Ubisoft's E3 Press Conference 2018 Details
Ubisoft's press conference stage is always E3's liveliest, and this year was no different. So, what does one of the biggest publishers in games have in store for fans in 2018 and beyond?
Just Dance 2019
This bonkers intro was for Just Dance 2019? Okay!
Beyond Good & Evil 2
You couldn't ask for a better way to kick off Ubi's press briefing than a thrilling new trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Beyond Good & Evil, culminating in a reveal of none other than Jade herself.
After an overview of the setting and characters, we dove into our first pre-alpha gameplay footage, promising standalone single-player as well as co-op. Then -- because it's frickin' Ubisoft, no less than actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined the stage to pitch his new Hit Record platform, which is collaborating with Ubisoft to bring BG&E2 fan creations directly into the game (for free, I'm assuming).
No release information was shared at the event, but considering it's all still pre-alpha, we're probably a ways away.
Rainbow Six Siege
The dev team made a victory lap of all their content since launch. They outlined their esports lineup through this year and into the next. Next was a trailer for Another Mindset, a Rainbow Six Siege documentary. It’s very dramatic. They followed eight community members over nine months through various esports events.
The full release of the documentary is set for the week of the August 9 Majors.
Ubisoft introduced a colorful, multiplayer, globetrotting new Trials game. Tons of crashing. Such ragdoll. “Professor Fat Shady” started the University of Trials, which is a YouTube channel. Okie dokie! He helped design all the tutorial content in Trials Rising.
The Trials Elite are a group of twenty community members who have been involved with the development of Trials Rising.
The beta for Trials Rising is coming later this year. The official release is February 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2
A recap was given of the events of The Division, mainly that capitalism killed almost everyone? I’m checking my notes, one sec. Oh it’s that someone put a virus on dollar bills on Black Friday. Next we were shown a super bleak story trailer for the upcoming sequel. The setting is, as revealed over the weekend at Microsoft’s conference, Washington DC.
There are new class specializations that center around a weapon focus, like sniper rifles and crossbows. These specializations will focus the player’s style of gameplay and will make teaming up with others a much more dynamic affair.
Raids are coming to Division 2, much to the delight of the live audience. Three DLC will be released in the first year, including new stories, new areas to explore, and new activities. The Episodes are completely free for everyone.
The game is set for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 15, 2019.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure
A live musical performance introduced a wild Donkey Kong and Rabbids crossover. Holy smokes. It’s an expansion to 2017’s acclaimed strategy game featuring Donkey Kong in a new adventure. A lot of new locales and colorful additions to the game are on the way. There’s a grandpa Rabbid?? Princess Peach Rabbid features prominently, which is fair enough.
I feel high after watching that, but it’s coming June 26, 2018 for Switch!
Skull & Bones
“Piracy is dead, long live Piracy” is the tone of the upcoming pirate simulator focusing on the stellar ship combat perfected in Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. The setting is the Indian Ocean and the British Empire is running roughshod over local pirates. You, as a pirate, are looking to change that with your friends in a huge shared world.
There are Fortunes present in the game that change the way the universe unfolds. Favorable weather today? That means more loot but more folks out hunting. A gameplay trailer was shown, focusing on your pirate den and the customization options for your ship and crew. Ship parts aren’t just cosmetic as they are in Sea of Thieves, but rather give you certain advantages. Ship combat and stealth were shown, as well as the different ways you can coordinate with other players.
The exact release date is unknown, but Ubi says Skull & Bones will be out in 2019.
Elijah Wood is making a video game! Thanks, star of North! The game combines film and game design in a pseudo FMV, first person adventure game. The game feels like a cross between FMV classics of the past and horror games of recent memory like Outlast.
Transference is set for release in the Fall 2018.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
A colorful space ship combat game is coming from Ubisoft with a focus on story and uses physical toys to enhance the experience. Factions and characters populate a space many light years from our solar system.
Star Fox is in Starlink! Starlink is coming for Switch! Shigeru Miyamoto is in the house for the reveal!
The game will be released for all consoles on October 16, 2018!
The dev team of last year's successful melee combat arena took the stage to outline what's coming down the pipe. From June 11-18, For Honor Starter Edition is free on Uplay! The team is “expanding” the world of For Honor with warriors in the Chinese tradition with For Honor Marching Fire. It is the game’s most ambitious update so far and will introduce Breach, a new 4v4 castle siege mode.
This expansion will release on October 16, 2018.
The Crew 2
The followup to the open-world racing game was shown off with much more than cars being shown. We saw planes, boats, helicopters and more in the action-packed trailer.
The Crew 2 has a June 29, 2018 release with an open beta beginning on June 21 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Preloading of the beta begins now.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
First leaked via some blurry merch photos, Ubisoft took control of the situation by showing off a teaser for Assassin's Creed Odyssey on May 31st, and followed it up with a more extensive reveal at today's press briefing.
A dramatic trailer showcasing the story, setting, and gameplay of the new Assassin’s Creed game was shown. The game will indeed take place in Ancient Greece and will feature one of two playable characters the player will choose at the beginning, Alexios or Kassandra.
Different combat mechanics were shown as well as a pretty boring conversation with Socrates. The player now has more choice than ever before in storytelling with conversation choices.
A full gameplay sequence was shown with the player exploring the gorgeous island of Mykonos. We saw some horseback archery, melee combat, and some parkour, of course. The inventory system and skills carry over from Assassin's Creed Origins, with some minor tweaks. Assassin's Creed Odyssey looks to be every bit the epic open-world adventure Ubisoft is known for these days.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey will sandal-parkour its way to consoles on October 5, 2018.
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