Microsoft ushered in the start of E3 in a magnificent, hype-infused manner, and the folks over at Devolver Digital and Bethesda executed great finishes to keep up the momentum. Ubisoft is next to take to the stage, where further details about the upcoming Watch Dogs Legion and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint were unveiled.
There may be no Beyond Good and Evil 2 and another Assassin’s Creed game in this year’s line-up, but the showcase was far from shabby. Ubisoft has always been known for taking on a laid-back presentation style, and there certainly was evident traces of easy-going casualness on the show floor.
Starting off strong with an Assassin’s Creed orchestra, here’s what went down over at the Ubisoft press conference.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs is back, and it’s looking very, very wild and promising. London has been transformed into a beautiful, vibrant world of the future, but at the price of freedom – a new authoritative government is in power, and the player’s job is to build a popular Resistance to fight against the system.
The presence of dystopian, political and tyrannical elements, the game seems to boasts a Bioshock Infinite-esque vibe. Where it stands out, however, is in the wide variety of playable characters, ranging from an elderly woman (read: ex-assassin), a street brawler, and a stealth master. Each operator comes with their own set of abilities: bare knuckles, a mechanised, remotely-controlled spider, and see-through vision respectively, with more in store.
Oh, and did we mention that anyone (yes, really) can be recruited into the now expanded DedSec? Say hello to plenty of tyranny action when the game drops on March 6, 2020.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
October 4, 2019 is the day where the Ghosts go to war with the Wolves. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint follows a soldier with his own moral code, one who’s willing to do whatever it takes to complete the mission – to the point of facing an entire army by himself.
But loyalty and brotherhood are themes of the game, so that’s not going to be a threat. Solo mode will see the return of AI teammates, as the battle heats up with more high-tech weapons in play. A brand-new community programme titled Ghost Recon Delta Company is also coming to players, with the game’s beta session kicking in on September 5, 2019.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
Where Rainbox Six Siege is all about player-versus-player action, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine takes on a three-player co-op play style. Nothing much has been detailed as of now, but fans should start looking for a new deployment to fight against infected humans before the game hits Xbox One, PS4, and PC in early 2020.
It’s Rocket League, but with skates. Meet Roller Champion, a roller derby game where two groups of three race around the track to keep possession of a ball. More laps gives more points when the ball is tossed through a ring, but the lap counter resets the team members are knocked down by the opponents.
It sounds very skill-based, and interested parties can already put their skates on and get into the action now.
For Honor: Shadows of the Hitokiri
A limited-time event, Shadow of the Hitokiri will come with a special Game Mode in store. Called Soul Rush, it pits teams of Heroes against each other, as they fight to collect the most souls by killing soldiers.
It’s set to go live from June 10 to June 27, 2019, where players can also engage in other activities, such as community challenges, and weekly quests.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – Year 1, Episodes 2 and 3
The first and second episode updates for The Division 2 takes players on a journey beyond Washington City, with the former set in the National, and the latter in the Pentagon. Set to arrive in Fall 2019, Episode 2 is also set to bring along a second raid, such that more eight-on-eight action can return to the field.
Meanwhile, Episode 3 will see players engaging in a manhunt against the oh-so-familiar backdrop of New York City. The team has also announced news about its movie counterpart, which is confirmed to arrive on Netflix.
For those who have yet to dive into the world of The Division 2, the game will be available from June 13 to 16, 2019 as well.
Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Phantom Sight
Watch your six, Operators, for two new parties in the form of Nøkk and Warden are set to enter the fray. Where the former is a hooded Attack with the Predator-like ability to go nearly invisible, the latter is a defensive specialist who’s able to see through smoke with an assortment of tech at his disposal.
Accompanying the new Operators is a rework of Dostoyevsky, an upgrade to the Reverse Friendly Fire feature, and an improved Ranked playlist.
Gods & Monsters
Primed for launch on February 25, 2020, the mythology-inspired title sports extremely gorgeous nature landscapes, puzzle-solving elements, and combat with various creatures.
Just Dance 2020
At this point, Just Dance is but a yearly affair. The newest addition to the family will feature new and popular tunes, such as Panic! At the Disco’s “High Hopes”, as well as a K-pop selection.
Just Dance 2020 will be released on November 5, 2019, so start gathering your groove.
Brawlhalla x Adventure Time
Adventure Time is heading over to free-to-play brawler game Brawlhalla! The addition of Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum ushers in a new Buddy game mode, an Adventure Time-themed map called Tree Fort, bonus login Gold, and…plenty of trash-talking from our new guests.
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad
Ah, the bane of game reveals – mobile titles. Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad is a mobile RPG that features characters across various Tom Clancy titles, such as Splinter Cell‘s Sam Fisher and Rainbow Six Siege‘s Caveira, where five-versus-five action awaits.
Pre-registration is now available, although no word has been given on the release date.
Mythic Quest: Ravens Banquet
Mythic Quest: Ravens Banquet is different in the sense that it’s not a game, but surprise, surprise – a television show. At the centre of the narrative is one Ian Grimm, who plays an egomanical creative director for the show, which is set for an Apple TV debut.
It’s kind of a weird flex, and it’s a little difficult to take the trailer serious (perhaps that is the point), but we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Story Creator Mode (Pre-Show)
An all-new Assassin’s Creed did not make it to the show floor this year, so it’s only right that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has gotten a slice of the limelight. Before Ubisoft’s main show, the team announced the official launch of the Story Creator Mode, where players will now be able to create their own branched narratives, and share them with the community.
It’s accessible to everyone, which means the new feature is completely free-to-play, and can be carried over to other platforms. The Discovery Tool seen in Assassin’s Creed: Origins is set to head over to the game in Fall 2019 as well, allowing for total exploration without the presence of conflict, combat, and the like.
Additionally, a new PC subscription called UPLAY+ will be coming to players on September 3, 2019, with more than 100 games in the catalogue. Ubisoft’s tie-up with Google Stadia also means that the subscription is planned for a 2020 release on the platform.
Another E3 showcase, down. The Ubisoft press conference started off on a strong note with an exciting Watch Dogs Legion reveal, but energy levels seemed to have dipped over the one-hour-and-a-half session. Nonetheless, there’s still content to look forward to, especially for fans of the Tom Clancy series. Kinda Funny Games and Square Enix are up next to take over the stage, so we’ll see you then!
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.