Ubisoft's E3 2015 showcases are typically a bit more violent, and this year was no exception. Sure, there were moments of levity — Jason Derulo came out to perform a song, the creators of South Park dropped the first F-bomb just minutes after the show began — but with three Tom Clancy-branded shooters and new Assassin's Creed footage, Death itself is really the star of the show — or at the very least Aisha Tyler's co-host. Here are the biggest highlights.
Ghost Recon is back
The biggest surprise of the show is the return of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series, Wildlands, which looks to be an open-world jaunt shooting up drug cartels. According to the trailer's YouTube description, havoc will indeed be wreaked.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate is violent
This isn't an announcement so much as it is stating the obvious, but it's still probably the best moment from the event. The next Assassin's Creed takes place in Industrial Revolution-era London, and as seen in the gameplay footage, some people need to get assassinated in a particularly bloody way.
A South Park superhero RPG is coming next year
South Park: The Stick of Truth was a surprisingly great fantasy RPG. Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now making a sequel — only this time it's about superheroes. Seems ripe for satire, no? South Park: The Fractured but Whole is coming next year.
Angela Bassett joins Rainbow Six: Siege
Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett has been cast as the leader of Team Rainbow, the titular squad for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege. Her likeness certainly looks good, but the extent to which she'll be used — and the script she'll be performing — is TBD. Rainbow Six: Siege is coming October 13th, with a multiplayer beta running September 24th.
The Division is finally dated
The Division — the third Tom Clancy game today, for those keeping track — was first shown at E3 2013, and it was gorgeous. We haven't seen much of the urban survival-themed team shooter since, but now it seems the game is on track for release March 8th, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One with a beta promised early next year.
Vikings will fight Knights will fight Samurais
For Honor is an original IP with a pretty straightforward raison d'être: it's a violent brawl with warriors from different eras. As best as we can tell from the trailer, if it's a melee weapon that causes bleeding, it'll be used here. Not much else is known, but For Honor multiplayer is on hand at E3 this year, so we'll try to find out more and let you know.