E3 2016: Ubisoft Press Conference News Round-Up
Ubisoft – the masters at hosting the most energetic, silly press conferences didn’t fail to deliver this year. Watch_Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands, South Park, For Honor and a Grow Home sequel make up just a fraction of Ubisoft’s lineup this year.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Ubisoft’s conference kicked off with a rather excitable Just Dance showcase, like it usually does. There were odd giraffes and all sorts. Crazy.
It was announced that Just Dance 2017 would be coming to Nintendo’s upcoming new console, the NX, next year, which is what the musical number was apparently promoting in the first place.
The title was also announced to come to all other platforms in October of this year.
You can check out the trailer here.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands got lots of new gameplay and story details during the conference.
The Santa Blanca Cartel controls the Wildlands and its people. The Ghosts are on a mission to disrupt the organization’s grip on Bolivia.
You can play every mission the way you want: utilize stealth to take the enemy down quietly, develop a plan and execute it to perfection to strategically eliminate all targets, or just get your hands on the most lethal weapons you can find and come out guns blazing.
You can explore Bolivia on and off road, in the air, on land, and at sea with over 60 different vehicles. Ghost Recon Wildlands releases March 7, 2017.
Check out the trailers and gameplay demo here.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole got lots of new gameplay trailers during Ubisoft’s annual conference.
The game will pick up where The Stick of Truth left off, but with a “Civil War”-esque type premise. You will be able to choose among a variety of super hero classes and other customization.
Those that pre-purchase South Park: The Fractured But Whole today will be able to get South Park: The Stick of Truth on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for free when The Fractured But Whole launches.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole was announced at Ubisoft’s E3 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It releases December 6, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, ansd Xbox One.
Check out the trailers here.
Ubisoft revealed a new expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division titled Survival.
They also announced that the Underground expansion will be available on PS4 on August 2nd, and PC on June 28th, the same day as Xbox One.
The Survival expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Divisionwill be out this in September for Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
You can see some screenshots and watch the reveal trailer here.
Capture the Prey, which is a “Capture the Flag” virtual reality game has two opposing teams try to bring prey to nests in an urban environment.
Eagle Flight will be available on PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift in 2016.
Check out the gameplay demo here.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a new immersive Star Trek virtual reality experience.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew offers a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe, where – as officers of the Federation -you must make decisions that determine the fate of your ship and crew.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is set to release Fall 2016
Check out the trailer here.
We got a new look at For Honor during the conference and also discovered the release date of February 14, 2017.
We finally hear about the single player of the game, and it was about time:
“Play as a Knight, Viking, or Samurai in a fast-paced and immersive experience, mixing skill with visceral, never-before-seen melee combat.
Immerse yourself in a single player tale and embody heroes of all three factions to ensure the survival of your people and foil the plans of the merciless and bloodthirsty warlord, Apollyon.
For an added adrenaline rush, the singleplayer campaign is also fully playable cooperatively. Coordination and communication with your band of warriors will be the key to owning the battlefield!”
We also get a list of features:
Unique Warriors to Master: Choose your favorite warrior among a variety of unique heroes including deadly knights, brutal Vikings, and cold-blooded samurai. Able to turn the tide of battle and make their faction victorious, each hero comes with his or her own weapon set and combat style. Express your personality and inspire fear in your enemies by customizing each facet of your warrior, including your chest, shoulders, helmet, and weapon.
Memorable Story Campaign: The memorable story campaign is a tale of warriors in which you will embody heroes of all three factions. Storming castles and fortresses, making the difference in massive battles, and confronting deadly bosses in intense duels, you will need all your wits and skills to ensure the survival of your people and foil the plans of the merciless and bloodthirsty warlord, Apollyon.
Groundbreaking Multiplayer: The groundbreaking multiplayer modes will test your skill and take your adrenaline to the next level. In the heart of battle with your band of warriors, coordination and communication will be the keys to victory as you support your allies, slaughter enemies, and own the battlefield.
Innovative Art of Battle Control System: Wield the weight of your weapon and feel the power and impact of every strike. Precise and accessible, the Art of Battle system has been designed with the objective of putting you in total control of your combat moves.
You can check out the trailers here.
Ubisoft’s adorable Grow Home is growing up with its newly-announced sequel, Grow Up.
A follow-up to last year’s Grow Home, with a new sequel called Grow Up is coming to consoles and PC later this summer and continuing the charming adventures of the lovable robot B.U.D.
Grow Up will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in August 2016.
Check out the trailer and stunning screenshots here.
A few years ago the wild and crazy spin-off Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon brought a tinge of the 80s to its open-world action game, and while a proper sequel hasn’t been released, an even crazier concept has with the 80s-nostalgia of Blood Dragon crossing over with the fast-paced action game Trials.
A new game called Trials of the Blood Dragon that mashes up the popular platform racing game with the 80s tinge of Blood Dragon, with Ubisoft taking it one step further that the game was released following the conclusion of the Ubisoft press conference for $14.99 on all platforms.
An official update from Ubisoft provided some more detail on the unique combination of Trials and Blood Dragon:
“Combining the hyperstylized attitude and shooting of Blood Dragon with the demanding, physics-based motocross platforming of Trials and a soundtrack by Power Glove, Trials of the Blood Dragon creates something wholly unique, putting Colt’s twin son and daughter through a 30-mission storyline in which they’ll blast their way through Vietnam, Miami, Japan, a lost temple, outer space, and even Hell.”
Trials of the Blood Dragon is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
You can check out the trailer and screenshots here.
Ubisoft also showed off some new gameplay of the upcoming Watch_Dogs 2.
Watch_Dogs 2 releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 15th.
You can check out the trailer here.
A new trailer for the Assassin’s Creed movie came out of Ubisoft’s conference too.
We see the effort that went into making the movie, with Michael Fassbender and Justin Kurzel talking about the film. There is also some new footage in the trailer too.
Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard comes out on December 21st of this year.
Check out the behind the scenes trailer here.
During Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, the French publisher announced the new IP that was teased during the latest financial conference call a few weeks ago.
Titled Steep, the game is coming in December 2016 to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
“Defy a massive open world of the Alps and Alaska on skis, wingsuit, snowboard, and in paraglide. The mountain is yours. So strap in, suit up, and drop in.”
Check out the trailers here.
Jim Ryan – the President of Global Sales and Marketing at Sony Interactive Entertainment – announced that Sony, Regency Productions, and Ubisoft were working on a Watch Dogs feature film.
Well there you have it: Ubisoft’s E3 conference. Pretty good, right?