Ubisoft at E3: A Brief Recap

Ubisoft at E3: A Brief Recap

Ubisoft at E3: A Brief Recap

0 comments 📅14 June 2016, 16:41

As always, the giant publishing and development company Ubisoft has made an appearance at this year’s E3 event, celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary. The acclaimed and well received host of the show Aisha Tyler is back, once again to usher in a slew of new information regarding Ubisoft’s biggest titles set to release in the near future. While the show was overall a success… it was also incredibly lengthy, clocking in at just over 2 hours, at times seeming painfully long. Nonetheless, we’re going to give a short recap of which games were showcased and demoed, along with a few new surprises Ubisoft had in store.

 

STANDOUT GAMES SHOWCASED:

  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • The Division (Expansions ‘Underground’ and ‘Survival’)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (new VR game)
  • For Honor
  • Watch Dogs 2

 

OTHER GAMES/MEDIA:

  • Eagle Flight (VR game)
  • Grow Up
  • Assassin’s Creed (movie discussion)
  • Steep

 

One of the best portions of Ubisoft’s presentation this year was most definitely the new South Park game. The follow up project to 2014’s The Stick of Truth was officially debuted, with a clever play-on-words name, entitled South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Even the name of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s latest game stays true to South Park fashion with a disgusting but hilarious title. Matt and Trey sat down on stage to talk about the new game, and it seems great. The Stick of Truth was surprisingly well done in its ability to feel like an excellent 12-hour-long episode of uncensored South Park, as fans of the show know and love.southpark

This next installment in the series seems no different, and even more over the top than the first time around. In The Stick of Truth, many of the characters had abilities in the turn-based combat system that, quite literally, utilized the power of farting. It was incredibly funny to play through and a joy to see this humor brought to life in a video game. This time around, “your farts are so powerful, that you can use them to rip the fabrics of time itself,” explained by Jason Schroeder, Senior Producer of Ubisoft San Francisco. A short video is shown of these powerful new farting abilities, and it’s clear that the toilet humor of South Park is ever present in The Fractured But Whole. I can’t wait!grw

Ghost Recon: Wildlands also made an appearance at the show, with a demo of a 4-player co-op mission being played out in the open world setting of Bolivia. The game looks great, with plenty of stealth and combat action tailored to the preference of the player, and lots of new gadgets to play around with in-game. The world looks beautiful, the story is engaging and interesting, and the co-op elements seem to promise a lot of fun between friends. We can expect a release date of March 7th, 2017 across all platforms.

The final game that really caught my eye, as well as many others anticipating the release, was For Honor. Prior to this E3’s showing, critics and fans had only learned about what to expect in the multiplayer portions of the game, and very little regarding the single-player campaign and story elements. This year, we were given a peek at what to expect in these regards.

forhonorFirst, we’re given a cinematic trailer showing a Viking, a Samurai and a Knight caught in a tense moment of battle, and some brief exposition is given about the backstory and reasoning for what’s happening in the game. Shortly following this trailer, a gameplay demo is showcased, starting with dozens of Viking longships storming a beach. The demo begins with some footage of a player-controlled Viking wielding a giant battleaxe, fighting his way through a massive battle engagement on the beach, just before breaching a giant wall on the shores by means of a grappling hook. There’s plenty of blood and gore, tense musical scores and beautiful environments with harsh weather conditions to complement what’s happening on screen; the game seems to be incredibly fun to play, and looks stunning.

The meaty gameplay demo ends with an epic boss-like encounter, seeming to be challenging but enjoyable. Throughout this demo, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite game series, Dark Souls; the sheer weight of the weapons, characters and sense of desperation was very palpable in For Honor’s gameplay showing, and culminated into a feeling that felt strangely similar to what Dark Souls is capable of. This is most definitely one to keep an eye on, and it’s releasing February 14th, 2017. How romantic.

There were many other games shown at Ubisoft’s conference, and you can watch the full show here, these are just the games most noteworthy and wrap up the conference nicely; tons of cool games and lots of excitement surrounding Ubisoft.

Lastly, we’re going to go in depth with what Sony showcased during their press conference at this year’s E3. Stay tuned!

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Danny Rutherford
Danny Rutherford

My name is Danny, I'm a 26-year-old journalism major at Salt Lake Community College, an avid gamer for over 20 years and a student of the gaming industry. I hope to bring some good insight to the latest happenings in the world of video games, and join some discussions of what I'm most passionate about: GAMES! :D

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