While we don't expect a new Assassin's Creed in 2016, Ubisoft is showing big, new games in the form of Watch Dogs 2, For Honor, and Wildlands.
Jun 16, 2016
I’m a lapsed South Park fan. I can’t say why. Maybe I lost my sense of humor? Maybe I got soft? Maybe I found its creators’ philosophy, thinly hidden within a cloud of fart jokes, to be too simplistic, self-righteous, and often just plain mean. Whatever the case, I was reminded why I quit the show throughout the demo for The Fractured but Whole. I also remembered, here and there, why I fell for the show in the first place.Read Article >
The roleplaying game swaps the fantasy trappings of its predecessor, 2014’s The Stick of Truth, for handmade superhero costumes. All the boys are heroes now, including Cartman, who goes by, what else, The Coon. The story is inspired, in part, by a 2009 episode, but "The Coon" jokes have been updated for present day. Cartman’s social network? Coonstagram. His superhero squad? Coon and Friends.
Ubisoft's E3 press events are easy to laugh at. They feature weird band numbers, stilted corporate banter, and a barrage of groan-worthy humor. But they're also reliably stuffed with what E3 is theoretically all about: glossy trailers, surprise game announcements, extended gameplay demos. Goofy as the presentation may be, it knows how to get out of the way of the games.Read Article >
Here are the seven best game trailers from Ubisoft's E3 2016 press event. Check out our E3 hub for all of this week's news.
Jun 13, 2016
Ubisoft's new original game is based on all the crazy mountain sports moments we watch more talented athletes do on YouTube. Steep is an open world sports game that lets you ski, snowboard, paraglide, and "fly" (via wingsuit) around the Alps and Alaska. Ubisoft released the first two trailers for the game, and it is gorgeous, both visually and aurally.Read Article >
A big push in Steep is to share your moments and challenge others racing and doing tricks down the mountain. The paths you take can be replayed at various speeds and from various angles. The game's first-person view is explicitly titled "GoPro view," and most / every character has a GoPro strapped to their helmet.
Work on Watch Dogs 2 almost certainly began before Mr. Robot aired last year, but there’s no denying the similarities between the television show and the newly released gameplay. Set in San Francisco, the protagonist "hacks the system" by quite literally hacking various systems.Read Article >
Of course, Watch Dogs 2 has the larger scale afforded to an action video game. The footage includes drones, gun battles, a runaway sport car, and a dude with LED hashtags for eyes. Watch Dogs 2 will be available on November 15th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Jun 13, 2016
A few days ago, word surfaced that Ubisoft's Red Storm division was making a virtual reality game based on Star Trek. Today, we got our first official look at the team-based space flight game, called Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Bridge Crew is supposed to be coming later this year to all major virtual reality platforms, but you can see it above played with an Oculus Rift, using Touch motion controllers. Behind the controls, you'll also find a few familiar faces: The Next Generation's LeVar Burton, Voyager's Jeri Ryan, and the Star Trek reboot's Karl Urban.Read Article >
Beyond the many official Star Trek video games, there have already been so many projects inspired by Star Trek's space exploration — from 2D simulation game FTL to technobabble party game SpaceTeam — that the basic premise will probably feel familiar. But the added value here is supposed to be that you'll feel like you're really in the bridge of a ship, working together to explore the final frontier. Just hope you can find enough friends with VR headsets to join you.
Last E3, Ubisoft promoted the multiplayer mode for For Honor, a twist on the fighting genre that brought warriors from history onto the same battlefield. This E3, Ubisoft Creative Director Jason Vandenberghe introduced the single-player campaign, which appears to tell different stories from the perspectives of the game’s various classes, including samurai and vikings.Read Article >
In a lengthy gameplay preview, vikings storm the beach of a samurai fortress. Flaming projectiles drop from the sky as a viking butchers samurai like a doctoral student editing an undergraduate thesis paper.
Ubisoft revealed details about South Park: The Fracture But Whole at their E3 2016 press event. The sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth shifts genres from a parody of fantasy games to a send-up of superhero culture and Marvel’s elaborate movie franchise business.Read Article >
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released on December 6th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows 10.
This may be the first Ubisoft E3 press conference in years to not feature an entry in the Assassin's Creed series. That doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of new games. We expect Watch Dogs 2 and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands to take up a considerable portion of the stage time — much of it simply saying the full tittle Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. We haven’t heard much of For Honor since last E3; we predict a single-player campaign trailer is in the cards.Read Article >
And because it’s Ubisoft, you can bet on something especially strange getting announced, like a virtual reality underwater basketweaving simulation with custom accessories available exclusively at Wal-Marts in Canada.