E3 Ubisoft embraces next gen opportunities
With all the hype surrounding both the Microsoft and Sony press conferences, the importance of leaving a lasting impression became Ubisoft’s top priority. As the lights dimmed, and the announcer voice blared, Jerry Cantrell took the stage guitar in hand. After playing a short riff he turned to the giant screen and a menu system for a new guitar game, Rocksmith 2014, appeared as Jerry picked a virtual band, sound type and much more before rocking out once again. He was joined by Aisha Tyler, not long after to explain the specifics of this new teaching tool for budding guitar players.
While some of the bigger conferences were touch more formal, given their task of introducing the new consoles, Ubisoft focused on a casual representation of their games. The host Aisha Tyler was very relaxed and tried to make the conference a fun experience since everyone present was there to get excited for the upcoming titles. Audience members were even given the opportunity to tweet reactions and questions to Ubisoft, which they would respond to after the conference. After already leading in with a new title, Ubisoft got the ball rolling, by introducing new games set to release for previous gen consoles before getting to the heart of the presentation.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist-The upcoming installment of the Splinter Cell series serves to be “the biggest Splinter Cell ever,” according to Tyler. Given the promise of Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer mode and the heart pounding trailer, high expectations are not unwarranted. Set to release on August 20th, 2013 for all consoles.
Rayman Legends-Following on the heels of Rayman: Origins, Ubisoft’s colorful platformer is set to return as of September 3rd. Rayman looks better than ever zipping from world to quirky world. The gameplay presented in the trailer not only looks fun, but also very fun to look at.
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot-An interesting online title for anyone who has ever wanted to experience the thrill of raiding castles for treasure. However that is only half of the game. While you can send a hero to raid a castle (of a rival player, you must also set up defenses for your own castle to keep others out. The game is still enlisting players for the beta, go to the main website and enlist in beta for free.
South Park: The Stick of Truth-At long last, it is finally coming. The latest South Park game, judging from the trailer, looks to be the best one yet. As per South Park standard, they cut no corners with the trailer and get right to what makes South Park so good, the humor. While a specific launch date has yet to be confirmed, Ubisoft promised that it will come out this year.
Next Gen Games
The Crew-This title seems to take heavy inspiration from the Fast and Furious movies, in that while it is a driving game you do much more than just racing to the finish line. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot described it as a new kind of driving experience, where players are free to explore an open world, driving with friends and forming their own “crews” to avoid cops and even perform some high speed heists. Cars are completely customizable down to the individual parts used and are capable of travel on and off road. Guillemot also elaborated that this open world playground would blur the distinction between single player and multiplayer, allowing players to choose whether or not to invite friends to assist them in single player based missions.
Watch Dogs-Easily one the highest anticipated games for this E3, and for good reason. The latest trailer demonstrated got a chance to show off more gameplay and also wow the crowd with its' incredibly realistic graphics. The story of this new vigilante hero, who uses technology and information as his weapons promises to be a new kind of adventure that will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Just Dance 2014-What new console would be complete without a new dancing game? Just Dance 2014 sets to raise the bar for party games by including new music along with a few new features. Some features include a 6 player dancing mode, stage mode and Just Dance DJ mode where players can pick a song and allows the player’s moves shape the music.
Rabbid’s Invasion-Taking Microsoft’s media enrichment by the horns, the crazy Rabbids are not just getting their own tv show, but an interactive tv show. While an episode plays, mini games will pop up, such as pointing on the screen to target and throw objects or even screaming along with the Rabbids. Cartoons may never be the same again.
Assassin’s Creed 4: The Black Flag- While a solid demo of the latest Assassin’s Creed remains to be seen, the trailer was still an impressive sight to behold. From a bar fight to the promise of those great ship battles alone make this a game to look forward to. For some images from the trailer, such as the deep sea diving, it is unclear if it will be playable or just a cinematic. Hopefully a gameplay demonstration will clear up all other questions for the latest installment of Assassin’s Creed.
Trials Fusion/Trails Frontier- To all those who enjoy the crazy motorcycle antics of the Trials games, fear not, for it will be coming to the Xbox One and Playsation 4 with Trials Fusion, while Trials Frontier will hit mobile devices.
The Division- This announcement was Ubisoft’s surprise for the conference. The Division is going to be a first person shooter, set in an apocalyptic America after it has collapsed from a plague spread through money after Black Friday. After the chilling trailer, a short demo was presented with a group of players patrolling the streets off a desolate New York city. The barriers of multiplayer and single player are nonexistent as the demo portrayed the group of players playing missions together, exploring the city, and even taking on another group of players. Much like Watch Dogs and The Crew, Division looks to be one of the best looking games for the new consoles and is promising to be a very immersive, very fun first person shooter.
Watch the whole conference here.