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Ubisoft says they expected more from Starlink: Battle for Atlas, but they've gained experience from working on the title

Gone, but not forgotten

Starlink: Battle for Atlas may have gotten fairly good reviews, but it didn't find a home with audiences around the world. The Switch version may have been the best-seller overall, but it still wasn't enough to move the needle for Ubisoft. In an interview with MCVUK, Ubisoft’s EMEA executive director Alain Corre talks about what the company has taken away from the experience.

“I think we gain a lot of experience working on this franchise, also for the family. And it helps us shape plans for family games that are coming for us. We always capitalise on everything we have done in the past. We have a lot of fans still playing Starlink and that are happy playing Starlink, and that’s what’s most important for us. We were expecting more out of Starlink but it’s a step in our creation process and, again, all the experience we have garnered out of creating and marketing this game, we are very rich in this experience to market, and well placed to create better products for this type of consumer in the future.”

Marvel Team-Up comic features a nod to StarFox

Don't get too cocky

The latest issue of the Marvel Team-Up comic featuring Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel has a snippet where the two are talking about StarFox. Captain Marvel is the one who brings up StarFox, and she's actually talking about Marvel's StarFox, who was also known as Eros of Titan. Ms. Marvel doesn't know who Eros is, so for her, the only StarFox that makes sense to her is Fox McCloud and his team! Nice to see this little nod thrown in, as I know I thought about it the first time I found out who StarFox was!

Starlink: Battle for Atlas' Crimson Moon DLC now available in Japan

A massive wave of new content to enjoy


As part of the free update, players can explore the Crimson Moon, theater of the Outlaw Games. Players are able to compete in all-new single-player and two-player split-screen racing tracks, fight waves of ruthless enemies in the Crimson Coliseum and see their rank and stats on leaderboards. The Crimson Moon also impacts the entire world of Atlas and lets players engage with new faction story missions and weekly challenges. Additionally, players are able to expand their roster and play through the new Crimson Moon content with five new pilots, three new starships, and four new weapon packs, available separately for digital-only purchase or all together in the Digital Collection Pack.

Alongside the Crimson Moon update, prepare to take control of the Star Fox team members Peppy, Falco and Slippy in brand-new content available exclusively to Nintendo Switch. Hunt down the Star Wolf team in a series of missions with the help of three additional Star Fox team pilots, each with their own unique special ability and skill tree. The new Star Fox content is available separately for digital-only purchase on Nintendo Switch starting today.

The King of Games releasing ARMS and StarFox t-shirts

Fighters, prepare for launch

The King of Games has revealed two new t-shirts for Nintendo fans. Both ARMS and StarFox are getting their own shirts, and both designs are absolutely fantastic. The ARMS Fight! T-shirt is priced at 4,600 yen, and includes one of fifteen random can badges. The StarFox Final Stage T-shirt costs 6,701 yen, and includes a special tag and packaging.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - Crimson Moon DLC gameplay

The Crimson Moon's appearance is cause for celebration amongst Outlaws as it attracts clans from all around Atlas to partake in the "Outlaw Games," which decide which clan reigns supreme in the system for the next fifteen years. There will be many new activities for you to prove to these Outlaws that the Starlink Initiative are a force to be reckoned with.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - Crimson Moon DLC footage




The Crimson Moon's appearance is cause for celebration amongst Outlaws as it attracts clans from all around Atlas to partake in the "Outlaw Games," which decide which clan reigns supreme in the system for the next fifteen years. There will be many new activities for you to prove to these Outlaws that the Starlink Initiative are a force to be reckoned with.

New Crimson Moon content update for Starlink: Battle for Atlas now available

Under Crimson moon I saw you...

SAN FRANCISCO — April 30, 2019 — Today, Ubisoft announced that Starlink: Battle for Atlas® received a significant content update that is now available for download. The update is centered on the mysterious appearance of the Crimson Moon in the Atlas star system and is available for download on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC.

The new Crimson Moon content is also included in the all-new Windows PC version of the game, available today for $59.99. On PC, Starlink: Battle for Atlas features the same content as the console version and fully supports the DUALSHOCK®4 and Xbox One controller mounts, as well as digital play.

As part of the free update, players can explore the Crimson Moon, theater of the Outlaw Games. Players are able to compete in all-new single-player and two-player split-screen racing tracks, fight waves of ruthless enemies in the Crimson Coliseum and see their rank and stats on leaderboards. The Crimson Moon also impacts the entire world of Atlas and lets players engage with new faction story missions and weekly challenges. Additionally, players are able to expand their roster and play through the new Crimson Moon content with five new pilots, $3.99 each, three new starships, $12.99 each, and four new weapon packs, $4.99 each, available separately for digital-only purchase or all together in the Digital Collection Pack for $49.99.

