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Round-Up Review of Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference

Written By: Artur Galvao

Well wasn’t that a breath of fresh air, a good Ubisoft press conference. For the past couple of years Ubisoft have either been the worst or at least one the worst but in 2017 they reign at the top. One the reasons why they had a good conference is because they allowed some of the passionate creators to talk about their own game, which just makes for a more genuine performance than just having a vice president of creative relations do the talking.  The fans will care for the creators not boring executives. I found it touching when two of creators started to tear up over the positive reception of their games.

Before we get under way to take about the games, which I’m most excited for let’s quickly go over some the games they showed briefly. Furthermore, I’d like that add Ubisoft going through these titles fast was smart and helped them have a better press conference. The first being Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which Microsoft got to present already. Also, they are obligated to talk about Just Dance 2018. We knew it was coming out but it makes money so they have to talk about it. In addition, they talked a little about South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Lastly, they covered The Crew 2, which honestly just looks really fun.

Their first presentation was one the best, Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle. This is a dynamic turn-based combat game with co-op challenges, while the player solves puzzles along the way. Discover a feel-good and modern combat adventure designed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system. I’m excited for this one and one so keep your eye as arrive close to the release date.

When can I play it? August 29, 2017

Where can I play it? Nintendo Switch

Remember what made Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag so good? That’s right… Pirates! Ubisoft decided to make an entire game around it just dropping the Assassin’s Creed pretext. This one showed gameplay it just looked to be pre-alpha but it looked really good. It’s called Skull and Bones and it looks to be an open world pirate game.

When can I play it? Fall 2018

Where can I play it? PS4, Xbox One (including Scorpio), and PC, with the possibility of the Nintendo Switch

Another game that they showed but I have no clue what it’s about despite the fact that Elijah Wood’s film studio SpectreVision are working on this virtual reality “psychological thriller” is called Transference. The game will be supported on Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive.

When can I play it? Spring 2018

Where can play it? PS4, Xbox One (including Scorpio), and PC

The long-awaited sequel to Beyond Good & Evil is indeed real, and we have proof: Ubisoft just released a surprise cinematic trailer for the game at the publisher’s E3 keynote. The trailer kicks off with a long chase sequence featuring a monkey with a cybernetic hand and a human companion racing through a futuristic cityscape, before the pair blast off into space. There doesn’t appear to be any returning characters from the first game; story wise, it will be a prequel.

Here’s how Ubisoft describes it:

“Journey to System 3, for the prequel to one of Ubisoft’s most beloved games! Fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars. Play the adventure by yourself or with friends in a vast and seamless online playground.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 is the spiritual successor to the cult classic, a prequel that will transport players into a profoundly multicultural world, capturing the spirit of the original with grandiose decors and intense dramas that play out across a vast universe. Through the Space Monkey Program, Ubisoft Montpellier will be developing the game alongside its community of fans.”

Personally, I’m very excited to see another game in a series that I though Ubisoft had forgot about. Just a little upsetting that there was no gameplay.

When can I play it? TBA

Where can I play it? It has not been announced for any given platform

In conclusion Ubisoft had, so far, the best press conference in E3. It may have been lacking on the gameplay side of things for Beyond Good and Evil 2 and the ambiguity of Transference bogged down the presentation a bit but that didn’t stop the famed company from putting on a truly incredible presentation. Next we look at Sony’s press conference.  

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