E3 2015: Ubisoft Press Event Livestream, Highlights, and Announcements
The Ubisoft Press Event gets underway from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Cutting straight to the action, it's South Park: The Fractured But Whole... yes, you read that right! Only South Park could get away with such a title and still have it make sense. Aisha Tyler, the host of the press event, introduces South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They discuss their displeasure with wearing the hands-free mics, dropping the first set of f-bombs of the afternoon (definitely a hard-edged theme throughout the presser).
While Stone and Parker swore they were never going to make another game, apparently success and a solid game structure already in place has convinced them to come back for a second go-'round. South Park: The Fractured But Whole continues the story where Stick of Truth leaves off. Players will once again play as the new kid, but this time we will get a deeper look at the player character's back-story, and find out just how his butthole has become so powerful. Get ready for goofy superhero gameplay in everyone's favorite Colorado mountain town.
Next up is an appearance from Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot. Ubi's honcho introduces, quite cryptically, a new brutal IP called For Honor. This is a Ubisoft Montreal production, and creative director Jason Vandenberg describes the game as a new type of gameplay Ubi calls "The art of battle". At first glance the gameplay is reminiscent of Dynasty Warriors, but it soon becomes clear that this is a fresh take on the action genre. Playing on bloody, medieval battlefields, players will join up with their friends and AI soldiers and take on other human and AI factions in grand multiplayer melee battles. The emphasis here is on team-based strategy, as well as individual swordplay. Rather than button-mashing your way to success, players will have to hone their fighting skills much like that of classic 3D fighters such as Tekken. With a suite of parries, powerful attacks, and brutal finishing moves at your disposal, the objective appears to be to hack through AI minions in order to get into head-to-head PvP battles with human opponents.
In super-quick succession, Ubisoft gave us a glimpse at both The Crew: Wild Run expansion pack, which boasts "Bigger. Faster. Wilder." tracks and events, and Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max, which is a fanciful add-on starring a rogue cat mounted on a fire-breathing unicorn. This expansion to Trials Fusion brings with it 30 all-new tracks on July 14th.
Ubisoft then changed gears from silly to serious with Tom Clancy's The Division. Ryan Barnard, Game Director at Massive Entertainment, introduced the Dark Zone demo. This is a multiplayer playground where you can take on AI or human players with your crew of friends (enemies?). Ubisoft made the point through in-game chatter that players will have to be judicious in the obstacles they take on. While there is a lot of valuable loot to be garnered in the Dark Zone, there are high-level AI and not-necessarily-friendly, human-controlled PCs. Join up with these roving bands to take on tough opponents, or even turn on each other when one group is weakest so you don't have share the precious loot. Heck, you can even turn on your squad mates and relieve them of their hard-earned plunder. Tom Clancy's The Division will release simultaneously on all platforms March 8th, 2016.
Next up is Ubisoft's futuristic city-builder, Anno 2205. A short teaser trailer was offered, displaying a beautiful, strategic world that goes beyond Earth, allowing players to harvest the solar system to fuel their expansion.
You can't have a Ubisoft press event without Just Dance, and Jason Altman, the latest game's Executive Producer, reveals Just Dance 2016. In order to do so in style, a live performance by Jason Derulo of "Want to Want Me" gets things rolling. Just Dance 2016 will release on all platforms in October of 2015. If you play the game on Wii U, Xbox One, or PS4, you can pay for a monthly subscription to Just Dance Unlimited, which is a streaming service that brings new songs all year long.
Then it was on to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege. This game features close-quarters combat and permadeath. Genevieve Forget, along with the of five players, demoed Terrohunt. This features methodical, team-focused gameplay. This demo was just one of four Terrohunt modes, which players will be able to play, along with PvP mode, when the Beta starts on Sept. 24th, 2015 on all platforms.
Back to arcade gameplay, Trackmania Turbo is set to come to new gen consoles with customizable maps and even a random map generator making for infinite tracks.
Then came Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. Set in 1868 Industrial Revolution London. This version of the AC franchise has a decidedly steampunk vibe. Tasking players with recruiting thugs for the Rooks; a gang that seeks to "Take Back London".
Yves Guillemot returns to introduce a brand new project. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Taking on the ruthless Santa Blanca drug cartel, players can choose to take on the massive open world in any number of ways including Long Range, Stealth, and Ambush tactics. All three styles produce vastly different gameplay scenarios. The game is in development at Ubisoft Paris.
Once again, Ubisoft will be in Los Angeles to host its E3 2015 Conference at the Orpheum Theater on June 15 at 3:00 PM Pacific Time, armed with the latest on Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege, just to name a few games.
Cutting his gaming teeth at Aladdin's Castle and on the Commodore 64, JC entered into video game journalism in 2008. Helping run GameDynamo as its director is both a dream and a rewarding challenge.
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