Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is launching this year across consoles (including Xbox Series X and PS5) and PC. For PC players, Ubisoft will be taking a similar route to its other recent games, skipping Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store–at least initially, in a similar release structure to the publisher’s other recent games.
Ubisoft has confirmed that Valhalla will only be sold on one third-party store, the Epic Games Store. The game will also release on PC through Ubisoft’s Uplay service.
Valhalla will become the first mainline new installment in Assassin’s Creed series to skip Steam. It will also be the first game in the series to launch for next-generation platforms. 2018’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and the rest of the earlier games are available to buy on Steam now.
The Division 2 was Ubisoft’s first big game to launch as an exclusive on the Epic Games Store. At the Game Developers Conference in 2019, Ubisoft and Epic extended their publishing deal for future titles, and now we know one of them is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
The Division 2 was never released on Steam, but the exact terms of Ubisoft’s deal with Epic for Valhalla are unknown. Many of the other Epic exclusives, such as 2K’s Borderlands 3, did eventually release on Steam.
Ubisoft is avoiding Steam because of its business model. Vice president Chris Early said in a New York Times interview that Steam’s business model is “unrealistic.” He added, “It doesn’t reflect where the world is today in terms of game distribution.”
Steam typically keeps 30 percent of game sales, with 70 percent going to developers/publishers. By contrast, the Epic Games Store offers much more to the people who make games; on the Epic Games Store, 88 percent of revenue goes back to developers.
For more on the game, read our in-depth interview with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s lead writer. We also have information on the setting and protagonist.
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Microsoft will replace journalists with robots – 112 International
Microsoft is planning to replace contracted journalists with robots. This was reported to Seattle Times by sources in the company.
“Like all companies, we regularly evaluate our business. This can lead to increased investments in some places and, from time to time, to redistribution in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic,” the company said.
Automated systems for selecting news will carry out the tasks of selecting headlines and photos for the MSN website, which are now handled by journalists from various organizations.
Microsoft, like some other technology companies, pays news organizations to use their content on their website.
But journalists decide which news to publish and how they will be presented.
In connection with the reorganization, about 50 news producers will lose their jobs at the end of June. However, a team of full-time journalists will remain.
Some journalists warn that artificial intelligence may not be fully familiar with strict editorial rules and may ultimately select inappropriate material.
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Amazon removes racist messages after they appear on some product listings
Amazon.com Inc said it was removing certain images after messages using extremely strong racist abuse appeared on some listings on its UK website when users searched for Apple’s AirPods and other similar products.
The message sparked outrage on Twitter, with the topic “AirPods” trending in the United Kingdom.
“We are removing the images in question and have taken action on the bad actor,” an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Sunday. She did not elaborate more on the “bad actor.”
Screenshots and video grabs of the messages were trending on Twitter, with users sharing the images.
The listings with the abusive messages were no longer visible on the Amazon UK website and it was not clear how long they were there for.
In April, several of Amazon’s foreign websites, including the UK domain, were added to the U.S. trade regulator’s “notorious markets” report on marketplaces known for counterfeiting and piracy concerns.
Amazon strongly disagreed with the report at that time, describing it as a “purely political act.” (Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru Editing by Frances Kerry)
Source:- Financial Post
Edited by Harry Miller
Microsoft Is Replacing Journalists With Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft announced it won’t be renewing the contracts of roughly 50 news production contractors working at MSN. The firm said these positions will be replaced by artificial intelligence, reported The Seattle Times.
“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement. “This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, re-deployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.”
The terminated employees were notified on Wednesday that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30.
Full-time news producers will be retained by the company. However, all contracted news producers will be let go.
The Seattle Times spoke to some employees on the condition of anonymity who said that MSN will use artificial intelligence to replace the production work they had been doing, such as identifying trending news stories and optimizing content.
“It’s been semi-automated for a few months but now it’s full speed ahead,’’ one of the terminated contractors said. “It’s demoralizing to think machines can replace us but there you go.’’
One staff member who has been made redundant told The Guardian: “I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs, and here I am – AI has taken my job.”
The individual also warned that replacing journalists with software was risky. Human workers can stick to “very strict editorial guidelines” which guarantee that viewers are not presented with inappropriate content.
This is especially of concern when dealing with young viewers. Artificial intelligence may not be able to recognize particularly violent or distasteful content.
The journalists working on the Microsoft site did not report original stories. They selected stories produced by other news organizations and edited the content and headlines.
Source:- Interesting Engineering
Edited By Harry Miller
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