Ubisoft E3 2015 Conference Summary

Ubisoft’s E3 conferences are known for showing a large number of games that cover the entire gaming spectrum (that, and having their conference awkwardly hosted by Aisha Tyler): shooters, action, puzzle, racing, casual… If you can name it, Ubisoft probably is showing something like it. This year was no different. As such, I’m only going to be covering the big announcements here. If you want more info about Just Dance 2016 or expansions to games that are already out, well… Sorry.

First up, Matt Stone and Trey Parker surprised fans by announcing a sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth, with South Park: The Fractured But Whole (heh heh). As a huge fan of Stick of Truth, I couldn’t be more excited to see the South Park boys at it again, especially with a superhero theme this time. This is like my dream game.

Next, Ubisoft debuted a new IP, a medieval action game called For Honor. I’m not going to lie, I really don’t know how to feel about this one. The idea seems solid, but it feels like another generic game that will be in everyone’s Steam library. The generation-spanning cinematic trailer looks beautiful, though.

More footage of The Division was next in the show’s lineup. There isn’t too terribly much new to say about the game, as the gameplay shown looked fantastic, but not really new compared to what we’ve already seen. I do love the whole concept of the rogue agents though, and the fact that you can’t even trust those on your own squad. It adds a nice layer of complexity and intrigue to the system.

As is to be expected, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate was one of Ubisoft’s flagship titles this year. It… looks like Assassin’s Creed. I don’t know what else to say about it. If you like Assassin’s Creed, you’ll probably like Syndicate. If you don’t, it’s probably not going to make you a believer.

Finally, Ubisoft unveiled another Tom Clancy game: Ghost Recon Wildlands. This co-op shooter is an open world game that has you, from the looks of the trailer, take on missions however you choose to do them in order to take down drug cartels. It looks to really embrace the “play your way” model, and it looks to be pretty fun, if a bit derivative.

Nothing really earth-shattering at Ubisoft’s show this year. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is Assassin’s Creed, The Division still looks great but we didn’t really see anything new from it, and the new IPs are kind of average. There’s always next year. But what do you think? Yay? Nay? Let us know in the comments.

Jordan Barbeau

A simple man with simple tastes. Games, comics and movies are all I need to be happy.

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