E3 2019 – Ubisoft Conference (Day 3 – Monday)

Ubisoft is usually boring and predictable, and while I won’t say that is completely untrue here, there were definitely some curveballs thrown our way that I really appreciated. We’re gonna split this up into a few different categories: Not Games, Tom Clancy titles, Other Games, and Watch Dogs.


NOT GAMES

  • Assassin’s Creed Symphony – Nope, not a new game. A literal 80-piece orchestra that will tour the US playing segments of music from all of those “memorable moments” you’ve had playing Assassin’s Creed. You know, how you remember those things? Right. Sure. If you’d like, you can watch the performance here.
  • Mythic Quest – Rob McElhenney is here to announce a new TV show that Ubisoft is helping to produce, that focuses on Rob as the creative designer of a huge MMORPG. It will be available on Apple TV+. No release date yet, but for those who are addicted to streaming services, I would imagine this would be worth a watch. See the on stage segment here.
  • UPlay+ – A new subscription service from Ubisoft that lets you play their games on PC for only $15 a month. The service will include classic games as well as new releases, and for those who sign up today, you will get the first month (September 2019) free. Also, in 2020, it will be available on Stadia. See the montage here.

TOM CLANCY TITLES

  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Jon Bernthal joined us on stage with a dog to tell us to buy Breakpoint, and I’m sure he convinced at least a few people who were on the fence about it. It looks like every other Tom Clancy game to be, but then again I have no discerning taste. There will also be a new community program titled Delta Company, although details are limited. There will be a beta available on September 5th, which you can register for now on their website. Take a look at the whole segment here.
  • Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad – A Tom Clancy mobile game. It is what it sounds like. Check out the full trailer here.
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Operation Phantom Site – How many titles does this dang mode need? It seems to be just a couple new characters and updates but, who am I to say. I know nothing. You can see for yourself here.
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine – A new 3 player tactical co-op mode for Rainbow Six, with heavy survival elements. This looks like a lot of fun, and I’m all for games including co-op modes. Check out the reveal here.
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division II – They announced the plans for the next 3 episodes! First, there will be new missions that take you to the outskirts of DC, the national zoo, and Kenly college. In episode 2, you will get to participate in a second 8-player raid. And then, episode 3 also happens? Kinda got lost in there. Also, the movie that is currently in production did land at Netflix, so keep your eyes peeled for a release date. You can see the full segment here.

OTHER GAMES

  • Brawlhalla – Adventure Time characters will come to Brawlhalla starting today! If you want to watch the crossover trailer, you can do so here.
  • Just Dance 2020 – coming this November to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Wii, and Stadia. Yep. The Wii isn’t dead yet folks. You can watch the reveal here.
  • Roller Champions – A new game that looks eerily similar to Rocket League, Roller Champions has you playing in a new e-sport that is playable today on PC. The whole thing feels kind of forced but if it’s fun, then sure. You can check out the trailer here.
  • For Honor: Shadows of the Hitokiri – A limited time event where Vikings and Samurai are clashing. Do battle in Soul Rush, a special event mode, and get exclusive gear and rewards. Available until June 27th, watch the trailer here.
  • Gods & Monsters – A new IP from Ubisoft that, again, looks eerily similar to a different game (this time, target is pointed at Kid Icarus). But it’s got pretty graphics and a release date, so at least that is something? Coming February 25, 2020 for PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. See the world premiere trailer here.

WATCH DOGS: LEGION

Ok, here’s my chance to ramble. This was the second thing Ubisoft brought to the conference (right after the literal Symphony), and nothing told me it was a Watch Dogs game. The gameplay trailer featured a man walking around a futuristic London, complete with drones, AR, and a cute AI man talking in your ear. He profiles people to recruit to his resistance squad, and after engaging in some combat, dies. Permadeath. You switch to a different character and pick up where he left off, but using different strategies and techniques that play in that character’s strengths. And not only that, but the dialogue and the storytelling and the cutscenes all indicate that your earlier death has actually affected the gameplay.

Now this whole thing is pretty cool. We love a surveillance state dystopia after all, and we love getting to approach gameplay from multiple different perspectives. But then a developer comes on stage and says, not only are you playing multiple characters (thanks GTA V), you can play ANYBODY. Any person walking around that you see, you can play as them. They each have their own personality, skills, back story, voice acting, etc. There are no NPCs in this game because, in theory, you can play as everyone you come across.

Not only is this idea technologically ambitious, but it’s honest to god optimistic. In a world where, currently, white supremacists call real people “NPCs” to delegitimize them, I am so excited to see a game where that is no longer an excuse. Everyone is an asset, and every life is valuable. Like they said on stage today: “Being a hero isn’t just a job for someone else anymore. It’s a job for everybody.”

Watch Dogs: Legion will be available on March 6, 2020, and you can see the full reveal here. If you would like to watch the whole conference, you can do so here.

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