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Funcom Acquires IP Ranging from Conan the Barbarian to Mutant Year Zero and More

Funcom today announced the acquisition of Cabinet Group, home to dozens of intellectual properties, including Conan the Barbarian, Mutant Year Zero and Solomon Kane.

Cabinet Group’s entire portfolio will be incorporated into the IP studio and Funcom subsidiary Heroic Signatures. Funcom CEO Rui Casais said he has high ambitions for the IPs and noted at least one unannounced project is already in development.

“We are currently overseeing the development of an unannounced game which will combine many of the characters in the Robert E. Howard universe,” said Casais. “And if you combine Funcom’s knowledge of games with Heroic Signatures’ knowledge of the TV/entertainment, publishing, and licensing industries, it makes us perfectly placed to take this venture to the next level. It’s exciting times ahead for us and for fans of the IPs.”

Fredrik Malmberg, co-founder and CEO of Cabinet Group, will remain onboard as President of Heroic Signatures.

“We took Cabinet Group as far as we could as an independent studio, but in order to achieve further growth, we were in need of bigger financial investments and infrastructure,” Malmberg said.

The Heroic Signatures President was responsible for acquiring and reviving the popularity of multiple IPs. Most notably, licensing deals with companies such as Penguin Random House, Panini, Titan Books, Monolith and Funcom enabled Conan the Barbarian to reach a whole new generation of fans around the world. Marvel Entertainment is publishing a new Conan comic book every month, and there is also a Netflix series based on the same IP currently in the works.

Malmberg said he’s delighted to become a fully integrated part of the Funcom family, after a relationship which dates back to the development of the online multiplayer game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures in the early 2000s. While Malmberg has pioneered an alliance across all areas of the entertainment industry, including video games, television, print media and tabletop games, he said he believes we’re only now approaching the pinnacle.

“The entertainment industry is rapidly becoming more ‘techified.’ We’ve seen brilliant examples of how games have incorporated IPs in innovative ways to reach audience numbers that vastly surpass previous levels. What Fortnite has done with The Avengers, for instance, or the impact a live in-game concert can have on awareness. We are looking forward to sitting down with other entertainment companies who share our vision and wish to take part in the exciting journey we have ahead,” he says.

Festival Tycoon Coming to Steam Early Access on Sept 27

One man indie dev Johannes Gäbler announced with a brand new gameplay trailer that Festival Tycoon, his upcoming festival builder-sim, will launch into Steam early access on 27th September.

Book bands, sign deals, fix toilets, and design the venue of a lifetime – no job is too big (or too gross) for a manager on the rise. Festival Tycoon challenges players to create, design, and manage their own music festival empire, growing from a backyard bonanza to an unmissable, Coachella-level event.

A fusion of builder, management and RTS, Festival Tycoon is all about hosting the wildest festival the world has ever seen in adorable, colourful voxels.

**Features:**

  •  **** Design the optimal festival layout: Place tents, VIP bungalows, glamorous stages, portaloos, festival decorations and more!
  •  **** Book talent and arrange a stellar line-up: ****Put your bargaining skills and musical taste to the test by hiring a range of bands across the likes of folk, rock and techno.
  •  **** Attract sponsors and sell tickets: Appease sponsors like banks, record labels and drink companies for grants.
  •  **** Keep the crowds happy**:** Be wary of your attendees’ satisfaction, as unhappy punters are quick to take to social media and ruin your reputation!
  •   React to events to ensure the smooth running of your festival. Despatch first aiders and security to deal with common festival occurrences, fix the beer vans, replenish the food supplies and keep the trash from piling up.
  • Grow your festival empire and react to world events including band breakups, record breaking album releases, sponsorship spats and more.
  •  Plus many more unannounced features planned for Early Access!!

World of Tanks Celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival

A special time is about to set in throughout many Asian countries — the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most spectacular holidays. The Mid-Autumn Festival is an auspicious time for many East Asian cultures which believe that this is when the Moon is at its brightest and fullest. For them, this is a time for family, celebration, and, of course, traditional delicacies like mooncakes!

This year, World of Tanks is joining the celebrations and welcomes all of you to embark on a unique battle journey, where you can expect both the thrill of the fight and a range of rewards!

