Details From the Ubisoft Forward Presentation
Despite the lack of an E3 this year, some publishers have still used this time to present their upcoming games. Today, Ubisoft took the chance to hold their first “Ubisoft Forward” presentation. While one of their biggest reveals was leaked ahead of the event, the show still offered some useful details. We’ve taken all of the details from the show and got them listed below.
First up for the Ubisoft Forward presentation is a short film from the world of Watch Dogs Legion. Titled Reclaim Your Future, this CG short film does well to capture the universe of the hacktivist future of Watch Dogs Legion. The film comes from the creative mind of Alberto Mielgo, who has worked on favorites like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse and Love, Death, & Robots. After a couple minutes of the film, we shift right into gameplay for the upcoming game.
Creative Director Clint Hocking provides details about the game in roughly seven minutes of new gameplay footage. While the footage is new, a lot of the content is stuff we already know about. Taking place in a futuristic London, you’ll be able to recruit anyone you see into DedSec. This will be done usually by initiating a “origin mission” to solve their problems and have them come to your side. This results in tons of different playable characters that can completely change the way your story plays out.
Due to the activity of terrorism, the government hires the military group known as Albion, led by CEO Nigel Cass. Albion and Cass represent the primary antagonists in the game, though if you play your cards right, you may even be able to recruit some members to your side. You’ll also have the crime syndicate leader Mary Kelley, who works on the black market to trade things like drugs, and even people.
Getting to a mission, we watch from the perspective of construction worker Arthur Griffin as he seeks information on Nigel Cass. With a large wrench and the ability to control cargo drones, Arthur seems like a great ally. Rewinding a bit, we watch the same mission with Amy Zhao, a drone expert. Unlike Arthur, Amy uses several different drones to take care of her tasks, even taking control of enemy drones. Finally, we see Albion member Brielle McCoy, giving an inside option to reach your goal. Being able to infiltrate the Albion building with little opposition is a luxury that players must earn, but that doesn’t make them immune to danger. Act too suspicious and you could end up dead.
Moving onto a different mission, this time the focus is on Mary Kelley’s organ farming operation. As a bit of a joke, the presentation shows us a drunkard named Mickey. He’s a bit of a pub brawler, but his drinking habits make him prone to passing out. Switching characters, we move to an unnamed hitman character that might as well be Keanu Reeves given his skills with firearms. Watch Dogs Legion will launch on October 29th, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. A PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version will also be available around launch. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer even took a moment to come in to say that the Xbox One version will offer smart delivery to give you the Xbox Series X version. It’s likely that the PlayStation 5 version will offer something similar.
Moving onto Brawlhalla news, the game is coming to iOS and Android. With over 40 million players worldwide, the game continues to offer new content. In celebration of the mobile launch, players will be able to preregister for the game and unlock a new skin. Feel free to watch the announcement trailer below.
Up next, we get a short presentation for Might & Magic: Era of Chaos. The game is available on iOS and Android now, but signing up now can earn exclusive rewards. The video is a way of saying thank you from the developers from the last seven months the game has been available. After the short presentation, the Ubisoft Forward presentation moves to Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. This time, it’s a cinematic presentation to give a fun look at the games world, including a familiar spy. You can watch the trailer down below, which encourages preregistering to secure Montagne’s tier 2 M1911 pistol. The game is coming soon to mobile devices, but no release date was given.
Continuing with the Tom Clancy theme, we get a developer video for the team behind Rainbow Six Siege. With over 60 million players, the team wanted to express their thanks to their fans. With the Operation Steel Wave update now available, players can now play as the new operators Ace and Melusi.
Next up, we get to Hyper Scape, the new shooter with a Twitch twist. Revealed a little over a week ago, Hyper Scape is Ubisoft’s approach to the battle royale genre. With 99 players, it might look like a normal battle royale, but with the Twitch integration, users can affect the outcome of the match. Creative Director J.C. Guyot explains why battle royale fans should keep this game on their radar. It pretty much sounds like Ready Player One, taking place in the world of Neo Arcadia as players compete in Crown Rush.
The world of Neo Arcadia looks pretty cool and sets itself apart from other battle royale titles. Various landmarks will hold valuable gear and players can use parkour moves to traverse the map. Pickups on the map known as “hacks” allow special abilities like teleportation or even turning into a bouncing ball. With the Twitch extension, viewers can interact with a live game by changing things like the gravity or even activating infinite ammo. As part of the Ubisoft Forward presentation, the open beta for Hyper Scape has launched now on PC. You can click here to check it out.
After the Hyper Scape presentation, we move on to the heavy hitter with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. With the “gameplay reveal” from a few weeks ago disappointing fans by not showing enough, Ubisoft decided to rectify it with their Ubisoft Forward showcase. Presented by Producer Julien Laferrière, he gives us an introduction about the next iteration of the Assassin’s Creed series. After getting some context about how the Vikings had to leave Norway for England, the stage is set for the conflict of the game. With the Anglo-Saxon’s not being open to their new Viking settlers, you’ll have to fight your way for your way of life.
The gameplay, which can be seen in the video above, offers a look at the return of sailing. Protagonist Eivor, who can be male or female, can lead raids with a group of AI controlled Vikings. When in combat, we see the use of bows, torches and axes to gain the upper hand. When conducting raids, you’ll gather resources to upgrade your settlement, improving it over the course of the game. In your settlement, you’ll have access to the Alliance map, which shows your new allies as well as opportunities for new ones.
With Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft promises the largest variety of enemies in an Assassin’s Creed title to date. Enemies will be smarter and show off new tactics, even using the bodies of their dead for cover. Combat gets even deeper with tools like throwing axes and the Viking harpoon. There’s even a new stun system to keep enemies at bay while you focus on your strategy. You’ll also be able to dual wield weapons like axes, shields, swords, spears, and more. This will give players more freedom to choose a fighting style that suits them. Combat seems especially violent and brutal in this iteration, with the severing of limbs and even decapitation being available to players.
Stealth gameplay returns as well, a staple to the series. Like previous games, you’ll be able to blend in crowds and commerce to keep your enemy awareness low. You’ll also be able to explore the land and hunt creatures for resources, allowing you to fortify equipment. Finding ruins will allow you to take on challenges, giving access to upgrades for both Eivor and your settlement. There’s also fortress assaults, where you can tackle Anglo-Saxon strongholds and take claim of the land. Norse mythology will also take root in many of the locations and missions, so fans will have a lot to look forward to. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will launch on November 17th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google Stadia. It will also be a launch title for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Finally, after a short message from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, we get one more presentation. Even though the game was leaked mere days ago, we finally have our official reveal of Far Cry 6. Starting with a cinematic trailer, we get credits of some of the talent involved in the story of the game. This includes Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito as well as Coco’s Anthony Gonzalez. You can view that trailer below.
The Ubisoft Forward presentation goes a bit further with another tailer for Far Cry 6. This time, we see Esposito’s character, Anton Castillo, handing a grenade to his son Diego, played by Gonzalez. Pulling the pin from the grenade, it’s clear that Anton is trying to teach his son a lesson. Anton is “El Presidente” of a fictional Caribbean island, and it seems his dictatorship hasn’t won him favor of the people. Civil unrest rises and people are fighting in the streets as Anton describes his country like a grenade. Check it out in the video below.
We get the release date at the end of the trailer, as the game is targeting a February 18th, 2021 release. The game will come out for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Google Stadia. Players that buy the game for this generation will be able to get the next-gen versions for free. We will have to wait till later this year to see gameplay, but for now, the premise seems promising. It would’ve been nice if the game hadn’t leaked ahead of the Ubisoft Forward presentation. It was easily the biggest reveal and the thunder was stolen just like that. Either way, the presentation still had a lot to offer for Ubisoft fans. You can view the entire stream, including the pre-show and post-show, below.
What do you think? What games are you most excited for? Are you disappointed in the lack of Nintendo Switch announcements? Did the Ubisoft Forward presentation work as a replacement for their E3 press conference? Let us know in the comments below! We’ll have more news at GotGame as it gets announced.