Just like all of E3, Don’t Hate The Geek is bringing Ubisoft’s E3 coverage in an easy-to-digest format, with in-depth details of the games revealed to come later. Enjoy!
- Ubisoft came out strong with Just Dance 2019, with a huge fanfare of brightly colored dancers. Release date shows for October of this year.
- Following that, Beyond Good And Evil had a new story trailer set on a frozen-over planet. Very impressive animation, although it’s not in-engine. Jade looked… like a bad person! The developers came on stage to discuss further. What they’re calling a space opera, they talked about the various characters making a return for this prequel that’s set at the end of the 24th century. They then showed a pre-alpha gameplay footage trailer. Narrating, they described that you can play solo or co op, but it’s a full open-world and massive universe.
- Then, they revealed that they issuing an open invitation that’s never been done before. They are using Joseph Gordon Levitt’s ‘Hit Record’ program and working together to get artists from around the world to contribute to the game. Level artists, spray painters, music engineers, radio DJs, and any and all artists to contribute to the game. Super frickin’ interesting.
- After that, Rainbow Six Siege had a reveal about its 35 million player count. Aside from discussing their pro league and tournaments, they revealed a documentary highlighting some pro players and their journey.
- Following that, Trials had an announcement for its next iteration, Trials Rising. Looks like some travel around the world and a focus on multiplayer. A closed beta was announced, with the actual release being February 2019, coming to the big 3: Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and now also Nintendo Switch.
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 then had their time. Washington Capitol being the setting, it looks a bit grittier than Division 1. It looks more like The Last Of Us than a classic Tom Clancy game. They revealed that raids are coming to The Division 2, with groups of up to 8 now instead of 4. In the first year, 3 episodes will be released with new story, new areas and new activities. Best part? Apparently they will be 100% free. After showing a new gameplay trailer, looks like The Division 2‘s release date is set for March 19, 2019.
- Rabbids came on stage and talked about Donkey Kong and Rabbids coming together. Donkey Kong Adventure available June 26th.
- Ubisoft then had a big unveiling of a new cinematic trailer of a title called Skull & Bones was shown. Developer came on to discuss how intel, favored winds and other mechanics come into effect when hunting frigates that are filled with treasure. Thankfully, a gameplay revealed showed you walking around your pirate hideout, customization of your ship for decoration, wheels and weapons. combat then displayed what looked and played like Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, but with extra intricacies like stealthing along and appearing as one faction but being another. You can still board ships, it looks like there may be hand-to-hand combat. Then it showed how joining up with friends in co-op to take down massive ships can be achieved. Skull and Bones has set a release window for 2019.
- Elijah Wood came on stage and discussed a game called Transference. In VR this fall, they showed a gameplay video highlighting some creepy combination of live action and VR and 1st person existentialism. This truly looks like a sci fi horror game that kinda screws with your head. Like a trans-dimensional freak-show and horror fest. Fall 2018 can’t come soon enough for this one.
- A Starfox title called Starlink: Battle For Atlas was revealed which looked almost no man’s sky-ish, but was seemingly an open-world and open-galaxy game, set in the Starfox world. Looked awesome! Impressive for Ubisoft to get a 20+ year Nintendo exclusive now on PS4 and Xbox one. Release date set for October 16th.
- Showing some new information for a DLC for For Honor, including a free week to download the Starter Edition to keep for free next week.
- Next, a trailer for The Crew 2, ships, planes cars and helicopters. Oh my!
- Huge reveal here. New title in a big Ubisoft series; Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, showing in Greece! Bears, ships, horses, oh my! swimming and massive armies of combat were shown. Very impressive, and this is coming from someone who didn’t like the 2 iterations following Black Flag.
- More gameplay and information, like being able to choose what character to play at the beginning. Different abilities were shown, followed by ending the Assassin’s Creed segment with a full gameplay trailer.
- This trailer showed a combat sequence followed up by what was the most surprising. The leveling up, inventory and ability systems looked like they went almost full ARPG in the vein of Diablo. This makes me very, VERY interested.
- One thing looked very weird, is that the facial animations were absolutely terrible. Beyond horrendous, to be honest. The trailer ended with what looked like a classic Greek mythological creature. Even more intriguing!
- Press conference closed out with all the presenters coming on stage to thank the audience and viewers.
What about you geeks? Are you excited about the new Assassin’s Creed or Starfox title? How about Beyond Good and Evil or the new IP’s announced? I’m so stoked. Tell us what you think of Ubisoft’s E3 in the comments!