Alongside the Crimson Moon update, prepare to take control of the Star Fox team members Peppy, Falco and Slippy in brand-new content available exclusively to Nintendo Switch. Hunt down the Star Wolf team in a series of missions with the help of three additional Star Fox team pilots, each with their own unique special ability and skill tree. The new Star Fox content is available separately for digital-only purchase for $11.99 on Nintendo Switch starting today.

For more information about Starlink: Battle for Atlas, please visit starlink.ubisoft.com.

For the latest on all Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

Dylan Cuthbert looks back on the all-nighters programming StarFox, and Miyamoto's fondness for a certain treat

Miyamoto loves his sweets

Dylan Cuthbert, a developer who worked on the original StarFox, shared some insight into working with Nintendo/Miyamoto over the weekend. Mr. Cuthbert also took to Twitter to talk about some of the long hours the team pulled working on StarFox, as well as a team trip out to get some late-night snacks. Check out Mr. Cuthbert's anecdote below.

Reflections of a Heisei programmer: During Star Fox we only did a few late nighters, and when I say late night, I mean working until the wee hours of the morning preparing a build for the lot check at Uji or something like that. I enjoyed them thoroughly as that kind of thing works as a catalyst to bond the team and the game was exciting to work on, I don’t recommend them often but every once in a while they can be fun like staying out past your bedtime when you were a kid.

Anyway.. on one of those nights Miyamoto was also there with us tuning last minute stuff and playing through the game and we all decided we needed some snacks and sustenance so at about 3am we all trudged out into the wintry night: Eguchi, Miyamoto, Yamada, Imamura, Watanabe and all, to trek to the nearest convenience store which I think was a Lawson’s, and on the way Miyamoto was chatting about his student days and how he used to do all nighters to cram before tests and student exhibitions. Then his eyes suddenly lit up.

”I used to love McVities chocolate biscuits during those all nighters” he said, “those are British aren’t they?”, to which I nodded, quite surprised he knew of them. I asked him how he had got hold of them and he told me that most convenience store in Japan had them. I had just never noticed! We arrived at the Lawson’s and lo and behold right there on the shelf were mcvities chocolate biscuits!.

So we bought four boxes (they came in boxes and not the wrapped cylinder type presentation usual in the UK) on that cold December night and the whole team munched them happily together while we solved the last few bugs on StarFox. The sad part of this story is that stores in japan no longer sell mcvities chocolate biscuits so if you ever have the chance to visit Miyamoto from the Uk, you should bring him a pack as a present :) (and some for me too!)

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - Crimson Moon patch notes

8 GB's worth of new content

The Crimson Moon update is available for Starlink: Battle for Atlas, which adds in all sorts of content for the game. Obviously this update comes with a new Version number, as well as a rather hefty file size. Check out full details on this update below.

PATCH SIZE Nintendo Switch: 8.96 GB

New World: Crimson Moon New Faction activities Races Paint Jobs New “Star” difficulty level/Enemy scaling New Enemy Units New Mechanics Economy Leaderboards Weekly Challenges Fully Re-mappable controls on PC | Hyperdrive/Boost controls swap on consoles New Pilots, Ships and Weapons Team Star Fox Missions Bug Fixes

NEW WORLD: CRIMSON MOON

The Crimson Moon has decloaked in Atlas! Discover this new location upon the completion of the ship modding tutorial in Act 2.

NEW FACTION ACTIVITIES

The Coliseum (Outlaw Faction Story) Enter the Outlaw arena and face waves of enemies in the Crimson Coliseum! In order to access this activity, you need to complete the ship modding tutorial in Act 2. Visit the Fortune’s Rest outpost on the Crimson Moon and interact with the hologram billboard of Fortune, selecting the “Champion of the Outlaws”.

The Outlaws challenge you to compete in the Crimson Coliseum: • Brawl mode • Laserdrome mode • Champion Battle mode • Gauntlet mode (not for the faint of heart)

Atlas Most Wanted (Prospector Faction Story) Hunt down the most wanted Outlaw criminals and claim their bounties by checking in with the Prospectors! This activity is unlocked after completing the “Building Blocks” objective in Act 3. Visit the Fortune’s Rest outpost on the Crimson Moon, interact with the hologram billboard and select “Atlas’s Most Wanted” to unlock Bounty Hunting.

