E3 is one of my favorite times of the year. I love watching my favorite companies host conferences, announce new games, and show off titles that I will be playing in the near future. This year’s E3 was pretty good, but often felt like a mixed bag. There were solid announcements, but also some underwhelming moments. Over the next few days, I will be sharing my personal highs and lows for each of the conferences. Yesterday we looked at Microsoft’s press conference. Next, we’ll look at Ubisoft’s E3 conference.
- Beyond Good & Evil 2 was officially announced. As someone who absolutely adores the 2003 cult classic, seeing a trailer for the long-rumored next installment made me tear up a little. Beyond Good & Evil helped define my high school years. Jade and Pey’j are two of my favorite characters in video games. Even though the trailer for this prequel is purely cinematic, it’s worth noting that the visuals are fantastic and the tone for this installment is a lot grittier. The original game was aimed for a younger audience while Beyond Good & Evil 2 is clearly targeting an adult audience. While I can’t wait for more information on the game, I’m curious to see how a game in the franchise will function without Jade, the character that fans have loved since 2003.
- A new trailer for South Park: The Fractured But Whole was revealed. The trailer gave players a closer look into the plot, which involves The Coon & Friends using the new kid (you can choose the gender of your character) to infiltrate and take down the Freedom Pals. South Park’s iconic (and often explicit) humor was front and center. I found myself shocked, but I also laughed uncontrollably throughout most of the 90-second trailer. Ubisoft is getting ready to launch South Park: The Fractured But Whole this October. The trailer has me very pumped for the final product. While a gameplay demo wasn’t shown, there was an announcement saying that E3 attendees could play the game on the show floor. If South Park: The Fractured But Whole is half as good as The Stick Of Truth, fans of the franchise will be in for a real treat.
- A new IP called Skull & Bones was revealed. The game offers players the chance to take part in pirate naval battles, alone or with friends. Fans of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag will find the experience somewhat similar. While this “multiplayer only” game may be a ways out, it also has to contend with Rare’s Sea of Thieves, which launches early next year. Skin & Bones is a more realistic take on the pirate genre and although a lot of people worry about “online only” video games, Ubisoft’s handling of Tom Clancy’s: The Division, Tom Clancy’s: Rainbow Six Siege and other online-centric games has me confident that Skin & Bones is in good hands.
- Steep, the extreme sports game from Ubisoft is getting an expansion highlighting the Olympic Games which will be held in South Korea next year. According to the Ubiblog, a handful of events will be included with the expansion. “It wouldn’t be the Olympics without official Olympic events, so the expansion will include Downhill, Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Giant Slalom, Super G, and Big Air. There will also be some unique challenges to keep things fresh as you choose a country to represent and test your skills against players around the world. And for those thirsty for the legendary powder of Japan, there will be plenty of space to find your own lines, set challenges for your friends, record your highlights, and share them with the Steep community.”
- Just Dance 2018 was officially announced. This is a game that is expected to make an appearance on the Ubisoft stage every year. Unfortunately, the Just Dance franchise doesn’t need to be shown in the conference. Fans of these games know that a new installment will launch every year. Ubisoft just needs to announce a release date and move on with the show. My problem with the reveal of a Just Dance sequel is that a lot of time is spent on a musical act “promoting” the game. These segments are boring, tedious, and so unnecessary. I personally play these games, but I don’t think they need to take up valuable show time every year.
A few other noteworthy games include Far Cry 5 (a gameplay trailer) and Assassin’s Creed Origins (which was shown at the Microsoft conference) and a Nintendo Switch only game involving Mario and the popular Rabbids from the Rayman franchise. Overall, the Ubisoft conference was a stellar showing, with excellent games, interesting trailers, and an unforgettable ending with the reveal of Beyond Good & Evil 2. Since the conference ended, I haven’t stopped thinking about how awesome the overall show was. With this E3 being a huge mixture of positives and negatives, I believe that Ubisoft had the most consistent conference out of all the companies.
What did you think about the Ubisoft conference? What did you like? What did you hate? Leave a comment below.