E3 2018: Ubisoft

Ubisoft really knows how to put on a show, and this years’ showcase was no different! From start to finish, the press conference was filled with beautiful cinematic trailers, great music and a few awesome surprises.

The conference started off with bang with a live Just Dance performance, complete with a dancing panda and other brightly coloured dancers who look as if they stepped right out of the game. Just Dance 2019 version will be release this October.

The Beyond Good and Evil 2 trailer was shown, with many familiar faces making an appearance, but very little was revealed about the story and game play, except that it’s prequel, and it’s a massive, shared open world that can be played single player or co-op. And then for the first surprise of the night, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, announcing the partnership of his production company HitREcord with Ubisoft, inviting community members to collaborate on artwork and music that will appear in game, which I think is fantastic! For more info: hitrecord.org/bgegame. The presenters for BEGE2 had one of the best moment of the press conference, when they stepped off stage and forgot to turn of their mics, exclaiming that “we nailed it!” without realizing that everyone could hear them. There’s so much pressure on these people, so many critiquing their presentation, it was so cute to hear their happiness!!

Then an update on what’s happening in Rainbow Six: Siege (which totally makes me want to go back and play!). The community is strong, with a whopping 35 MILLION players. Operation Para Bellum, set in Italy has begun and includes two new playable operators.

RedLynx Creative Director Antti Ilvessuo made a spectacular entrance on a to announce that a new Trials is coming! Crash in style and get up again (or repeatedly crash then rage quit like me!!), you can play Trials Rising on multiple platforms (including the Switch) in February 2019 (along with every other game that’s been announced this E3! February might be a good time to take some vacation days folks!). There also a closed beta coming soon.

We were treated to some extended Division 2 gameplay footage (complete with awful scripted banter!). This time the game takes place in Washington, DC. For those disappointed with the lack of content from the first game, you will be happy to know that Massive will continuously be adding story-driven content and new game features. Also 8 person raids were announced, along with the promise that any Division 2 DLC in the first year will be free, and there will be specializations to unlock after completing the campaign (when you hit Level 30). Closed beta registration is open, and the Division 2 is scheduled for release on March 15, 2019.

Skull & Bones. Now looks like this is my kind of pirate game (sorry Sea of Thieves!). Violent, brutal, and gritty, game play definitely takes inspiration from AC Black Flag. Play alone or with friends, pirates set sail across the Indian Ocean to sink enemy ships and pillage and plunder a passing merchant to collect loot in shared open world where every interaction matters. Your hidden pirate den/hideout is your player hubs, and here you can customize the helm/paint/wheel/captain of your ship to look badass and intimidating, add special cannons and guns, and pick up intel on trade ships. Gather up a pirate crew and register for the upcoming closed beta to have your chance to fight for domination of the seas. Skull & Bones is slated for release sometime in 2019.

Then there’s the trailer for the upcoming creepy AF game Transference, Part video game, part film, Ubisoft has partnered with Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision to create a psychological thriller that you should probably play with the lights on! Available sometime in Spring 2019 on VR devices, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Awesome trailer for Ubisoft’s entry to the Toys-to-Life genre, Starlink: Battle for Atlas. I’ve avoided this genre before, but I definitely could see myself spending money on upgrading spacecrafts.  And surprise!! Fox McCloud and his Airwing ship will be playable, but only on the Switch version. Starlink will be release in time for the holiday season, out on October 16.

For Honor update. Starter version available for the next week on PC, and on sale on console. Huge updating coming in October, adding a faction Chinese fighters and a new PvP mode as well as PvE.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey was shown, and it’s confirmed that it takes place in Ancient Greece. I personally have been somewhat fatigued with the series, but having the game take place in this time period just might renew my interest. I really like the direction the Odyssey is taking, straying from its roots with RPG elements and a large open world. Also having the option to play as a male or female for the entire game is fantastic. Seems like there is a great deal of customization, and battles take place both on land and at sea. The game looks visually stunning. AC Odyssey will be out on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 5.

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