E3 2021: Ubisoft Forward

An hour of announcements from Ubisoft at Ubisoft Forward and what a range of titles! Here is what was shown during the hour.

Rainbow 6 Extraction

The aliens have come to Earth, turning it into a nightmare. React tries to contain the threat, but it is evolving. Enemies attack with large spikes that grow out of their body. Some of them can explode on death, flinging spikes everywhere in one last hurrah. Rainbow 6 gadgets are everywhere, like a little drone that one agent is controlling. Wall breaches and a claymore that launches electricity are shown before an apex enemy arrives. One character has a knockback shot. It looks like the exploding enemies hurt their friends, not just you. It is releasing on September 16.

Here is a good look at the gameplay. Look how the various operators use their skills, along with new tricks to fight the infected off.

Read our hands-on with it right here!

Rocksmith+

Ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar and not just hit a plastic guitar with a few buttons on it? Rocksmith is back, using your notebook or phone, you can learn to play the guitar. There are video lessons to help you out, and community-created guides. You can also play acoustic guitars and bass. You can slow down tricky bits to get it right, or just learn to strum along.

Riders Republic

Aww yeah, let’s do some tricks. Team-based tricks to try to get big scores, bigger scores than players on the other team. Another game I need friends for Ubisoft? Come on, what are you trying to tell me?? Though I like the idea of a fan on my back… Is this Fall Guys with sports?

Rainbow 6 Siege

Meet Thunderbird, the new operator in Rainbow 6 Siege. She is shown in an animated short taking on a bear with a flare gun. The next event, North Star, starts next week. Also, the game had 200,000 concurrent players recently and now has cross-platform account progress.

Watch Dogs: Legion Bloodline

Just Dance

Just Dance is back for Just Dance 2022, featuring Todrick Hall. The game will get an exclusive version of his hit single.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Free updates are on the way. Team mentioned Wrath of the Druids expansion, with a reminder that the Siege of Paris is on the way. It is coming ‘this summer’. Get ready to make alliances, find new weapons, abilities and enemies. The game will return to black box missions, meaning you get to choose how to achieve your objective. The Discovery Tour is returning, and this time you can play as someone in Discovery Tour Viking Age.

The team is also working on more expansions, going into a second year of support of the game. It looks like Eivor’s story is far from over.

Far Cry 6

Dani is shown trying to save families by taking them on a fishing boat. Then the boat gets stopped and searched. Instead of a police officer, El Presidente arrives to talk about catching and releasing fish. El Pres promises to release “the fish” before they are all shot. Anton Castillo is terrible. Would you like to play as a villain? The season pass for Far Cry 6 will let you play as Vaas, Pagan Min, Joseph Seed. It looks to lean heavily on the drug landscapes we have seen in previous titles, cranking up the weird a bit.

Mario & Rabbids

A new enemy has arrived, meaning the crew will need to work hard to fight this threat. Get ready for new weapons and abilities in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope! Who gave Luigi a bow? DANGEROUS. Rabbid Rosalina joins the cast and a few more surprises on the way. The villain is Cursa, a new enigmatic foe. There are new creatures called the Sparks. You know I needed more Mario XCOM, and here it is. It looks like you will run around areas to explore with enemies drawing you into battle arenas, a bit like JRPGs jumping from the field to the battle zone. It is releasing in 2022 for Nintendo Switch.

But there is more!

To end off the show, Yves Guillemot showcased something in the Snowdrop engine. It is the Avatar universe. Massive forests, floating jellyfish, dinosaur style creatures and tall blue people are everywhere. It looks like paradise until you see the soldiers from Earth in their exosuits and choppers dropping bombs. Avatar – Frontiers of Pandora is coming in 2022.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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