E3 2017: Ubisoft Press Conference Recap
Ubisoft Brings Some of Its Biggest Franchises to E3 2017
As usual, Ubisoft’s global studios resulted in a variety of announcements and games at their E3 2017 conference. From a Mario game crossed with Rabbids, a deeper look at Far Cry 5 and a brief look at a sequel to a cult classic in development. Here’s a rundown of everything shown at the Ubisoft press conference including trailers:
First, Yves Guillmot walked on stage and quickly introduced Shigeru Miyamoto to talk about Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The Nintendo Switch game is essentially the developer’s take on XCOM in the Mushroom Kingdom. The game has been in development for over three years and features tactical, turn-based gameplay. You can check out the gameplay and story trailers below:
The game sees the Rabbids transported to the Mushroom Kingdom which makes it unstable requiring Mario and the Rabbids to team up to save the day. The game is coming to Nintendo Switch on August 29th, 2017.
Next was Assassin’s Creed which was returning to E3 after taking 2016 off with Assassin’s Creed Origins. The game was unveiled officially at Microsoft’s Xbox conference but game director Ashraf Ismail had a new cinematic trailer to share:
Ismail discussed that this would be the 10 year anniversary of the series and the studio wanted to look back further than ever before. Bizarrely Ubisoft chose to not show gameplay on stage, instead having a 30 minute session exploring the open world on the stream after the conference.
Next, developer Ivory Tower showed off The Crew 2 with a cinematic trailer:
Creative director Stephen Beeley also showed in-game footage which demonstrated the different environments in the game which includes the city, off-road, ocean and the sky. The game is coming in early 2018 and players can sign up for the beta now.
After that we were given a new trailer for South Park: The Fractured But Whole which is scheduled for October 17th:
Ubisoft then gave a brief look at its partnership with SpectreVision, a film company co-founded by actor Elijah Wood. The game, Transference is a psychological thriller which aims to “bridge the gap between movies and games.” The themes seem to include digital memories. Check out the announcement trailer below:
Next came a game from Ubisoft Singapore which according to Guillmot promised to build “off one of our most popular worlds”. You can check out the announcement trailer for the game, Skull & Bones, a pirate tactical naval game building off the technology developed for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
Here’s some of the multiplayer PvP action you can expect in-game:
Skull & Bones features a shared systemic world that can be played with friends, solo and competitively. At the end of the demonstration the creative director also mentioned the world evolves with a trailer playing showing a gigantic ocean monster. Fans can sign up to play early and get beta access now.
The annual game Just Dance is coming in October to all platforms with Just Dance 2018.
A neat surprise from the publisher was South Park: Phone Destroyer, a new mobile game that looks to utilise some of the tactical gameplay of the main games which is coming this year.
Ubisoft Toronto was due up on stage next with Starlink: Battle for Atlas, a space game utilising the Snowdrop engine and featuring some toys-to-life functionality. Players can build a custom ship and equip it with different weapons as each battle requires, search for ancient artefacts or outrun outlaws.
Producer Matthew Rose was quick to point out that there were digital counterparts to the physical collectibles so they weren’t a requirement to play the game.
After last year’s reveal, Steep returned to the E3 stage. Ubisoft Annecy’s Rebecka Coutaz showed off a trailer for a new expansion coming to the winter sports game:
Ubisoft Montreal’s Far Cry 5 came onto stage next with a short cinematic trailer and gameplay you can check out below. The game focuses on Hope County, an area of Montana taken over by a cult. Players find themselves trapped and must escape. Check out both trailers below:
Ubisoft’s conferences normally end with a surprise or big new IP and this year Beyond Good and Evil 2 was finally revealed via a cinematic trailer by narrative director at Ubisoft Montpellier Gabriellle Shrager and an emotional Michel Ancel – the series creator.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 takes place before the events of the first game; before main character Jade is even born. The game takes place in another solar system where the society is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. Corporations create ‘hybrids’ in labs, enslave them and force them to colonize the stars. The developers mentioned multiplayer functionality but also the ability to play solo.
There was no word on a release date for the game but the developer encouraged fans to sign up to the Monkey Space Program to share ideas and feedback suggesting the game is still early in development.
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