Day 3 of E3 conferences start with Ubisoft and their line up of Assassin’s Creed, Farcry 5 and much more. Let’s see what they have brought to the table this year. If you want to watch the full conference yourself, check it out over HERE.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
An adorable introduction started the show with Shigeru Miyamoto running onto stage with a arm blaster and posing with Yves Guillemot on stage. There was some translated dialogue between two of gaming’s greats which was an emotional moment to witness. The game itself is a mixture of exploration and turn based combat. Similar to something like XCOM, you can move the heroes to cover for protection or use allies to make additional movements possible. Additional figurines have also been teased as well for the game’s release. More information is available on the UbiStore website.
Available on Nintendo Switch – 29th August 2017
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Previously shown off at the Microsoft conference yesterday, we get to see even more Assassin’s Creed: Origins. This time the trailer explored some of the story aspects of the game and the struggles of the local settlers of Ancient Egypt. There was also a 30 minute gameplay demo shown after the conference which you can watch HERE.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC – 27th October 2017
The Crew 2
It looks The Crew is expanding its franchise into various other Motorsport genres. From Airplanes and bikes to boats and of course, cars. The game was dubbed “The home of the motor nation” and allows you to explore more than ever before. From the looks of it there was a mix of cinematic trailer and gameplay all mixed into one experience. The world of The Crew 2 looks detailed and mighty pretty so hopefully it will receive a lot more praise than its predecessor.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC – Early 2018
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
A new trailer for the latest South Park game has been released but Trey Parker and Matt Stone didn’t appear on stage like previous years. Some extra dialogue from Cartman and other main characters was included in the announcement trailer and there is a whole new raunchy gameplay section uploaded to the Ubisoft YouTube channel. Fair warning though (spoilers?), the entire scene is set in a strip club where you give a lap dance to some “VIP” customers (This video was quickly removed from the Ubisoft YouTube channel)
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC – 17th October 2017
A new IP has been announced which included Elijah Wood in the trailer discussing neural science and implant technology. The whole thing had a very Black Mirror-esque effect to it and eventually, the trailer gives way to some creepy scenery with subjects being strapped into chairs for experimentation.
Available on PSVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PS4, Xbox One and PC. – Spring 2018 (Fall 2018 for Australia)
Skull & Bones
Everyone seems to be doing something Pirate-y this year and Ubisoft is no exception. Set in 1721, Skull & Bones is a new IP from Ubisoft Singapore who was previously known for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. It looks like they took the requests from the community who screamed for a standalone pirate game after Black Flag was released. Season after season you will compete and collaborate with other pirate clans, even having to backstab your own friends. With a 5v5 PVP team-based gamemode this game is looking really good. Complete with sea shanties and top class pirate banter this should shape up to be an awesome experience with friends.
Available Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC – Fall 2018 (Spring 2018 in Australia)
Just Dance 2018
There was a quick onstage performance that allowed for a bathroom break where there was a release date announced and then everyone ran off stage and they moved on.
Available on all major consoles (including WiiU and Nintendo Switch) – 24th October, 2017
South Park: Phone Destroyer
It looks like the South Park development team wants to announce more games before finishing the ones they were already working on. In South Park: Phone Destroyer the kids of South Park are playing as Cowboys and Indians this time around in a card based strategy game. Assemble the ultimate team of cowboys, wizards, cyborgs and more and get ready to crush your opponent! For more information check out their website.
Available on iOS and Android – 2017 (Currently available in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland)
Starlink : Battle for Atlas
Developed by Ubisoft Toronto this is an exploratory space game with a massively open, living star system where play will attempt to save Atlas from the Legion. You can build your custom starship with physical and digital releases of the game and there is moddable toys that stick into your controller?! That’s a pretty cool addition but we will have to see how available they are outside the US.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch – Fall 2018 (Spring 2018 for Australia)
Steep: Road to the Olympics
An expansion to the original game has been announced with all new Olympic content. Featuring the new real-world sports like halfpipe, slalom, and skicross ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang Korea.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC – 5th December 2017
Far Cry 5
More information on the latest Far Cry installment has been released. In Hope County Montana, people are scared and you’re going to need to raise some hell to take back the town from this terrifying religious cult. Now with gameplay (No UI and slightly scripted). With the ability to scout out areas with a chosen companion, you’ll be able to plan out your attacks and coordinate tactical strikes on various outposts to retake the County.
Your companions include Grace Armstrong who is a gun for hire, Boomer the dog who is a set of Fangs for hire and Nick Rye who supplies a little Death from above. Co-op is also available in Far Cry 5 but not too many details have been released yet so, friends for hire? There’s a variety of vehicles to drive, planes to fly and weapons to use on your enemies to take back Hope County.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC – 27th February 2018
Beyond Good and Evil 2
To wrap up their E3 conference this year, Ubisoft has done something amazing. After almost 15 years since the first game it’s finally happened in the form of a prequel to the classic Beyond Good and Evil has been announced. While we only got a cinematic teaser trailer introducing some of the main characters and the new world, you could tell the hype for this game was palpable. No release date has been announced as yet but we will be keeping a very close eye on Beyond Good and Evil 2’s development over the coming months.
If you haven’t had the chance to experience the first Beyond Good and Evil game, there is currently a huge sale over on the UPlay store and it’s only $5 AUD. Check it out!
Conclusion (by Darcy) + Bingo Bonanza Result
This year Ubisoft fired off an all-out broadside of games, with a lot of leaks and rumours being officially confirmed, and a few complete surprises as well. Mario + Rabbids started the show, sporting some impressive visuals and some strategic, XCOM-style gameplay. We got new trailers for Assassin’s Creed Origins, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Far Cry 5, with the latter getting a very brief gameplay demo. The real meat of this conference however were the new game announcements. The Crew 2 is going to feature American cities and the ability to race boats and planes. A brand new IP, Skull & Bones, appears to have plucked the naval combat from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and made it into a fully-fledged, team-based, swashbuckling pirates multiplayer game. And just like Sea of Thieves, there was a sneaky Kraken tease.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas looks like a mix of Skylanders and No Man’s Sky, with actual physical, customisable toys to stick on top of your controllers. The game will be coming to all consoles including the Switch. And the grand finale, a game fifteen years in the making, Beyond Good and Evil 2! The CGI trailer for this was absolutely insane and will no doubt be dissected and discussed over and over in the years leading up to release. All in all Ubisoft delivered a solid conference this year, one laced with real emotion from a group of passionate developers.
Over to the all important Bingo Bonanza result and we did alright again this time (9/20). Nothing regarding Splinter Cell or a new Trials experience but there was so much content already included in the Ubisoft conference that we really aren’t bothered by it. There’s still one more conference to go today and that’s from Sony. For all the times, check out our handy guide!