays an important role in Assassin's Creed Valhalla's storyline.  Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s owners will also have the chance to enjoy Discovery Tour: Viking Age for free. Following Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt and Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece’s line, the brand-new chapter of the Assassin’s Creed educational expansion will shed a light on the Viking era and allow players to discover more about the history and traditions of the time. "Designed with historians and archeologists, this non-violent interactive learning experience will let players embody different characters of the time and take part in their big and small adventures set in ninth-century Norway and England," says Ubisoft. "The standalone version of the Discovery Tour: Viking Age will be available via Uplay PC for $19.99." Ubisoft also confirmed that for the first time in Assassin's Creed history, the team is dedicated to completely supporting Valhalla well into its second year, ensuring more meaningful content is on the way. Ubisoft will have more to share in the coming months but until then? We're taking on the Siege of Paris this summer. What are your thoughts on Ubisoft's approach to Assassin's Creed Valhalla? Any opinions on the studio's showcase this year for E3 2021? Shout them out, loud and proud, in the comment section below! You can also check out our dedicated E3 hub here to catch up on any news you may have missed. 

    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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