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NewsBit: Week of November 5

Nintendo replaces friend codes with Network IDs for the Wii U, PlayStation: The Official Magazine ends, Final Fantasy XIV goes offline, and more.

Click through for the biggest stories of the week of November 5:

Nintendo explains Wii U user, Network ID systems

Nintendo is leaving behind its much-maligned friend code system and replacing it for the Wii U with the Nintendo Network ID, the company revealed via a Nintendo Direct broadcast translated into English at NeoGAF.

Joystiq describes the Network ID as a "numeric identifier." Destructoid, however, quotes a Nintendo representative as saying the Network ID system employs "user-created account names." Specifics of Network ID formatting may be a mystery until the console launches November 18.

Either way, the Network ID is said to function similarly to friend codes for the purpose of adding friends but isn't game-specific. Additionally, it will be the account associated with Wii U eShop purchases.

Nintendo also announced the Wii U will support up to 12 users. Users will have separate save data and play history, but all users may access the same content purchased from the Wii U eShop.

Holiday issue to conclude PlayStation: The Official Magazine publication

Future US, publisher of PlayStation: The Official Magazine, announced Tuesday the magazine will cease publication with its holiday 2012 issue. GameInformer broke the news via its website.

PlayStation: The Official Magazine was originally PlayStation Magazine (commonly abbreviated to PSM) and replaced Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine in 2007. It is known for its exclusive coverage of Sony game consoles and for including playable game demo discs.

PTOM is the second major video game magazine Future US is dropping by the end of the year. In August, the publisher announced it would be ending Nintendo Power with the December issue after 24 years of publication.

Final Fantasy XIV goes offline in advance of relaunch

Final Fantasy XIV servers shut down early Sunday morning, ending the MMORPG's present iteration and moving forward with its "A Realm Reborn" relaunch.

A Realm Reborn rebuilds much of the game from the ground up. It will introduce new character creation options, a new graphics engine and user interface, redesigned maps, and more. A "final save" of existing character data to transition to A Realm Reborn occurred November 1, after which players were allowed to continue playing the original game but without saving any further progress.

Players who were logged on at 3 a.m. Sunday were unceremoniously disconnected while Square-Enix released a new "End of an Era" trailer showing the arrival of Dalamud, a meteor which justifies from a story perspective the reason for destroying and rebuilding the world.

Servers for the original game are scheduled to go back online within "a few days," according to an August letter from game producer Naoki Yoshida. Players will then be able to continue playing, but again, any further progress won't transition to A Realm Reborn.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will launch in 2013. A PlayStation 3 version, initially planned to release with the original game's PC launch in 2010, is expected to release simultaneously.

Assassin's Creed Anthology confirmed for international release

A collection of all five Assassin's Creed console games and DLC is coming to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Ubisoft announced Wednesday.

According to a press release, Assassin's Creed Anthology will pack the games as well as a lithograph for each game and an exclusive steelbook into a single box. It is unclear whether the DLC is included on-disc or provided via digital download except for the recently released Assassin's Creed III DLC, which comes as a season pass. The collection will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

For U.K. gamers, the collection will be sold exclusively through Amazon for £119.99 and is set to release November 30. Other European versions will sell for €150. Amazon France and Amazon Germany listed a November 29 release for those territories, but the listing was later removed.

Joystiq interpreted Ubisoft's description of the collection as an EMEA exclusive "for now" to suggest a U.S. release is still possible. Meanwhile, a smaller, more conservative collection subtitled "Ezio Trilogy" and including Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations is scheduled to release for PlayStation 3 in the United States November 13.

Capcom to expand internal development with 10-year plan

Hot off the heels of achieving record operating income for the first half of fiscal year 2013, Capcom has revealed plans to expand in-house game development by  hiring 1,000 more developers over the next 10 years.

"We want to further improve the quality of our games by maintaining an internal game development team," an unnamed Capcom representative says via a Question and Answer Summary at its Investor Relations website. "We will be shifting outsourced operations to our own workforce."

Capcom's last major internally developed game was Resident Evil 6, which the company recently announced shipped 3.7 million units by September 30. With the addition of new staff, Capcom's development team will sit around 2,500.

Press Release


EXPERIENCE THE ENTIRE ASSASSIN'S CREED® SAGA WITH ASSASSIN'S CREED® ANTHOLOGY

London, UK - November 7, 2012 - Today, Ubisoft announced Assassin's Creed Anthology, a unique collection containing every Assassin's Creed game ever released for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, available exclusively at Amazon in the UK from November 30, 2012 for £119.99.

Assassin's Creed Anthology is a prestige collector's edition which includes all expansion packs and downloadable content for the Assassin's Creed games, including the Season Pass for Assassin's Creed III, which provides full access to all forthcoming downloadable content, the first of which will be available mid-December. The Anthology Edition also includes five exclusive lithographs, an exclusive steel book and a collector's box.

Assassin's Creed Anthology includes:

Assassin's Creed®
Experience the power of an Assassin in Jerusalem, 1191 AD during the brutal times of the third Crusades.

Assassin's Creed® II
Assassin's Creed II introduces you to Ezio, a new assassin carrying on the deadly lineage of his forebears. Confront an epic tale of power and corruption as you hone your assassin's art, wielding weapons and instruments designed by the legendary Leonardo da Vinci himself in this gripping and deadly sequel.
Also includes:
Sequence 12: Battle of Forlì DLC and Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities DLC.

Assassin's Creed® Brotherhood - The Da Vinci Edition
Ezio must journey into Italy's greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire brotherhood of assassins who will rally to his side. Only by working together can the assassins defeat their mortal enemies and prevent the extinction of their order.
Also includes:
The Da Vinci Disappearance: 1 single player story Mission
2 Additional Solo Missions: Trajan Market and the Aqueducts
New Multiplayer features: 1 Map + 6 Characters + 2 new modes

Assassin's Creed® Revelations - The Ottoman Edition
Ezio Auditore must leave his life behind in search of answers, in search of the truth. In Assassin's Creed® Revelations, master assassin Ezio Auditore walks in the footsteps of the legendary mentor Altaïr, on a journey of discovery and revelation. It is a perilous path - one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region.
Also includes:
The lost archive: 1 single player story Mission
New Singleplayer Features: 3 Skins, Capacity upgrades + 1 Additional Mission: Vlad the Impaler's Prison
New Multiplayer Features: 6 Maps + 7 Characters + Customisation Items

Assassin's Creed® III
Assassin's Creed III invites players to experience the untold story of the American Revolution through the eyes of a new Assassin, Connor. Designed from the ground up over more than two years, Assassin's Creed III takes one of gaming's most beloved franchises to new heights.
Also includes:
The Season Pass, providing instant access to all forthcoming Assassin's Creed® III downloadable game content packs, the first of which is available from mid-December 2012.

To pre-order from Amazon, please visit: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?ie=UTF8&rh=n:300703&page=1&hidden-keywords=B00A2RVJ7Y%7CB00A2RVJ9W

For more information on Assassin's Creed, please visit (www.assassinscreed.com) and facebook.com/assassinscreed



About Assassin's Creed:

Initially launched in 2007, the first four Assassin's Creed games have sold more than 38 million units worldwide, and the franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series ever. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin's Creed transcends video games, branching out into other entertainment experiences including comic books, Facebook games, novels, short films and more.


About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2010–11 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of 1.039 billion euros. To learn more, please visit http://www.ubisoftgroup.com

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