Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, Far Cry 6, and everything else shown during Ubisoft Forward
The season of kind of but not really E3 continues with Ubisoft. Ubisoft is usually one of the first E3 presentations, but in these strange times, they are one of the last. What will they have to show that can compete with what Sony, EA and other publishers have already shown? Let’s take a look.
Watch Dogs Legion
We saw a largely cinematic trailer for this new Watch Dogs game, largely showing signs of civil unrest.
We did see a few interesting scenes that would be neat if they were actually playable. Surfing on a drone was particularly interesting. It looks like they’ve retooled the graphics to be a little bit more comic book-like, a little bit more colorful. Mostly this was just a showcase of some of the notable NPCs and villains.
We did get to see a little bit more about how each recruitable character is unique. Old ladies are unassuming. Construction workers can use power tools like nail guns and can call their own security drones. Drone experts can hack enemy drones and use their own drones to attack enemies at a distance. Random pub brawlers are good in a fistfight. Hitmen can take down enemies with stealth and lethality. You can even recruit members of the authorities to take them down from the inside.
Phil Spencer even showed up to tell us that Legion will have Smart Delivery, making sure that you will be able to play it on any Xbox if you purchase it later this year. The Series X version even takes advantage of new graphics capabilities, like ray tracing.
Watch Dogs Legion will launch on October 29 this year.
Brawlhalla is hitting the mobile scene. It’s coming to iOS and Android as a free-to-play game with completely customizable controls and cross-play for all platforms. It launches on mobile on August 6 this year.
Might and Magic: Era of Chaos and Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad
No new content was announced for these mobile games but we did get a few new trailers and the offer of new rewards if you sign up now for Might and Magic. Seeing Sam Fisher in mobile cartoon style in Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad is kinda neat though. You can sign up for Might and Magic now and pre-register for Elite Squad today.
Rainbow Six Siege
This was mostly a sizzle reel, but there was one really neat announcement. “There’s no sequel planned, and we plan to be here for the next 10 years.” It’s rare to see such devotion to a game, but with 60 million players, why would Ubisoft want to give up on this for something new?
Man… Ubisoft… do you really have to be so bleak? We already know the world is screwed.
Anyway, in HyperScape you basically get to live in Ready Player One, a massive virtual world to let us escape from the horrible wasteland that is reality. There’s a big multiplayer battle-royale style shooter in the HyperScape, except someone is hacking it, Sword Art: Online style, hurting people in the real world. Can you uncover the HyperScape’s secrets from within the game? Or will you end up being a hacker as well?
What’s really neat about this game is that there’s Twitch integration. Viewers can change the battlefield, the rules, the physics, and much more. The open beta is launching now and the game will be free to play when it launches. The open beta launched this week, and you will get a free battle pass if you start playing today.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Valhalla will tell the story of a Viking chief who leaves Norway to settle in England to establish a new way of life, a new settlement. It doesn’t portray Vikings just as berserkers, but rather as people looking for new land.
You will be able to siege encampments with boats, stage raids on villages and command raiding parties, plus collect resources from these raids to build your own encampments. You will need to rely on your crew to do things like break down doors and steal heavy loot.
By building up your settlement you will be able to unlock new facilities, like stores and smiths for new weapons. At the center of your settlement is a map that will track your progress throughout England and manage your missions.
The enemy diversity in Valhalla is pretty impressive. Some enemies will sneak attack you, some will use the environment to attack you, some will be big bruisers that you have to engage in extended combat with, some will team up with other enemies nearby to grapple you and disarm you. Heck, some will even grab corpses and throw them at you! That’s hardcore.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a new Assassin’s Creed without a bunch of new weapons. You’ll get a long-range harpoon and tether, throwing axes, bows and arrows, shields, axes, spears, flails, swords. You can even dual-wield any two weapons. Want to fight with two shields? You can do that. You can even specifically pull your punches to stun enemies rather than kill, in order to finish them off later or use them for other purposes.
That being said, there are apparently actual historical precedents for Vikings to be stealthy. We even get to see the Assassin Blade make a return. You can use your cloak to blend in with crowds and work your way through villages, gathering information, and stalking your prey.
And it wouldn’t be a modern-day game if there wasn’t an element of open-world survival. You’ll have to explore the land, forage for supplies, hunt for food, and more. Sometimes it’s not the people of England that are your enemies, but gigantic wolves and other beasts. Speaking of, you can basically pile-drive a wolf. I don’t think I need to tell you how awesome that is.
You can also find ruins that will give you new challenges that can strengthen you and your people. There is also loot lying around in abandoned outposts. The more you explore, the stronger you get, the stronger you get, the better you are when you attack enemy towns and fortresses.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will launch on November 17 for Xbox Series X, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Stadia.
Far Cry 6
We got an announcement for Far Cry 6 with a pretty star-studded cast… and a really screwed up cinematic where a young child is forced to hold an active grenade. Once again this is another game about the corruption of power and revolution. It’s kind of hitting different nowadays… but hey, the villain is being played by Giancarlo Esposito, the same guy who played Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad. He does a goooood job.
Far Cry 6 will launch on February 18, 2021. You can pre-order now.
This isn’t going to be the only Ubisoft Forward. It looks like they are joining the ranks of Nintendo Directs and Sony State of Plays where they will be providing us updates throughout the year. This is the new normal everyone. The future of video games is direct.
Watch the presentation in full here: