E3 2017: Ubisoft Round-Up

by Christopher Jarvis

Posted on Tue 13th Jun 2017

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The Ubisoft conference this year was one of the most surprise-filled and exciting conferences at E3. Here's the full list of major announcements and trailers shown!

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Name: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Shown: A new trailer, exploration gameplay, and combat gameplay with walkthrough

Comments: This announcement comes completely out of the blue, and it was incredible to see Shigeru Miyamoto from Nintendo join Yves Guillemot on stage. As for the game itself, Shigeru asked the creative director not to create a platformer, but to make a new game that has never been done with Mario before. It looks like they delivered, and Mario + Rabbids looks like a creative strategic battle game featuring skill trees, moves such as team jump, and a cover system.

Release Date: August 29

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Name: Assassin's Creed Origins

Shown: A new trailer

Comments: The first look we had at Assassin's Creed: Origins was during the Microsoft conference, so a new trailer is quite welcome. We also got a chance to see some more gameplay in the post-show, and it looks like the best Assassin's Creed since Black Flag.

Release Date: October 27

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Name: The Crew 2

Shown: A new trailer and some gameplay footage of the types of vehicle that will be playable.

Comments: The Crew 2 is using (presumably) an improved version of the same map - that is to say, the United States - but now they are expanding into "all motorsports". This means bikes, boats, and planes, as we saw in the Inception-inspired trailer.

Release Date: Early 2018

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Name: South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Shown: A new trailer

Comments: Nothing new was revealed or shown.

Release Date: October 17

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Name: Transference

Shown: A trailer featuring Elijah Wood talking about the project and some horror imagery, but no gameplay or hints as to the subject of the game

Comments: Yeah, we know absolutely nothing about this game other than the fact that it's a VR psychological horror game created by Elijah Wood. Wood mentioned the concept of uploading from the brain, but that's all we know.

Release Date: Spring 2018 (US)

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Name: Skull & Bones

Shown: A new trailer, 5v5 PvP gameplay, and a short teaser featuring a giant squid.

Comments: Skull & Bones is a new single and multiplayer pirate game set on the Indian Ocean. To simply call this a new IP would completely disregard most of the information we have about it. It's a new game that isn't in any existing franchises, but the gameplay certainly seems to be extremely similar to it's origin, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. This game features cannons, mortars, battering rams, sea shanties, ship boarding, and loot collection, just like Black Flag. But it introduces multiplayer - where everyone gets their own ship, by the looks - and according to a tiny teaser, giant squids.

Release Date: Fall 2018 (US)

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

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Name: Just Dance 2018

Shown: A dance featuring robotic pop-and-locking and... K-pop? Not entirely sure what happened there

Comments: N/A

Release Date: October 2017

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Name: South Park: Phone Destroyer

Shown: A trailer

Comments: A free-to-play mobile card game with real time combat, according to official sources.

Release Date: 2017

Platforms: Android, iOS

Name: Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Shown: A new trailer and some gameplay with description

Comments: Build a custom starship, link extra armour and weapons (using Amiibo on Switch), in an open world space game featuring bandits and asteroid fields. We don't know too much about this game, but provided their ship combat is better than No Man's Sky, it should be good.

Release Date: Fall 2018

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Name: Steep: Road To The Olympics

Shown: A new trailer

Comments: After the Ubisoft pre-show, I was expecting it to be the Steep: Extreme Pack but instead, they announced their first expansion, based on the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. It seems to have as many game modes or sports as the actual Winter Olympics, which is good if anyone out there is still playing Steep.

Release Date: December 5

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Name: Far Cry 5

Shown: A new trailer and some gameplay

Comments: About a week after the initial announcement, it's nice to see some gameplay this early on. It sounds like the campaign will be playable in co-op, much like Far Cry 4, and you'll be able to command a small team of AI.

Release Date: February 27, 2018

Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One

Name: Beyond Good & Evil 2

Shown: A new trailer

Comments: Another game no-one expected, but one that many have been waiting and hoping for. Aside from exploring a sprawling open world with cities, mountains, and countryside, the player will be able to fly into space seamlessly as well. The story takes place before the first one, and is set in the 24th century where hybrid slaves and interstellar colonisation are the norm.

Release Date: Unknown

Platforms: Unknown, but you can bet that this will come to at least one of the powerful new consoles announced last year.

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