E3 is that special time of the year when publishers either grant our wishes like benevolent gods or crush our dreams like Gordon Ramsay (sometimes both). Mountain Dew and Doritos sales go through the roof, Twitch chats spew forth the collective sarcastic bile of the gaming masses and the dying embers of the fires of the consoles wars will be whipped once more into a roaring inferno. It’s just a good time all round. We’ve had our ears to the ground and have been frequently visiting the rumour mill to see what information has leaked and what gamers want to see from the major pressers. Got a rumour/hope/dream/tea leaf divination you want to share? You know what to do.
In this preview we look at the French-based powerhouse developer Ubisoft, who have been through a mini-revival of sorts lately, with the majority of their recent works being critically acclaimed (Assassin’s Creed: Origins, South Park: Fractured But Whole, Far Cry 5 etc.). With the company going from strength to strength they’ll want to continue that momentum, so expect a jam-packed showing. We preview Ubisoft’s 2018 E3 conference below.
What we want to see
Hopefully Ubi big bossman Yves Guillemot moonwalks his way on stage before unleashing a torrent of announcements in his cheeky French-English accent that has us spamming Yves emojis (are they a thing?) in the Twitch comments.
This year will make it three years running that I am imploring Ubisoft to announce a new Splinter Cell game, and it seems I am not alone, with many punters hoping for a new Sam Fisher adventure. Watch Dogs 3 is another title that has been garnering fan interest, however Ubisoft has been rather coy on the IP’s future with only a couple of subtle tweets for fans to go off, plus their E3 line-up seems pretty chockers so it’s hard to see where it would fit in.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was one of the surprise hits of last year. The game’s Creative Director has expressed interest in doing a sequel and the fans are equally as keen. Nothing has come out of Montreuil regarding a second iteration, however fans are crossing their fingers for a surprise announcement.
It sounds like Sam Fisher will make an appearance at E3
What we think we’ll see
Given the recent developer livestream I think it’s highly likely that we’ll see more footage of Beyond Good and Evil 2, possibly a proper look at some gameplay. I did think it would be a good shout that we’ll see some new gameplay footage and possibly a release date for Ubi’s upcoming pirate adventure Skull & Bones, that was until it was delayed until 2019-2020 in the company’s 2017-18 earnings report. We may still see it though, perhaps in a smaller capacity. Probably the hottest rumour going around is that a new Splinter Cell will be announced. Rumours have been circulating for ages and the recent Walmart Canada leaks pretty much all but confirms it’ll happen. Lock it in, Yves.
Assassin’s Creed is one of the aforementioned revitalised titles, and fans have already begun to theorise where the series will go next, with a Japan setting seemingly ‘leaked’ earlier this year. A new entry was also part of the Walmart leak, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Ubi closed with a shorter teaser trailer acknowledging its existence.
What we know we’ll see
It wouldn’t be an Ubisoft E3 conference without their usual cringeworthy antics (and we mean that in a nice way), with a showing of highly talented dancers that will put my sprinkler move to shame to promote Just Dance (who buys these games?). Don’t forget the over-scripted gameplay videos that are the opposite of how you and your friends play.
It’s guaranteed we’ll see more footage of Ubi’s open-world racer The Crew 2 thanks to its impending June 29 release, so Ubisoft will want to pump its wheels up as much as possible. The Division 2 was announced earlier this year and an E3 showing was promised, so expect a slick cinematic trailer and possibly a gameplay walkthrough and release date given that Ubi’s recent earnings report stated that the sequel would launch before April 2019.
There’ll be talk of Rainbow Six: Siege in some capacity to satisfy the eSportsters watching. But the finale will be something big, maybe a new IP big I don’t know. I just know it’ll be big. Watch this space.
The Division 2 will be a big part of Ubisoft’s E3 2018 offerings
What do you think Ubisoft will show at E3 2018? Anything you think we’ve missed or that you agree with? Let us know in the comments below.