Ubisoft – E3 2018 Recap
In a continuing effort to revitalize it’s main IP’s, Ubisoft makes a foray into ancient Greece but also gives us some exciting Division 2 and Beyond Good and Evil 2 footage.
Just Dance 2019
Release Date: October 2018
The dancing panda is back, alongside some wild costumes and a live band. The band then marched straight into the Opium theatre. The conference’s start can be expected from Ubisoft at this point, but it was still rather impressive.
Popular songs like Havana are making an appearance.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Release Date: TBA
The prequel to the first space opera gets a new trailer. With a freighter making its way through a space cloud. The voice acting is absolutely amazing. A space sandstorm wrecks most of the ship and builds crazy anticipation for the invader that attacks the ship.
Shani is the captain of the Gada in this installment. You’re a space captain near the end of 24th century.
It turns out the ferocious young jade is the one hunting them. What does this entail for the universe?
We got some pre-alpha footage of Ganesha city.
Ubisoft is also seeking participation from the fans. Through the “space monkey program”, they are providing a platform for artists of all kind to leave their mark on the world. They also announced a participating with Hitrecord a music cooperation website. If you want your song and visual assets to make your way in, you’re going to be participating through Hitrecord.
Join them at hitrecord.org
Rainbow Six Siege Documentary: Another Mindset
Millions of people play the game every day, the community continues to grow. As the representative announced, it has now reached 35 million players. Through 10 seasons and 40 operators.
They also confirmed Juin 15th as the start of the Rainbow Six Siege competitive league, as well as the Siege event in Paris. If you’re a player or a fan of esports, now is the time to get into the game and the community.
The team also put effort into a Rainbow Six Siege Documentary titled Another Mindset. which focuses on the lives of professional Siege players. The documentary follows 8 professional players and casters through the trials and achievements.
Release Date: February 2019
The new installment in the Trials series was announced to the sound of a motocross making its way into the theatre.
The new trailer showcased the diversity of locations which players will experience, as well as the heavy focus on player vs player trials. New destructive environments and new ways to crash were also put forward.
Brad Hill, a professional commentator and scholar of Trials. He announced that he and 20 community members have been involved with the development of the game. The preview ended with a trailer of the 1000 ways you can die within the game.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Release Date: March 19, 2019
The Division 2 has a lot to prove, but its made clear from Ubisoft’s latest trailer that rebuilding and rising settlements are central to their new game. The world outside is unforgiving and hostile. You play within a wasteland that is attempting to rebuild itself from the ashes. This contrast between the lush green spaces and the violence between residents is a wonderful contrast.
The final establishing shot overlooking Washington DC and a massive cemetery set the stage of the “liberators”. What the developers call “the last line of defence” which will develop the future of the nation. Actions have a clear impact on the lives of citizens.
Once agents finish the main campaign, they choose a class and a unique weapon. These are an explosive crossbow, a grenade launcher and a.50 CAL Sniper Weapon. Teamwork and teamplay are clearly put to the forefront. Ubisoft also announced 8-man raids to buff up the first game’s lacklustre endgame.
Year one of The Division 2 will also include three DLC packs with new events and locations. Ubisoft also announced that this DLC will be entirely free. A welcome surprise to be sure!
Mario x Rabbit: Kingdom Battle – Donkey Kong Adventure
Release Date: June 26th, 2019
Ubisoft brought another big gun to the conference, expanding on a very successful crossover between franchises.
It’s a separate DLC adventure centred on Rabbid Cranky Kong, Rabbid Peach alongside Donkey Kong alongside some pretty impressive enemies and locations. They’ve also announced some Streetshark references! It’s a big deal for Rabbids!
Skull and Bones
Release Date: TBA 2019
Piracy is dead, but only if you let the empire win. Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones, centred on the Indian ocean is an exciting foray into the genre.
This was kind of teased as well, centred on a cooperative bid against a great evil. The world will be influenced by “fortunes” that revel changes in factions, trade routes and weather. Favourable winds bring more merchants, but also more competition.
The essence of Skull and Bones is PVP and coop. Ubisoft also highlighted the hidden pirate hub that will serve as a shipyard for battles.
Customization of your ship is essential, whether aesthetic figureheads or strategic changes to the cannons you bring to battle. Interestingly, stealth mechanics and guises can be set up with false flags. The ship combat on display this year really highlights how difficult encounters require coordination between members of a team, bridging the gap with traditional MMO’s.
The game, visually and in regards to UI, has evolved quite a bit since it’s the last showing. Whether this makes it into the final game is far from certain.
Release Date: Fall 2019
Have you ever wanted to examine someone’s memories? Transference is based on an ability to do so. Examining multiple personalities at once to uncover the secrets of a family.
The worlds bleed from one perspective to another. It’s visually impressive.
Transference, the mind-bending psychological thriller will release on both VR and traditional consoles.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Ubisoft Toronto spearheads a return to Atlas and a cooperative space odyssey against an encroaching evil. Your ship is represented by a physical toy that is connected to the PS4 controller. Your ship can change on the fly, based on the components you add to this physical toy. The game promises to be great for kids.
The team also announced a Star Fox Amiibo for the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
For Honor: Marching Fire
Release Date: October 15th, 2018
Ubisoft announced the arrival of Chinese warlords to their playing ground. And a new siege game mode that looks very impressive. For Honor’s newest DLC will bring new champions and a new storyline was teased as well.
For Honor isn’t dead, and Ubisoft knows it.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Release date: October 5, 2019
Alexios or Kassandra the Spartans are the possible main characters of the game, and you start as a mercenary. However, you’re anything but a nobody. Your character is the grandson or granddaughter of Leonidas. The game has been in development for three years, and the results are breathtaking. The landscapes you will roam are so impressive. Primarily, however, what was impressive was the variety, from snowy mountaintops to deserts.
The influence of the gods is evident and very fitting to the mythos of the game. Underwater regions were demonstrated alonside epic Spartan confrontations. The broken spear of Leonidas allows you to experience both ranged combat and seems to act in lieu of a hidden blade.
You can be reassured that the eagle is still with you in this game.
Ubisoft Québec is pushing the RPG elements of the game to the max. This includes dialogue choices with historical characters like Socrates. The music is fitting for this new endeavour, absolutely showstopping and fitting to the key.
The same brutal action combat and levelling mechanics from Origins make a comeback. Full customizable armour, as well as three distinct ability trees, were demonstrated. Players will have the choice to focus on hunting, assassination or combat.
The gameplay footage ends with a demonstration of full-scale warfare in the game and the chaos of it all. It’s only when you see it in action that you realize it’s been missing from Assassin’s Creed forever.
Ubisoft had a great conference this year, and it’s clear that the teams care about both their games and their community.
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