Ubisoft E3 2019

Ubisoft’s E3 2019 press conference confirmed a lot of rumors and leaks from the weeks before but still had a few surprises in store.

Announcements

First up was a trailer for Watch Dogs Legion, which we got info on last week in a leak. The trailer smoothly transitioned into what appears to be a gameplay demo. It introduced switching between characters, the London setting, and surprisingly, permadeath. The game is coming March 6, 2020 and you can see the trailer below.

Then, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia actor Rob McElhenny took the stage to announce a tv show called Mythic Quest. Debuting on Apple TV+, the show is about the development team behind an MMO titled Mythic Quest. They are on the cusp of debuting their biggest expansion and the show follows their journey as a dev team. Ubisoft’s involvement isn’t clear other than that they are involved. Check out the trailer here.

Next up was a trailer for Rainbow Six Siege‘s Operation Phantom Sight showing off the new operator Warden. No new info apart from the season launching tomorrow. New content is coming to Brawlhalla in the form of Adventure Time DLC. The trailer showed of Finn, Jake and Princess Bubblegum as new characters with a new stage and music. The DLC is available today.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint debuted a new trailer as well featuring Jon Bernthal’s Cole D. Walker. Bernthal then came out on stage (with a dog!) to talk the game up and introduced another trailer from the Ghosts’ perspective. Ubisoft also announced as part of the post-launch plan for the game, AI teammates will be making their return. A beta will arrive on September 5.

In more Tom Clancy news, Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad for mobile was announced and features characters from all games in the Clancy universe. Sadly, this was the only place we got to see Sam Fisher.

Inevitably, Just Dance 2020 was announced and featured a dancing panda musical number. It comes out on the Nintendo Wii still so that’s weird. You do you Ubisoft. For Honor‘s newest DLC trailer featured a ghostly samurai slicing it’s way through players in the Shadows of the Hitokiri.

Operation Phantom Sight wasn’t the only Rainbow Six news at the event. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine is coming in early 2020 and comes from a brand new studio in Ubisoft. The game is a 3 player PvE game within the Rainbow Six universe.

The Division 2 announced a free weekend from June 13 – 16 before talking about their Year One content. Releasing in 3 episodes, the first goes outside the city to a presidential compound, the National Zoo and Kenly college. Episode 2 releases in the fall and will be in the Pentagon and also features the games second raid. The third episode, which got it’s own trailer, will return to New York on Coney Island. Finally, Ubisoft also announced Netflix as a partner for The Division movie they announced a while ago.

Another leak that was confirmed, Uplay+ exclusively on PC for $14.99 a month. Watch the trailer here and pre-register on Ubisoft’s page if you’re interested. Ubisoft also announced it will be available on Stadia in 2020.

Next, Ubisoft revealed Roller Champions (also leaked). The competitive team sports game feels like it was built with esports in mind. At least we can play it soon. Ubisoft announced an E3 demo would be available from June 10 – 14 to play a pre-alpha build.

As the show wrapped up, the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey team announced a brand new IP called Gods & Monsters. Releasing on February 25, 2020 the trailer didn’t have any gameplay but is impressive considering the teams dedication to adding content to AC Odyssey while obviously working on this game as well.

Final Thoughts

Ubisoft’s press conference showed a lot but only had a few compelling games in my opinion. Despite the (numerous) leaks they still had a few surprises. Watch Dogs Legion was easily the most impressive game Ubisoft showed, but their support of older games is respectable as well. Gods and Monsters is a big surprise and something I know I’ll be looking for more info on.

Stay tuned for more E3 2019 info and for a recap of Microsoft’s conference on Sunday click here.

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