Ubisoft held their E3 press conference on the 10th of June, a day before the main show began where they made a variety of new announcements to the excitement of fans.
An event which is typically headlined by the release of the latest Assassin’s Creed series, this year around Ubisoft had a line up of sequels for their past releases and a free-to-play game with a unique twist to it coming to PC’s soon. Ubisoft did not leave the Nintendo Switch out to hang dry as their team which worked on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has started development on an open-world RPG game for it and the other consoles.
Some of the major announcements from the press conference have been listed below.
A continuation to the popular WatchDogs series, the game is set in a post-Brexit London which is decked with surveillance drones making life for its people a struggle. The game introduces unique mechanics in the way that the player can assume control of any character in the game which allows the player to create an exclusive squad of vigilantes with their backstories and skillsets.
This game is a step away from the previous iterations of the game, while it does revolve using ctOS and stays true to the core mechanics this game is bound to be a great experience mainly because it has Far Cry 2’s Clint Hocking behind it.
The first instalment in the Division series had a past where once the player has completed the main story narrative they are left with not much to do, but Ubisoft decided to change the situation with The Division 2 as after the first DLC update they have announced three more in the form of Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3.
These DLCs are free to download and expand upon the base game and provide the player with new missions, locations and operators to try and explore the game. The presentation at the press conference focussed heavily upon the first episode while many details of it were not given, players can look forward to playing the new content this summer, followed by the second episode later this fall.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
This game may not be a direct sequel to the popular title Rainbox Six Seige, but it is a game that focuses on the PvE genre of shooter games. While Ubisoft Montreal is developing it, an entirely new team has been allocated to this game, and Ubisoft has vast ambitions for this game as they said, “What Siege is to the PvP shooter genre, we will be to PvE co-op.”
There was a teaser video released along with the E3 announcement, while it does not show any gameplay it does give us a feel for the game’s setting. You can watch the teaser here.
Rainbow Six Quarantine is set to be available in early 2020, but players can receive updates and a chance to try the early beta by signing up here.
Just Dance 2020
The panda-ridden dance sequence seen every time a new Just Dance game is announced, made an appearance once again this year, at E3 2019, where Ubisoft announced the next instalment in the Just Dance series, Just Dance 2020.
If you have never heard of Just Dance before, this is a game which uses the motion capture capabilities of the consoles currently available in the market to pit players against a computer or their family and friends in a dance frenzy.
While the core of the game’s gameplay has not changed, this game is making the headlines because of its continued support for the age-old Nintendo Wii.
From what has been seen for this game, we can say that it is a title which employs a cartoonish art style along with impressive stunts and fancy outfits in a universe where players are expected to, in Ubisoft’s words, “Feel the thrill of rushing down the track, weaving between opponents, and slamming goals in this electrifying derby-inspired game.”
The game is a team-based, PvP sports game with a league system at its base. There is a PC-only preview available for download right now and can be played until the 14th of June. The game is set to launch in early 2020 and will be free-to-play.
You can visit the game’s official page here.
Nintendo Switch update
The Nintendo Switch received a serving in the form of a brand new game from Ubisoft, namely ‘Gods and Monsters’. This is an open-world RPG which had a video showcasing what the game has to offer. From what we know the game seems to take inspiration from Nintendo’s hit launch title Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild while incorporating Greek mythology into the game.
The game seems to employ easy to play controls, and a very bright and cinematic world with a dollop of magic tossed in to make for an adventure which Ubisoft hopes one does not miss out.
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