Ubisoft is going into this E3 at a bit of a disadvantage. With the phenomenal technical flop that was Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Ubisoft needed to be quick to appologize, and luckily they did.
Now that that’s out of the way, how did Ubisoft’s Press Conference fare? While it didn’t have a lot of really interesting reveals beyond a few, it is probably the best publisher conference so far.
Starting off with a bang seems to be the trend for E3 2015, and this one was definitely the most surprising so far. A sequel to South Park: Stick of Truth, but with a superhero theme? I never saw that coming. This game, The Fractured but Whole (haha) is being developed by the show creators with Ubisoft San Francisco as opposed to Obsidian, so we see if they can keep that consistency.
Now, from unexpected sequel, we transition to new IP. For Honor is 4v4 online melee combat game, currently with knights, shogun, and vikings. From the gameplay demo shown, it look slike there may be some MOBA elements in there. Maybe? What we do know is that the combat is very much close-quarters oriented, and that the build will be playable on the show floor.
Next is an expansion to the open-world racing game that passed under my radar, The Crew. Titled The Crew: Wild Run, this expansion will be adding several features, including motorcycles, monster trucks, graphical enhancements, and a new Championship feature called Summit. The Crew: Wild Run will be coming on November 17th
Speaking of expansions, Trials Fusion will getting one, named Awesome Level Max. Awesome Level Max will add 30 new tracks, as well as several new assets for the Track Editor. This will be launching on July 14th.
We also got yet another look at Tom Clancy’s The Division. Although most of the footage we’ve seen already, we got a preview of Dark Zones. These can best be described as player-vs-player instances, making co-op play no longer an option. The idea seems to be working with other players until the point where you have to betray them to get your reward, and that sounds like a cool feature if they can get it to work. The Division will also be releasing on March 8th, 2016.
The next entry in this 4X series will see players going to the Moon! In Anno 2205, you will still build on continents of Earth, but you will also have the ability to gather resources on the Moon. Not really much gameplay to go on here, but Anno 2205 will see a November 3rd release.
Of course it’s inevitable that we get this game and a live performance by some popular artists every year. There are a couple new features worth talking about though. For Just Dance 2016, players can use their smartphone to track movement as opposed to using a motion peripheral. With regards to next-gen consoles, they will be able to make use of Just Dance Unlimited, a subscription-based streaming service that adds songs to the game. Just Dance will see a 2016 release and the subscription service price is unknown at this point.
Pretty much what you expect to see from Rainbow Six: Siege was on display here. The game mode Terrohunt will be making a return, pitting a squad of five against AI forces to complete a variety of tasks. The Beta for Rainbow Six: Siege starts on September 24th
Previously seeing success on PC, Trackmania will be coming to consoles in the Turbo iteration. Trackmania Turbo looks rather beautiful and stylized, as well as looking fun to play. The game will also come with a track editor for creating your own high-speed levels.
Somewhat surprisingly, we didn’t see a lot of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate gameplay. Sure, we got a CG trailer and a bit of a look at the setting and story, but I was surprised that there has been very little shown. The only reason I could think of is that Ubisoft is saving it for Sony’s conference, so I guess we have to wait a few more hours.
To close out the show, we got a look at another open-world Tom Clancy game called Ghost Recon: Wildlands. It pretty much looks like what you’d think, so prepare for the Ghost Recon experience you know with the radio tower mechanic you hate!
Despite any negatives I may have had towards the conference, I think Ubisoft did a pretty great job. Now all that’s left developer-wise is Square Enix, but first, it’s Sony time. Man, it’s been a long day.Source: YouTube/E3 E3 2015 - Bethesda E3 2015 - Microsoft E3 2015 - EA