Ubisoft held their E3 Press Conference today, showcasing a variety of new titles, sequels, and some intriguing surprises. Let’s see what the Assassin’s Creed factory has up their sleeves for 2017 and beyond!
Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Ubisoft started off by revealing the video game industry’s worst kept secret, a crossover between the Rayman: Raving Rabbids franchise and Mario. Flanked by Shigeru Miyamoto, Yves Guillemot (CEO and co-founder of Ubisoft) announced what basically looks like a cartoony XCOM-a strategy RPG where you try to free the Mushroom Kingdom from its Rabbid invaders. It looks cute enough, but I fear for the parents who will have to hear the Rabbids scream over and over from their kids’ Switch once this game comes out on August 29, 2017.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Continuing on from the Microsoft E3 conference, Ubisoft showcased the newest entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise (making everyone suddenly question their perception of time when they realize that it’s been ten years since the first game). We got another neat-looking trailer with some really solid design work, especially on the character models and the overall setting. It’s not much more than what we got before, but there’s plenty of time for them to release more footage as the game approaches its October 27, 2017 release date.
The Crew 2
Ubisoft’s open-world motorsports game, The Crew, had a sequel confirmed during the conference that basically ramps up everything about the first one. Where the first one was mainly car-focused, this one has cars, planes, boats, you name it-now if they had trains, we’d be getting somewhere. The game is set to drop in early 2018.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
We’ve known about the sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth for a while now, but a new trailer showed off more gags, more parody, and…well, just plain more. The lucky few at E3 get to play the demo early, but the game itself lands October 17, 2017.
…what the fuck was that?
Whatever it was, it arrives Spring 2018.
Skull and Bones
This one’s out of Ubisoft Singapore, a brand new IP taking heavy inspiration from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and its ship battles (and, obviously, the pirate theme). While it may be easy to pass this off as a competitor to Sea of Thieves, especially with its PVP and co-op play, it looks like Skull and Bones is a lot more in the vein of Black Flag’s darker sensibilities than Rare’s buccaneer adventure. I’m just glad we’re finally getting some pirate games; back in the day, I couldn’t have imagined this when Puzzle Pirates was all we had. Skull and Bones arrives in stores in Fall 2018.
Just Dance 2018
Would it be an Ubisoft Press Conference if we didn’t have a random dance number somewhere in the mix? The musical stylings of Automaton, HYUNA, and Bebe Rexha debuted the newest entry in the rhythm game series, with no actual footage because…reasons. Luckily, the official Just Dance Page has us covered, but you can check out the actual Conference’s performance right here. Just Dance 2018 grooves its way into stores in October 2017.
South Park: Phone Destroyer
Along with The Fractured But Whole, South Park will also be dropping a mobile game with what looks to be just as much charm and wit on a much smaller scale. It looks like it’ll be a mash between Hearthstone and Heavenstrike, which…honestly, I’m not sure how that’s gonna work out, but we’ll find out sometime this year.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
A new entry in the toys-to-life genre of games, Starlink: Battle for Atlas looks like a neat twist on the usual formula. Rather than using popular characters to fight the forces of evil, it looks to be a totally original storyline with spaceship battles. The toy in question is one of those ships, and you can adjust and rework it as needed and have that affect what the ship can do in-game. Looks pretty neat, but we’ll have to wait until Fall 2018 to see how it works out.
Steep: Road to the Olympics
Well, it’s been awhile since we had an Olympics game that didn’t involve a hedgehog and a plumber, much less a Winter Olympics game. It looks like this update to the Ubisoft extreme sports game is going to be just what it sounds like-a collection of various Winter Olympics sports. Simple, but hey, synergy is gonna be sorely needed once the actual event itself rolls around. The expansion drops in December 2017.
Far Cry 5
While Far Cry 5 was announced back in May, we didn’t have much information beyond an initial set of teaser trailers and images. Now, however, Ubisoft pulled back the curtain and showed a good chunk of what the game has to offer: stealth, a lot of political symbolism, some cool vehicles to cause lots of destruction with, and-THERE’S A DOG, THERE’S A DOG, GAME OF THE YEAR 10/10, DON’T YOU DARE KILL THE DOG UBISOFT DON’T YOU DARE-
Beyond Good and Evil 2
This was definitely the biggest surprise of the night from Ubisoft, and easily the most emotional for a lot of people (including the game’s creative director, Michael Ansel, who openly wept onstage during the presentation). The sequel to the beloved Beyond Good and Evil-well, prequel now-has been in development hell for a long, long time. Honestly, the trailer itself would have made a great short with or without a game attached to it, but the game itself looks like it’s going to be a blast. After how long people have been waiting for it, I’d certainly hope that’s the case.
That’s all for Ubisoft; tomorrow, Nintendo takes the stage!