With E3 2015 around the corner, gamers all around the world await the flood of
fake gameplay trailers, lies and pr misdirections announcements and demos. We’ve talked about what to expect from Sony, and now it’s Ubisoft‘s turn.
The past year has not been kind to Ubisoft, with not one but two of their main releases gaining the ire of the masses. With many fans disappointed by both Watch_Dogs (which I personally liked) and Assassin’s Creed Unity, Ubi is now spoken of with the same tone as EA was back when hating on them was “in”.
With the recent announcement of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Ubi has promised to learn from its mistakes. Let’s see how the play on doing that.
- The Obvious Stuff –
Surprising absolutely bloody nobody, we’ll be getting a new Assassin’s Creed next year. Numbering among the undoubtedly few who’s actually happy to get more AC, Syndicate genuinely has me excited. Announced earlier this year, Syndicate will place players into the shoes of Jacob Frye (and his sister Evie, also playable) as he takes on the Templars in 1868 London. Leading the criminal underground, we will fight the corrupt officials leading Britain through the Industrial Revolution on the current-gen consoles and PC.
Wall Street Buckingham Palace! Or something…
We’ll be getting the usual infusion of new gadgets, a graphics upgrade, and no multiplayer or companion apps (I love Ubi just because of that already) in the new installment. There’s no word on the real-world component, but it’s safe to assume that it’s still around. I’ve been calling for a Assassin’s Creed game set during the industrial Revolution in London since Brotherhood, and finally my dream will come true. Please, Ubi, don’t screw this up!
For those of you who are a little less stealth-stabby-haystack-jumpy, and more rooty-tooty-point-and-shooty*, Ubisoft has you covered with two upcoming Tom Clancy titles.
Rainbow Six Siege (no colon?) is the newest installment in a series that hasn’t reared its head in a long while (still bitter about Patriots *shakes fist*), bringing tactical squad-based first person shooting to the current-gen consoles and PC. Though it will have a singleplayer campaign, Ubisoft has put the emphasis on the multiplayer element, where squads of counter-terrorist operatives will need to compete with the rowdy revolutionaries in various mission, such as hostage rescue. Players will need to work together with their team in order to secure victory. The game will feature fully destructible maps.
The other heavy hitter will be the constantly delayed The Division, a third-person shooter with RPG and survival elements set in a post-pandemic New York City. Once again, the focus in on multiplayer, where we control a member of the extremely creatively named “Division”, a self-funded military unit trained to perform without active command. We and our buddies will need to explore the open-world setting of NYC, trying to unravel the conspiracy behind the virus and restore order in the chaotic city.
- The likely Stuff -
One game who’s absence from Ubisoft‘s E3 Press Conference would be surprising is the Watch_Dogs sequel. Rumors about such a game began circulating after “Watch_Dogs 2” appeared on the *alleged* CV of an *alleged* Ubisoft employee. Ubisoft made it clear before the first Watch_Dogs released that they intend it as the first installment of a large franchise, which also happens to be set in the same universe as Assassin’s Creed. While the game had little ties to the flagship Ubisoft franchise beyond a few cameos, the feel and many themes of the game fit well with the established lore of AC. Being someone who is A) a massive fan of Sci-Fi, even if it is “basically-modern-day-but-with-cooler-shit” B) a massive fan of Person of Interest and C) someone who doesn’t give two shits about graphics, I had so much fun with Watch_Dogs that the gaming community at large basically labeled me as “what is wrong with gaming.”
Another probable runner up is a new iteration of Just Dance. Hopefully the newest installment will have a feature that detects wayward children blundering into the sensor field and ignores them instead of thrusting control of my score upon them, adamantly refusing to re-focus on me even once the little monstrosity has tiptoed away. Just Dance is a great party game for open gaming events, but damn, who wins is more up to how dodgy the sensor is feeling that day than to how much actual wiggling took place.
- What Won’t Be There -
Guess which Ubisoft game that was adored by the masses, has gotten a cult following, and is praised for deviating from the standard and trying something new won’t be showing up at E3?
YUP! Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is about as like to get a sequel as that game that all of you were thinking about when reading that previous sentence, so cleverly placed under that banner. No, that won’t be getting a sequel either. Reboot? Ehhhhh… a tad more possible, but still not happening.
- Possible Surprises -
With the recent resurgence of the proper Rayman (not that rabbid nonsense – some of the Wii games were fun for parties, but they’ve been over-done and then some**) games, it’s wholly possible that the floaty limbed hero will show his amorphous face as the press conference. Hopefully in a capacity other than a remake, reboot, remaster, or re-something. (Though Rayman: Revengeance would be weird enough to work.)
If Ubi had a new Splinter Cell game in the pipeline, they would have most likely ramped up the hype by now, but there still is the chance that they’ve got Sam Fisher under wraps as a show-stealer for them to whip out.
That pretty much wraps it up. Tell us what you think in the comments!
* I apologise
** New Ubisoft motto?