Celbrating it’s 30th birthday this year, Ubisoft brought a lot of great things to E3 this year. Ubisoft took a very different direction with their press conference. Their conference was packed with with great content, but presented in a more personal way. The casual atmosphere lead by host and comedian Aisha Tyler was more authentic than the highly processed press conferences of Xbox or EA. Ubisoft showed a lot of personality, the occasional a swearword or two, and how approachable they want their brand to be. For those of you who didn’t have a chance to watch it live, here are some of the highlights.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Ghost Recon is Ubisoft’s franchise of tactical shooters. Wildlands now brings that tactical experience to an open world platform. Play in 4 player co-op (or dare to go it alone) as you and other ghosts disrupt the Santa Blanca cartel’s operations in Bolivia. This will be the largest open world Ubisoft has done to date and Dominic Butler (lead game designer for Ghost Recon) promises a wide variety of ecosystems and play options.
Ubisoft shared some of the games 4 player coop gameplay with us, and it looks pretty good. I hope your squad is ready.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands will be available for Xbox One, PC, & PS4 March 7, 2017
South Park The Fractured But Whole
We were introduced South Park: The Fractured But Whole during last year’s E3. Matt Stone and Trey Parker returned to the Ubisoft Press Conference to show us more of their twisted game. The sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole picks up right where the last game left off. The kids in South Park have changed the game and you will have to work your way back to the top in this super hero themed adventure. The Fractured: But Whole brings all the weird and offensive fun of South Park but the developers have made a few changes to the gameplay. There will be more movement options, including the ability to push and pull characters and take cover. Players will also have chance to manipulate time within the game to affect the turn based gameplay.
They left us with one of the best trailers of E3 thus far… but not because of the gameplay mind. In fact, there isn’t really any gameplay in this trailer at all. It’s fantastic because it is hilarious and gives you a great idea of the style of South Park games, and makes you want to play the whole thing to see more.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be out December 6, 2017. If you preorder it, Ubisoft will give you South Park The Stick of Truth for FREE as an added bonus.
The Division Expansion(s)
That’s right: two expansions!
The first of these is Underground. Ubisoft promises endless replayability as the challenges always change. Players can explore this new area underneath Manhattan again and again with a new experience each time. Because of a time exclusive deal, Underground will be out first on Xbox and PC this June 28 and a month later for PS4in August. This conference is all about bonuses, so in celebration of Ubisoft’s 30th birthday, Massive will be giving players three new skins (Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, and Splinter Cell) for Free with Underground.
The second expansion for Division is Survival. Survive against harsh weather conditions and limited supplies. We only got to see a CGI trailer and not any content, but it appears as though this will be a new challenge mode for The Division.
Star Trek Bridge Crew
Red Storm and Ubisoft have partnered to bring us the first ever Star Trek VR game. Players join a shared virtual environment in which they will set onto the bridge of a Federation star ship, taking command of the USS Aegis to explore new worlds. Levar Burton was among Star Trek alums to test to their new game for the trailer, and it looks like a lot of fun. He then joined Aisha Tyler live on stage to share his obvious excitement over this title. Star Trek Bridge Crew will be a fully immersive experience, and it is the type of thing role-playing junkies and Star Trek fans should be very excited about.
It will be out for all VR systems this fall.
We have been waiting an entire year to see more about For Honor, a title that wowed us last year. Ubisoft delivered, showing us a story trailer AND single player gameplay. For Honor features three distinct factions: Vikings, Knights, and Samurai. Each faction has its own culture and fighting style, and players will get the chance to explore them all. The gameplay looks good and we got to see some brutal combat and visceral finishers that suggest this title will be very satisfying to play. Ubisoft has created a new combat system for these achetypes centered on directional attacks and counters to best your enemies in melee combat. It will feature an online mode as well, which will be interesting to see. This game is about swordplay which will be distinctively different from online shooters. Players will have read animations and player strategically to dominate on For Honor servers.
For Honor will be available early next year, February 14, 2017 to be exact, for Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
Watch Dogs 2
Dedsec is heading to San Francisco for Watch Dogs 2. Now following young hacker Marcus Holloway with Dedsec, they launch an attack on the corrupt multimedia corporation Invite Me. It looks like Ubisoft listened to those who felt Aiden Pearce lacked personality. Watch Dog’s new protagonist is a little more hip and has a lot more attitude. The world in-game is even more accessible. Marcus has more traversal options and a lot more opportunities to hack devices. Marcus can take control of everything from cars to drones. Watch Dogs 2 appears to be stepping up in a lot of the places Watch Dogs let us down. Only time will tell, because we know Ubisoft’s trailers are not always the best measure of the end result.
At the tail end of their Watch Dogs presentation, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced that Sony, Ubisoft, and Regency are thinking about Watch Dogs: The Movie. Does that sound right to you? Well, they did. No real details, so it may have a lot to do with how Assassin’s Creed film and Watch Dogs 2 performs. The option is on the table though. If you PS4 players were feeling a little left out with Microsoft’s 30 day head start in The Division, you’ll be happy to know that Sony is taking the lead in Watch Dogs. All DLC content will be 30 days ahead of others if you are playing on the PS4.
What do you think of Ubisoft’s game line up? Will Watch Dogs 2 deliver, do you think For Honor is Ubisoft’s new hit IP? Share your thoughts below.
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