2020 is the year of digital showcases, with many developers and publishers hosting their own online presentations to fill up the void of E3. As a constant event mainstay over the years, and a giant in the industry, it only natural that Ubisoft will take to the virtual stage, and showcase the heavy hitters in its fold.
Enter the Ubisoft Forward 2020 event, where the gaming community was given a taste of the near future of gaming. From a deep dive into Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, to a grand Far Cry 6 announcement trailer, here’s what went down over at the show floor.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The upcoming instalment Assassin’s Creed promises plenty of things, but mainly, it will be offer the most variety of enemy archetypes across the whole series, a newly-implemented stun system, the building of settlements, and the dual-wielding of any two weapons. Yes, including shields. Tear apart your enemies and sneak past well-guarded premises as either a male or female warrior this Holiday 2020, as you relive the epic legacy of the vikings.
Watch Dogs: Legion
DedSec is back – bigger, better, and more badass before. A fresh gameplay trailer gave an appealing tease of new operators and their unique skill sets, in which a construction worker attacks hostiles with a wrench, calls upon his very own cargo drone, and fire nail guns instead of explosive firearms. There’s also a formidable hitman, a stealthy drone expert, a strong, deceiving grandma, a drunkard, a mohawked punk (need we go on?) waiting to be recruited. Couple that with a gorgeous, dystopian setting, and you’re all set to become a hero on 29 October 2020.
Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 revisits the series’ flair for fascinating antagonists, and the person of interest this time is one President Anton Castillo, a violent military leader who rules the island of Yara with an iron fist. Featuring a concoction of artillery action, modern-day guerrilla warfare, and large-scale revolutions, the game is set to be a wild ride. The time to buckle up is 18 February 2021.
The upcoming battle royal genre seeks to shake up the genre with enhanced, sleek movement mechanics, a rewarding upgrading system, and the unique ability to spy on and locate enemies after death. A newly-unveiled trailer hints at an ongoing story in Hyper Scape, which sees players missing within the VR playground of the game, and those who are looking to investigate the matter. Intrigue and shooting action seems like a pretty enticing mix here, and interested parties can immediately hop onto the open beta now.
The free-to-play multiplayer brawler will be heading to Android and iOS devices, which means you can now brawl with or against your friends while on the go.
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad unites all the heroes and villains from the Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, The Division, and Splinter Cell series, and pits them in a five-versus-five squad battle on mobile devices. No release date has been announced, but the game is accepting pre-registrations now.
Might and Magic Era of Chaos
Another mobile game to add to the list, Might and Magic Era of Chaos returns as an strategic RPG title, where players can recruit heroes, take part in guild battles, fight against others in player-versus-player duels, and lead their troops through a story campaign.The game is free-to-play on Android and iOS devices.
The presentation drew to a close with a surprise announcement of another Ubisoft Forward event that has yet to have a confirmed event date. While not exactly a massive showcase, its detailed look into the more anticipated titles made for an enjoyable, tantalising experience, and gave an idea of what to look forward to. Till the next live stream, Ubisoft.
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.