Ubisoft 2015 E3 Press Conference Highlights

Another third party conference showed up at E3: Ubisoft. They came out the gates showcasing Assassin’s Creed, The Division and Rainbow Six, they brought along a few surprises like a new South Park and Ghost Recon and brand new game announcements for For Honor and Anno 2205. They didn’t stop there, they sprinkled in some smaller stuff like an add on for The Crew entitled, The Crew: Wild Run and Trials Fusion: Awesome Level MAX. Here’s a quick rundown of the games.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Coming as the biggest surprise thus far of is a sequel to last year’s South Park: The Stick of Truth. This time around, Professor Chaos is the main antagonist with you fighting alongside Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, and Mint Berry Crunch. To be honest, I’m pretty surprised that they didn’t announce a Definitive Edition of Stick of Truth to go alongside it, but oh well. I guess I’ll have to get around to finishing Stick of Truth now that there’s a sequel on the horizon.

We didn’t get to see any of the mechanics of the game or a preview of the gameplay, but I’m sure they won’t bother to mess with a winning formula.

Expect to get your hands on South Park: The Fractured But Whole next year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

For Honor

Another surprise title is For Honor, a third person action adventure game that lets you play as either a knight, a viking or as a samurai. They didn’t talk much about a story or why you’re fighting; the guy who announced it was way too busy getting hyped and hyping us up for it. Personally, I’d prefer a story just so I have some sort of motivation to keep going. That, and I just don’t know how long I’d be willing to commit to a co-op mode.

The game’s co-op mode lets you play alongside friends or whoever in order to take down large groups of enemies. Based on the gameplay demo on the stage, it looks like a 4vs4 multiplayer mode. Whether or not there’s more to it than taking points and killing, I can’t really say. I just hope this isn’t the only mode or their’s something more interesting about this game to grab me, aside from graphics and character customization.

For Honor is expected to hit next year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

The Crew: Wild Run

The Crew: Wild Run and Trials Fusion: Awesome Level MAX both received brief mentions and trailers. Expect both to hit PS4, Xbox and PC later this year.

 Trials Fusion: Awesome Level MAX

The Division

Some new gameplay from the long-awaited game The Division reveals a closer look at the game’s RPG elements. This footage focuses on a team of people as they close in on an opposing camp. It looks like they’re trying to go for the stealth approach, but naturally, that doesn’t go over well for them. They fight it out and adapt their strategy as they go, and they ultimately win the fight. What’s really interesting though is this game’s take on RPG elements. The drops tend to come all from one area and are contained in crates. Also, it looks like one of the enemies in this game’s world are called the “Cleaners”. They  were in trailers in the past, but they didn’t do much. And if that one woman’s constant use of the word “loot” didn’t tip you off, this game seems to give loot-focused players a chance to acquire items to their hearts’ content.

I’ve always thought that this game looked interesting back when they showed it off as their “one more thing” a couple of years ago. I’m a little cautious about it, because my interest is dependent on if there’s a strong community or if I have friends who’ll play it. It’d be nice to know that there was a strong single-player component to it and the online was more of a big feature.

Pick it up for yourself March 8, 2016 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

 

Ubisoft announced what looks like a version of “The Sims” in space with Anno 2205.

Anno 2205

Rainbow Six: Siege and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate both got new CGI trailers. There’s a 50/50 chance Angela Bassett is in one of them.

Rainbow Six: Siege

 

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

 

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Earlier, I mentioned Ubisoft’s “one more thing”. This year, that just happened to be Ghost Recon: Wildlands, a sequel to the tactical third person shooter. It looks as though your team is working undercover, from the inside of a cartel ring. Not gonna lie, I was pretty disappointed when they just brought back another franchise. This is literally the third “Tom Clancy” game in the books to come out by Ubisoft.

The gameplay looks kinda the same as it has in the past, but with a more grounded, less militarized look to it. I don’t have too much else to say about it, and I can’t really say that I’m too hyped about it. It could be good, and I’ve liked the Ghost Recon games in the past, so who knows? I could change my tone the closer it gets to release…whenever that it.

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