But it’s not just domains that Ubisoft is getting. The domain registrations have been followed by trademark filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
On December 10, 2013, the company filed two trademarks (US Serial Numbers 86139588 and 86139580) for “Battle of Heroes Land of Immortals” covering computer games.
The “Goods and Services” in 86139580 covers “Entertainment services namely providing an on-line computer game for others over global and local area computer networks and providing information on-line relating to computer games and video games”.
While 86139588 covers “Game software and electronic game programs, namely, software games recorded on CD-ROM and digital video discs for computers; software games recorded on CD-ROMs, digital video discs, and cartridges for console and individual, portable gaming systems; software games that are downloadable from a remote computer site and electronic game software for mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and handheld computers”.
While Ubisoft has made no announcement yet regarding Battle of Heroes Land of Immortals, readers suspect it may be a MOBA.
Both domain names are still parked online and offer no hints about the company’s plans.
I wouldn’t get too excited as the company doesn’t appear to have too much invested in the yet-to-be-announced title, at least when it comes to domains. Only the dotcoms are registered, and even more surprisingly, at the time of this story being published, LandofImmortals.com is not even registered according to WHOIS records.
Just a few days ago, newly discovered domain registrations hinted at a next-gen game by Ubisoft called Fighter Within. Not much was known about the game at the time, except for the domain names and the fact they redirected visitors to a “Coming Soon” page on Ubisoft’s official website.
Thanks to Google Cache, a snapshot of the official website was stored on August 16, revealing several details about the game, which promises to provide users the excitement of a real fight and will be offered on the Xbox One and take advantage of the Kinect technology. Ubisoft has since pulled the website, but not before Google Cache snagged a copy.
Ubisoft is expected to officially unveil the game at Gamescom in a matter of days, but here’s what we now know about Fighter Within based on text taken from the cached page.
Unleash your inner Fighter
Discover FIGHTER WITHIN, the next-gen game that provides you the excitement of a real fight, throwing you into the most immersive total-body combat experience ever made. Enter a world of sweat, timing and training thanks to kick-ass motion recognition. Brawling with your friends will never feel the same again.
Earn your bragging rights over your friends
True friends don’t pull their punches. Let off some steam and earn your bragging rights over your best mates in ultra-raw fighting sessions. New Kinect allows you to invite and defy your friends over a good fight right in your living room.
Unleash your inner fighter to beat your friends with your bare knuckles.
Discover FIGHTER WITHIN, the next-gen game that provides you the excitement of a real fight, throwing you into the most immersive total-body combat experience ever made.
Test your real fighting skills thanks to the next gen of motion recognition. The new Kinect technology arms FIGHTER WITHIN with realistic fighting moves using unprecedented 1 to 1 precision movement tracking.
Enter a brutal, physical and liberating world: New-gen jaw-dropping graphics, real-time wounds, sweat & facial impacts, extreme arenas environments, primal animations… The new XBOX ONE Kinect allows you to dive into a unique realistic experience and feel the fight. All you expect from a next gen fighting game is there.
Enter a world of sweat, timing and training. Brawling with your friends will never feel the same again.
Earn your bragging rights over your friends by proving your real fighting skills!
True friends don’t pull their punches: Let off some steam and earn your bragging rights over your best mates in ultra-raw fighting sessions. New Kinect’s power dramatically improves the multiplayer experience, allowing you to invite and defy your friends over a good fight right in your living room, or to compete online against the world to become the ultimate fighter.
Reveal your abilities: Kicks, punches, counters, throws, combos, special moves, everything you expect from a fighting game is there: Execute precise and amazing combos thanks to the new Kinect and use the huge diversity of gameplay to choose between core combat or special attacks to destroy your opponents.
Think first, hit after: Skills are not enough to win a match, superior fighting tactics will give you the upper hand. Use your surroundings to your advantage, collect totems and position them wisely in the arena to power up your attacks, choose the right moves and signature attacks that will undermine your rival and finish him off with a devastating final blow.
More content coming soon
Unfortunately, no screenshots are available just yet. Ubisoft removed the images.
UPDATE 3 August 20, 2013: The Fighter Within trailer has been released.
UPDATE 2 August 20, 2013: The leaked video is again available (H/T thesixthaxis)
UPDATE 1 August 20, 2013: The first gameplay footage of Fighter Within has been leaked by VentureBeat (via Gamepur). Unfortunately, the video is now unavailable. I took a screenshot of the video before it was marked private.
Video game company Ubisoft appears to be up to something.
Judging by changes to some domain names, the company looks to have registered Fighter-Within.com earlier this week and also secretly registered the name FighterWithinGame.com back in June. Both names were registered using Go Daddy’s proxy service.
While the proxy service makes the true registrant of the names unknown, both names redirect users to a “Coming Soon” page on ubi.com: http://fighter-within.ubi.com/fighter-within/en-US/
No official announcement has been made by Ubisoft regarding “Fighter Within”, however, Ubisoft recently said it would “share details on a new next-gen IP currently in development” at the upcoming Gamescom which takes place August 21-25.
With less than a week until Gamescom, we should know soon what plans are in store for “Fighter Within”.
Watch Dogs has been generating a lot of buzz in the video game community since it was first announced at E3 2012.
Last June, on the very same day Ubisoft kicked off its E3 press conference and unveiled Watch Dogs, the company registered a bunch of new domains like WatchDogs2.com, WatchDogs3.com, WatchDogs4.com and WatchDogs5.com.
However, one name was missing from the list: WatchDogs.com. That’s because the name had a different owner.
The exact sales amount is unknown since the sale wasn’t publicly reported, but given WatchDogs.com is a pretty strong name on its own, the price was likely in the five-figure range.
I can only speculate on the sales price. Although it’s not necessarily apples to apples, watchdog.co.uk sold for over $4,000 USD in 2011 according to DNJournal. So you can only imagine how much watchdogs.com sold for, especially with all the press around the video game.