Ubisoft could be a big winner at E3 this year if the big three fumble.
Ubisoft has a strong portfolio that has new games coming this year, so let’s take a look at them
Ubisoft may have introduced the dreadful Mr Caffeine last year, but their IPs remain strong and they finally introduced a good Rayman platformer. It was very good, and the publisher reaped the rewards, so what does the company have in store next week?
#1: Far Cry 3
The sandbox, open world shooter is great for doing what you want when you want. Far Cry 3 looks no different, cranking up the atmosphere as players explore a tropical island. The beautiful backdrop contrasts the psychedelic action, which promises to be twisted and brutal.
#2: Assassin’s Creed 3
Assassin’s Creed 3 moves away from the Ezio and Altair storylines, and brings the third mainline entry to franchise. Assassin’s Creed 3 introduces the American Revolution as the setting, with a Native American assassin not taking sides.
We’re probably going to see new gameplay mechanics, with pictures showing characters being attached to trees. The environment also apparently impacts movement, so snow will slow the assassins down while I imagine towns and forests will provide faster movement.
A Rayman game?!
#3: Rayman Legends
Yes, we’re getting a sequel to Rayman Origins despite Ubisoft not investing in the game at all. The long-term seller for Ubisoft will produce a sequel that continues offering varies environments, introduces multiplayer mini-games and includes NFC according to the leaked trailer. Whether Ubisoft will actually invest or continue with five-man team remains to be seen, but I’m excited even if I don’t like the monetisation. People bought the game because it’s a platformer.
#4: Wii U Exclusives
Ubisoft produced plenty of sub-part games for the Wii, and unfortunately will be offering support for the Wii U. I’m not sure Nintendo wants a flood of Ubisoft tiles at launch, so hopefully this won’t happen. Now if something like Rayman Legends was Wii U-exclusive, then I’d be excited.
When to Watch
Ubisoft are third up at E3, and the final company to talk on Monday June 4. It begins 3PM PDT for around 60 minutes, and can be viewed on YouTube or the Uplay hub. So clear your schedules, because Monday’s busy.