Ubisoft kicked off their E3 2019 conference with a spot of culture, before launching into their future release showcase for the year.
Attendees (and viewers) were treated to Assassin’s Creed Symphony. Rather than a gaming trip into classical composer territory (just imagine Beethoven as an Assassin – ooh!), it’s an 80-piece orchestra that’s touring the world, playing themes from throughout the Assassin’s Creed series.
And that was it for Assassin’s Creed. Yes, this year’s conference was as interesting for what wasn’t mentioned as for what was. There was no sign of a new entry to the long-running series, nor the much-hyped Skull & Bones, nor the very much-anticipated Beyond Good & Evil 2. Also disappointing for some of us was the complete lack of Rabbids. BWAH!
However, some brilliant-sounding new releases are in the Ubi pipeline. Read on for what was covered at this year’s show.
The game-based proceedings commenced with an extended look at gameplay in the London-set Watch Dogs Legion. While the pre-E3 leak machine took away the surprise of the announcement, it didn’t prepare us for what was in store. Check out our feature on it here.
Now it’s time to leap into the world of Tom Clancy – the very big world of Tom Clancy!
An exciting new announcement was that of the upcoming Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine. Due in early 2020, it’s a three-player tactical co-op shooter. Find out more and check out the teaser trailer here.
Staying in the realm of Rainbow Six, we received a Year 4 – now that’s longevity in the games world – update for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The game’s 13th season is just beginning, including two new operators. Find out more in this handy video:
The next big new TC release is, of course, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Dropping on October 4 for PS4 and Xbox One, a beta is running from September 5 – get more info on how to be involved here.
Xbox may have had John Wick’s alter ego Keanu Reeves, but with no dog. Ubisoft brought out Breakpoint‘s star Jon Bernthal AND his dog, Bam Bam. Game on! Bernthal plays Cole D Walker in this iteration, which will apparently bring back AI teammates for solo players. Here’s the E3 video briefing:
No Tom Clancy round-up would be complete without mention of The Division 2, so here we are. If you haven’t tasted the online action RPG shooter sensation then get in, as it’s free to play from June 13-16.
We received details of the first major content update – a trip to the zoo – that’s due to hit in July, along with future updates involving the Pentagon and a manhunt. Here’s some more info:
Another poster child for gaming longevity is the medieval fighting game For Honor. Here’s an update on the new limited time event Shadows of the Hitokiri:
While a certain classic Ubisoft franchise may have been a no-show games-wise, that wasn’t the case for Just Dance. It’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, with – you guessed it – Just Dance 2020, and was heralded by an all-dancing and more-dancing stage invasion. Yes, it included the panda. Set to arrive in November, the 40-song toting Just Dance 2020 will be available for the usual suspects of PS4, Xbox One and Switch, along with Nintendo’s Wii. The now classic, we guess, waggle box console has a dedicated JD following, and it’s rather cool to see Ubisoft continuing to support it. Here’s the first song announcement video:
If you want new titles, don’t worry, there’s more! Ubi chief Yves Guillemot arrived to introduce the latest game from the creators of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It’s an open-world adventure trip into the realm of ancient gods, and we can’t help but think that it’s been quite inspired by the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Entitled Gods & Monsters, it’s set for a February 25, 2020 release on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC, and looks a lot like this (as well as Zelda):
The final big new reveal was for a cool-looking sports game that appears to almost be a cross between Rocket League and the 1980s Bitmap Brothers classic Speedball. Entitled Roller Champions, it’s a free-to-play, PC-only, skill-based team PvP affair. A pre-alpha demo is available from now through to June 14 via Ubisoft’s Uplay.
While maybe not as whizz-bang as many tend to expect from the E3 conferences, Ubisoft’s 2019 affair delivered some intriguing-looking new titles along with solid backup for existing ones. Here’s to the year ahead.
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