Like EA, Ubisoft have lost a lot of consumer fate over the last few years, especially after Watch Dogs and Assassins Creed Unity. That said, it is not too late for them to regain that trust, and E3 is the best place to start. As is the norm, Ubisoft will take place between the EA and Sony Conferences on Monday the 15th of June at 3pm PT.
Ubisoft have some massive triple A IP’s, but they have also shown to be more willing than other publishers to put out creative, low budget games such as Valiant Hearts, Grow Home and Rayman Legends, with their UbiArt Engine and Ubisoft Montpellier being a major contributor to such titles.
What could they have in store for us? Lets have a look!
Assassins Creed and Tom Clancy:
Assassins Creed: Syndicate, Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division are Ubisofts front runners, and will be their major earners over the next year or so. Naturally these will be heavily promoted at the event.
Assassins Creed: Syndicate will be the ninth major installment releasing on October 23rd, and will be the first game in the series where you can freely switch between two different protagonist. The game has also removed the multiplayer component first introduced in Brotherhood. This is one of their bigger games, and want to make up for the release of Assassins Creed Unity, so I expect gameplay and maybe a quick trailer also. Outside that I doubt there will be much else as they have announced quite a bit already.
Syndicate isn’t the only Assassins Creed in development, as the 2.5D series Assassins Creed Chronicles is also in the works with a total of 3 games. China has already released, with India and Russia on the way, and it has seen moderate critical and commercial success. India will be the next game in the Chronicle series, and they will likely show a trailer and give the official release date for later this year.
Rainbow Six: Siege, releasing on October 13th 2015, is another big release from Ubisoft with a major focus on tactical multiplayer gameplay. On it’s announcement they showed scripted gameplay, and am sure that they will do something similar at E3. They will probably cover some of the classes in that gameplay also. Outside that we know about as much as we need, so I doubt we will see much else.
The Division is probably the most anticipated one of these games, and was one of the best looking games to be announced at E3 2013. The original release was scheduled for 2015, but has been delayed to 2016, which should end up far better for the game. Earlier in the year I predicted that it would be one of the years biggest disappointments if it didn’t get the delay it needed, as it is highly ambitious, but now with the delay I have a lot more hope for the game. They should show gameplay representative of the current version and a better idea of when it will release, which should be late 2016.
Following the success of Rayman Origins and Legends, it is highly likely that an new game in the series is being developed. Legends was the last one to release in 2013, and two years is more than enough time have have made serious progress on a new game in a big series, though they will likely announce it for early 2016.
The game better have the music sections, because they were fantastic.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist released in 2013, and I think it is the time that they will announce a new one, especially with the hype surrounding Tom Clancy games at the moment. Hopefully sneaking will be a much bigger part of this game, as the last two games were much more aggressive than the earlier titles.
They more than likely won’t have any gameplay to show, but rather just a short reveal trailer and a general release date of 2016.
Brothers in Arms:
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 was announced at E3 2011, being developed by Gearbox Software. Since then we have heard nothing, but I think we will be getting word on a new game this year. The game was much different to previous titles, scrapping the tactical squad based shooter for something closer to Borderlands just set in WWII. I am thinking that the game was canned, instead opting to start over again.
With 3 to 4 years, it has been more than enough time to make serious progress towards another game in the series, and expect it to get announced at this years E3. It would also benefit as many have been getting sick of shooters set in modern and futuristic settings, and would like a good WWII shooter to mix things up a bit (which is odd since they saturated the market 10 years ago).
Just Dance 2016:
Ubisoft will likely reveal Just Dance 2016 at the event for later this year, with release most likely in October. This will be the 7th game in the series of the annualized dance franchise. Ubisoft will show some gameplay and give it an official release date.
Ubisoft always have one surprise for us, and I doubt that will change any time soon. Last year it was The Division, and the year before that it was Watch Dogs, both of which blew us away… until Watch Dogs released and was actually mediocre.. but still, doesn’t change the fact we were excited for it at the time. Whatever this is, I expect them to show a good chunk of gameplay like with those two, with a general release date.
What you wont see – Far Cry:
I highly doubt a new Far Cry will be announced at this E3, as they seem to be releasing the game every two years, so now would be too early to make an announcement on that. Next year is far more plausible, but there is the possibility that they will announce some new DLC like that of Blood Dragon for Far Cry 4.
Ubisoft tend to be the harder conference to predict, as they have a long list of IP’s and generally jump around quite a bit, but I think I am close to the money shot on this years. Hopefully all these games won’t require you to look for towers in order to unlock the map.
What do you think though? Do you agree with my predictions, or do you see something else taking the stage? Let us know in the comments!