So next up at E3 2017 was the Ubisoft Conference. I thought it was a strange way to start the conference by announcing a Nintendo Switch title, Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Granted, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a Nintendo console but I do respect the passion Ubisoft and Nintendo has for games. It did seem like a very low key way to start. It was a nice surprise though to see Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto co-introduce the segment, with his interpreter in tow. For Mario fans obviously this is huge news too.
Assassin’s Creed Origins was next up and the trailer looked really nice but we had better gameplay coverage during the Microsoft event. They did mention in the Ubisoft E3 2017 show that more gameplay was going to be shown and I must admit I didn’t end up watching that. Still, this latest Assassin’s Creed game has me very excited for where Ubisoft are going for the 10 year anniversary of the series.
The next reveal I got very excited about, even though it was just a cinematic trailer initially shown. The Crew 2 looks to be so much better than the original game in terms of scope, graphics and gameplay. It appears you will be playing a pro racer, who can race in circuits, off road, jet boating and flying. It is no longer restricted to just the road and you get to see some pretty nifty looking gameplay highlighting this. We have a bit longer to wait though as it is out early 2018.
Next up is the much delayed Southpark: Fractured but Whole. The current release date is October 2017 and it still looks as funny as ever.
Then Elijah Wood and Ubisoft introduced a VR game coming, without providing much in the way of how it plays. Transference looks to be a psychological horror type VR game and it did leave me curious to see more.
The next title was a huge surprise for me and makes it highly anticipated. Skull & Bones is a single player / multiplayer pirate game where you get to sail the high seas in search of sunken treasure in enhanced Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag type graphics. This really looked great and the gameplay, even though in alpha, was fantastic. Ship combat takes on a huge role but you can team up cooperatively and also play PvP. I really want to see more about this game in the coming months, due 2018.
Next up was another Just Dance title, Just Dance 2018. I’ll be honest, I didn’t sit through this part but it is out soon. South Park: Phone Destroyer was announced next – a mobile game that looked pretty funny and looked to be a cut down version of the main South Park games.
Then a game called Starlink: Battle for Atlas was introduced. It had a strong toy vibe to it which means the younger players will love it. You can buy physical space ships and slot different attachments on to it to effectively fight in the game. A Steep expansion was also announced called Road to the Olympics and that is out 5th December, 2017.
Then we got to see some great gameplay for Far Cry 5. This looks to enhance and improve on the previous games and gameplay and graphics have been certainly taken up a notch. It is out February 2018.
Finally Ubisoft finished on a massive surprise with an awesome cinematic trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2. I never finished the first game but this new game is set before the events of the first game and looks incredible with some truly memorable characters. I’m very interested in seeing more.
Overall I thought Ubisoft put on a good show, despite the relatively slow start. There are some great games coming out from their in house studios and I’m really looking forward to the next twelve months.
The full show is here:
Videos taken from YouTube.
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