Ubisoft are ready with what probably would have been their E3 Briefing now tailored for a full online Digital only ‘pre-recorded’ presentation titled ‘Ubisoft Forward’. As traditionally annoying for both fans and Ubisoft themselves, we have already had a bunch of information leaked such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s release date of November 17th and the reveal of Far Cry 6 with a possible February 2021 release. But now we get to see the official reveal of games, some of which were delayed following the terrible launch and reception to Ghost Recon Breakpoint, so expecting to see news on them tonight. Below you will find all the news, trailers and then my final thoughts on the show….
*Before the Show began……Ubisoft released the following statement via Social Media to confirm that whilst news today of firings an resignations at a high level within Ubisoft has been reported today on the day of the event, as the show is pre-recorded it will not make reference or mention the recent Sexual assault/harassment/abuse of power from within Ubisoft*
The 30 min pre-show looked at currently available Ubisoft titles such as Ghost Recon Breakpoint getting AI squad mates as well as updates to Just Dance and others.
But now to the main event and opening with….
Watch Dogs Legion: Gameplay Overview and Release Date Trailers
Get your first look at new Watch Dogs: Legion gameplay. Recruit anyone from the entire population of London into your resistance. Coming Oct 29th 2020.
Brawhalla – Mobile Editions iOS and Android
Brawlhalla will be coming to mobile on August 6. For all players, the epic free-to-play platform fighting game will come on the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android devices. Players can pre-register now at https://brawlhalla.com/play to get a special reward at launch.
Might & Magic Chaos: Mobile Game Trailer
Tom Clancy Elite Squad: Mobile Game Trailer:
This is followed by a celebration of Rainbow Six Seige…..and yet all the Elite Squad trailer did was make me want a full Splinter Cell Game!!
Hypserscape: Cinematic and Geta Gameplay Trailers
The Hyper Scape is waiting. Join the Open Beta and prove you have what it takes to become a champion of Crown Rush. Download and play for free on Uplay PC today: https://ubi.li/WysiY
Now its time for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with an intro from Xbox Head Phil Spencer…who….really sounded like it was recorded at 4am with all the energy of a man who stayed up to 4am to record something for a pre-recorded digital showcase!
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Gameplay Overview Trailer
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you are Eivor, a fierce Viking warrior raised on tales of battle and glory. Explore a dynamic and beautiful open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. Raid your enemies, grow your settlement, and build your political power in your quest to earn your place among the gods in Valhalla. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available November 17, 2020 on Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC and Stadia. Also coming to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Final Words from Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, announcing a second Ubisoft Forward event to reveal more of their plans soon…no doubt to focus on New Generation consoles.
Far Cry 6: World Premier Trailers:
Watch the world premiere of Far Cry 6, featuring Giancarlo Esposito and set in the war-torn world of Yara.
My Final Thoughts…
Well that was all rather….run of the mill really, the big moments spoiled by the leaks for sure especially with the big finish being Far Cry 6 reveal…well, should have been the big reveal of this show. Nice to see more gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and loving the Dual wielding system and definitely see more than just a hint of inspiration from the combat and violence of Assassin’s Creed III.
Watchdogs Legion finally getting a release date of October 29th was great to see finally, not much has changed from the original talk on it before it was delayed but it still looks great, gameplay clearly this generation of consoles and not Xbox Series X or PS5 however it seemed to me.
Overall this was more information on what we know already and less about really big reveals outside of Far Cry 6 and I can already sense that Giancarlo Esposito has the potential to be the greatest video game villain ever. But the gameplay shown for the titles was clearly not on Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5, no doubt this is what the next Ubisoft Forward will focus on but a shame not to see any gameplay from the new generation, especially after the failure to show any at either the Xbox Series X showcase or PS5 State of Play in recent months.
But I am excited for AC Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion and Far Cry 6 but this was a rather subdued digital showcase, even Xbox’s Phil Spencer could not be bothered to be remotely energised for it!