“The Binding of Excellence and Expectations”
Ubisoft had a strong press conference this E3, packed with plenty of release dates for both game launches and beta access. They also showed off loads of new footage from new entries in ongoing series, surprise sequels, along with an exciting brand new IP. Of course, it all was led, yet again by the insanely talented, Aisha Tyler, bringing nothing but greatness to the conference. It was a big win for Ubisoft this year–all across-the-board–so let’s unpack what really stood out.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Last year’s, The Stick of Truth, was the funniest video game I’ve ever played. It was crude, original and cleverly designed, and the most I’ve ever laughed in a video game. Which is why the completely, out of left field announcement for South Park: The Fractured But Whole, shot me out of my seat and got me cheering. Acting as a follow-up to The Stick of Truth, it’s still presented as a turn-based RPG, but with a prominent superhero theme this go around. The Fractured But Whole, has been confirmed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with no comment on last-gen, the home of The Stick of Truth.
You can see the official South Park: The Fractured but Whole announcement trailer below:
Ubisoft quickly followed up with another surprise announcement, as Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, took the stage to introduce a new IP, titled For Honor. In-development over at Ubisoft Montreal, For Honor, is a melee focused action game that presents players with gritty combat between vikings, knights, and samurai. After the cinematic announcement trailer, Ubisoft went on to show a live demo featuring two teams clashing, mixed in with AI. For Honor, is definitely one of the more surprising titles to come out of E3, and one I’ve got my eyes on.
You can see For Honor’s multiplayer walkthrough trailer below:
For the last two years at E3, The Division has consistently wowed me with its beautiful demos and ambitious multiplayer component. This year, Ubisoft came out strong with The Division showing off a new demo that featured a team of players looting and exploring through the streets of New York. It put an emphasis on how dangerous the game world can be at any given moment when dealing with other players. The biggest deal of the presentation is that it finally has a release date. After a series of delays, it’s due out March 8, 2016. We also got an announcement that The Division will be launching a beta. It will begin later this year for Xbox One owners, and next year for PlayStation 4 and PC.
You can see Tom Clancy’s The Division in-action in the trailer below:
Rainbow Six Siege
Ubisoft’s big FPS, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, had a great showing at their press conference this year. We got word a beta will be coming our way September 24, on all platforms. The beta will include PVP and Terrorist Hunt (a mode that Ubisoft demonstrated at their E3 conference). For those of us concerned about the absence of a proper single player campaign and the possibility the game might be a little short on content at launch, we can rest assured Terrorist Hunt will fill the void. Terrorist Hunt will support both single and cooperative play, where players will face off against AI controlled terrorists. The tactical and destruction-based shooter will be out this fall on October 13.
You can see Terrorist Hunt showcased for Rainbow Six Siege in the trailer below:
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
As to be expected, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, appeared on Ubisoft’s stage showing off an impressive cinematic trailer. We didn’t get any gameplay on stage, but since then official walkthroughs have been released online. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate shows lots of promise, with the addition of a female playable character and the interesting new setting. Ubisoft needs Syndicate to be good after the shortcomings of Unity, and from what we’ve seen it just might have what it takes. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will launch for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on October 23, 2015 and PC shortly after.
You can see some impressive Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gameplay below:
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Ubisoft topped off their stellar conference with the surprise announcement of Ghost Recon: Wildlands. The Ghost Recon series will go open-world with Wildlands, offering players different environments like snow, swamp, desert and jungle. It’s in development at Ubisoft Paris, the studio that co-developed the most recent installment in the Ghost Recon series. We weren’t given too much information, though lots of gameplay was shown highlighting the different approaches to combat. If the final product is anywhere near what the reveal trailer presented, we’re in for quite the globetrotting treat.
You can see Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands reveal trailer below:
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