Ubisoft’s conference was a strong display of creativity and a real celebration of the talent behind the studio. Despite the excessive leaks around certain projects, Ubisoft proved they still have a few surprises up their sleeves.
Here are some of the night’s biggest moments.
- Rabbids Kingdom Battle Revealed (shocker)
The most unlikely rumour, a Rabbids Mario crossover, turned out to be accurate earlier this year when presentation slides containing artwork, gameplay details and marketing strategy leaked early.
Ubisoft finally confirmed the project officially at their E3 conference with the help of Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto and some ridiculously funky props.
The game looks just as vivid and hysterical in the flesh as we all imagined, setting Nintendo’s greatest mascots against Rabbid incarnations of themselves in tactical, turn-based gameplay.
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins Trailer
Following a trailer during Microsoft’s E3 (and again, a monumental amount of leaked material from the game’s title to actual merchandise), we already had good idea of Ubisoft’s new Assasin’s Creed game.
Still, Origins was always going to be a big part of their conference, and the segment really stressed the work that has gone into its creation over the past two years. The break in an otherwise annualised title seems to have really payed off.
- Elijah Wood introduces Transference VR
Transference’s developers hope to leave you unsettled with their virtual reality thriller, and that really came across in the short, creepy trailer.
It comes as a collaborative project from Ubisoft and Elijah Wood’s studio Spectrevision, and the actor himself opens the trailer to set the stage. The game is framed as part-film, part-game – which seems in-line with many VR experiences and popular story-driven games, dubbed ‘walking simulators’, where interactivity is second to exploration and narrative.
- South Park Fractured But Whole Coming October 2017
Release dates for Ubisoft’s sequel to Stick of Truth can be taken with a pinch of salt, after several delays, but the title had a presence at E3 with another trailer and a playable demo.
Originally pegged for late 2016, Ubisoft confirmed (for now) that the Fractured But Whole will now be with us October 2017.
We also got something completely new from Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s show, with the news that a mobile game is on the way. South Park: Phone Destroyer is a free-to-play card game that will, like the rest of their games, gently mock itself and its industry.
Since South Park once did an entire episode devoted to the horror of micro-transaction addiction, it will be interesting to see the game’s price model.
- Skull and Bones
The rumours were true, Ubisoft have been working on a pirate-themed online multiplayer.
As close to Black Flag online as we’re likely to get, Ubisoft’s brand-new IP does look familiar in its basic mechanics, but it promises a genuinely fun multiplayer adventure. Control your ship and join up with friends to form a pirate fleet in the Golden Age of piracy.
Following the original trailer and a look at the gameplay in action, a short teaser was aired in the conference that hinted at some supernatural elements, so there may be way more to this game than we know so far.
- Far Cry 5 Gameplay
Far Cry 5 was announced just last month, with artwork released alongside a trailer that revealed our first look at Hope County Montana and its cult fanatics.
Where the first trailer set the mood, Ubisoft took the opportunity at E3 to show off the gameplay in greater detail with a look at your fighting companions – a sharp-shot sniper, death from above pilot and, best of all, fangs for hire Boomer the dog.
- Beyond Good and Evil
Of course, the most exciting news of the night left waves of fans in tearful awe with an outstanding trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2.
Ubisoft proved they can keep some cards close to the chest, shocking E3 with a beautiful cinematic trailer for the highly anticipated, long awaited sequel to their 2003 cult hit. A sequel was originally announced almost ten years ago, but after reported development issues the project was scrapped entirely. Instead, all these years later we finally have a solid vision for the next game and it was absolutely worth the wait.
Michel Ancel, the series’ creator, personified the emotion in the room as he finally let us in on what they had been working on.