E3 2018: Ubisoft

Ubisoft has been on a bit of a roll with their ambitious games such as Far Cry 5 and Assassin’s Creed Origins. They’ve gone from being the butt of many jokes to actually being a respectable publisher which is quite the surprising turnaround for them. They’ve gone from being relatively deleterious with their strange monetisation schemes and generic open-worlds to delivering something fresh. So, seeing as they’re riding kind of high, what do they plan on doing next? Well, thankfully they had a press conference to do exactly that. Let’s jump in, shall we?

Just Dance 2019

It’s not a Ubisoft show with Just Dance coming out of the woodwork, complete with colourful paid dancers that get their boogie on. This year, they had a panda showing off its moves and a whole assortment of colourful characters. If you’re a fan of Just Dance, the 2019 version is coming this year. Get ready to get your freak on, or something.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Beyond Good & Evil 2 went from being a myth to a reality and the game seems far more ambitious than we ever thought it would be. However, the game has been elusive and when it was announced, they were still in the early development phases. We got some more info this time and it seems this prequel will feature some of the previous game’s iconic characters. Yes, Jade and Page are back, but they’re not what we remember them as. Jade seems like an edgy space ninja caught up in some criminal nonsense and gets reconciled with her piggy friend during a raid of her ship.

The game is limited to some CGI trailers and very light gameplay showcases, but it’s shaping up to be something good. Furthermore, the team is employing the community to come up with some new content for the game with the Space Monkey Program and featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company, Hit Record. People in the community will be able to help with composing music, doing art and writing stories for the world of Beyond Good & Evil 2. That’s quite a new approach, but one that is certainly not unwelcome.

The game is still without a release date.

 

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege is still growing and has amassed a staggering 35 million players so far. The team is focused on bringing the game into the eSports spotlight and have since made a documentary detailing some of the stories of its top players. The game also has new operators and maps coming, so don’t expect this train to stop anytime soon.

Trials Rising

Trials Rising has an on-brand kooky reveal and it’s looking like the most insane Trials game yet. The game will heavily feature crashing, because that’s what most of us will do anyway, and the locations have been ramped up quite significantly. It’s more Trials, but when has that ever been a bad thing? The game releases on February 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

The Division 2

The Division 2 came on stage with a suitably grim CGI trailer that really showed that this crack team of soldiers are the country’s last line of defence. The game will take place in Washington DC that is under threat by tyrannical rebels. It was revealed that there will be a story-based campaign and the introduction of 8-player endgame raids. Additionally, during the game’s first year, three DLC episodes will release and the great part is that they’ll be completely free for everyone.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is getting the Kong with Donkey Kong Adventure. The DLC will be available on the 25th of June for Season Pass holders.

Skull & Bones

Skull & Bones made another showing with its piracy goodness, showing us gameplay of some epic naval battles and introducing a mechanic called Fortunes, which will determine the state that the seas will be in before you go in pillaging. You can also customise your ship to be the fiercest and best-looking pirate on the Seven Seas. The game will be releasing in 2019

Transference

Elijah Wood’s company Spectrevision is combining the drama of film with the interactivity of gaming. It’s an unlikely game from an unlikely place, but it promises to be a psychological thriller where you’ll follow the stories of a family in order to solve a terrible mystery. The game looks like a modern-day revival of Full Motion Video games that have been dead for quite a while. The game will be available in a traditional format as well as VR. You can expect it in Fall 2018.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Out of nowhere, Star Fox and his crew make an appearance in what looks like Ubisoft’s next partnership with Nintendo in their game Starlink: Battle for Atlas. The game will feature collectable ships that allow you to interchange their parts and adapt to the gameplay on the screen. Star Fox will be part of the Nintendo Switch version of the game and the normal version will release on the 16th of October 2018 on all other consoles.

For Honor Marching Fire

Surprisingly, For Honor is still going, despite some noticeable drop-offs in its player base. The game will be getting a new DLC pack called Marching Fire which will feature a new faction, four new fighters and further improvements to the game. There will also be the introduction of Breach mode, which will allow for full-scale battles between factions of players.

As a very nice bonus, you can get the For Honor Starter Edition on PC for free from June 11th to June 18th. Just head over to this website and sign up to get it.

The Crew 2

The Crew 2 will soon be upon us on the 29th of June, but the game will have an open-beta on the 21st of June that you can pre-load right now.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

As for the explosive finisher, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the next entry into the Assassin’s Creed universe. We’ll be going to Ancient Greece this time in a beautifully realised version of the timeline and the big surprise announcement was that you can play as one of two heroes. The characters are called Alexios and Kassandra, both warriors that have inherited a legendary blade called the Broken Spear of Leonidas and it will be your choice for which one you want to play as. Once you select your character, you’ll be playing as them for the entire game.

It’s a massive change in the dynamics of the franchise and it must have been a logistical nightmare to craft two tailor-made stories for these characters. As for gameplay, you can expect much of the same as Assassin’s Creed Origins with faster combat and a focus on gear. The game will be released on the 5th of October this year.

And that was Ubisoft’s E3 showing. While it didn’t contain many new games, and a lack of Splinter Cell, it was still a really solid showing of all their major franchises. There’s something to get excited about no matter what type of gamer you are and it’s nice to see Ubisoft on form in this way. It’s about time.

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