Ubisoft was generally a highlight of the E3 schedule, which is always the placeholder. You never know exactly what they will do next, whether it is a great musical number to present the new Just Dance, Jon Bernthal brings his dog on stage or Shigeru Miyamoto and Yves Guillemot play with some toy guns on stage. This year, like many other publishers, they switched to a purely online format for the large new game storefront, which is to take place in an ongoing series of presentations. This year was the first live stream from Ubisoft Forward, but Ubisoft ended the show with confirmation that there will be another Ubisoft Forward before the end of the year. We don’t have an exact date, but maybe by the end of the year, before all major releases are in sight by the end of the year, it would make a lot of sense.
Overall, the show was solid, if unremarkable. As far as I could tell, everything was pre-recorded that helped them keep things moving at a decent pace, meaning it felt pretty smooth and polished, but maybe lacking in personality in terms of structure and the presentation style, especially when compared to Ubisoft’s previous E3 appearances.
There was a hiccup with the planned giveaway for Watch Dogs 2, during which many users, including myself, could not log in to uPlay during the stream, but only received an error message. Ubisoft acknowledged the technical problem and then promised to ensure that everyone could participate in the giveaway. They fixed the problem by sharing the game with people who missed it during the stream on this page. Register here for your free copy of Watch Dogs 2 if you are interested.
I wasn’t sure if Ubisoft would tackle the massive upheaval they had after several allegations of unprofessional behavior by Ubisoft executives. Just 24 hours before this stream, we heard the news that three of their executives had resigned after making serious allegations. I thought there might be an attempt to clear the air or comment on this situation, but it seemed like Ubisoft had seen this event only for the promotion of their game, not for a broader dialogue with their players. There is no quick fix for such a situation and they need to be committed to making improvements, but these personal changes are a good sign that they want to act decisively, but it is a long way to go. I am just starting to run.
If you’d like to see the whole thing, it was archived here on Ubisoft’s YouTube page, including the demos before and after the show. However, we have cut out all the important details and the most interesting announcements for you if you only want the highlights.
Watch Dogs Legion
We have a couple of new trailers for this upcoming open world hack ’em up. These add a little extra to the system that allows you to recruit and play as any character in the game, and showcase some of the unique skills each character will have. It’s an interesting mechanic and I can’t wait to see how far you can push it. In terms of sound, it is difficult to say exactly what mood the game is in when it comes to some very serious issues, such as rebellion against a totalitarian state, hyper-surveillance and private militarized policing. But these are balanced out by silly comedic elements and a playful mood. I’m not sure how these two teams will be reconciled throughout the game, but these two trailers give us at least a taste of what to expect.
There is nothing massively earth-shattering here, but there is good news that this 2D fighting game is now available for iOS and Android and that all versions have now been updated to offer cross-platform multiplayer.
Rainbow Six Siege
It’s a little crazy to think that this game came out five years ago and is now bigger than ever. Perhaps this is the figurehead for games that were fine from the start, but then, with the right support and continued pressure from the publisher, became a much greater success. Ubisoft shared this video in tribute to the players who helped Rainbow Six Siege achieve the success it is today.
We had already received the announcement of this game, so they took this opportunity to showcase some of the various skills and mobility options you have, and they’ve worked out a lot of the backstory, though frankly it’s fair generic sci-fi setup . There are some cool melee weapons and attacks, as well as some fun long-range weapons.
Way of playing
In the classic tradition of announcing something that can be played immediately, they have just launched the PC beta for Hyper Scape.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Perhaps this was less exciting than it could have been since the leaks had already given us an idea of what to expect. Ubisoft gave us “deep insight” into the various systems used in this new twelfth Assassins Creed game. I was a little impressed with how far this series of attacks was, but this trailer still looks pretty interesting as there are many different types of gameplay shown.
There is also a longer gameplay demo as part of the post-show, with larger raw parts of the gameplay and comments.
Far Cry 6
The surprising announcement we all expected. There is no gameplay material yet, but we do have a full movie trailer. It is a stylishly framed film with pictures of a country in transition and a very tense moment between Giancarlo Espisitos President Anton and his son Diego against the background of increasing tensions between law enforcement agencies and people. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect since Far Cry is a series that has been repeating to some extent since Far Cry 3. I guess we will skin animals and clear checkpoints in this game. Or maybe they’re shaking the way things are playing, they just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Did any of these big announcements resonate with you? Were you the target audience for the stupid looking cell phone game that I deliberately skipped? Was there anything you hoped it wouldn’t show up? Let us know what you thought of Ubisoft’s first Ubisoft Forward in the comments.