The Forge of Atlas (Expedition Faction Story) Investigate the secrets of Atlas by solving ancient puzzles and discover the location of the Celestial Anvil in a series of Expedition activities! It unlocks upon completion of the ship modding tutorial in Act 2. Interact with the hologram billboard of the Fortune and select “The Forge of Atlas” to begin the Expedition Story.

RACES Visit the Fortune’s Rest outpost on the Crimson Moon, interact with the hologram billboard and select “Racing” from the “Crimson Moon Missions” to compete against the most dangerous pilots in the star system! Make sure to complete the ship modding tutorial in Act 2 in order to unlock this activity. There are four racetracks to test your speed and handling: • Phantasm Chasm • Paradise • Wardens’ Pilgrimage • Foundry of Kings

PAINT JOBS Customize your starship with paint jobs, obtainable after completing activities in the Crimson Moon update! Paint jobs can be applied through the Ships Mods screen. There are over 100 Paint Jobs to collect – can you find them all?

NEW ENEMY UNITS Prepare to face new outlaw enemies! Unlocked in Act 3, these enemies will occasionally spawn from the outlaw turrets at the shipwrecks. • Wanted Outlaws have escaped imprisonment • Outlaw Sloop Tanks have been wreaking havoc on the Expedition across Atlas • Outlaw Battle-Mechs have been destroying Prospector settlements across Atlas

NEW “STAR” DIFFICULTY AND ENEMY SCALING We are introducing a new difficulty level which will display stars instead of the enemy level. Enemies will be scaled according to the equipped pilot’s level.

NEW MECHANICS • Unlock the Grappler to capture Wanted Outlaws • Decipher Electral energy rifts to learn about the history of Atlas • Use Shield Ram to knock enemies into next week

ECONOMY • Collect the Outlaw currency Cogs to purchase exclusive items on the Crimson Moon • Cogs can be acquired by defeating Outlaws and completing Crimson Moon activities • Collect Trophies by completing activities throughout Atlas • Trophies can be turned in on the Crimson Moon in exchange for various rewards

LEADERBOARDS Set your best score and compare it with other players with the online Leaderboards! In order to access the Leaderboards, sign in to Ubisoft Club and check the Social Tab in the main menu. You can find the Global and Friends Leaderboards, which are available for races and Crimson Coliseum modes.

WEEKLY CHALLENGES Complete a series of weekly challenges and earn a variety of rewards, including time-limited trials of different digital weapons! Make sure to sign in to Ubisoft Club, navigate the Social Tab and accept the three weekly challenges!

RE-MAPPABLE CONTROLS ON PC | CONTROLS SWAP ON CONSOLE One of the most requested features from the Community, we’re pleased to announce you can fully customize controls on PC. On console, players will be able to swap controls for Boost and Hyperdrive from the options menu.

NEW PILOTS, SHIPS AND WEAPONS Requires purchase

New Pilots: - Galla - Fern - Rankor - Haywire - Startail - Peppy Nintendo Switch Exclusive - Falco Nintendo Switch Exclusive - Slippy Nintendo Switch Exclusive

New Ships: - Vigilance (Galla’s ship) - Vantage (Fern’s ship) - Skullscream (Rankor’s Ship)

New Weapons: - Jaunt - Tidal Wave - Ice Mine - Fury Cannon - Volcano MK.2 - Imploder MK.2 - Levitator MK.2 - Nullifier MK.2

NEW STAR FOX MISSIONS (NINTENDO SWITCH EXCLUSIVE) Requires purchase Play as Falco, Peppy and Slippy in a series of missions to hunt down Star Wolf’s lieutenants Andrew, Pigma and Leon, after completing the main Star Fox story missions. Go to Fortune’s Rest outpost on the Crimson Moon, interact with the hologram billboard of Fortune and select “A Star Fox Reunion” in order to start!

BUG FIXES • [Switch] Fixed Cargo Shuttle wreckage not appearing in game but shown on map. • [All Consoles] New Imp Hives will spawn even if the player has destroyed all the imp hives at 100% exploration on every planet. • [All Consoles] Various other bug & crash fixes.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas - Crimson Moon DLC footage

The Crimson Moon's appearance is cause for celebration amongst Outlaws as it attracts clans from all around Atlas to partake in the "Outlaw Games," which decide which clan reigns supreme in the system for the next fifteen years. There will be many new activities for you to prove to these Outlaws that the Starlink Initiative are a force to be reckoned with.

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