Why I'm excited for game development in Southeast Asia
Developed in my home town of sunny Singapore, the latest installment of the Assassin's Creed franchise has the Ubisoft Singapore team taking the lead in the development of this highly anticipated triple a title. It's certainly a huge deal for many in Singapore, and one may say the region since not many full fledged games can attribute their entire production to a team in Southeast Asia. While it's a strong point of pride, it also shows how far the talent pool of game programmers, artists, designers etc, have really come into the forefront of world class game development. I think this bodes well for game development in our region as we are seeing confidence in companies like Ubisoft, willing to invest in Singapore. Hopefully we see this trend increase in the coming years and months where you no longer just have sales and marketing offices from the big game developers and publishers, but full fledged development studios setting up shop throughout the region.
Now enough talking from me, and on to the videos! This week I'm shining the spotlight on AC4 Black Flag, showing you the richly detailed island hopping exploration that goes on, the refined naval combat found throughout the entire game and a new mode that allows you to explore underwater!
Assassin's Creed IV's NAVAL OPEN WORLD! New Gameplay, Details, and How It Improves on AC3
[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6JYi-QORr8"] AC4 is completely changing the dynamics of naval warfare and exploration. This time, as opposed to AC3, where you engaged in what felt like fun but filler missions, it is now the main course of this seemingly vast Caribbean environment. Another new addition is that the ship is now pretty much your alter ego which will be with you in almost every step of the way. You'll be modifying and leveling up the ship as extensively as you will your Assassin self. In this video, we have Tara Long from Rev3 games come all the way to Ubisoft Singapore where Assassin's Creed's naval component was first developed -- to learn how they're expanding that part of the game.
Assassin's Creed IV's UNDERWATER Gameplay! Plus: Black Flag's Terrifying Animals and Marine Wildlife
[youtube_sc url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6YL9p-TuCY"] In addition to the expanded naval game and open world, Ubisoft Singapore has added a brand new gameplay area to AC4 -- underwater areas. The video takes us through what to expect underwater and all the different kinds of interesting and deadly creatures that lurk beneath. But more than that, as mentioned, the ship you'll be navigating throughout the Caribbean is essentially your alter ego, and so being able to explore for treasure underwater will be another way to find some exclusive upgrades for your ship.
I know I focused a lot on AC4 this week, but I'd still love know what you thought of my picks. Please leave a comment and let me know. Have a great mid week!