E3 2017 - Ubisoft Press Conference Abridged

It's always a little refreshing how the publisher press conferences are light on both games and news, but still fun. They're less about business power moves and more about just letting you know what to expect between now and a year or two in the future. I can dig it. I dug the Ubisoft show.

New Games

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle leaked a few days ago, but it's a lot less terrible an idea now that we've seen it in action. For starters, it has a great look about it and the Rabbids influence leads to some effective physical comedy. The real positive, though, is that the game is basically a Mario & Luigi game, with combat similar to X-COM: Enemy Unknown. It looks like a great mash up of ideas and I honestly don't think there's a Switch game I'm more interested in playing now.

The Crew 2 had a really trippy, Inception-like trailer. The game will involved racing with multiple vehicle types, including 4x4's, boats, planes, and obviously cars. It's scheduled for next year and they're taking sign-ups for a beta right now.

Frodo "Elijah Wood" Baggins showed up in a really atmospheric teaser trailer about... I don't really know. He was pushing a VR game called Transference, I think. You be the judge of this one. I saw it and I don't know what I saw.

Next up was the debut of Skull & Bones! This is the game they've made to continue the line of piratin' games after the success of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. I believe they implied there would be a single player campaign, but, following a trailer, they showed a gameplay demo of the game's PvP multiplayer. It's certainly unique. It has a look that will immediately be familiar to AC fans, but a reliance on team-based gameplay that should make it a very different game. How crazy is it that we now have two large-scale online pirate games in development?

There's a Just Dance 2018. A lady named Bebe Rexha sang a song that I'm a little embarrassed for liking.

A South Park mobile game is coming this year! It goes by the name of South Park Phone Destroyer and it looks like it might be a card game. We all know I'm a sucker for digital card games, so expect to hear about that thing here. No word on a pricing model.

We saw an intense trailer for a new game called Starlink: Battle for Atlas, which releases next year. It seemed like a somewhat unremarkable space combat game, until they showed that it's a toys-to-life game with a twist. You're building a ship on your controller IRL and switching components off and on to change your capabilities in game. I would have lost my mind over something like this 18 years ago. They said nothing about how buying ships or pieces would work, what the technology powering this thing is, or really anything. Still, it's an interesting take on the idea that both manages to inspire that collector's itch and avoids looking like "Hey, we can make Skylanders, too!"


Announcements

They dropped a cinematic trailer for Assassin's Creed Origins. I've expressed a dislike for how they're showing this game and this trailer still didn't satisfy what I think people want to know about it. During this conference, they mentioned a live gameplay demo that'll show up later today, so until we've seen that, there's very little information regarding what makes this AC any more special than the last few. Hopefully I'm not expecting too much.

A new Far Cry 5 trailer showed a more exciting tone for the game, and introduced AI companions. They seem to have run out of things to say about the game, and that's fine. It still looks great. Oh and it has co-op for the entire campaign.

They closed on this Beyond Good and Evil 2 trailer. I hated it, but I don't think I'm in the target audience for that series. It was really touching seeing Michel Ancel visibly emotional at the crowd's reaction after the trailer. That was the best part of the game's showing, for me. Making games is hard, people! It won't be out until at least 2018. This trailer is SUPER NSFW, by the way.

South Park: The Fractured but Whole still looks good. They're clearly tired of making trailers for this thing, so hopefully we can just play it October 17th.

Steep (which I didn't know came out last year) is getting an expansion titled Road to the Olympics on December 5th.


Ubisoft definitely has some games in which I have virtually zero interest, but I came away from their show wanting to play almost every single game they showed. That's the E3 dream, right? Sony's tonight. I'll see you then.