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E3 Predictions: Ubisoft

Ubisoft Co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot speaks on-stage to close the Ubisoft E3 conference at the Orpheum Theater on June 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Keynote time: Monday, June 10, 2019, at 1:00 PM PST, 4:00 PM EST

Last year Ubisoft revealed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Skull & Bones to name a few. To start off their conference, there was an entertaining dance number for Just Dance 2019 that kept the momentum going and the energy high!

Beyond Good & Evil 2 looked beautiful but left fans of the series with so many questions about the logistics of the game. The pre-alpha gameplay looked beautiful and revealed that the game was playable alone or in co-op. Last bit of the reveal introduced Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the stage to announce the partnership Ubisoft established with HitREcord. This allowed anyone to contribute artwork to the game and those chosen were rewarded. However, the reveal was met with some backlash from the public and JGL took to Twitter to set the record straight on how payment works.

Trials Rising was revealed to the public. This is a fantastic series that always brings fun and I understand why so many love to play these games. It’s about overcoming those obstacles that keep us from succeeding, and it’s about watching our rider go flying when he hits an explosive.

The Division 2 was a big hit for Ubisoft at E3 last year. Creative Director Julian Gerighty went on stage and announced that this sequel takes place in Washington. Gerighty confirmed that eight-player raids were coming to The Division 2, and free episodic DLC featuring new enemies, story, and items were coming. Huge news!

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey took me by surprise. The game served as a prequel to 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins (naming conventions be damned!) and Greece in its entirety would be the next historical location for the sci-fi series from Ubisoft. Odyssey introduced new mechanics, which went on to make the series even better than Origins and offered for the first time in the series, player choices in-game.

All in all, Ubisoft came to E3 and brought an entertaining show. Seeing Miyamoto on stage with the developers of Starlink was surreal. The Star Fox announcement was a highlight for me and the lead up to launch in October was worth the wait.

One year later, we’re making our way to E3 2019’s predictions for Ubisoft! Each year is always a sight and comes with its own, highly contagious energy.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Ubisoft’s ambition for Beyond Good & Evil 2 is astounding. I really enjoyed the demo we saw last year, the collaboration with HitREcord (even though clarity was an issue on how things worked) and how good the video game looked, even in pre-alpha! This year, we’re likely to see a beta announcement rather than a release date, and creative director Michel Ancel confirmed a beta would likely occur at the tail end of 2019.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is bigger than Wildlands and intends on doubling down with the narrative this time. Getting actor Jon Bernthal (The Punisher on Netflix) to star as the main antagonist is a great move for the series but without seeing more yet we’ll have to wager it could go either way. There’s new featured like prone-cover in which you can cover yourself up in mud to blend into the environment, breach fences during infiltration, and carrying the body of a downed teammate to heal them in safety. You can read more by heading over to our hands-on demo coverage and everything we learned. Raids are coming post-launch and the first is set on an island designed for raids and features a volcano.

Ubisoft is known for bringing celebrities out for their show and bringing Bernthal onto the stage is a great idea. I predict we’ll learn more about the raids and how PvP works (which is available at launch).

Watch Dogs 3

This is very likely to take centre stage at this year’s Ubisoft conference and there’s a bit of proof to corroborate the fact. An article from Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo in 2017 revealed a patch released for Watchdogs 2 which tweaked the ending in such a way that coordinates were part of a conversation made in-game teasing the Brixton area of London. In the months that followed, bits and pieces of information became public and now the verdict is in: London Town is where the third game in series will be.

Skull & Bones

Ubisoft delayed the pirate simulator once again, this time moving the release to at least March 2020, after a rocky development period. Skull & Bones builds upon the systems created for 2014’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, which is exactly what I want more of in a game. I predict we’ll see a video showcasing the game and some sort of developer diary.

Splinter Cell

Sam Fisher’s been missing in action since 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. A recent tweet by Division 2 Creative Director Julian Gerighty teased that a new game was in the works but Ubisoft vehemently denied and insisted was a joke. I really enjoyed Blacklist and didn’t expect that game to be the last time we saw the likes of Sam Fisher. Now would be a good time for the series to return to form and bring back the Third Echelon.

I’m optimistic we’ll see this world again and hopefully in a few short weeks!

Assassin’s Creed

CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that Assassin’s Creed would skip 2019 and take the year off instead. The developer plans on focusing on releasing downloadable content for the biggest game in the series so far in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which is currently in the middle of its second wave of episodic content.

Between 2009 and 2015, we saw a new game in the series like clockwork. This eventually led to series fatigue and 2016 saw no mainline release.

Returning in 2017 with Origins, Ubisoft brought the series to new heights by shifting from an action-adventure series to a full-fledged RPG. Post-release saw new content that expanded the lore and came with new activities for returning players.

What led so many to believe that a new entry in the series was in the works comes from another Ubisoft game: The Division 2. A poster in the game serves as an easter egg which points to a Viking-themed Assassin’s Creed and can be found in-game at the Potomac Event Center. As you can see in the image, the words Valhalla appear at the top of the poster and the figure is seemingly holding an Apple of Eden in his hand.

If any of this is remotely true, building the hype a year before release might work. We already know that there won’t be a new game this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our first glimpse this early.

 

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Bobby has been gaming since he was old enough to walk. Since then, the interest has only grown stronger, and here we are today. Follow Bobby on Twitter, and just go with it. @bpashalidis

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