Monday afternoon, Ubisoft held their annual E3 press conference and had a lot in store for everyone. Ubisoft would bring in returning games and a few surprises this year. So lets recap what they presented at their conference this year and I’ll go over my reactions at the end. If you missed the other publishers E3 recaps and reactions you can check out EA’s here and Bethesda here.
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
The show kicked off with a video showing the Rayman Rabbids playing around with a coin box from the Mario games. When the presentations officially kicked off, we had the first big surprise of the day in that Shigeru Miyamoto was there live and got on stage with Yves Guillemot to talk about the game. The game will feature the Rabbids crossing over into the Mushroom Kingdom in a turn-based style RPG game. Gameplay was heavily featured during the presentation until they wrapped that portion off with a trailer for the game. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be released August 29, for the Nintendo Switch.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
The game director for Assassin’s Creed Origins talked about the history of the franchise and touted the new game. They had another trailer and went to Ubisoft’s “home base” to show gameplay on a laptop. Assassin’s Creed Origins will be released October 27th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The Crew 2
There were a couple trailers played for the game, one to start off the presentation of The Crew 2, and the other while the Creative Director of the game was on stage. The Crew 2 will feature not only cars, but off road races, and races across the seas in boats and you can take to the skies while racing planes. They didn’t really show off gameplay footage, but more along the lines of what you can expect from the game should you pick it up. It has a release window of early 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
South Park: The Fractured but Whole
The only game to be shown at Ubisoft’s last E3 conference and not have been released yet released another trailer. Though the game has been pushed back we’ll finally get to (hopefully) play it October 17 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
This trailer for Ubisoft’s first new IP of the night featured members of SpectreVision and Elijah Wood talking about a VR experience that would blend movies and video games. It then took a strange turn to a laboratory. It looks like it could be a horror game of sorts, but we’ll have to wait until more details come out. The game has a release window of Spring 2018.
Skull and Bones
The second new IP of the night started off with a trailer for Skull and Bones. This games is all about pirates of the Indian Ocean. After the creative director talked about the game, some gameplay footage was shown. From the looks of it, Skull and Bones looks to take the naval wars of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and combine it with the online systems of For Honor. The game has a release window of Fall 2018, so it’s likely we’ll see more of this at next year’s E3
Just Dance 2018
The Just Dance franchise made an appearance this year with a couple dance performances to a couple songs that will be featured in the game as well as a song performed by Bebe Rexha. The game will be released October 24th for the Switch, Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
South Park: Phone Destroyer
A trailer was played for another South Park game on the way from Ubisoft, which takes the RPG elements of the Stick of Truth and scales it for mobile devices. South Park: Phone Destroyer will be released later this year.
Starlink: Battle For Atlas
A trailer for another new IP was played for Starlink: Battle for Atlas. This looks like a space exploration game mixed with spaceship battles. The ship will have separate parts players can customize but it’s unclear as to if each part is going to be sold separately or if different ships will have different parts. This game has the release window of Fall of 2018, so this is another game from Ubisoft we might see next year.
Steep: Road to the Olympics Expansion
The makers of Steep have announced its first expansion coming to the game with official licensing from the Olympics. It will feature some official Winter Olympic games such as Downhill skiing, Snowboard Cross, Slopestyle, Skicross, and the halfpipe among others. This expansion will be released December 5th this year.
Far Cry 5
A new trailer was released for Far Cry 5, which was followed by a look into some of the gameplay. The gameplay trailer showed special skills of the companions, and included a brief look into co-op. It looks like the kind of chaos and destruction you would expect from the Far Cry franchise. Far Cry 5 will be released February 27, 2018.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
To wrap up the show, Ubisoft had one more surprise planned with a trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2. The trailer mostly showed off a couple of the colorful characters in the game. The director of the game then came out and talked a little bit about the game, before they formally wrapped up the show.
This was a very strong showing by Ubisoft mixed with plenty of surprises and some more insight into their games. I’m not a fan of annual franchises, but I felt like Assassin’s Creed taking that year off really helped make the game look better and got people more excited for the game. With the reveals of Skull and Bones, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and Mario and Rabbids, Ubisoft may have something in store for everyone.
As someone that hasn’t played the first game, the reveal for Beyond Good and Evil 2 has me intrigued. I will say seeing Shigeru Miyamoto sharing the stage with Yves Guillemot was a pretty big moment of the show, but it was kind of odd seeing Mario holding a gun.
What do you think gamers? What was your favorite part of Ubisoft’s conference? Was there anything that has your interest from the conference? Let us know in the comment section below and stay right here to New Gamer Nation as your source for all things gaming.