While Ubisoft tackles some new genres and outlets this year at E3, they do what they have always done and sell them strong off the bat. Kicking off strong early and rounding out the conference with a stunning surprise title, Ubisoft doesn’t disappoint this year. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot once again promises fans and gamers that Ubisoft will continue to take risks in order to deliver us amazing games and the games of tomorrow.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – While I never played the first South Park game, fans of the game South Park: Stick of Truth should be happy to hear they’re getting a sequel. The new game revolves around Coon and friends and promises more laughs than the prior.
For Honor – Ubisoft tackles vikings, knights and samurais in a new genre, giving gamers the opportunity to create teams of four that fight off with one another. The multiplayer combat style looks intriguing and extremely detailed but the graphics seem a bit underwhelming. Ubisoft held off on sharing any significant plot details, so I will be watching this game closely for more news in the near future.
The Division – Fans of The Division, including myself, will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on this immersive futuristic open world game. Ubisoft doesn’t share much more about the game besides what we already knew. The new gameplay footage immerses players in the Dark Zone, a multiplayer map where creators hope players experience paranoia as anything can happen at any time.
Ubisoft has done away with loading screens between single player and multiplayer gaming and has created seamless transitions within the open world. Game creators have also added several interesting aspects to the game, creating contaminated loot that you must first decontaminate before you are able to use it. Players are also able to join, create, and leave teams at any time, allowing players to surprise attack their own team members, wound them, and loot them before escaping. It looks like a cruel cold world out there in The Division.
The Crew: Wild Run – Fans of Ubisoft’s revolutionary cross country racing game The Crew will not be disappointed as Ubisoft promises more thrills and motorcycles in this DLC.
Trials Fusion: Awesome Levels Max– Who wouldn’t want to play a game with a fire breathing unicorn and ferocious armed wildcat. I have never played this series, but am slightly intrigued after seeing Ubisoft’s coverage of the new DLC.
Anno: 2205 – Ubisoft adds to the Anno series and and reaches far by giving players the opportunity to create a stylized futuristic world of their choosing with 2205. As you progress, players are even given the opportunity to colonize the moon and potentially other planets.
Just Dance 2016 – It’s unsuprising that Ubisoft announces the continuation of one of the biggest music video game franchises of all times. I won’t be picking this particular game up, but am happy Ubisoft continues to see success with their Just Dance franchise.
Rainbow Six: Siege – This was likely one of my most anticipated games for the next year and Ubisoft thrilled me again this year with new footage. Working under orders given by your boss, Six (motion captured Angela Bassett), players join together to save lives and take down bad guys. Scaling buildings, deploying drones, and disarming bombs are all simple tasks you must master while working as a team and reacting in the face of danger and under stress. The graphics are crisp and realistic, and the gameplay will get your heart racing.
Track Mania: Turbo – I’m not going to lie, this new racing game from Ubisoft looks pretty fun. With over 200 different track varieties, Track Mania creators promise endless hours of varied fun and the ability to customize tracks. After Ubisoft’s more serious titles, Track Mania sounds like a well-needed break game.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – While I hadn’t originally been sold by the industrial revolution setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game, E3’s new footage once again restored my faith in the AC series and convinced me why I fell in love with the series in the first place. Jacob Frye is charming and driven, and when countered by his more level headed sister Evie Frye, the two make a convincing pair of heroes and assassin’s in this next chapter. I am particularly looking forward to horse drawn carriage melees and motorized rappelling.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Scale mountains, skydive, and drive swamp boats in this new massive open world tactical thriller. Whether you choose to be stealthy and take down your enemies undetected or do things a bit more flashy and perform full-scale ambushes with your team and your resources. We are really looking forward to this new addition in Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy collection of games. I feel like Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a bit of a mix between Grand Theft Auto, Far Cry 4, and Call of Duty. The open world looks amazing as players, the ghosts, step behind enemy lines and attempt to take down dangerous drug cartels and corrupt governments.
Are you pleased with Ubisoft’s announcements? Wish they had talked about something else? I could have done without Jason Derulo’s performance, but the game announcements were welcoming additions that I hope to learn more about in the future.