From September 16 through 27, take part in this special event to accomplish 9 Moon Missions, earn Mooncakes, and get rewarded for your combat merits!

Check Out The Amazing American Circus Launch Trailer

After wowing crowds at Gamescom in IGN’s Awesome Indies Showcase, getting a shout out from Major Nelson, and piquing the interest of the American Youth Circus Organization – we are thrilled to be sending our quirky, Slay The Spire-esque deck builder The Amazing American Circus rolling into town across PC, Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch tomorrow on September 16th!

Step into the Ring!

The Amazing American Circus masterfully blends a Slay the Spire-style card game with tycoon and simulation mechanics, meaning that strategic thinking and careful resource management are essential to your success in becoming America’s greatest showman. Manage your entire camp, put on performances, and expand your circus.

Beware – the public will be jaded, fickle and extremely bored – amazing them will be no easy feat! With over 15 types of circus artists to recruit and train,100 modifications to make to your circus caravan, and 4 vast regions of the US to traverse, all the tools you need to build a winning deck and put their jaws on the floor are out there. Nevertheless, remember to strategise and gauge the mood of the crowd before playing your hand on your travels; a single card could provoke cheers or jeers.

“The Amazing American Circus is a game for all those who love deck-building games, and are in search of something new and different with total attention to detail.” – Turn Based Lovers

Release Dates and Times

PC – 16th September 2021 at:

  •  2 PM Greenwich Mean Time
  •  4 PM Central European Time
  •  7 AM Pacific Time
  •  10 AM Eastern Time

All Consoles – 16th September 2021 at:

  •  3 PM Greenwich Mean Time
  •  5 PM Central European Time
  •  8 AM Pacific Time
  •  11 AM Eastern Time

Editions

There will be 2 editions of The Amazing American Circus to purchase on launch day: The Standard Edition (all platforms) – which includes the full game, and the Ringmaster’s Edition (PC only) – which includes the full game, The Ringmasters Essentials (an abundance of digital goodies) and The Circus Symphony – the official soundtrack to your circus’ eccentric escapades across America!

And as part of a special promo for our PC players there will be a launch week discount across all storefronts and 10% off for The Amazing American Circus products.

The Amazing American Circus (Standard Edition) is available here:

  •  Steam – The Amazing American Circus on Steam
  •  GoG – The Amazing American Circus on GOG.com
  •  Nintendo Switch – The Amazing American Circus for Nintendo Switch
  •  PlayStation – The Amazing American Circus (playstation.com)
  •  Xbox – Buy The Amazing American Circus – Microsoft Store

SRP: 19,99 EUR /USD

The Amazing American Circus – The Ringmaster’s Edition (PC only) is available here:

GoG – The Amazing American Circus – The Ringmaster’s Edition on GOG.com

The Ringmaster’s Essentials include:

  •  The official Cookbook
  •  The official lore book
  •  A set of wallpapers
  •  A digital map of the game
  •  A circus-inspired Black Peter card set (ready to be printed!)
  •  Video and graphic materials

The Circus Symphony includes:

  •  The full 60 min long soundtrack composed and produced by Patryk Scelina featuring Alina Lesnik’s theme song “Where the Wind may Blow”

SRP: 29,99 EUR /USD

Universal Studios 2021 Halloween Horror Nights Review

Halloween Horror Nights is back at Universal Studios Hollywood and it’s a very welcome homecoming. After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, was a tingle-inspiring sight to behold when we went through the turnstiles and saw Universal Studios with crowds excitedly hurrying towards various mazes and scare zones. Below are our thoughts of the event this year and whether or not it’s worth shelling out your hard-earned cash to attend.

