Ubisoft picks up Hasbro license for next-gen games

Assassin's Creed publisher to develop and publish current- and next-gen console games based on franchises like Monopoly, Scrabble, and Battleship.

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Ubisoft and Hasbro today announced a new partnership that will allow the Assassin's Creed publisher to develop and publish current- and next-generation games based on board game franchises like Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Risk, Battleship, and Cranium.

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"We look forward to collaborating with Ubisoft to offer consumers innovative new ways to experience their favorite gaming brands," Hasbro SVP and GM of digital gaming and corporate development Mark Blecher said in a statement.

Ubisoft SVP of sales and marketing Tony Key added that the French publisher is "thrilled" to have the opportunity to create console games based on the company's brands.

Ubisoft did not announce any new Hasbro games today.

Ubisoft is not the only rights-holder for Hasbro games. Electronic Arts last month announced a new four-year partnership with the company for mobile games, while Activision continues to hold the rights for the Transformers series.

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yavix

Looking forward to Monopoly for the Wii U, make it happen Ubisoft.

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focuspuller

Enough with the Hateraid. Ubisoft does a lot right. Good news. Let's do this!

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Noclippin

I'm sure the majority of you agree with me when I say that this has fail written all over it.

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csward

@Nicholas Gibson Yeah those were some of the few acceptable movie-licensed games of this gen.

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csward

@XxjaffyxX Doesn't Atari have Roller Coaster Tycoon? Or did the sell it off? Hmmm. I would love to see another RCT though.

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csward

Everything Hasbro has put their name on lately has been crap. Enter Ubisoft, the new EA/Activision imo, signing up to make these licensed games.

Hasbro probably gave them a good deal, but Ubisoft will put the bare minimum effort into the project (like always) then over-hype it as revolutionary or something.

Expect very mediocre games folk, just sayin'.

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RavenXavier

Too bad this couldn't lead to some GOOD G.I.Joe games. There hasn't been a good G.I.Joe game since the one on the Super NESS. And for ****'s sake DON'T put The Rock in it....he's the worst thing to happen to G.I.Joe ever.

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SavoyPrime

... >_>

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jimdotbeep

I know Most of the Comments on this story are going to be snaky and angry but I personally couldn't be happier about this. I LOVE Monopoly. I love Boardgames in general. Monopoly Streets was Awesome I hope the Next Monopoly Video game is an upgrade of that.

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Andrew1073

oh god no! There are SO much better board games out there!


Educate yourself in Table top gaming! www.boardgamegeek.com!

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norabbitnofun

@Andrew1073 True that!

But if Hasbro is the trojan horse to get tabletop games to Ubi, I can deal with it. ;)

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jrabbit99

I would love to see what they could do with Cranium on the Kinect

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ohjtbehaaave

I can Has-Cheeseburger-Bro?

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Pyrosa

Bring on the My Little Pony 4-player beat-em-up ARPG, with full gore!

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GunBladeHero

Buys next-gen console, to play virtual board games on it.

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starfish75

Looking forward to Transformers vs Carebears !!!

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Pyrosa

@starfish75 Starscream vs the little heart bear with Mortal Kombat-style gameplay?

I'm in.


Edit: Make that Devastator (80s).

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cogadh

Okay, it's just the board games, right? We don"t need Ubicrap making Transformers or GI Joe games.

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csward

@cogadh I bet they're making it all sadly, at least until sales go down for a while.

They board game ones should to fine (it would be hard for any dev to mess those up), but the others I will be very skeptical of.

Then I again, I don't care for Ubisoft games.

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Hiddai

I trust Ubi to blast these

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Pyrosa

@Hiddai Agreed. "Battleshits."

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cgobeil

Good news from Ubisoft, I wish they also make a sequel to Anno 2070.

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Hekteur

do I remember correctly or Hasbro owns roller coaster tycoon and incredible machine? And if I'm right, can we get one of each asap?

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koospetoors

Hell yeah people, the franchise cows have arrived for milking

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jyml8582

Check it out bro: Hasbro...HAS.....BRO....


WHOA

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limefruit93

@jyml8582 ....-.-

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bkohary

How about a GI Joe game that follows the comic storylines instead of the movies?

And no lasers like the cartoons.

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csward

@bkohary Growing up I always liked the lasers in the cartoons. I never got to read the comics though.

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telaros

@bkohary Activision has the rights to Transformers, we have no idea yet what Ubisoft has. But they don't really do Call of Duty or Battlefield type games well.

I could totally see a Dishonored style G.I. Joe game though. Only with vehicle stages too.

At the very least we might also see some Friendship is Magic 2D platformer/adventure game as well since it's labeled a priority brand.


If I could choose though, I'd love for Dishonored team to get G.I.Joe and the Rayman crew to get MLP.

Apologies if you're offended by mentions of ponies btw, just commenting on the potential brands that are left for Ubisoft to take on.

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91210user

That's nice! EA did it last gen, they're still great games!

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Oozyrat

I think it'd be cool to see more game related board games. We have the Bioshock game coming out, there was the Halo Risk, and there's a ton of monopoly games with video game themes. I'd really like to see original games like the Bioshock one though (hope it's good!)

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firedrakes

man ubi just got suckered

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Maxx_the_Slash

Hasbro makes Lego-like building blocks called Kre-O's. I'd love to see Ubisoft make Kre-O video games: Kre-O Transformers: The Video Game.

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soulless4now

Friendship is Magic rpg!

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RabidBurp

@soulless4now

Fighting is Magic...

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gokuss4z

Please make a GI Joe GAME!!!!!

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starfish75

Please make a good G.I.Joe game!

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IllegallyAwesum

I smell an MLP game on the horizon...

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Redblaze27

Just Virtual Console the NES Monopoly & i'm good.

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ArezconZ

Hasbro, give me a new My Little Pony game!

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pcps4dude

i smell GI Joes

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KingTrax999

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/087/b/1/my_little_pony_and_assasins_creed_ezio_auditore_by_chaos_dark_lord-d4u8o4a.jpg

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nyran125tk

so I guess Assassins Creed monopoly and Assassins Creed Scrabble and Assassins Creed RISK is coming soon then. Assassins Creed pencils, Assassins Creed figures. Assassins Creed ice cream and Assassins Creed 4.

Assassins Creed MASS MARKETING ULTRA EXTREME COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION . This series better have a damn ending. it better not just die like The Sopranos without a real ending.

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Ovirew

Risk Factions was great when I played that. I hope Ubisoft can revamp Monopoly and make the fun of the actual boardgame translate over to the video game version.

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bobbetybob

Yessss, forget about Watchdogs, Scrabble is the next gen game I've been waiting for!!!

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Wraith3

Why isn't there a GI JOE game already?!?! A GI JOE Battlefield style game would be awesome!

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hadlee73

Just don't become THQ. Half-baked licenses at the expense of real games were one of the reasons for their downfall.