E3 2014 Ubisoft Press Conference Overview: A Good Horizon of Games

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Ubisoft had a very impressive showing for E3 2014, with their media briefing showing a bunch of gameplay footage for games we can’t wait to get our hands on. They also closed with one hell of a surprise at the end.

To start off, Ubisoft kicked it off with Far Cry 4, showing that they know how to do crazy villains. The new as-yet-nameless villain sporting some pretty fabulous hair and fashionable attire sure has a colorfully violent personality that matches his looks. The trailer starts off with your character attempting to cross a country border, then being shot at once the guards find something suspicious about the vehicle you are in. You survive, and the new antagonist shows up, stabs one of the guards multiple times after he disobeyed the orders given to him, and closes it all off by taking a selfie with you while he’s covered in blood. Well, that happened.

Next, Ubisoft followed up with not one, but two new Just Dance titles. The first is the next main installment in the frnachise, Just Dance 2015, due out sometime this October. Next was Just Dance Now, a free mobile game that allows users to link up with a special Just Dance website and bust a move wherever they happen to be. No official release date was given for Now, but we can all assume that it’s going to be around the time that Just Dance 2015 launches.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division saw its share of gameplay with the Microsoft conference and a trailer. It got even more spotlight with the Ubisoft conference. Those that were there waiting for news left happy, and those who didn’t know what to expect from the game at all (like myself,) should probably be considered future buyers. The game takes place in New York City after a virus strikes the city in the middle of the holiday season, and people are rioting: taking advantage of those that have been affected and left alone due to the virus. You play as a small task force trying to reclaim the city block by block to restore order like it once was. The game has many RPG qualities to it, and hopefully there will be more to see sooner rather than later. Tom Clancy’s: The Division is scheduled to launch in 2015, with no specifics yet.

Next with Ubisoft came their racing game The Crew. This appears to be a racing game bigger than any other promising a “coast to coast” world for you and your friends to travel in with “no loading screens.” It also helps that with so much content comes a very good looking game. The Crew is set to launch on November 11, 2014.

Assassin’s Creed Unity got a whole bunch of attention between its four player co-op announcement, the single player, and its CG trailer. Gameplay looks much like Assassin’s Creed should but more refined than ever. The four player co-op is also a nice touch and what better way to start it than 18th century Paris, right in the heart of the French Revolution! You will be hard-pressed not finding things to do in this Assassin’s Creed. With over 100 side missions and plenty of fun to be had by yourself and with friends, this is going to be a must-have game for anyone with a current-gen console. Assassin’s Creed Unity launches on October 28th, 2014

A surprise for myself was Valiant Hearts: The Great War which used the UbiArt engine that was used for games like Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends, and Child of Light. To start off, the game is very pretty to look at – no surprise there, considering that everything that the UbiArt engine pumps out if stylized and gorgeous. The story, or stories actually, in the game are based off of actual letters written from WWI soldiers sent back to their families. From what can be gathered, the player will be able to focus on four storylines following different WWI soldiers, and (if the trailer is to be believed) the unit’s dog will have some hand in the telling of those stories. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is expected to launch on June 25th, 2014.

The closing of the conference came as a surprise with multiplayer gameplay footage of the new Rainbow Six game. However, it’s not Rainbow Six: Patriots anymore. It’s now become Rainbow Six: Siege. The game, even in a multiplayer setting, stresses the squad based combat that Rainbow Six fans have come to know and love. The game still looks like it’s in the early stages, but sure is on its way to being something fans of the series will enjoy. Siege is set to launch sometime in 2015.

So that’s the overview of what Ubisoft showed and I will admit, I found it to be a very impressive showing for gamers overall. There seems to be something coming for anyone of any play style and that’s a great thing. Continue to follow along the stories of E3 2014 for more news on what new things are coming to video games!

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