Ubisoft showcased a number of new titles at their E3 press conference on June 12, 2017, opening up with a major crossover with Nintendo.
After introducing Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto came up on stage to highlight some of the weapons and other features that can be found in this crossover title. The game, which will be exclusively available on the Nintendo Switch, was described as a “tactical adventure,” and a large amount of actual gameplay footage was shown off. It releases on August 29.
They then moved into an in-depth look at Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which was previously looked at briefly at Microsoft’s conference. The game serves as a prequel for the rest of the series and takes place in ancient Egypt. It arrives on October 27.
The Crew 2 was then shown off with a lengthy cinematic trailer. The open-world racing game will feature a number of different vehicles besides just cars, including bikes, planes, and even boats. Besides standard track racing, there will also be off-road events, street racing, and more. The Crew 2 is slated for an early 2018 release.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the follow-up to The Stick of Truth, was next up. The game is an RPG where the player controls a “new kid” in South Park. It arrives on October 17. Then, a virtual reality experience called Transference was introduced with a bizarre trailer that featured actor Elijah Wood. The game, which releases spring 2018, appears to be a horror experience. A South Park mobile game was also unveiled at the presentation, simply called South Park: Phone Destroyer; it’s due out later in 2017.
A new title called Skull & Bones was then highlighted with a cinematic trailer. It focuses on the golden age of piracy and is a tactical action game developed by Ubisoft Singapore. Players can either sail solo or with a team in order to climb the ranks and become the greatest pirate ever known. A good bit of gameplay footage was then shown off to demonstrate naval combat and how a “loot hunt” works. It’s set for a fall 2018 release.
Just Dance 2018 was also shown off as the latest entry in Ubisoft’s massively successful dance game franchise. Live dancers did a routine on stage to demonstrate moves in the game as well as the variety of music to be seen. The game arrives in October.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas, a space exploration and action game that makes use of customizable ships, was also unveiled. The game features an actual physical ship figure that can communicate with the game and can be customized with physical upgrades. It arrives in 2018.
Steep was also discussed. The original game released at the end of 2016 and is an open-world extreme sports game that includes skiing and snowboarding, among other winter sports. An expansion for the game was announced at the conference, called Road to the Olympics, which will be available on December 5.
The latest entry in the massively popular shooter series, Far Cry, was shown off as well with Far Cry 5. Taking place in a fictional town in Montana, the game has players taking on an extreme evangelical cult. Gameplay footage was the primary focus of the Far Cry 5 showcase, and showed the player and their cohort taking on a group of violent cult members.
Last up, the long-anticipated Beyond Good and Evil 2 took the stage after years of rumors and speculation. The cinematic trailer showcased some nifty graphics as well as some hints at the plot, which the presenters indicated would take place before the first title. The “Space Monkey Program” was also introduced, which will allow fans to influence the final game world.
Stay tuned to Scoop for more E3 this week as the press conferences continue.