There are seven haunted houses or “mazes” at Halloween Horror Nights this year and, without a doubt, the best in the bunch this year is Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives. In this maze, we find the Bride of Frankenstein attempting to resurrect the Frankenstein monster after tragedy has struck. She fights vampires, learns the secrets of the “good” doctor himself and, eventually, resurrects the monster. It tells a fantastic story all while still being scary with plenty of jump scares and theatrical cues. In fact, this is one of the best pseudo-theatrical presentations I have ever seen in a haunted house. Not since Knott’s Scary Farm’s “Lore of the Vampire” maze many years ago has such a thing been attempted – but, this time, it is accomplished in spades. Universal has set a very high bar in this maze! My second favorite mazea of the night (it’s a tie) were Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. These haunted houses each had sets that were masterfully decorated, the monsters/talent were totally in their characters. They even used the scented fog to great effect in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by pumping out barbeque smell when the scenes depicting the roasting of human victims came around – brilliant. Strangely, The Walking Dead Attraction is open again after being closed early last year. The park is playing it off like it is a full haunted maze but, if you went through it while it was open, it’s basically the same thing. So, it seems like they are sort of phoning it in here. That’s not saying The Walking Dead Attraction isn’t fun or scary at times – it’s just not what I would consider part of the Horror Nights maze lineup. The worst maze of our experience at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights was The Exorcist. They basically recycled the previous The Exorcist maze from a couple years ago and, while there are a few good scenes replicating some moments from the film, it’s mostly “dead” (no pun intended) space with nothing interesting to look at. I would have rather seen the park recycle the outstanding Ghostbusters maze they had a couple of years ago – but, I digress.

This year, we noticed a reduction of in-your-face monsters in all the mazes, with a reliance on more distanced scares. They are also making sure that all of the monsters within the mazes are wearing face masks. They attempt when possible to work the mask into the character but sometimes it’s obvious. Horror Nights is starting to utilize theatrical scrims to present visions of gruesom terror. These scrims were used in GREAT effect within both the Halloween 4 and The Haunting of Hill House mazes and work by having a perforated sheet painted to look like the scene around it. Behind the scrim is monster or scene in darkness. When that scene is illuminated, the painted area of the scrim sort of fades away, revealing the horror behind it. It’s super cool and a welcome change from the reliance on “Boo Boxes” which has plagued Horror Nights mazes in more recent years.

The very long walk to the mazes on the backlot is gone this year – as are the backlot mazes. All of the mazes take place on the upper and lower lots – with the exception of The Haunting of Hill House and the Curse of Pandora’s Box being backlot adjacent. The walk to those mazes takes guests through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which was a welcome thing to have open for Horror Nights) and back behind some of the buildings. It’s a far better walk than the third of a mile walk to the backlot was – especially without the headache inducing “scare zone” with all the dubstep music and strobe lights to contend with. I would love to see Universal Studios keep this layout for next year’s Horror Nights event as well.

The Terror Tram was back this year and themed out in the guise of The Forever Purge. While I love the concept of the Terror Tram, I hope that one year they change their thinking about what the experience is at its core – it’s time for a paradigm shift. There are several other ways that the studio can take this attraction rather than just a hike through the back lot. Aside from this, the Terror Tram is adequate this year, and you could tell that all of the monsters in the back lot were having a great time. It’s a lot of fun to see the backlot from on foot – it’s just that they don’t really change a lot of it from year to year. So, if you’ve been on the Terror Tram once in the past, you have sort of already done it this year.

There are three scare zones at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights: Demon City, Chainsaw Rangers, and Silver Scream Queenz. Demon City utilizes the fire-spouting cargo containers that usually grace the scare zone located in the New York City facade area of the upper lot, and all of the demonic monsters were working the area with gusto. The Chainsaw Rangers are all clearly having fun with their chainsaws but these were never that effective for me. After a while, guests sort of become desensitized to the noise and smell of the chainsaws. However, the talent was still working hard on their scares. The best of the scare zones this year was the Silver Scream Queenz area located outside the exit of The Bride of Frankenstein Lives. This scare zone featured all manner of femal Universal Monsters and they were bringing their A game this year. Not only are the characters varied and all feature great costumes, makeup, and masks but they all have their own “gigs” to make use of.

The food and merchandise options were incredible this year – with all kinds of items being sold. At the park’s lower lot, you could find a BBQ stand themed like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre while in Hogsmeade you could take a seat at the Three Broomsticks for a tasty dinner to regroup and enjoy some butterbeer. At the various shops, you could find Horror Nights branded shirts, masks, magnets, pins, and a whole lot more. I was hard-pressed to walk out of any of the stores without buying something.

