Any console gamer might scoff that the social, mobile, and free-to-play gaming arenas don’t hold enough gusto to stay afloat. This could be an accurate sentiment given the current state of casual game developer, Zynga, but today, multinational video game developer & publisher juggernaut, Ubisoft, announced a series of new titles emphasizing digital and free-to-play strategies.
First in the line-up is Assassin’s Creed: Utopia, which focuses on city building and strategy gameplay set during the early colonial history of America (coinciding with the era featured in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed 3). AC: Utopia is scheduled for release on iOS and Android this Christmas.
Continuing the artistically marvelous 2D resurgence is Rayman Jungle Run. The gameplay emphasis will be on the challenging bonus running stages featured in Rayman Origins. No release date yet confirmed but expect to be a tap master on smartphones and tablets.
The final noteworthy title comes from the Call of Juarez series, called Gunslinger. No gameplay details were given but one can assume firearms and men named Juarez are involved. Release is scheduled for 2013 on the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC.