After plenty of announcements made during the Microsoft Conference, Bethesda Conference, Devolver Digital Conference, and the PC Gaming Show, it was finally time for the Ubisoft Conference which took place on June 11 at 1:30 AM (Indian Standard Time). Just like all the previous conferences, this one too had plenty of announcements to make. Let us discuss the highlights of the E3 2019 Ubisoft Conference in detail.
The E3 2019 Ubisoft Conference started off with a gameplay video of Watch Dogs: Legion, which confirmed all our rumors. As is evident from the video, the game is indeed set in a post-Brexit London, a city that is under strict surveillance and authoritarian government rule. And yes, we can indeed control any NPC in the game. The goal of the player is to recruit as many people as possible, build up a resistance, and take the fight to their enemies. For the first time in Watch Dogs franchise, we will get to see permanent death. That’s right, Watch Dogs: Legion will feature permanent death of player characters; however, that does not necessarily mean a “Game Over” since you can recruit any NPC you want. Different characters will have different skill sets and abilities. Some are expert shooters, some are good at hand-to-hand combat, some are really fast hackers, etc. It is up to the player to choose the appropriate character for the right situation.
Watch Dogs: Legion, which is developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is set to release on March 6, 2020 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
Even though it’s been nearly four years since we last saw a Rainbow Six game, fans were least expecting another addition to the franchise given that Ubisoft is still releasing content for Rainbow Six Siege. But Ubisoft surprised us all by revealing their brand new addition to the franchise titled Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine.
The video showed the player character lying on the floor holding a gun. Based on his movement, it seemed like he was trying to hide as distant screams could be heard. An infection was spreading quickly along his left arm. Soon, gunshots were heard and the player character was rescued by two operatives. The title of the game was then revealed along with an expected release date and information about the game. Rainbow Six Quarantine will be a 3-player tactical co-op shooter and unlike it’s predecessor which focused on PvP, this game will focus on cooperative PvE.
“What (Rainbow Six) Siege is to the PvP shooter genre, we (Rainbow Six Quarantine) will be to PvE coop,” – Bio Jade Adam Granger, Lead Game Designer, Ubisoft Montreal.
As revealed in the video, the game will be out in early 2020. No platforms have been announced yet but we can pretty much assume that the game will make it to Google Stadia, alongside other popular platforms, since most new titles are being released for that platform too.
The E3 2019 Ubisoft Conference showed us brand new videos of the game along with some more information about it. In the first video, the game’s antagonist Cole D. Walker is seen addressing his team a.k.a the “Wolves” about their goal. The second video shows the Ghosts fighting their enemies with a voiceover which talks about how they’ll overcome the challenges that they will be facing.
When the game was first revealed a few weeks back, it was announced that Ghost Recon Breakpoint would not have AI teammates for it’s Solo campaign mode. However, at the E3 2019 Ubisoft Conference, Laura Cordrey, Community Developer at Ubisoft Paris announced that they will be bringing back AI teammates to the game.
The game is developed by Ubisoft Paris and published by Ubisoft. It will be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 4, 2019 and for Google Stadia in November, 2019. Nouredine Abboud, Executive Producer at Ubisoft Paris announced at the event that the Beta for Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be out on September 5, 2019.
“You’ll get earliest available access to new games including the premium editions with all their additional content. And you can enjoy the depth of our PC catalogue that includes over 100 games and growing,” – Brenda Panagrossi, Vice President of Platform and Product Management, Ubisoft.
One of the most important announcements made at the E3 2019 Ubisoft Conference is the revelation of Uplay+. Uplay+ is a subscription based service for PC users, where subscribers will have access to a library of over 100 Ubisoft games. The library will include upcoming games such as Watch Dogs: Legion and Ghost Recon Breakpoint, along with all other Ubisoft games. Subscribers will have access to premium editions of the game along with any and all DLCs released for those games. Ubisoft will keep adding new games and related additional content to the Uplay+ library, giving subscribers earliest possible access to them.
Uplay+ will be available from September 3, 2019 and will cost $14.99 per month. However, Ubisoft is offering a one month free trial for anyone subscribing to Uplay+ before August 15. Uplay+ will be available on Google Stadia in 2020 which’ll allow players to play Ubisoft games from any device.
The above announcements were the most important ones made at E3 2019 Ubisoft Conference, but that’s not all. Ubisoft announced a brand new free-to-play PvP sports game titled Roller Champions which is set to release in 2020. Another brand new title which they announced is an open-world game named Gods & Monsters which will be out on February 25, 2020. They also revealed Just Dance 2020 which will be out this November. Coming to Mobile, Ubisoft announced an action RPG game titled Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad which’ll feature various characters from Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell franchise. As for additional content, For Honor is getting a limited time in-game event called Shadows of the Hitokiri, and Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Phantom Sight’s release date was announced to be June 11, 2019.
Plenty of games and content were announced at E3 2019 Ubisoft Conference with all of them launching either this year or next year. Even though we didn’t get to see any new announcements regarding Skull & Bones, or Beyond Good and Evil 2, I guess all of the above information is more than enough to keep us occupied for now. We will surely get to know more details regarding the titles that are already under development by Ubisoft.
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