E3 2018 Ubisoft Press Conference Round-Up

We’ve already seen The Division 2 and even a small segment with gameplay. Ubisoft is one of the biggest Publishers out there. That seem to sometimes forget games like Prince of Persia 2008 (Well, where is my continuation?).

Just Dance 2019

While this year’s E3 Press Conferences started with Publishers starting the show with a solid game title, Ubisoft decided to start with an impressive dance performance. Starting not only E3, but also to announce Just Dance 2019. For those that are fans of party games, it comes out this October. Consoles need more games for when you have people over, or when your friends don’t ask, “can’t we just play online?”.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

It’s hard to revive, yet alone, release a sequel for a game that came out nearly 15 years ago! Maybe there is still hope for Prince of Persia 2008 (HINT HINT UBISOFT). Beyond Good & Evil was a commercial failure in its initial release. However, it is respected as a cult classic, now. It’s a fantastic game. The first trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2 didn’t show Jade, so many of us were left with many questions. Finally. The brand new trailer from the Ubisoft Press Conference this E3. Honestly, this has left me with overwhelming excitement. New characters are introduced. And… Beyond Good & Evil 2 is a Pre-quel? Guys. Watch this. They even have gameplay footage. You will be able to play it single player or in coop. There is also some exciting news as to how you can collaborate. Though I am a bit skeptical about fan collaborations. Don’t let me turn you down if you want. Definitely, something exciting if you have the chance to submit content!

Rainbow Six Siege

The community over the past 2.5 years has grown to 35 Million players. There is ESport news announcements for tournaments coming up.

Trials Rising

Trials Rising has been in development for 2 years. It will be available in February 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. They do show gameplay in the trailer with some hilarious fails.

The Division 2

In the first The Division, the United States is attacked with a Small Pox strain. A Biological Weapon of Mass Destruction. Now most of the infection has passed, but it has left a destruction and chaos. There is a new trailer and an entire segment.  Up to 8 players will be able to team up to bring order and rebuild what has been destroyed. There will be raids and a lot of customizability. After the game releases, there will be 3 DLC released as Episodes that will be completely free for everyone. March 15, 2019.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure

Mario + Rabbids was a huge success and was warmly welcomed after the release. To introduce the new DLC, coming June 26th, we were given a musical presentation with Grant Kirkhope composing. The new DLC, as the title gives away, is Donkey Kong and a really big and mean looking Rabbid.

Skull & Bones

You play a pirate and you are there to “steal every fucking coin”. Even the weather will affect how you sail. Better conditions means more ships, but also more competition. You will be able to customize your ships from looks to what kinds of cannons you carry. This will also change the way you fight. It looks like a hugely upgraded version of the ship combat in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Which is great because Black Flag had a fun ship warfare. Skull & Bones will release in 2019.

Transference

Elijah Wood made a studio? “Together we combine the storytelling techniques of film and the interactivity of video games”.  Sorry, if this isn’t sounding exciting, yet, I don’t know what it will take. Video games, as a media, is still relatively new and there is much to grow and explore. And this looks super creepy. Comes out this Fall of 2018.

Starlink Battle for Atlas

Available for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, Starlink Battle for Atlas will be available October 16th. In Starlink Battle for Atlas, you will command a spaceship in epic dogfights. You will be able to customize them on the fly with a physical model that will be connected to your console. Also, Star Fox will be a part of it. Even Miyamoto makes a guest appearance during the segment! Star Fox will be an exclusive Nintendo Switch exclusive experience.

For Honor

Until Monday June 18th, you’ll be able to download For Honor for free on PC with UPlay. In the Marching Fire Update releasing on June 16th will add an entire new faction that will bring 4 new playable characters from China. They will also be adding a new mode.

The Crew 2

Announcing The Crew 2, you can also sign up for the beta so you can play it as soon as it’s ready. Available for Xbox One, Ps4, and PC.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

I have a love for Greek stories. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey takes us to Ancient Greece. Great stories were written in Ancient Greece, along with Democracy and many things that are still important to us, to this day. However, it was full of war. In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you will be able to choose the character you will play for the entire game. With blood of a Spartan hero, you will choose between Alexios or Kassandra. A powerful weapon, called The Spear of Leonidas, is passed down to you. We can only assume that the Spear of Leonidas is one of the Artifacts that the Templars seek. If Assassin’s Creed has anything going for itself is Fictional History. I love exploring old worlds that are now ruins. Like an RPG, you will be able to customize your gear and your skills. And it comes out soon. October 5th!

Wrap-Up

The Ubisoft Press Conference this E3 of 2018 was exciting. There was a large mix of games for a younger audience, those that enjoy shooters, to those that want more of an adventure, and something else for everyone. I’m incredibly happy they released a new trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2, and I am only left with more questions. One sad trend I was seeing that warrants its own post is people complaining about optional female playable characters. In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, for example, you can make your main character be male or female for the entire game. This is great! However, the fact that we have people that complain about this, no matter how small the quantity, is a huge problem! These options, these changes, these little steps are what moves the gaming industry forward for the players.

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