Train2Game News: Games with Gold offer extended

Xbox 360Microsoft have announced that the Games for Gold initiative on Xbox 360 has been extended past 2013.

It was announced at E3 in June this year as a limited-time promotion, Games with Gold gives Xbox Live subscribers two free games to keep each month, with new titles made available on the 1st and 16th.

Since then Microsoft says over 120 million hours have been played with Games with Gold titles. These have included Fable 3, Defense Grid: The Awakening, Assassin’s Creed 2, Crackdown, Dead Rising 2 and DR2 prologue Case Zero, Magic 2013, Rainbow Six Vegas, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and most recently Halo 3.

Despite switching focus to Xbox One in the run-up to the console’s November 22 release, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi said in September that the company will continue to support Xbox 360 for years to come.

“If you look at Xbox 360 that platform has lasted for seven to eight years and it’s going to go for another three years. It’s incredibly profitable now in the tail,” he said. “We are going to continue to invest in Xbox 360 and the two devices can work in concert. So it isn’t just like the day we ship Xbox One, Xbox 360 won’t work, we will continue to support it. In fact, we are going to ship over 100 new games on Xbox 360, so you will still be able to play your games, just not on the same exact box.”

So for all those not wanting to go next generation from release you should still have at least three years with your Xbox 360.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood First Developer Diary

Ubisoft have released the first of a series of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood developer diaries. In this first one titled Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood ‘The Birth’; the Ubisoft team explain the history behind the story which may be useful for those not familiar with Assassin’s Creed or Assassin’s Creed 2.

The video also tells us a bit about new features in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood including the recruitment system, a little bit about multiplayer and the fact that the game starts exactly where Assassin’s Creed 2 left off. You can check out the first Assassins’ Creed: Brotherhood Developer Diary below.

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood game is scheduled for release in Europe on November 19th. Despite this being just one year after the release of Assassin’s Creed 2, Ubisoft are keen to stress that Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood isn’t a rushed sequel and is a full part of their planned story.

So Train2Game, What do you think of the Assassin’s Creed Developer Diary? Are you a fan of the franchise and if so, are you looking forward to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood? And how important do you feel pre-planning a storyline across multiple games is for franchise titles?

You can leave your comments about Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood here or on the Train2Game forum.