This time of year is basically Christmas for gamers. News, reveals, surprises and teases all appear during E3 that get players hyped for the next wave of games coming to their favourite system. Here at Player2 we thought it would be fun to look at the upcoming E3 and make some predictions as to what we will see coming. So Matt, Stevie, Adam, Stephen and Jenn sat down and thought about what we will see, what we might see and what would be nice to see. We will be doing one predictions article per conference in the lead up to E3. In this edition we shine the light on Ubisoft.
E3 Predictions 2015 – Ubisoft
New Assassins Creed – I know right? I think I’m part of the very exclusive club called ‘everyone’ who figured this out.
Watch Dogs 2 – Even though it was a bit of a let down, I suspect that they’ll be wanting to run with this title a little more and hopefully, learn from their mistakes and deliver a much better title (pro-tip: make your protagonist and story suck less).
Valiant Hearts spiritual sequel – A straight sequel wouldn’t do so well, a spiritual sequel done in a very similar vein to this hit game, on the other hand, would go down quite nicely!
Assassin’s Creed- Since Unity was apparently one giant, buggy nope-fest, Ubisoft has to revive the popular franchise with something new and fresh and what better time to do it? This is one that I’m incredibly excited for since Victorian society is something I’m strangely obsessed with for some reason. Bring on more information!
Watch Dogs 2- This game got a lot of mixed reviews but sold incredibly well, so a sequel will probably be announced at some point. Whether it’s this year though- I don’t know. The company has a lot of upcoming titles it could talk about instead, so this category for me is pretty much just one big grab bag.
A brand new IP – I cannot wait to see something brand new from Ubisoft. There’s been murmurings in the rafters for a while now regarding a brand new title but nothing concrete to go on. As strong as some sequels and spin offs to video games can be, something new would be a refreshing change of pace in this year’s E3.
Stephen del Prado
Ubisoft go to great pains to highlight how much effort has been put into Assassins Creed: Syndicate to ensure the ‘Unity’ debacle doesn’t repeat itself. The game itself looks great, but there are inevitable complaints about a lack of boating.
Watch Dogs 2 is teased and will now star Rayman because test groups found him to be a more compelling protagonist that Aiden Pearce. In an effort to fix some of the issues with the first game, more focus will be placed on story and less on time-wasting side missions and collectibles.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is coming, and it is glorious. It is everything fans have hoped for and will in no way disappoint or compromise on its design.
The Division – Originally my safe bet just said “something something Tom Clancy” until I suddenly remembered The Division still hasn’t actually been released. Having checked on its progress, I see it’s been delayed by a year for the second time, so I imagine Ubisoft are going to want to reassure folk that it’s still a thing.
Watch Dogs sequel – After the confirmation at last year’s E3 that Watch Dogs would be a series, and the drama earlier in the year after ‘Watch Dogs 2’ was spotted on some poor bugger’s LinkedIn resume, I would not be at all surprised if this ends up being one of their big reveals.
Prince of Persia 2008 sequel: 2 Nolan 2 North – I think my Uncharted IV anticipation is starting to leak. A Drake by any other name would sound as sweet…!
Rainbow Six will be in the house. After a massive break since the last game Rainbow Six is back with Siege and will be one of Ubi’s big titles at E3 2015. I would love this to be a big hit as playing the originals was a blast. Also another safe bet for E3 is that Aisha Tyler will once again be the only presenter worth watching. Ubisoft get that one right every year.
It is probably time for something Rayman related to pop up. The last two Rayman games, for mine, have out Mario’d Mario so I am keen for more of the limbless hero’s jaunts. More music levels are a must Ubisoft.
Sam Fisher is back chasing terrorists blah, blah. Frankly the story in most Splinter Cell games is so techno spy I tune out. Luckily the gameplay is ace. Blacklist is hands down my favourite stealth title of all time so I am more than happy to see Sam Fisher silencing generic terror suspects once again.
Other Predictions: Microsoft – Sony – Nintendo – EA – Bethesda – Square Enix