Ubisoft had a great conference overall, with information and announced games as well as some surprise showing. The conference was structured well, and kept the flow of games constant. With a whole bunch of titles announced for various platforms, let’s take a look at everything in order of reveal.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch Exclusive)
After cheekily acknowledging the leaks, the Mario and Rabbids crossover we all wanted was shown off. Kingdom Battle will be a tactical adventure game that features a linear world to explore. During exploration, the game will shift to a battlefield similar to that of Strategy RPG games such as Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy Tactics.
The combat is turn-based with a cover mechanic. All character use some type of projectile weapon, mainly hand cannons, so this is an appropriate addition. A large cast of characters have been confirmed playable such as Mario, Peach, Luigi, Yoshi, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi, Rabbid Yoshi. Rabbid Mario was also teased, but no gameplay was shown.
The reveal finished with an announcement of Rabbid figures, however it was not stated whether these are Amiibos or not. The game will release on August 29 2017 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
Assassins Creed Origins (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A new trailer was showcased for Assassins Creed Origins. Some game play was teased, however this was reserved for a post-conference show. The game will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 27, 2017.
The Crew 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Ubisoft also revealed a trailer for The Crew 2, however it was all computer generated. They did show some gameplay afterwards and highlighted that there will be four different playstyles. Regular street cars, off-road vehicles, speed boats, and small planes. The Crew 2 will release in early 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC, with beta access coming soon.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A new trailer was shown off featuring the custom hero and some snippets of gameplay. South Park will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 17, 2017.
Transference (VR, no specific platforms announced)
Transference is a new virtual reality title that is a collaboration between Ubisoft, Elijah Wood and Spectrevision. The game received a teaser trailer showcasing the various parties involved discussing the project. It was touted as being a VR thriller and will be releasing Spring 2018. It was not revealed which VR platforms it will be released on.
Skull and Bones (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
One of the highlights of the show, Skull and Bones is a pirate themed, online shared world game. It will be tactical and action based, focusing on naval combat. One of the PVP modes, Loot Hunt, was showcased.
Loot Hunt features a two teams of 5 ships battling each other to secure the most loot. The gameplay showed there will be a variety of ships with different abilities such as a long range specialist, or a reinforced ship to tank hits. The game mode ends when “Pirate Hunters” appear and chases the team with the most loot.
The reveal ended with a short cinematic trailer teasing the existence of sea creatures. Skull and Bones will release in Fall of 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Just Dance 2018 (Consoles)
No gameplay or trailer were shown, instead a few dancers got on stage and performed to the singing of recording artist Bebe Rexha. Just Dance 2018 will release in October of 2017 for “consoles”. No platforms were mentioned, however it can be pre-ordered for the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
South Park: Phone Destroyer (iOS, Android)
A new mobile game was revealed for South Park. It seemed to feature turn-based combat, however the focus of the trailer was on the various classes of character playable, including everyone’s favourites such as “Pigeon” and “Cock Mage”. South Park: Phone Destroyer will release in 2017.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One)
Another new game was revealed by Ubisoft, this time featuring space pilots. The gameplay was shown to consist only of a spaceship that players control to shoot enemies. Starlink: Battle for Atlas will also allow players to customize their spaceships through customizing the parts of a physical model, a bit like the Lego Dimensions games. These parts can also be obtained digitally. A release date of Fall 2018 was given for Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.
Steep (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A new Winter Olympics expansion was revealed for Steep. The expansion will feature a variety of new courses based off events from the Olympics and will have a December 5 2017 release.
Far Cry 5 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
A short gameplay segment was shown for Far Cry 5. Players can issue commands to allies but instructing them where to station themselves. A few allies were also revealed including Grace Armstrong (sniper), Boomer (gun-fetching dog) and Nick Rye (pilot that attacks from above). Co-op was also confirmed for the game, however no gameplay of this was shown. The segment ended with a glorious trailer that highlighted the many ways of killing people, from sniping to running them over with a tractor.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 (No platforms revealed)
The Ubisoft conference ended with a cinematic trailer of Beyond Good and Evil 2. No gameplay was shown, however the developers mentioned that it would be an online world that can be played alone or with friends. No other details were revealed regarding platforms or release date.
That brings a close to this Ubisoft E3 recap. The conference was very enjoyable to watch. The new games announced all look great and fun to play. A personal highlight of the show would have to be Skull and Bones. The game looks fantastic and the focus on naval combat is an exciting prospect.
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