After last year’s cavalcade of new title drops, this E3 was more about updates for Ubisoft – yet they still gave us the odd surprise treat.
Proceedings commenced with a marching bear and his hyper-colourful, hyper-flexible friends, heralding the expected Just Dance 2019 with a brass band medley culminating in Elton’s I’m Still Standing. The 2018 Ubisoft conference was underway. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
That was it for the dance title, as we quickly dived into last year’s surprise packet announcement, Beyond Good & Evil 2. We got to see actual (pre-alpha) gameplay in the space opera prequel action adventure RPG. In a great community-centred move, Ubi are calling for original artistic content to be included in the game. It’s being done in conjunction with online production company HitRecord, whose ambassador, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, appeared for the announcement.
Next up, a look in on the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege community, which is now boasting an astonishing 35 million players and is killing it in the esports arena. We also got a peek at a forthcoming documentary on the game and its players.
Goodness, is that the ghost of Evel Knievel? Uh, no… But it is the announcement of Trials Rising, with the challenging physics puzzler meets motocross game heading around the world. Coming to PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC in February 2019, you can register interest for the forthcoming closed beta now by clicking here.
Now it’s time to pop back into Tom Clancy’s world, with another look at The Division 2, which we first got a decent peek at during yesterday’s Xbox briefing. A pile of gameplay footage was dropped, plus more info on the features of this much-anticipated sequel that’s hitting on March 15 next year. Pop over to our news article here for all the details.
Bwah? Bwah… BWAH!!! Yep, you can’t have Ubisoft without those rascally rabbids, as we get a quick look at the soon-to-drop Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle expansion DLC, Donkey Kong Adventure. Yep, Nintendo’s big guy is hitting the strategy game on June 26.
Another game that was announced at last E3 gets a look in, as we hit the high seas for Skull and Bones. In what some may see as a strange declaration from a software company, to the cry of “Piracy is dead – long live piracy!” we were privy to an extended look at gameplay, whereby you aim to become the toppermost pirate in a shared world of dastar-rrrr-dly seagoing, plundering types. This one also has a beta planned prior to its 2019 release, for which ye’d be advised to click here.
Now, an update on Transference, the VR and non-VR psychological thriller first-person exploration into other peoples’ heads that’s due before the year is out, complete with appearance by Frodo Baggi- erm, Elijah Wood.
Remember that toys-to-life, looks-a-bit-like-No-Man’s-Sky space game from last year’s conference? It’s back, and it’s very real. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is set to drop on October 16, and a huge treat for those who go for the Switch version is the inclusion of Star Fox‘s Fox McCloud. We think that nails down which version we’ll be wanting… This was announced by Ubisoft head honcho Yves Guillemot, who awkwardly presented Nintendo’s great god Miyamoto with a spaceship model diorama, before bringing on stage and then the pair shuffling off.
If you’re right into For Honor, then new DLC releasing on October 16 called Marching Fire is bringing a pile of new stuff, including more heroes, more undisclosed stuff and a 44-person multiplayer castle siege mode called “Breach”.
The Crew 2 did a quick drive-by next, with the June 29-bound land/air/sea game’s open beta able to be preloaded now for play from June 21.
Finally, the biggie – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Set to swing in on October 5, we head to Ancient Greece for this one. Want to read and see more about it? Sure, just click here for our news piece.
So, we’ve a lot to look forward to from Ubisoft, with several new titles set to hit sooner rather than later. Stay tuned to STACK for all the latest E3 2018 news.