So it’s that time of year again, the time when the passionate game makers from Ubisoft announce and show off their line up for the next few years. This year gamers around the globe were hoping for a few things, including a new Splinter Cell and a London-based Watch Dogs 3. But alas, we were left with disappointment on both those fronts.
There were however a lot of tasty updates for some of the games we did know about, mixed in with a few surprises to boot. It all started with a dancing bear and finished with the whole Ubisoft team clapping each other on stage. In between though, there was a lot of excitement, and so I’ll provide you with 5 of the very best bits from the Ubisoft E3 2018 show.
Spoiler alert – it doesn’t include that damn dancing bear. He was number 6.
5. Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Now, I am not hundred percent convinced by this choice and that is why it’s sitting here at number five in this list. However, the overall premise of Starlink and the fact that it’s a new IP has got my interest buzzing.
Starlink is set in the Atlas star system, and you get to play this space fuelled action adventure with the option of custom building real spacecraft toys and putting them on your controller.
For those out there who are done with toys, it doesn’t matter because there is a whole galaxy to explore with an intriguing storyline and the promise of co-op play. It really is intriguing and it feels like a bit of No Mans Sky mixed with some good old-fashioned gunning space battles.
An October 16th release date means we won’t have to wait long to find out what it’s all about either.
4. Skull & Bones
This time last year you would have found me spouting off that “nah… Sea of Thieves looks a lot more fun”. But now the first pirating adventure has come out, and I’ve played it for a while, the horizon, and my opinions, have changed somewhat. They changed even more when Ubi showed off a lovely looking trailer followed by a big piece of gameplay for Skull & Bones that looked fantastic.
Using a mix of RPG leveling up and loot collecting, this game showed a mastery of the waves. Ships look detailed and nimble, while the sea itself comes across as stunning. The use of disguises to stop you being bombed by a fort, how to destroy a ship before raiding it all delivered huge excitement points… and then when a massive warship comes around looking for trouble things began to step up another gear.
Skull & Bones will see you able to invite fellow pirates to join in the fight and the co-op aspect should be something that brings together many like-minded friends. From there, it’s up to you all to fight each other for the treasure…
This is going to be one sea-faring adventure you won’t want to miss.
3. Beyond Good and Evil 2
Hitting the conference with a major cinematic trailer that shook the room into awe, Beyond Good and Evil 2 hit back with some character’s from last years announcement. This time round though, we were not only introduced to some old favourites, but an almighty twist that whets the taste buds.
Ubisoft also showed some sumptuous gameplay that managed to show of the amazing world of BGE2 again. Then there was the introduction of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and in a first-of-its-kind partnership with HITRECORD (his company), gamers and creators of every type and skill the world over will be able to participate in the Space Monkey Program to collaborate on content such as poster designs, radio ads and original music that will appear in the game. It’s all hugely intriguing.
Sadly though, there is no release date on the horizon.
2. The Division 2
I loved The Division, if only because my friend and I had such a great experience working through the campaign and attempting to control the tense Dark Zone together. So I’m very excited about the new setting of The Division 2, this time set in Washington DC, and with the added bonus of the changing of seasons from winter through to summer.
A brilliant trailer showed all this in action, and with the incredible gameplay footage shown, it is quite obvious that The Division 2 will be much of the same as before, but with a ton of improvements plastered on top, and all the little issues ironed out.
Hearing the announcement that up to 8 players can indulge in The Division 2 Raids for the first time, that all DLC released will be free, and hints of a much deeper player experience after you finish the main campaign, was the icing on a very nice cake,
The Division 2 comes set with a March 2019 release and I for one can’t wait.
1. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Anyone who knows me, or has frequented these pages before, will know that I am a massive Assassin’s Creed fan. I’ve played every game – even the weird Chronicles ones – reviewed the comics and even read the novel that was sent my way as a Christmas gift. Origins has bowled me over and I have easily thrown more than 100 hours into all the goodies that it offers. I was however surprised that a new game was coming out after such a quick turnover. But then, I was instantly won over by the setting of Ancient Greece.
Given the option to choose your character, and to have the choice of a male or female protagonist for the first time, Odyssey already looks to be taking some neat first steps. With the Origins RPG set up and very similar combat sections, the gameplay shown in Ubi’s E3 briefing looked great, with the sun-soaked world coming across as amazing. How the whole Assassin/Templar lore will all fit in here is anyone’s guess, but I guess only time will tell. With a hint of a Minotaur in the trailer, does that mean more famous Greek legends will be present? Here’s hoping!
The October 5th 2018 release date has been confirmed, and I’m clearing my diary out now.
So there we have it, 5 of the very best bits from Ubisoft at E3 2018. What were your standouts? Let us know in the comments section below.