Ubisoft brought a strong offering to E3 this year, with a variety of upcoming VR projects, flashy military shooters, and epic war beat ’em ups, and even a new Blood Dragon game? Ubisoft started the conference with a fabulous, choreographed rendition of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me now to herald the announcement of Just Dance 2017. The game will launch on all platforms, including PC and Nintendo NX next year.
GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS
Hostess Aisha Tyler kept the hits coming while sparing us the usual PR mumbo jumbo, introducing a new trailer for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Dominic Butler, the lead game designer, then took the stage to give us a clearer look at the game.
Wildlands is set in Bolivia after the country is taken over by a Mexican drug cartel hungry for the region’s lucrative Coca resources. Wildlands will be a fully open world military shooter that emphasizes player choice. We were then treated to a lengthy co-operative gameplay trailer showcasing everything from stealth mechanics, to base scouting with the ultimate goal of taking out a key member of the cartel government. The video showcases how player communication and teamwork amps up the action.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands officially launches on March 7, 2017.
WATCH DOGS 2
We got the opportunity to explore the world of Watch Dogs 2 during the event in a lengthy gameplay trailer. Watch Dogs 2 is set in San Francisco, and follows Dedsec hacker Marcus Holloway who aims to topple corrupt mega-corporations.
Marcus stole cars, hacked phones, and stole evidence in typical Watch Dogs flare. We’ll have to see if Watch Dogs 2 improves on its predecessor. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot made an appearance to announce the official Watch Dogs movie. PlayStation users will get 30 days advance access to all Watch Dogs 2 DLC.
Guillemot and Tyler wrapped the presentation with a cinematic trailer for Watch Dogs 2. The game is out in November for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Ubisoft saved their new IP, Steep, for last, and it looks super cool. It’s an open-world action sports game set in the Alps, and it’s expected to be released this December.
Players can sail down mountains on skiis or snowboards, or get some air with some intense wingsuiting or paragliding. We were also treated to an extended gameplay trailer that shows off even more of the action.
SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE
Ubisoft San Francisco Senior Producer Jason Schroeder changed the tone a bit, giving us a look at South Park: The Fractured but Whole, a sequel to The Stick of Truth that sees our super heroes enter the “civil war” arc of their story. It’s full of the crude satire we know and love from South Park.
While The Fractured but Whole will keep its turn based battle system, it’s now more dynamic than ever. You can change positions during battle, duck behind cover, and even push back enemies. Use your surroundings to your advantage by knocking bad guys into props to deal extra damage, or push them into a team member who can follow up with an extra attack. The Fractured but Whole is out December 6. Folks who pre-order the game will get The Stick of Truth for free on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
For Honor was announced at E3 2015, but now we know a lot more about the game. The game features some of history’s most famous warriors, from the vikings to fierce samurai. The gameplay video from the event showed one of the Viking campaign’s missions. The story pits players against the warlord Apollyon. For Honor will be released on February 14, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The two hour press conference was jam packed with games, including quite a few fun smaller titles. Star Trek Bridge Crew is a VR game in the spirit of Spaceteam in which players work together to operate a star ship within the Star Trek universe. We got to see Eagle Flight VR, which releases this fall, in action, as players took part in a capture the flag game on stage. If you’re a fan of Trials or Blood Dragon, you’ll be pleased to learn that Red Lynx has released a mash-up of the two that is out right now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. To top it off, Grow Home is getting a sequel in Grow Up.
Overall, it was a very upbeat showing, even if we already knew about most of the games on the docket.
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