Overall, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is back for 2021 and provides guests with an outstanding, scary time. Between The Bride of Frankenstein Lives, Silver Scream Queenz scare zone, and the increased themed food and merchandise opportunities – not to mention all the other good mazes and scare zones – you and yours will have a blast. Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are available now and retail between $69 and $99 dollars – however, they offer an experess pass which allows you to go to the front of the line for each attraction once for $209 to $299 depending on the evening you go. With the lines I saw waiting in the general queues, this option might not be a bad idea – despite its increased ticket price. The park has also begun running its R.I.P. Tours again and those tickets go from $299 to $499 a person depending on the evening. You can check out the park’s official event website for more details.

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DEATHLOOP Out Now on PS5 and PC

DEATHLOOP, the innovative first-person shooter by Arkane Lyon, the acclaimed studio behind the award-winning Dishonored series, is available now worldwide, exclusively on console for the PlayStation 5 (PS5) System and PC. DEATHLOOP takes advantage of the power of the PS5 with stunning visuals and fast loading with the ultra-high speed SSD while the DualSense controller brings the sounds and sensations of Blackreef to your fingertips.

Watch the DEATHLOOP launch trailer featuring a new track, “Pitch Black,” by Sencit featuring Lady Blackbird*:

“On behalf of the whole DEATHLOOP team at Arkane Lyon and Bethesda, we hope you have a fantastic time playing the game and will join us to celebrate the love we have poured into it,” said Dinga Bakaba, Game Director on DEATHLOOP. “DEATHLOOP is something very new from Arkane Lyon, and we dedicated ourselves to creating a memorable experience unlike anything we’ve created before.”

Following are quotes and scores from a few of DEATHLOOP’s reviews:

“MASTERPIECE” – IGN, 10/10

“…one of the best games of the year.” – Game Informer, 9/10

“…a masterclass in open-ended action game design.” – GameSpot, 10/10

“…the single most essential title you can buy for PlayStation 5 right now.” – PlayStation Universe, 10/10

DEATHLOOP’s engaging murder puzzle casts players as the amnesiac Colt who remains trapped on the time-locked island of Blackreef. By piecing together clues players will discover how to complete the perfect assassination timeloop, eliminating eight “Visionaries” in a single day. Players can also jump into the game’s multiplayer mode as Julianna – a rival assassin and Colt’s arch nemesis – to protect the timeloop.

Batman: Year One Remastered Version Announced

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) celebrates the 10th anniversary of the DC Universe Movies release Batman: Year One with a fully-remastered version of the film and a newly-created bonus feature, Reinventing Gordon. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the PG-13 rated film arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $33.99 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) and Digital starting November 9, 2021.

Originally released on Blu-ray and DVD in 2011, Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner and Eisner Award Hall of Fame member Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed Super Hero. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham City.

Six-time Emmy® Award winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Trumbo, Your Honor) and Gotham star Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.) lead a star-studded cast as Lieutenant James Gordon and Bruce Wayne/Batman, respectively. Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) provides the voice of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian, Battlestar Galactica) gives voice to Detective Sarah Essen, and the late Alex Rocco (The Godfather) is the voice of crime lord Carmine Falcone. Additional voices/characters include the late Jon Polito as Commissioner Loeb, Jeff Bennett as Alfred, Grey Griffin as Barbara Gordon & Vicki Vale, Robin Atkin Downes as Harvey Dent, Keith Ferguson as Jefferson Skeevers, Fred Tatasciore as Detective Flass, Stephen Root as Brendon, Liliana Mumy as Holly and Nick Jameson as Merkel.

Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Voltron: Legendary Defender) and Sam Liu (Batman: Soul of the Dragon, Superman: Red Son) co-directed Batman: Year One from a script penned by Academy Award® nominee Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist, Disney’s Tarzan). Animation legend Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) is executive producer of Batman: Year One. Other executive producers are Sam Register, Michael Uslan, and the late Benjamin Melniker.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie.

