As per usual, the Ubisoft ecosystem was littered with leaks and rumors leading up to E3. We knew that’d this year would be bringing us a Mario/Rabbids mash-up, a return to Assassin’s Creed, and a possible re-mentioning of the now multi-delayed South Park title. What could Ubisoft bring from their big hitters that could surprise us, and what other tricks could there still be hidden up their sleeves?
After having to deal with multiple leaks, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillmont announced the Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle crossover with Nintendo. After being joined by Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, we had a chance to see some of the gameplay and combat in this strange Ubisoft-Nintendo mashup. Taking place within the Mushroom Kingdom, the combat that was shown off looked very similar to that of Firaxis Games’ XCom series. Mario and Rabbid Kingdom Battle will be coming out exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on August 29th.
After its world premiere the day before during Microsoft’s conference, Assassin’s Creed Origins made its return to Ubisoft. Here it was more of the same from yesterday, some more gameplay and a cinematic trailer showing off the game. Assassin’s Creed Origins is releasing this year on October 27th, ending the two year hiatus of new game releases in the franchise.
Another game that was announced simultaneously with Assassin’s Creed was The Crew 2. The Crew 2 feeds off of the nuts and bolts of the first Crew game, covering major areas of the United States in an online, multi-vehicular racing simulator with street car racing, dirt bike rallys, water races, and air races. The Crew 2 is set to release sometime in early 2018.
Despite its multiple delays, South Park: The Fractured But Whole made a brief appearance via a new trailer. With the now-ten month delay on the game, South Park will be releasing on October 10th.
Taking the DNA from 2013’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft announced a new IP based on the naval combat of the series in Skulls and Bones. Being made by Ubisoft Singapore, the gameplay shown on-stage was of the 5 v 5 battle mode, Loot Hunt. Skulls and Bones will be coming out on Fall 2018.
Of course, Just Dance 2018 had its turn, showcasing a panda no less. You know what you’re getting into with this one.
Another interesting announcement during Ubisoft’s briefing was Starlink Battle for Atlas. The feature that stood out the most for this new intergalactic exploration game was the integration of a plug-in starship that is placed within the controller itself while your playing. Much like the idea of Disney Infinity and Skylanders, the plug in ship has interchangable parts that will effect the ship that the user is controlling while in-game. Starlink: Battle for Atlas will be coming out in Fall 2018.
After being announced as Ubisoft’s newest IP to close the show last year, the extreme winter sports title Steep announced its new expansion coming later this year. Centered around the 2018 Winter Olympic Games coming in 2018, the expansion Road to the Olympics, will be out on December 5th.
Far Cry 5 then had its share of the show with a gameplay premiere. Also being shown off for the first time were a couple of the allies that are accessible in the campaign. Far Cry is coming out on February 27th next year.
Capping off the Ubisoft press conference was the re-reveal of Beyond Good and Evil 2. 14 years after the original Beyond Good and Evil was released, this is the second time that Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been revealed with a new trailer (the first in 2008). There wasn’t anything else to show from the trailer, and the creative director of the game did mention that the game is still in early development.
This year’s Ubisoft E3 conference was one of the shortest ones in recent years, and it certainly benefited from the format. Lots of games were shown and announced, from the expected Mario/Rabbids crossover and Assassin’s Creed, to Beyond Good and Evil 2 capping off the conference with a new trailer and showing that the franchise still has a life left in it despite seemingly being years from still being released.