It’s Monday evening and we head over to Ubisoft for the Ubisoft Live at E3 2019 event. As was the case last year, Ubisoft hosted a pre-show where a couple of presenters talked a bit about what can be expected from the publisher at E3 this year, as well as reveal a few smaller things, that wasn’t seen as too important for the main event.
Some of these events include the announcement of Season 2 for Trials Rising, a new Japan-based map for Steep, as well as Spectator Mode for For Honor, which will be available to all players later in the year:
The biggest and most interesting of these pre-show announcements was that two new modes are coming to Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. We will see the return of Discovery Tour, as well as a brand new Story Creator mode, which is a tool that allows you to set up your story and quests as you see fit.
Ubisoft Live at E3 2019
The Press Conference proper kicked off with a small orchestra and choir giving us a small taste of what can be expected of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Symphony Tour. The music was incredibly well done, blending a beautiful medley of some of the themes we’ve come to know and love over the years. It closes out with a rousing ensemble of Enzio’s Family, the tune that became the main theme of the series
Watch Dogs Legion (6 March 2020)
Information about Watch Dogs Legion was leaked prior to E3, but it was good to see some proper gameplay of the game which is set in London in the near future. The city is in a state of lockdown, and the citizens are constantly monitored by a totalitarian state. The gameplay trailer starts off following a character named Ian, who has a thick cockney accent with that typical Snatch (2000 Film) air about him. He gets tasked with finding a drone expert for the resistance, which he finds, but ends up in combat with the authorities in trying to save him. There’s a brief car chase and Ian, who we already started to like are subsequently… killed. as in Permadeath killed.
It is with this we’re introduced to one of the new core mechanics of Watch Dogs Legion, which gives us the ability to recruit and play as any of the citizens of London. Even a 70-year-old lady, who despite her appearances is very deadly with certain skills and tools at her disposal. The game promises the ability to build your resistance as you see fit, giving you total freedom.
Other than that, some standard Ubisoft traversal and stealth is shown, as well as some pretty slick and fluid cover-based shooting and hand-to-hand combat. We get a close out revealing that Watch Dogs Legion will release on 6 March 2020.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (TV Series)
Next up, we got something a bit unexpected, actor and producer from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney stepped on the stage to introduce a new TV show about a game development studio who is in the process of making and releasing their first expansion pack for a massively popular, fictional video game called Mythic Quest.
It was a little bit strange to see at E3, but the show is made in association with Ubisoft, who they consulted with in order to get the right feel and tone for the show. It’s interesting and might be fun to watch:
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege: Operation Phantom Sight
Rainbow Six: Siege has quite a large community, and the support for the game keeps growing from both the fans as well as the developers. So it was no surprise to receive some kind of announcement for the game at E3 this year.
Operations Phantom Sight is the newest expansion for the game adding two new Operators for you to play as. It will also feature a new map set in what looks like a snowy mountain resort. You know, your typical Spy-Triller setting:
Adventure Time comes to Brawlhalla
Brawlhalla is a Free-2-Play fighting game that was released back in 2015. It will see the popular cartoon series, Adventure Time make an appearance in the game as some of the popular characters will become available as playable brawlers. It will also include a new arena called Tree-Fort.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (October 4)
We already know a fair bit about Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, which was officially revealed with some gameplay trailers and footage last month, but as expected, Ubisoft showed us a bit more of the game at their E3 conference. We received a cinematic trailer, which sees your primary antagonist, portrayed by Jon Bernthal, giving a speech to the Wolves about their motivations and goals. It sets an ominous precedent and you know you’re in for a tough time against a formidable foe.
He made it onto the stage with a cute doggo (totally a good doggo) and challenged us, the ghosts to come to Aurora if we dare to take on the Wolves who will be ready for us.
Not much else about the game is revealed, except that AI teammates will return to Breakpoint for those who prefer to play solo. The game is releasing on 4 October, and a beta will be available on 5 September, for which you can sign up right here.
Finally, Ubisoft revealed that they intend to keep the game going for a couple of years, with updates and content drops coming at regular intervals. We got a glimpse of a teaser for Terminator content for the game.
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad
A bit of a surprise is a mobile RPG called Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad that was announced. It will feature popular characters from Tom Clancy games such as Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell and Nomad from Ghost Recon. Not too much detail on exactly what this game is going to be about, but you can pre-register for the game by following this link
Just Dance 2020
It’s been 10 years since the first release of Just Dance, and Ubisoft celebrates this by, well, dancing. We received a trailer where some people, dressed as the regular avatars you see in Just Dance are given a motivational speech before they go out on stage to shake some booty. No details on anything new that we can expect for Just Dance 2020 were revealed.
For Honor: Shadows of the Hitokiri
Ubisoft announced a new event for For Honor called Shadows of the Hitokiri. The event will run from the time of the announcement, 10 June to 27 June and will see warring factions of the game duke it out in the dark and haunted village of Kaiden. It will include special, limited time content that is exclusive to this event. It will feature a new mode called Soul Rush, which will see you killing as many soldiers as possible for their souls:
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Quarantine
Bringing us a brand new Rainbow Six experience, Ubisoft announced Rainbow Six: Quarantine, a PvE focused experience aimed at player’s who are more into the Co-Op play than competitive play. You and you’re squadmates will risk everything when you enter into the Quarantine in a 3-player co-op experience. We’re promised that more detail for Rainbow Six: Quarantine can be expected in the near future:
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
The Division 2 released earlier this year and has become a fan favourite amongst the community pretty quickly. Ubisoft thanked the fans and community on stage and laid down the roadmap for what to expect in Year 1. The Division 2 will also be Free to play for the upcoming weekend on all available platforms, so if you’re interested, you can go give it a shot between 13 – 16 June.
We also got some detail on the new Episodic content that can be expected in the next couple of months. The first Episode will see you and your teammates head to the D.C. Outskirts, and will include new story missions, activities and a new mode, which we didn’t get any real detail about.
Episode 2 will take players to the Pentagon and will also include the next new Raid activity while Episode 3 will see you go after a former colleague who holds the future of the entire human race in his hands:
All of the content will be free to all players, with Season Pass holders getting access to it earlier, as well as additional cosmetic content. Finally, a The Division film was confirmed starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal and will be made in association with Netflix.
UPlay Plus on PC
Rumoured in the past week, Ubisoft confirmed that they will be bringing a subscription service to the table. Surprisingly though, it will only be available to PC gamers at this time and will launch in September.
UPlay Plus will will set yuo back $14.99 a month, and will give you access to Ubisoft’s extensive library of over 100 games, including early access to new games, which will be available to members. It will come to Google Stadia some time in 2020.
Ubisoft revealed a brand new and exciting looking game called Roller Champions, a PvP Team Sports game which they say is as much fun to watch as it is to play. It is a sort of ball game where players move around the arena on rollerskates scoring goals and defending it.
We also go to see a bit of the gameplay and it looks very interesting, fast-paced and promising. A Pre-Alpha demo is available right now until 14 June:
Gods & Monsters
Finally, Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot stepped on the stage, thanking all the Ubisoft teams who work hard to bring great games to the community, and also the community who loves and plays their games. As a finale, he introduced a brand new IP called Gods & Monsters and gave us a sneak peek into the gorgeous backdrop set in a mythological world.
And with that, we wrapped up a show that didn’t show too many new games, but rather more details on games we already know about. There’s a lot to be excited about from Ubisoft, especially come 2020.