E3 2017: Ubisoft Mostly Hits The Mark

Is it really a Ubisoft E3 press conference without Aisha Tyler? This year’s event definitely had a different feel to it, but it wasn’t just Tyler’s absence. This was Ubisoft at its most focused, for once making it all about the games and not the crazy dance parties and other nonsense.

Except when they made it about crazy dance parties and other nonsense, of course.

A Very Special Guest

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot and video game icon Shigeru Miyamoto shared the stage to start the show and (officially) unveil Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, complete with replica guns and a simply delightful photo op.

The game itself is a turn-based tactical adventure that looks to involve a lot of running and collecting coins. The game looks weird as hell and definitely unlike any Mario game so far.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed Origins (Ubisoft)

Creative Director Ashraf Ismail introduced Assassin’s Creed Origins which just looks incredible. I know I said yesterday that it’s tough to care about a new one, but I was so, so wrong. Check out the latest trailer below and join in me counting down the days until October 27.

 

 The Crew 2 Has Pretty Much Every Vehicle

Don’t feel like driving? Grab a motorcycle. Or a boat. Or a plane. All in a massive open world, of course—this is a Ubisoft game, after all. And it looks great. It’s currently scheduled for release in early 2018.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

The game, which looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun is still scheduled for release October 17. For now.

Transference Is… Something

Ubisoft and SpectreVision have joined forces for this trippy, psychological thriller that looks like it’s going to try hard to blur the lines between movies and games.

I’m 100% in.

 

Naval Combat Returns

Skull & Bones marks the return of everybody’s favorite part of Assassin’s Creed III, and it looks like a blast. This could be the game that gets me to care about shared world multiplayer games, because I don’t see a version of this world in which I don’t play Skull & Bones.

Here’s to hoping it actually works well solo too.

 

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Completely Misses The Mark

Want more physical junk to go along with your games but don’t want to have toys related to franchises you love, whether new or old? This will probably be your jam.

 

Far Cry 5 Needs To Come Out Now

Seriously. Right now. Just give me an army of Boomers along with it.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 Exists

This one’s been rumored and anticipated for years, and it finally, officially, exists. Without even a hint of a release date, of course. It looks epic, and it should be a hit with fans of vulgar anthropomorphic animals everywhere.

I have no experience with the original, but the sheer scope this one seems to have is more than enough to get my interest. Check out the announcement trailer. You won’t regret it, even if you (like me) don’t know what the hell to make of it at first.

Other thoughts: South Park gets a mobile game and Steep gets an Olympics themed expansion. Cool? Just Dance 2018 might feature a homeless panda.


 

I’ll be back tonight with my thoughts on the PlayStation conference. Until then, what was your favorite part of Ubisoft’s conference? Sound off in the comments.

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