E3 2019 Predictions – Ubisoft
With E3 under two weeks away it is time for the P2 team to get together and do what they do best, make wildly inaccurate predictions about what is going to appear at the big show. Even though it seems like E3 is a little bit smaller this year, we are still excited to see what rolls out. Now we take a look at the Tom Clancy powered might of Ubisoft.
Crazy dancers. If you can always be sure of one thing at E3, it is that Ubisoft will have crazy dancers come out and promote the 400th version of Just Dance and hey, I am ok with that. It is always a fun little segment in the conference that never drags too much and while the games aren’t for me, there must be someone, somewhere buying these bloody things.
Look, I have made it no secret that the world needs Sam Fischer. I want my high tech goggles, my weird looking curved knife and my mean looking silenced pistol. I want to kick down doors and shoot three tagged enemies in the head in quick successions. I want a stupidly insane cyber-terrorist story about computer hackers that are also ex-Mossad agents. I want Micheal Ironside. I want a lot of things and it is looking more and more likely that this one will make its debut during the show, possibly with a teaser during the Xbox conference and then the full reveal during the Ubisoft one.
It is time to once again dive into the world of the elite hacker and protect the world from Facebook and Google. It has been a few years now since the criminally underrated Watch Dogs 2 hit the shelves and I am ready for more hacking based fun. That is, as long as the story keeps the same path as number 2 and doesn’t return to the drudgery of the first game.
More details about the new Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint before its October release seems likely. Hopefully we’re not shooting more drug dealers – the whole South American drug cartel aspect of Wildlands was a bit stale for my taste.
Any updates or upcoming features for The Division 2 seems like a safe topic for Ubisoft to talk about, but whether it’s something worth bringing up at a big fancy E3 presentation is yet to be seen.
Any breadcrumbs about the supposed next Assassin’s Creed title, Ragnarok. Either that or a Mario & Rabbids sequel. Or a new Rayman title. I just want to be the big squishy frog and be bad at platformers, dang it!
Announced just a short time ago with a cinematic trailer and a release date of October 4th, Ubisoft will be sure to show off what players can look forward to in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint as they sneak and kill their way through the fictitious island of Aurora.
The Assassins Creed series keeps getting stronger and stronger after embracing the hybrid RPG elements in Origins and Odyssey and now Ubi is bringing us Viking assassins. We know that the game won’t be out until next year, but that does not mean that Ubi won’t have some footage to get us excited about the prospect of being a ravaging Viking.
Come on Ubi it is time to bring Sam Fisher in from the cold and let him do what he does best. Sneaking around and being voiced by Michael Ironside.
Ubisoft will announce further updates for The Division 2 so you can shoot more gangs in grubby Washington D.C. There have been rumours about the next Assassin’s Creed featuring a Nordic Viking setting, too. Whether that’s true or not, expect to see something AC-related.
Also, we’ll see more developers get to present their own work, showing more adorable reactions of their delight at getting through presentations unscathed.
Ubisoft’s unlikely partnership with Nintendo proved to be a success in the form of Mario + Rabbids, so they announce one of two things. One: a sequel that expands on the ambitious crossover in every conceivable way – more characters, bigger encounters, and loads more abilities. Or two: another Rabbids crossover in a different genre – perhaps Rayman can join Mario for some 2D platforming action akin to Origins and Legends?
Those Ubisoft scamps. Tweeting out teases of another Splinter Cell in the pipeline. Many chortles were had. Except that they were being deadly serious, and Sam Fisher himself in full stealth kit crashes the E3 presentation to announce his new game. It will be a stealth-em-up for the ages. Please, Ubisoft, you’ve had a great few years – make it even better by throwing a Splinter Cell-shaped bone to us ravenous hounds.
Stephen del Prado
We can be sure Ubisoft will be keeping any wretched politics out of their suspiciously political-looking titles, including anything falling under the Tom Clancy banner. Outside of that, we already know there are some surprise announcements coming and I expect Skull and Bones to take Assassins Creed’s place on Ubi’s schedule this year.
Surely Beyond Good and Evil 2 will receive a decent amount of screen time? As we now move towards 16 years since the original release, I can’t help but think if this doesn’t get a serious push in 2019 it runs the risk of quietly slipping off the radar and disappearing altogether. I have to think that Watch Dogs 3 is on the cards, if only for good friend of Player2 Raygun Brown.
Ubisoft promises once again to stop neglecting the UbiArt engine and release some smaller titles in the vein of Valiant Hearts. Jake Gyllenhaal takes the stage to announce an upcoming Prince of Persia title in development for next-gen consoles which looks suspiciously similar to the Uncharted series.
Game companies all have a similar PR strategy in the lead up to E3 every year. Release a teaser trailer then wow everyone with all the best bits including a release date on the weekend of E3. This year that game seems to be the new Ghost Recon (Breakpoint). The trailer itself seemed to get some mixed reactions online and it’s my prediction that we’ll see Ubisoft squash all those concerns with a carefully structured gameplay trailer.
Is it possible for Ubisoft to go a year without hinting or teasing something about Assassins Creed? *shakes magic 8-ball* – “Outlook, not so good”. Well there you have it. We can’t blame them of course; it seems that fans can’t get enough of the series and more power to them for delivering to that crowd! The real question is what we’ll actually see, DLC, sequel? TV Series? Who knows, all I know is that they’ll definitely be throwing something that way to keep everyone hooked.
It’s been too long since I’ve seen something from Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell. So long in fact that I think it’s the perfect time to announce something for both of them and have it still felt fresh! I’m not talking something minor either, I want a full-fledged sequel with all the bells and whistles, the kind of trailer that I’ll replay 20 more times because the first 19 was hard to make out with tears in my eyes.
Ubisoft is usually a bit more predictable than they are in 2019. You can usually bank on Assassin’s Creed as the headline act and others to fill in the gaps, but with some games (Skull & Bones for example) already confirmed to be absent, the load falls to other, lesser-profiled games to carry the weight for the publisher. One game is a certainty to appear though, the recently revealed Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. The reception to its debut the other week has been extremely positive and the turnaround until the release is quite short, so expect to see plenty of that at E3
Rumours have swirled about a London based Watch Dogs 3 for a while now, and Ubisoft isn’t shooting down the speculation. Whether the location is right remains to be seen but it seems increasingly likely that we’ll be getting a Watch Dogs 3 reveal and blowout at E3 ahead of what I expect to be a Q3/4 release.
*Ctrl C* *Ctrl V*. Excuse me while I copy and paste my comment from last year into this space… Surely it’s time!
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