E3 2017: Ubisoft Conference

Ubisoft’s conference lineup was pretty much what we expected, with a few interesting new titles but few standouts.

Many of the games were no surprise, we got our yearly update on Just Dance, another look at Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Farcry 5, and a few other expected announcements. There were a few new IPs including the announcement of a new VR title Transference and pirate adventure Skull & Bones.

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Assassin’s Creed in back in 2017.

What we didn’t get was anything supporting that rumor there may be a new Splinter Cell on the way or anything that really blew us away.

Mario + Rabbits: Kingdom Battle

The Ubisoft conference kicked off strong with a special guest appearance from Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. He introduced a new game merging Mario with Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbits.

Watching two grown men face off with replicas of video game weapons was certainly endearing. Miyamoto was quick to point out that this was a bit of a diversion from the vast majority of Ubisoft titles saying “a little bit different from the weapons you see in Ghost Recon” but Ubisoft’s president responded they would be very effective for the world of Mario and Rabbits.

Shigeru Miyamoto & Yves Guillemot Ubisoft Conference E3
Shigeru Miyamoto & Yves Guillemot Ubisoft Conference E3

It is a tactical adventure where the Rabbits have been teleported into Mario’s world and of course are causing all sorts of trouble. Mario has to save the day by facing off against waves of Rabbits on battlefields that resemble paintball arenas.

The battles are turn based and you will be able to unlock new weapons and moves as you progress to retake Mario’s kingdom from the Rabbits.

It shouldn’t surprise you Mario + Rabbits Kingdom Battle is Nintendo Switch Exclusive and you can expect to play it August 29th, 2017.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

We got our first look at Assassin’s Creed: Origins last night at the Microsoft Press Conference. After taking a year off the Ubisoft Montreal Team is bringing us a new take on the franchise.

The team is taking Assasin’s Creed in an RPG direction including a more intensive leveling system, skill tree, and combat system. At its heart Origins still has classic Assassin’s Creed elements like stealth gameplay and free running traversal.

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins Combat Action

Players will be able to explore the massive world they have created of Ptolemaic Egypt. It’s lush marches, colorful temples, windswept deserts, and the stunning waters of the Nile River. You can read all the details in our full breakdown.

Skull & Bones

In development from Ubisoft Singapore team, Skull & Bones puts you at the helm of an 18th-century pirate ship. On the surface, it may remind you a lot of another Ubisoft title: Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, only without the assassins.

The gameplay does resemble the pirating portion of Black Flag including maneuvering ships, aiming weapons, and boarding and looting enemy vessels but there are a few big changes. The developers have certainly stepped up the visuals, the water effects alone are worth taking a look at the gameplay trailer as the ships glide through tropical waters.

Returning gameplay elements include using winds to your advantage, the targeting system, and of course sea shanties. This is it’s own game, not simply a small part of something larger so Ubisoft Singapore has worked to add more details and strategy to sailing the high seas.

You can play solo but it is a shared world. It is designed to be played online where players collaborate and compete to become the most legendary pirates. It also includes a 5v5 PvP mode where teams face off to see who can plunder the most loot.

Based on the gameplay trailer it appears there is quite a bit of strategy involved in succeeding in Skull & Bones. It remains to be seen whether the pirating part of Black Flag can support an entirely online game but it does look interesting.

Skull & Bones Ramming

You can sign up for early access on Skull & Bones on their website, it will be available Fall 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The Crew 2

The Crew is back and has expanded to let players be the master of ALL motorsports. That includes cars, boats, bikes, planes, really it looks like anything you might find Red Bull Supporting.

There is still street racing but you can also take your races offroad or even to the skies. There is plenty of action for race fanatics and of course, it all looks stunning.

It will be available for “Early 2018” for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

South Park: The Fractured ButWhole

The sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth takes the gang o a new superhero journey. A  fine mix of vulgar humor and cutting satire of the superhero genre. The Fractured ButWhole will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One October 17th, 2017.

Transference

A VR game that looks like it could be pretty intense. The teaser for Transference shows very little content but sets the scene for a very creepy title. It will be available spring of 2018.

Far Cry 5

We got our first look at Far Cry 5 earlier this month but during the Ubisoft conference, we got a better look at the games improved guns for hire system. The System will allow you to recruit mercenaries to support you but also allow you place them strategically and it looks like they may actually have effective AI.

You can choose from a range of human specialists and you will have man’s best friend, Boomer, at your side throughout the game as well.

Farcry-5-Gun for hire Boomer

Beyond Good and Evil II

Ubisoft only showed off a CGI trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2, but it looks like fun. This sequel is actually a prequel, taking place before the birth of Beyond Good and Evil protagonist Jade.

Michel Ancel, Creative Director, and Gabriella Shrager, Narrative Director introduced their new game. Players will rebel against oppressive corporations in their journey through the stars. It will feature massive online universe to explore.

There is not hint of a release date so the one thing we can be sure of is that we won’t be playing for some time.

What was your favorite part of the Ubisoft conference?  Let us know in the comments below and join us on Discord, on our Facebook page, or Twitter. Be sure to keep an eye out for our daily E3 2017 news coverage.

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