Get a sneak peek at the new special feature, Reinventing Gordon, at DC FanDome, the ultimate global fan experience, returns on Saturday, October 16 at 10 a.m. PDT, with an all-new, epic streaming event. The free virtual event will once again welcome fans from around the world to immerse themselves in the DC Multiverse at DCFanDome.com and celebrate the stars and creators of their favorite feature films, live-action and animated television series, games, comics, home entertainment releases and more. DC FanDome 2021 will also be available on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, giving fans more ways to watch the events unfolding in DC FanDome’s Hall of Heroes.

Batman: Year One – Special Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
  • Featurette – Reinventing Gordon (New) – An examination of the history of James Gordon through comics, animation, and feature films.
  • Featurette – Conversations with DC Comics – The Batman creative team at DC discusses the personal influence of Batman: Year One on their careers. Batman producer Michael Uslan leads the chat amongst well-known writers, editors, and artists of Batman lore, focusing on the darker, realistic interpretation of Batman’s origins by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.
  • Audio Commentary – Featuring co-producer Alan Burnett, co-director Sam Liu, DC creative director Mike Carlin and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano.
  • Featurette – Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots – “The Dark Knight Returns” provided the denouement of Batman’s life. Frank Miller’s next seminal work would provide his near-mythic origin in “Batman: Year One.” This documentary spotlights the contemporary genius of Miller and the audience that was poised to appreciate the depths of his work.
  • DC Showcase – Catwoman (2011 Animated Short) – The felonious feline’s adventure takes her through the seedy streets of Gotham City. Eliza Dushku reprises her Batman: Year One role as the voice of Catwoman. The short is directed by Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One) from a script by Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series).
  • DC Universe Movies Flashback
    • Batman: Soul of the Dragon
    • Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One
    • Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two

Techland Delays Dying Light 2 Stay Human Until February 2022

Techland today announces a change of Dying Light 2 Stay Human’s release date to February 4th, 2022. Pawel Marchewka, CEO of Techland, shares a message with players about the new release date and the decision to change it.

See below for the full statement:

About Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a story-driven open-world action role-playing game, a sequel to the critically acclaimed Dying Light published in 2015, which has been played by over twenty million people all over the world. This time players are visiting the City – mankind’s last stronghold in the fight against the virus. Developed parkour mechanics enable players to explore the vast open world and master tactical combat. This lost civilization, a world set in the modern dark ages, requires creative approaches to finding items and crafting gear. Gameplay shifts during a day and night cycle, so players can dare to plunder abandoned lairs of infected at night and discover the dark secrets of those in power by the day. Players must choose which side they want to take and write their own story.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human, published by Techland, launches February 4, 2022 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Pre-orders are available via dyinglightgame.com/preorder.

Trick or Treat Studios Announces Tabletop Games Division

Trick or Treat Studios just announced their all-new tabletop gaming division, a new take on games designed for the Halloween and horror community. The first games being launchedinclude titles such as Creature Feature, Blood Orders, World Z-League and TrollFest, featuring an excellent variety of play styles, theyoffer a new way for Halloween and Horror super fans to celebrate the season with friends and family.

“Gaming has been a lifelong passion of mine and I am excited to share these games with fellow fans!” says Chris Zephro, Co-Founder/President of Trick or Treat studios.

Game releases to include:

  •  Creature Feature – From Richard Garfield, the designer of Magic: The Gathering! Combine monsters into hands of differentvalues, then get the other players to believe that you’ve got the best one!
  •  Blood Orders – This game combines short term planning as you try to second guess what other players are going to pursue, with long term planning as you put together a lucrative hand of cards. It’s a meaty mid-weight game that should appeal to strategy gamersand horror fans.
  •  World Z-League – A quick and fun game about shooting zombies with rubber bands!
  •  TrollFest – A new title by designer Bruno Faidutti! Fantasy monsters love rock and roll too. Gather and improve your band asyou tour the country. With a humorous fantasy theme, this game works well with broad audiences.

Games will be available for pre-order starting 9-16, from $40-$70 For more information, visit trickortreatstudios.com/games.

