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E3 2013: Ubisoft Media Briefing Re-Cap

/ Jun 10th, 2013 No Comments

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Ubisoft is the only press conference not televised live on Spike, but is live streamed from various network. The show started off with Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains playing live on stage to show off the newest Rocksmith that will launch in 2014. After a demo of Rocksmith, host Aisha Tyler came on stage to kick off Ubisoft’s offering. They made the smartest move of any company to have a professional host their event.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist came on after Tyler’s short introduction, which revealed that Spy vs. Mercs multiplayer mode will make a return in the game. The trailer showed off more of what will comprise the themes, story and characters in the newest Splinter Cell. The Blacklist is a terrorist group that Sam Fisher must stop in his latest espionage affair. Blacklist will be available soon releasing on August 20.

Next up another beloved Ubisoft character makes his apperance, Rayman, who returns in his latest game in Rayman Legends. The newest trailer showed off some cool pre-rendered CGI animations highlighting Legends’ newest character, Barbara, along with Rayman and Globlox. After that animation, a trailer full of new footage, gameplay, levels and enemies played, highlighting the game’s over 120 levels and gorgeous visuals. Rayman Legends launches on multiple systems on September 3 for Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita.

Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot was up after Rayman Legends. This is Ubisoft’s loot grab game that looks to compete with other successful games in a similar vein. After announcing that The Mighty Quest is now in closed-beta, Ubisoft showed a trailer for the game, which gave a look at the art style and sense of humor. The tone goes from slapsticky to down right filthy by the end of the game.

South Park: The Stick of Truth makes an updated appearance after some huge questions about the status of the game. Tyler introduced the game and the latest trailer for it. The trailer showcased the show’s signature humor and the show’s art design. At the end of the trailer, South Park: the Stick of Truth was announced for a Holiday season release in 2013 or maybe 2014, video games!

Next-Gen time, Tyler introduced Yves Guillemot to start off the next-gen segment of the show.

The first game up was The Crew, a street racing game and like all next-gen titles looked slick, but the entire thing was a pre-rendered cut scene. The trailer ended with a crew of cars taking out an armored truck in a crazy heist. Tyler came back out and introduced the Creative Director of the game came out to talk about The Crew. It will be an open-world game, where a crew of cars need to infiltrate another gang, one city at a time. It will feature an online persistent world. The game can be played single-player or every mission can be played co-op. Finally, a live demo was displayed showing off how the game handled various missions and multiplayer. There is no online multiplayer hub, everything happens in real-time. While not as pretty as the cinematic trailer, the game looks good in-game. The Crew is slated for an early 2014 release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The Crew

The Crew

Watch Dogs came on next with Dominic Gray, Senior Producer of Watch Dogs to talk about the game ad the themes of digital information. A new trailer for Watch Dogs played after his introduction. The trailer has Aiden Pierce bumping into a random person on the street, hacking his phone and using that information to get revenge on the scum of Chicago. He uses his smart phone and the hack to infiltrate a kidnapping and smuggling operation. As he takes out a room of bad people, the cops pursue him and he uses his phone to escape by causing a blackout and exposing the man’s secrets to the world. Gray promised more surprises during E3 for Watch Dogs.

To wash the gritty realism of Watch Dogs off the palette, Ubisoft brought out Just Dance 2014, which was so silly that Tyler could not keep a straight face. And she is a professional. It has 6-player dances now. On-stage mode, which allows for one person to dance with two people backing up. Just Dance DJ allows players to control the songs. Party Master is a Wii U function that allows one person to use the GamePad to control the action (and possibly other off-screen features on next-gen consoles #smartglass). Just Dance will be available on October 2014 on all platforms including Next-Gen.

Tyler talked about Ubisoft’s Motion Picture branch and their next plans to bring the Rabbids to the small screen. Rabbids Invasion will bring Rabbids to TV with Nickelodeon. The show is an interactive TV show and Ubisoft displayed a trailer to show the direction, look and tone of the show; and how the interactive portion will work. Adrian Lacey came out on stage to talk about how Rabbids Invasion will integrate interaction. Rabbids Invasion will be a close partnership with Microsoft to use the Xbox One to utilize the Kinect 2.0 to interact. Viewers can interact with the show through missions and simple motions using Kinect. Rabbids Invasion The Interactive TV Show will be available later.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag entered the show with a new trailer to show off the detail of the next-gen. The trailer sees Edward Kenway drinking in a bar when the authorities show up, hiding around. The bar then erupts in a brawl and Edward assassinates the main authority to steal some money. Fleeing in his ship, the authorities pursue him leading to a naval battle on the high seas. The sea battle soon leads to the pirates boarding the enemy ship and Kenyway dispatching of foes in swordplay. Kenway finally takes out the captain of ship. Assassination is the game still even with piracy involved. There was a lot of pirate talk. Lastly, Ubisoft showed off in-game footage from Black Flag, which looked very pretty.

Another next-gen game followed Black Flag, which was Trials Fusion. A next-gen update to the addicting Xbox Live Arcade and PC game. Also, a mobile version in Trials Frontier accompanied the next-gen reveal for Fusion. Fusion will appear on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PC. The game will feature a new system to allow for trick in air. Frontier will launch exclusively for mobile phone.

Tom Clancy's The Division

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Yves Guillemot came out back on stage to give that “One more thing” moment. He announced a next-gen open world, online, RPG from Massive Entertainment. They showed off a trailer for the newest game. This new game deals with themes that Watch Dogs and other similar next-gen games are dealing with in humanity’s reliance on technology, but this game will replace that with a larger focus on money. The game begins with a pandemic dealing massive damage to the global economy and how Black Friday is the epicenter for it. A simulation of how the collapse will happen followed the setup of facts. This will be about survival and how people will deal with the collapse of society. What Will It Take to Save What Remains? is the tag line for the game.

Massive Entertainment announced the new game, Tom Clancy’s The Division and showed off some online gameplay that showed off PS4 and tablet co-op. Tom Clancy’s The Division releases on Xbox One and PS4 at to be announced release date.

  

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

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