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Ubisoft's Ubidays '07 recap: Where you at? edition

11:30 AM on 05.25.2007 // Nick Chester

In our recap yesterday, we covered just about everything Ubisoft had to offer at this week's Ubidays event. Still, there were quite a few titles that appeared to be missing from the show.

When the Prince returns, will he be angry or mellow again? Is Jade still wearing that lovely shade of lipstick? Will we be able to see freckles on a digital Kate Austen? Oh, the mysteries!

Keep in mind that what follows is purely based on either rumors, leaks, or speculation. None of this is written in stone and in many cases, some of it shouldn't have been written at all. It is however, a short list of games whose whereabouts we're a bit curious about.

Hit the jump for the lowdown.

Assassin's Creed DS
 While I don't believe Ubisoft has officially announced this (they probably knew I'd give them the stink-eye), Assassin's Creed DS has appeared on retailer release lists for quite some time now. While retailer release lists aren't set in stone, they are getting this information from somewhere, and they're often a good indicator of what tight-lipped developers have up their sleeves.

It's likely that the game just isn't where it needs to be at the moment and Ubisoft isn't ready to show it publicly. Hell, they've barely shown the next-gen versions of the game. It's also likely that we'll be seeing Assassin's Creed hit other platforms, especially considering the pre-release hype surrounding the title ... I just wouldn't have guessed it would be the DS.

So any gueses as to what the "DS" will stand for? Uh, Damascus Shadows? I reaching here, guys.

Beyond Good and Evil 2  Beyond Good and Evil was probably one of the best games of last generation, betrayed by its slow sales at retail, which is too bad. The game was a gem, even catching the attention of director Peter Jackson, who tapped the title's producer, Michel Ancel, to work on the game adaptation of his film, King Kong.

According to Ancel, who is eager to continue the series, the game was in pre-production in late 2005. So can we see it already? Put our minds at ease, Ancel.

Far Cry 2
 During the big Ubisoft FTP leak scandal of 2006, a lot of assets for unreleased games were discovered. Many have been revealed (Splinter Cell: Conviction, for instance), but others remain a mystery to this day, Far Cry 2 among them. 

We know that the developers of the original Far Cry, Crytek Studios, are hard at work on Crysis. So that might count them out of this project. But really, there's not much info (other than a handful of artwork) to go on here. We can guess that the game will likely take place in jungles again, and if Ubisoft continues down the "predator" path, players will likely be able to turn into frothing, gun-wielding monkey beasts.

More information on the art snagged in the leak can be found here.

Lost
First of all, what the hell is up with bearded Jack? And more importantly, who was in that tiny little coffin? If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you probably missed the season finale of Lost. And if you missed the season finale of Lost, you probably don't care that Ubisoft has been planning to release a PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 game based on the television show.

Normally, I wouldn't care either -- games based on television shows are historically dreadful (The Shield, 24, Alias). But the thing is, Lost isn't returning to television with new episodes until February of 2008. So in the meantime, I have a lot of God damned questions, and I want some God damned answers.

1up recently reported that the game is moving along, and the show's producers, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindeloff, even had a chance to see it in action. Not surprisingly, they said it's coming along pretty nicely. Still, I wonder when we'll get to be the judges of that -- Lost has seen a cell phone game, as well as an iPod version. Can we get some next-gen love here?

And who (or what) the hell is Jacob, for Christ's sake?

Prince of Persia (next-gen)
Well, we know this game is coming, and I'd say it's pretty obvious why we haven't seen it yet. Two words: Assassin's Creed.

Whether Altaïr would overshadow the Prince, or it would be the other way around, there's no need to try to spotlight both of these games at once. It's bad enough that rumors were floating around that Assassin's Creed WAS the next Prince of Persia (it's not). 

If I were to guess, I'd say we'll start seeing some new Prince of Persia stuff after Assassin's Creed makes its big debut. I wouldn't be surprised if film details start to hit around the same time ...

Red Steel 2
Wait, hold on ... is someone is actually interested in playing the sequel to this game? I'm shocked.

Well, that's about it ... did we miss anything? Are there any Ubisoft classics you're just dying to see a sequel for? Perhaps a next-gen Twinworld



Nick Chester, Former Editor-in-Chief (2011)
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