Archive for July 9th, 2012

Secret World’s dirty little secret is that it doesn’t work yet

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I love the game that Secret World is supposed to be. This new horror themed MMO from Funcom, the developers who launched Anarchy Online, and Electronic Arts, the publishers who designed Star Wars: The Old Republic, is the genre’s freshest breath of air since DC Universe Online. It takes a unique approach to worldbuilding with a world unique among MMOs. It admirably solves traditional problems like stale gameplay, played out settings, and players scattered among multiple servers. It has style, flair, subtlety, personality.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been playing the game that Secret World is supposed to be. I’ve instead been playing the game that was released.

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The Assassin’s Creed movie you might never see

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An Assassin’s Creed movie seemed dead in the water after Ubisoft failed to interest Sony in a deal last year. But now, according to Variety, Ubisoft’s newly formed movie division has signed a deal with Michael Fassbender and his production partner’s development company. Now an Assassin’s Creed movie has a little of the star power it needs to get underway.

This doesn’t mean an Assassin’s Creed movie will happen. It just means Fassbender’s name makes it a lot more financially viable. But until more and bigger players are attached to the process, it’s got a long way to go. Note this bit from the Variety article:

Ubisoft execs now plan to stick to their initial plan and develop the film independently in order to maintain greater creative control. Last year, Ubisoft invested in launching [Ubisoft Motion Pictures], headed by [Jean-Julien] Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, to adapt the company’s games into films, TV shows and digital projects. While Sony could still wind up distribing the films, UMP will package the project with a writer and director before resuming talks with the studio.

“Develop the film independently in order to maintain greater creative control” is shorthand for “couldn’t get funding”.

Movies are huge slow beasts that take a long time to slouch to your local theater. Most of them lose steam along the way. Many of them lie down and die. Some of them limp onto DVD. An Assassin’s Creed movie still has a long way to slouch. Note that bit in the article about Ubisoft resuming talks with Sony once a writer and director are attached to the project. Fassbender’s involvement is a nice bit of leverage, but there’s still a long way to go before we get neck-stabbing in the theater. Which we probably won’t get, because there’s no way an Assassin’s Creed movie will be rated R.

July 9: wallet threat level pigskin

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Are you ready for some football? Some college football? Some videogame college football? Some NCAA 13 from Electronic Arts? If not, your wallet is safe, because that’s pretty much the only game out this week.