Welcome to a special Weekly Knockout, where I round up all the gaming news from Ubisoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference.
NOTE: Audio version of the Weekly Knockout can be found on iTunes, or at the bottom of this page.
Just Dance 2017
An um, unique way of starting of their conference, Ubisoft began their conference with an on stage dance performance. The reason for this? Just Dance 2017 was announced, and will be coming to multiple platforms, including PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and legacy consoles. The game will also be coming to the NX when it launches next year.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Gameplay Demo
Today we saw an extended gameplay demo for Ghost Recon: Wildlands, exhibiting co-op play. The demo showcased the scale of the open world, several of the vehicles that you can drive, the cross first-person-third-person gameplay, and options for tackling scenarios either stealthily, or all guns blazing. The game will be set in an alternate Bolivia, which was been taken over by drug lords, with the whole country being turned into a drug cartel. The game will release on 7th March 2017.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
We also got a look at the new South Park game, which will be themed around superheroes, and featured revised combat. The game will release 6th December 2016, and will include a free copy of the first game, The Stick of Truth
The Division: Survival Expansion
Having unveiled details on the first expansion, Underground, at Microsoft’s press conference earlier, Ubisoft displayed a CGI trailer for the second Division expansion, Survival. The expansion will involve the search for a cure to the Black Friday super virus, in extreme weather conditions. We also got a brief look at one of the main antagonists for Survival, who is adorned with several Division Agent watches – no doubt the spoils of previous victories.
Eagle Flight Multiplayer Demo
Ubisoft demoed Eagle Flight in the world’s first on-stage VR multiplayer demo (A fact that really wanted to get across!). The mode shown – Named Prey – involved teams of three capturing a rabbit, and returning the rabbit to their respective nests. Players can “shoot” other players to kill them, making them drop the rabbit, and can utilise air streams to increase their speed. The game will release on HTC Vive, Ocolus Rift, and PlayStation VR, later this year.
Star Trek Bridge Crew
Ubisoft debuted a brand new game, Star Trek Bridge Crew, which will release later this year for HTC Vive, Ocolus Rift, and PlayStation VR. The game is set in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Universe, but will not feature the U.S.S. Enterprise. The game is co-op based (Although it can be played single player), with players able to occupy a variety of Star Fleet roles, from Engineer to Captain. Gameplay details are fairly sparse, with Ubisoft’s focus being to convey the experience of playing the game.
Today we got another look at the intriguing For Honor, with a CGI Trailer that lays out the ‘plot’ of the game – which effectively revolves around a world where there is no trust, leading to perpetual war. For Honor, is releasing 14th February 2017 – romantic!
Additionally, we saw a single player demo. Gameplay consists of throwing aside trash mobs while navigating towards objectives, or large, more powerful enemies. Combat against these more powerful enemies seams to revolve around flicking, or holding, the right analogue stick in one of three directions. Hopefully Ubisoft provides with a more comprehensive look at, or explanation of gameplay, before the game releases. It also appears as if the game will have a separate campaign for each faction.
Ubisoft announced Grow Up, a sequel to 2015’s Grow Home. The game will once again feature B.U.D. as it’s protagonist, although he will be returning without the help of his AI protector M.O.M. Grow Up will also take place across an entire planet, and will feature new gameplay mechanics. Grow Up launches this coming August 2016
Trials of the Blood Dragon
In one the weirder E3 stage antics, Trials of the Blood Dragon was announced. The game will be a mash up between Trials and Far Cry: Blood Dragon combing Trials tracks with combat sections. If you have no idea what on earth this game is (Me neither) don’t worry, it’s available for purchase right now!
Assassin’s Creed Movie Footage
It’s not a Ubisoft conference without Assassin’s Creed, right? Well that’s Ubisoft thinking anyways, and in lieu of a new entry in the game franchise, we got a look at the feature film, coming 21st December 2016.
WATCH_DOGS 2 Gameplay Demo
We also got a look at WATCH_DOGS 2, with an extended gameplay demo. The demo also introduced us to some new characters, and gave a greater sense of Dedsec as an organisation. The demo showcased several of the hacking features already unveiled during last week’s live stream, although we did get a better look at Marcus’ arsenal, and we also heard his voice – guess what, he can laugh!
Also announced, Sony has partnered with Ubisoft to create a WATCH_DOGS feature film. Oh, and DLC is coming first to PlayStation, yay! Finally, Ubisoft closed out their WATCH_DOGS 2 section with a new trailer for the game.
Ubisoft closed out with the reveal of a new IP, Steep. An open-world, extreme sports game, Steep will feature skiing, snowboarding, wingsuiting, and paragliding, with the ability to switch between disciplines on the fly. Steep is set in the Alps at the intersection of Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France. In addition to the sporting elements of the game, there will also be a focus on exploration, and recording epic moments, with a replay function that includes functions such as slow-mo. Steep will release this coming December on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.