The rumours were rife, and Ubisoft promised that gamers would be given a decent showing at their all-digital Ubisoft Forward conference. And they delivered the goods too, confirming full release dates for three massive games that are likely to define both this current gen of gaming, along with the move into next-gen with Xbox Series X and PS5. Yep, we’ve got release dates for Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6.
Ubisoft provided plenty of news at their Ubisoft Forward event, with PC players being given the opportunity to take in an Open Beta for Ubi’s brand new Battle Royale experience, Hyper Scape, whilst Ghost Recon Breakpoint fans – yes, there are some – will be safe in the knowledge that come July 15th 2020 we’ll be seeing Title Update 2.1.0 hit home for free, providing gamers on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Stadia the chance to play with fully customisable teammates and to take part in a limited time event. Further to that, those preferring the mobile scene will soon be able to enjoy Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad – a free-to-play mobile RPG that will arrive on Google Play and the App Store for iOS on August 27th.
The real big news though comes in the form of three release dates for three of Ubisoft’s biggest titles; games that are bound to attract a huge amount of attention.
It’s been a couple of months since the first reveal of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but finally we know that the next instalment in the hugely impressive Assassin’s Creed franchise will hit Xbox One, PS4, PC – Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Store, UPLAY+ – and Stadia on November 17th 2020. And yes, it’ll be coming to Xbox Series X and PS5 with full upgrades available on those systems at no extra cost.
There was new gameplay shown off at the Forward event too, showcasing the new features that players will find with the next AC instalment. These will mean you can go dual-wielding, you can enjoy a raid or two, and you can partake in numerous open-world activities. With Valhalla being the most ambitious title yet – one in which player choice and decisions play a huge role – this is sure to be a delight to many.
And those who want to go real deep will find that the official Assassin’s Creed Valhalla soundtrack and books – novel, comic, art book – are now all up for pre-order…
- On July 17, a seven-song EP taken from the official soundtrack featuring original compositions from Jesper Kyd and Sarah Schachner as well as an original song by Einar Selvik, will be available to listen to on Spotify and purchase on iTunes. Spotify pre-save and iTunes pre-order is now available and the full soundtrack will be released at a later date
- The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Geirmund’s Saga novel, written by Matthew J. Kirby,will tell an original story set in the world of the game. Players will discover the epic tale of Geirmund Hellskin, a man determined to prove his worth as a Viking and awarrior who joins the ranks of King Guthrum’s army to participate in the invasion of England. The book cover will be revealed on reknowned Korean artist Jung Gi Kim’s Instagram page in late July.
- Dark Horse Comics will release ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Song of Glory’, a comic series written by Cavan Scott, illustrated by Martin Tunica, and colored by Michael Atiyeh. In this prequel to the game, fearless Vikings Eivor and Sigurd embark on separate adventures to show their mettle and seek glory. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Song of Glory #1 (of three) will be in comic shops on October 21, 2020.
- Finally, the Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and the Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Deluxe Edition will invite readers on a visual journey through the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla—A world defined by the harsh beauty of Viking life, rich with fascinating characters and breath-taking landscapes. This book offers an enticing collection of art and commentary that is sure to attract returning fans and newcomers alike.
Yep, AC Valhalla could well be something special and so the 17th November 2020 can’t come soon enough in our eyes.
And then there was Watch Dogs: Legion, a game that will finally be arriving on Xbox One, PS4 and PC come 29th October 2020, launching on Xbox Series X and PS5 on release of the consoles.
Set in the near future when London is on the brink, Watch Dogs: Legion will let you fight back, as you join the Resistance to try and take control of your life. It promises to deliver a huge open-world full of the most famous landmarks, with gameplay innovation that has never been seen before. The staple hacking found in Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs 2 will obviously be in place, and it is here where the biggest draws will occur – hijack armed combat drones, deploy stealthy spider-bots, covertly take down enemies using an Augmented Reality Cloak, and much more. And you won’t be doing this alone either, letting you go online and join up to three friends as you navigate through the world taking in new cooperative challenges and attempting to nail the endgame content as one.
Again, much hype has been revolving around Watch Dogs: Legion since first reveal, and so the 29th October 2020 release date is a more than welcome one. In the meantime, check out the gameplay trailer below.
The Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release dates are hugely important in our lives, but equally as high up the excitement meter comes the full confirmation that Ubisoft are working on Far Cry 6.
Details are still relatively thin on the ground, but we do know that Far Cry 6 will plunges players into the heart of a modern-day guerrilla revolution set in Yara, a tropical paradise frozen in time. It is here where the President Anton Castillo (Esposito) vows to restore his country to its former glory while grooming his son Diego (Gonzalez) to follow in his footsteps.
As previous Far Cry titles have proven, paradise has a price, and enriching his country means subjugating those who don’t adhere to his vision. In this island nation in turmoil, we will get to experience the adrenaline and chaos of guerrilla combat as we’re swept up in a revolutionary movement to take down a tyrant. But when will that adventure be unfolding? Well, 2021 is the date, with the 18th February set in stone for release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, Google Stadia and PC.
So, did you watch the Ubisoft Forward conference? What did you think of it? Are you already looking forward to AC Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion and Far Cry 6. Or were you still hoping for a new Splinter Cell? Well, keep hoping, praying, and waiting for that time to finally arrive. It’s gotta happen at some point, yeah?