Discovery Tour: Viking Age Release Date Announced

Today, Ubisoft announced that Discovery Tour: Viking Age, an educational experience allowing players to explore and interact with the history and culture of the Viking Age world, will release on October 19. Discovery Tour: Viking Age will be free for all owners of Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla, available on the same platforms as the main game. The PC standalone version of Discovery Tour: Viking Age will be available via Ubisoft Connect and on the Epic Games Store for $19.99. For the very first time in the Discovery Tour franchise, Discovery Tour: Viking Age will also release as a standalone on Stadia, Luna, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S | X in early 2022.

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 light on the Viking era and allow players to discover more about the history and traditions of the time. Designed in close collaboration with historians and archaeologists, this non-violent, interactive learning experience is an engaging deep dive into the Viking Age in ninth-century Norway and England.

For this new opus in the series, the development team in Ubisoft Montreal has changed the formula to make the experience even more fun and informative. Discovery Tour: Viking Age puts the narrative and storytelling at the heart of the experience; players will step into the shoes of Viking and Anglo-Saxon characters of the time and live their big and small stories. During their memorable adventure, they will interact with the world and its inhabitants while discovering many details and anecdotes about the time period.

Since its beginnings, the Discovery Tour Team has always worked with a wide variety of partners. The immersive approach of the Discovery Tour, the knowledge of our experts and historians, and the featuring of real artefacts from our partners’ collections give rise to many collaborations and projects. The museum partners that have contributed images for Discovery Tour: Viking Age include:

  • Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) is Ubisoft’s main partner for Discovery Tour: Viking Age, managing 23 museum and arts attractions across Hampshire and caring for 2.5 million objects relating to Hampshire’s rich and internationally important heritage. The Discovery Tour provides a unique glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in and around Winchester through a selection of rare objects, including the exceptional Winchester Reliquary, the sole surviving holy relic in Britain from the time. In addition to this collaboration with the Discovery Tour: Viking Age, Ubisoft’s strategic partnership with HCT will bring history to life in spring 2022 in Winchester through a unique, immersive cultural experience, which will blend real action with video projection, storytelling and objects from the trust’s collections; the experience will be complemented by an Augmented Reality tour of Winchester in the lore of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla produced by Sugar Creative, one of the UK’s leading creative studios.
  • The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It has a vast collection of items including artefacts from every age of written civilization. A partnership with the British Library was key to Ubisoft to give players the best access to medieval manuscripts and illustrations directly linked with the Viking Age.
  • The Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais photo agency is a public industrial and commercial institution under the authority of the French Ministry of Culture. It has been officially responsible for promoting collections of France’s national museums. Each year, it captures more than 20,000 new on-site shots to further expand the agency’s collection, which is universally available online. They have been an essential partner since the very first Discovery Tour. Their vast collections have been key in supporting Ubisoft’s artefact driven approach to the Discovery Tour: Viking Age, enabling players to look at items such as the Bayeux Tapestry or the Sutton Hoo helmet.
  • York Archaeological Trust operates the Jorvik Viking Centre in the UK, which has interpreted the archaeology of York’s Coppergate dig for the benefit of all audiences. The Discovery Tour has allowed Ubisoft to present some of these finds in a new medium, adding authentic period detail to the immersive environment of the Discovery Tour and demonstrating the importance of the city during the Viking Age as a commercial, religious and political hub.
  • The National Museum of Denmark, Nationalmuseet, consists of a network of 20 museums all over the country with a collection of unique items covering a large part of Danish history. Putting artefacts under the spotlight from the National Museum of Denmark’s collections truly added depth to the Discovery Tour, demonstrating amazing crafting skills and esthetics and a chance to see how reputation, family and social bounds are described as such vital elements.
  • Preston Park Museum & Grounds is the local Museum serving the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. Preston Park Museums & Ground gave the Discovery Tour team the unique opportunity to highlight two key elements from the Viking Era; the new Anglo-Scandinavian culture that emerged from funerary art, and one of only two near-complete Viking era helmets in the world; the Yarm Helmet. Preston Park Museum has a special Viking touring exhibition arriving early 2022 in which there will be events that incorporate the Discovery Tour: Viking Age.
  • For global information about the Discovery Tour franchise and the two first opuses on Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, please visit https://www.ubisoft.com/en-gb/game/assassins-creed/discovery-tour.

For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit assassinscreed.com.