Ubisoft Climbing to the Top
Beyond Good and Evil II, The Division 2, Trials Rising and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey was the biggest reveals of this e3’s Ubisoft press conference and fans were pumped.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
It was off to a light-hearted start this press conference as it began with big song and dance routine to promote Just Dance 2019. We then got right into our first big look at Beyond Good and Evil two with a brand new cinematic trailer, showing off a massive spaceship floating around with its crew seemingly incapacitated by “terrible space chilli.”
The ships engines suddenly die and a massive ice storm ripples through the atmosphere disabling the ship, revealing an even bigger, scarier looking ship that grabs the hero’s ship with a gigantic claw. Our new female badass protagonist leaps onboard the enemy ship with her katana, ready to kick some ass. Jade, the protagonist from the first game, also makes an appearance and is much younger looking. We then saw some pre-alpha gameplay footage that showed off a massive, vibrant and colourful world.
According to the developers, the will be an action adventure RPG, featuring co-op. It will also be a prequel. The developers also announced an innovative community engagement program called Space Monkey program. According to the developers, the program is an “open invite for people to contribute ideas, music, and content for the game.”
Rainbow Six Returns
Up next we were treated to some Rainbow Six Siege facts, most notably being the game is 35 million players strong now. They then announced the next big installment in Siege, Operation Parabellum.
The next game we saw was Trials Rising. This game seems to be more of the whacky, trials fun we know and love, but promises to retain that intense difficulty the game is known for. It will feature famous locales from across the world, including Manhattan and the Pyramids of Egypt. The game will be releasing in February 2019, but we will be getting a closed beta later on this year.
The Division 2
Up next was the big reveal of The Division 2. Based on what we know about the game, it is set seven months after the events of the first game. The virus has mostly burnt itself out, but America is still tearing itself apart. Washington D.C. is at the heart of the battle. The cold and snowy winter setting of the first game is gone, with the first few seconds of the cinematic trailer showing all the snow melt and greenery sprouting up. A young girl throws a paper airplane out of what appears to be a safe zone, only for it to fly out into the dangerous world. As we follow the paper plane, we see it fly by bandits murdering and pillaging for water and supplies, as well as general chaos and people being rounded up and shot. The paper plane finally lands at the feet of three Division agents.
According to developers, The Division 2 will have much more endgame content and reasons to keep playing. After completion of the main game, players can choose from three specializations, each unlocking additional skills, and abilities. They will also unlock exclusive weapons via their specializations, a crossbow being the only one demoed at e3. To the excitement of fans, they also announced eight-player raids will be in The Division 2. They also promised years of frequent content updates and revealed their plans for the game’s year one DLC. Year one will launch three episodic DLCs, which will bring new areas, story, and activities to the game. Ubisoft also promised all episodes will be free. The Division 2 will be available March 19, 2019.
Assassin’s Creed Visits Ancient Greece
Last but not least we got our first look at Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Based on the trailer, Ancient Greece is going to look amazing and full of colour and life. There will be two new protagonists to chose from, one male named Alexios, and one female named Kassandra. You will play a mercenary outcast and the grandchild of the legendary Spartan king Leonidas. His broken spear will be the main weapon of the game and will have magical abilities. New to the series is the ability to pick dialogue options, which the developers say will make the game more immersive and offer unique experiences for each player. We saw lots of sailing in the trailer, so it is safe to assume the naval combat and exploration of previous games will return. Based on the combat in the trailer, the combat system from origins also makes a return. Weapons and armor will also be customizable once again.
Ubisoft definitely had a successful press conference this year. But they will be showing off more throughout the rest of the week, so stay tuned for more content!