What happened at Ubisoft Forward?

Besides everything leaking beforehand.

Ubisoft Forward

Last night Ubisoft put on their E3 style show called Ubisoft Forward and honestly, it wouldn’t be E3 style without massive leaks. There was nothing they showed that hadn’t either been leaked beforehand or they had previously announced It. It was all exciting and nice to see but Ubisoft has some serious problems with keeping their secrets, secret. So let’s pretend that we didn’t know everything and run through what went down, what was shown and what will be happening next with Ubisoft.

We got a new look at gameplay from Watch Dogs Legion. We have a release date of October 29th for current-gen consoles and PC with the next-gen release still TBD. The second gameplay video showed off more of the NPC recruitment system which allows the player to take over any NPC and use them to forward the DedSec agenda. Hacker Grannies!

We were “officially” shown Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay and it is looking good. Assassin’s Creed games always look very pretty and Valhalla is going for a darker aesthetic in medieval Britain. It works. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is confirmed for release on the 17th of November for current-gen (including Stadia) and for next-gen with next-gen release date still TBD. I’m beginning to sense a trend with next-gen Ubisoft games.

Hyper Scape has now entered into open beta as of last night. Hyper Scape is Ubisoft’s hat in the battle royale ring and it looks like fun. I’ve downloaded it and I’m going to give it a try as soon as I publish this write up.(It has a battle pass because of course it does)

Brawlhalla had it’s mobile versions announced. It’s coming to iOS and Android devices on the 6th of August and will feature crossplay.

The Crew 2 will be getting some love in August with more cars (part of the Summer in Hollywood update) which will include 70’s and 80’s updates with some really beautiful classic motors.

Now probably the biggest takeaway from the event is Far Cry 6 which was leaked on the PlayStation store a couple days ago but we got a proper look at the event. No gameplay but we learnt more about the location, the island of Yara, and a good look at Giancarlo Esposito’s villain, President Anton Castillo. The player takes the role of Dani Rojas fighting a revolution against Castillo to free the island from his tyranny. Far Cry 6 is coming out on the 18th of February 2021 for both current and next-gen consoles as well as PC.

One final word on Ubisoft Forward is that Ubisoft has stated that they will be doing more Forward shows. This is likely to become Ubisoft’s main announcement platform akin to Nintendo’s Direct, EA Access or PlayStation State of Play. Things look dark for E3 but good for the individual companies.

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