E3 2018 is now in full swing and we are getting bomb after bomb dropped (in a video game, non serious kind of way). One of the biggest companies to hold the stage for the past few years has been Assassin’s Creed creator, Ubisoft. With high expectations, I watched in hopes of some amazing new games, some expansions of old ones and maybe that one crazy shocker that leaves everyone in a craze. I got the first two but I wouldn’t say we got the huge news we might have hoped for. Either way, here is a recap of some of the biggest announcements Ubisoft E3 2018 had to offer.
Ubisoft started off with Just Dance 2019 and it seemed to be a hit. With a ton of song titles to select from, this is sure to be something everyone has fun with. With a release date of October 2019, be sure to grab the latest installment of the long standing dance-a-thon!
Next up we got a cinematic trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2, which didn’t give us solid amounts of game play but did reveal some of the main characters and some cool imagery. They did have some rough gameplay footage, but the game is nowhere near ready for release. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt came out and talked about some new features in the game and spoke about a new feature allowing people to submit art to the game. Not sure exactly how that’s going to work but brownie points for trying something different!
Next up was a racing/dirt bike game that stems for the Trials franchise, called Trials Rising. Seeming to be more of the same, this game isn’t much of news but if you like the series, there’s a new one coming out in February 2019!
One of the biggest new games that was announced was The Division 2. Set seven months after the initial outbreak of the virus, TD2 takes place when America is at its worst and at war with itself. The story isn’t as important as the gameplay and ideas for what this game will be. The original Division was a major letdown, with minimal replay-ability and major upgrades to the game coming way after the game was released. The Division 2 hopes to mend the breaks from the first game and offer more to players. Some of which being eight person raids and three FREE DLC. Good news for players and could be a way to get some of the people who quit the first game to come back. We will see the Division 2 sometime next year.
Another major announcement was Skull & Bones, which aims to piggyback on the success of Sea of Thieves. Set in an open world, this game plays online and allows players to team up or rival against others and try to take their loot. Seems pretty simple and judging by the gameplay, this could be a major dud for Ubisoft. This is set to come out in 2019, so maybe this will be one to wait and see.
Ubisoft brought out some more celeb firepower by bringing out Elijah Wood to talk about the scaretastic game Transference. I still haven’t gotten much info about this game besides the fact that it is creepy, you go inside the minds of bad people and it’s in VR. More info will be out soon but if you’re looking for spooky VR stuff, this will be something to keep an eye on, set to release this fall.
For Honor was another game that had huge hype and a solid initial following. Couple months later and people were incredibly bored with this game. Keeping with the tradition, Ubisoft is trying to bring the gamers back to these games by making them better. With that, they announced that For Honor is getting a huge expansion and even a new mode. Called “Marching Fire”, we will see a new faction of fighter and a 4v4v4v4 mode, which seems pretty cool. Set to come out October 16th, we might see a great number of people flock back to this game and see if the updates really helped save this game.
Last but certainly not least in, Ubisoft announced a new installment in the Assassin’s Creed family in the brand new setting of Ancient Greece. Titled “Assassins Creed Odyssey”, we travel back to the times of Sparta and Athens, dominating the rocky lands of Greece. You can play as a male or female, smooth talk your way through the streets of Greece and find that familiar style of murder and jumping we have all come to love from the Assassin’s Creed series. Set to come out in October 2018, this game hopes to build on the solid gameplay as its predecessors and hopefully not have the fatigue that has seemed to plague the series over the past few years.
Overall, this was a solid showing from Ubisoft but it was missing that one wow moment. We could have used an amazing new IP that really got us buzzing, but instead we got a couple of sequels and a major DLC as their big announcements. Maybe next year we will get some amazing, brand new game but for now we get pirates and Greeks.
Keep it locked here at Mammoth Gamers for all of your E3 2018 news and be sure to let us know what games you’re all the most excited for!