E3 2015: Ubisoft Press Conference

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Monday, June 15, 2015

For more information from E3 2015, check out our other features: Bethesda conference, Microsoft Conference, Electronic Arts conference, Sony conference, Nintendo conference, Square Enix conference.

South Park: The Fractured But-Whole:

Wow, did this come out of left field. At first, I was expecting a remastered version of the Stick of Truth on current gen systems, but instead, it’s an entirely new game and I can’t wait. I’m a huge fan of South Park and The Stick of Truth was amazing.

For Honor:

Not much was shown aside from a great CGI trailer, but it definitely looks cool. Soon after, we get a glimpse of console gameplay running on a PS4 with two teams of four players battling each other in medieval combat. The demo went off without a hitch and gory executions are always appreciated.

The Crew:

After a release last year, the surprisingly fun racing game will be getting an expansion. The expansion, titled Wild Run, will be live on November 17th.

Trials Fusion:

Awesome Level Max expansion pack will release on July 14th, 2015.

The Division:

Bless you, Ubisoft. The little taste for The Division that we were given during Microsoft’s conference was painfully short but it looks like we’ll be getting another good taste of gameplay. Aside from Mass Effect: Andromeda, I think this is the game I’m most excited for in the coming year. This new trailer shows off how you can interact with both AI’s and other players in-game. It looks amazing. There will be a multiplayer beta in December for the Xbox One, with betas for PlayStation 4 and PC early in 2016.

The Division will be available on March 8th, 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Anno 2205: 

Interesting space game. Looks like some sort of Sims-style creation game. Looks really cool.

 Just Dance 2016:

The biggest music video game franchise of all time. The 2016 iteration will not require a motion capture device because you’ll be able to use your phone.

Rainbow Six: Siege:

A story trailer shows off a small bit of the backstory to the game. They announce that TerroHunt is returning to the series and give us a live demo. The demo was actually very enjoyable and I’ll happily try out the beta when it launches on September 24th across all platforms.

TrackMania Turbo:

A fun, colorful racing game. Makes me imagine what it would be like if I was actually driving matchbox cars. Tracks are varied and fun. There are two track combinations, but they’ve also got a track builder that randomly generates new maps on the fly.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate:

As usual, Ubisoft starts showing off their annual game with a gritty and well rendered CGI trailer to paint the picture of your protagonist and the time period he’s living in. It’s nice seeing the new grappling hook mechanic shown off.

The story takes place during the industrial revolution. The first Assassin’s Creed game to take place during “modern times”.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands:

This came out of left field too. I thought we might see a new Splinter Cell teased, but as soon as the trailer started it was hard to tell what it was – aside from the fact it wasn’t Splinter Cell. The only words really said before the trailer was that they “wanted to re-imagine what we knew of a beloved franchise” (or something to that effect). My first thought was Just Cause, then possibly Far Cry…then after a minute or two I thought, “Ghost Recon…? GHOST RECON!!”. The trailer shows off tackling a few scenarios from a guns blazing perspective to stealth. It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to hear more from it.

Our impressions:

Wow. While the middle of their conference was predictable, Ubisoft started the show with a game no one expected and ended with one too. In a world where half of the E3 line ups are guaranteed, expected or leaked, it’s great to see a publisher not only hold down the fort for information on one game, but two.

Full conference video:

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