E3 2018: Ubisoft Highlights

by Goran Damnjanovic, Gaming Columnist

Published in Gaming and News on 13th June, 2018

Ubisoft offered a more than solid press conference that had lots of interesting games, without much talk that ruined Bethesda's show.

It all started with a dancing act that announced Just Dance 2019 that will come to all consoles including the Nintendo Switch, in 2019. Then we got to see a cool cinematic trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2 where we learned that the protagonist of the first game, Jade, is reportedly the villain in the sequel. A bit of gameplay was shown and it looked rather nice, but we didn't see enough of it to form an opinion. And yeah, you will be able to create and contribute art for the game thanks to Joseph Gordon Lewitt and his company who are providing a chance for people to create and share their art and, maybe, to get their art inside Beyond Good & Evil 2.

Then we had a funny and original announcement of Trials Rising that supports multiplayer and comes out in February 2019 for all consoles (yup, Switch included) and PC. Marrio+ Rabbids gets a Donkey Kong DLC that looks as fun as the original game, and we will also get a new mode for For Honor. And yeah, the game is free until the end of this week.

The Division 2 is set in Washington D.C, during the spring after the outbreak happened, featured in the first game. It looks like the sequel will be even prettier, and it looks like the enemies will be easier to kill, which is great because the first game suffered from a serious case of bullet sponge enemies. The gameplay showed followed the formula set in the first games, with a couple of gameplay variations along with the addition of raids, which will be a part of the Division 2. Also, all DLC for the game will be free, with the first three DLC packs following the March 15 launch of the game.

Then we got a cinematic trailer for Skill & Bones, a pirate game without assassins. The game looks like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, it features the same gameplay, just without Abstergo, Assassins, and Templars. Don't get us wrong, visuals are superb, and ship combat is great. We just hope that developers will add lots of stuff to do, and allow us to explore islands on foot, not just to ride our ship to new battles.

One cool announcement was for a game called Transference that is made by Elijah Wood's game studio. The game combines story driven gameplay with cinematic experience to create an original VR experience that deals with exploring other person's mind. The game looks amazing, just watch the trailer. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a Sci-Fi space fighter game powered by toys, like Disney Infinity. The Nintendo Switch version will feature Fox McCloud from Star Fox.

And for the end, we got lots of details about Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The game will take place in Greece, and you will play as the grandchild of legendary Spartan King Leonidas. The player can play as a man or a woman and the tie connecting this one with previous games (remember, Origins is set hundreds of years in the future compared to Odyssey) is the legendary Spear of Athena that looks like an artifact from "those who came before." While the main character isn't an assassin (since the order was formed by Bayek), we could see some secret society that predates Templars.

Anyway, the game features choices in conversations, a huge map to explore, your own ship you can ride from island to island, huge battles, romantic options, and more. The gem is set for October 5. Odyssey features incredible visuals but we think that Ubisoft should've let developers work on the game a bit more. Oh well, the yearly release schedule for Assassin's Creed has begun, again.

Star of the Show: Assassin's Creed Odyssey. The game brings lots of new elements (or recurring, since we already had ships in a couple of past games), with developers describing it as an RPG experience, meaning that Assassin's Creed finally became a full-fledged RPG game. Biggest Surprise: Transference. It really is something else and we can't wait for it to come out.

Biggest Letdown: Not a single word about Splinter Cell. We really hoped to hear something about Sam.

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