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Ubisoft always has alot to show at E3 as they own the rights to game’s in the Tom Clancy franchise and continue to innovate with newer IP’s and franchises like Watch Dogs and The Division. It is also expected that we will see more of For Honor, the sword fighting multiplayer game revealed at last year’s E3.
During the Pre-Show it was announced that in honor of Ubisoft’s 30th Anniversary, Ubisoft will be giving away 7 free games over the next seven months via Ubisoft Club. The first game, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is available right now via Ubisoft Club for players who log in with the UPlay account credentials.
Ubisoft opened their show with a dance number to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary and to introduce Just Dance 2017. As has been the case with Ubisoft’s press conferences for the last several E3’s, the show was hosted by actress and Ubisoft spokeswoman, Aisha Tyler, who delivered a message of support and solidarity with the victim’s of the tragedy that occurred this past Friday in Orlando.
From there, Tyler moved straight into the the presentation to reveal that Just Dance 2017 will release on all current platforms this October and on Nintendo NX in 2017. Tyler then explained that this is her fifth year hosting the Ubisoft conference and professed her love for gaming, especially for Ubisoft’s games.
Following the Just Dance reveal, Tyler introduced a new reveal trailer for Ghost Recon: Wildlands. To share more on the game, Dominic Butler, Lead Game Designer at Ubisoft Paris, took to the stage to show more of the upcoming co-op shooter. Next, the presentation moved into a live gamplay demonstration of how missions are completed within the largest open world environment that Ubisoft has ever created. Missions can be accomplished in a number of ways that are entirely dependent on the play style of players. The game will launch on March 7th, 2017.
After Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Ubisoft revealed the sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth. South Park Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone then appeared on stage to show more of the upcoming RPG sequel. Instead of fantasy theme, the sequel will focus on the kids’ superhero identities. The presentation then showed a gameplay preview of the introduction to the game including a playable tragic backstory for your character. Combat in the game is now more tactical as you can move along a grid in the combat arena which opens up follow up attacks or allows you to attack enemies over obstacles. Anyone who buys the South Park: The Fractured But Whole will get the first game for free on either PS4, Xbox One, or PC. The game will release on December 6th, 2016.
Next, players were treated to more information on the upcoming Underground expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division. Julian Geraghti, Creative Director at Ubisoft Massive, revealed that the new expansion will be out later this month on June 28th for Xbox One and PC and August 2nd on PS4. Three new outfits for The Division from Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell will be available for free via Ubisoft Club to celebrate Ubisoft’s 30th anniversary. Survival was also revealed which offers a new way to play the game and is coming in Expansion 2.
Following the Division reveals, Ubisoft moved into its VR segment of the presentation to discuss the games that Ubisoft is working on for the Oculus Rift. Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift, appeared on stage with Ubisoft Montreal to demo some upcoming VR titles. Eagle Flight, a competitive eagle flight simulation game was previewed on stage with two teams competing to capture their eagle’s prey.
David Votypka of Ubisoft Red Storm then introduced the audience to another VR title, Star Trek: Bridge Crew which features co-op multiplayer in a simulation of the cockpit of your own Star Trek ship. Levar Burton, of the original Star Trek series, then took to the stage to share more details on the game and what the experience was like compared to the show.
After the VR presentation, Ubisoft debuted a new trailer for upcoming mutiplayer swordfighter, For Honor. To show more of the game in action, Jason Vandenberghe, Creative Director on For Honor at Ubisoft Montreal, shared the world premiere gameplay reveal of the game’s campaign for the Vikings. At the end of the trailer Ubisoft revealed that For Honor will launch on February 14th, 2017. Players can register for the upcoming alpha at ForHonor.com.
Producer at Ubisoft Reflections, Pete Young then took to the stage to reveal a sequel to Grow Home. Entitled Grow Up, the sequel will launch in August on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Following the Grow Up reveal, Antti Ilvessuo and Dean Evans of Ubisoft Red Lynx and Ubisoft Montreal appeared on stage to reveal a crossover between the Trials franchise and Far Cry spin-off Blood Dragon. Entitled Trials of the Blood Dragon, the new downloadable game is available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
After the Trials of the Blood Dragon reveal, Ubisoft shared more details on the Assassin’s Creed movie via Producer Frank Marshall. Viewers of the film can look forward to watching Michael Fassbender play the role of Callum Lynch as he is captured by Abstergo and forced to explore his ancestor’s memories in Spain. Marshall then revealed an exclusive behind the scenes look at the film. The movie debuts in theaters on December 21st, 2016.
Following Assassin’s Creed, we got a glimpse of a new reveal trailer for Watch Dogs 2 that was revealed ahead of E3 early last week. Watch Dogs 2 takes place in the San Francisco Bay area and features new protagonist, Marcus Holloway who joins Ded Sec to bring down an oppressive government through hacking and vigilantism. The gameplay demo that followed showed some of the new hacking skills that will be available to players as well as one of the game’s more open-ended missions. Watch Dogs 2 will launch on November 15th, 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, then took to the stage to reveal more information on the upcoming sequel. Ubisoft will be partnering with Sony for a new Watch Dogs film that will be produced by Sony Pictures. Playstation players will also get 30 days early access to all Watch Dogs 2 DLC. The Collector’s edition of the game will also include a working robot that can be controlled via a companion smartphone app.
To close out the show, Guillemot then reappeared on stage to introduce Ubisoft’s new IP. Combining action sports with a full open world, the trailer for Steep included in-game footage along with voice-overs from real-life action sports superstars. Developer Ubisoft Annecy then appeared to reveal additional gameplay footage of the social aspects of Steep and how players can share awesome gaming moments with friends. Steep will launch this December and an open beta is coming soon. To register for the beta, players can visit steepgame.com.
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