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E3 2018: Ubisoft Press Conference Recap | Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Skull & Bones, Division 2, & More!

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The Ubisoft E3 conference is always a spectacle. Whether it be full of cringe, or packed with entertaining action, Ubisoft should be commended for trying to put on a show every year. How’d they do this year you ask? Fantastic.

The Ubisoft E3 conference had something for everyone


The Ubisoft E3 press conference showed us that the company ran by Yves Guillemot has a diverse portfolio heading into next year. Whether it be a game about dancing, an open-world adventure set in Ancient Greece, a space opera, a toys-to-life space simulator featuring Fox McCloud, or even a ludicrous arcade-style motocross game, Ubisoft made a strong statement at this E3 — no one left behind. Gaming is suppose to be about inclusion, and Ubisoft made sure to highlight that in their conference. They’re releasing a game on the Nintendo Wii in 2018… that should tell you everything.

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Without even knowing who’s going to read this, we know there’s something for you in this recap. Without further hesitation, lets leap-of-faith right into the Ubisoft E3 conference recap written by Ignacio Palacio, and Mario Duarte.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey


Poor Ubi. They had Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ready to go for an E3 reveal and the whole thing was spoiled by a dumb keychain. Nonetheless, the game had a fantastic showing at the Ubisoft E3 conference. Taking place in Ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features two playable main characters, Alexios and Kassandra. Regardless of the character players choose, the story and gameplay doesn’t change. Even romantic interests are the same for Alexios and Kassandra. Narrative Director Mel MacCoubrey told Kotaku “You do you, man,” when asked about romantic storylines.

The world is beautiful and vibrant in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. AIs fill the streets, and battlefields are littered with allies and enemies. The combat style is reminiscent of how Assassin’s Creed Origins. If you expected the hidden blade to be back, think again. The hidden blade is no longer the main weapon; players will have a spear at their disposal. Customization will be vast for Alexios and Kassandra. The loot system is back, meaning that each piece of gear will be different depending on the rarity.

More than a fresh coat of paint

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will play more like a RPG than an action-adventure game. The game’s skill tree has been completely reworked, and abilities will be unfamiliar to players. Whether you want to tackle gameplay with heavy use of combat, or take advantage of stealth to sneak by enemies, the skill tree is intricately crafted to help players adopt the style they want to create.

According to Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is going to follow history — as much as Ubisoft can. The game’s systemic power system can be influenced depending on the player’s choices. You can choose to help certain leaders, to swing the power struggle in your favor. In addition, Odyssey will feature epic land and sea battles.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will take fans into a large and detailed Ancient Greece on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 5. This Assassin’s Creed installment is set many centuries before Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Beyond Good & Evil 2


After last year’s Beyond Good & Evil 2 reveal, Ubisoft has been quiet. This year, Beyond Good & Evil 2 was front and center at the Ubisoft E3 press conference. It received a brand new cinematic trailer which features a diverse cast of characters and a familiar face on the wrong side. Jade is shown at the end of the trailer, but she won’t be on your side this time around. The game is confirmed to be a prequel for Beyond Good & Evil.

Aside from the beautiful cinematic trailer, an early alpha demo was shown on stage which included combat and space travel. The game’s aesthetics can be compared to the ones seen in the cult-hit, The Fifth ElementBeyond Good & Evil 2 is suppose to feature a full solar system mechanic, which will allow players to travel to different systems and land on any planet of their choosing. Each planet will have different attributes, and day and night cycles. Ubisoft and HITRECORD are teaming up to allow fan created content in Beyond Good & Evil 2. Fans can collaborate with people around the world to work on creative projects like writing, art, and music for Beyond Good & Evil 2’s universe. The game is an extremely ambitious project. Let’s hope it ends up panning out.

The following is speculation: Beyond Good & Evil 2 will most likely release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and, PC some time in 2019 or 2020. Maybe it’ll release for the next generation of consoles. Who knows?

For Honor: Marching Fire


For Honor is receiving a massive update later this year, October 16 to be exact, and it will be titled Marching Fire. Marching Fire will include the Chinese Wu Lin faction, four new playable characters (Jiang Jun, Shaolin, Nuxia and, Tiandi), and a new 4v4 PvP mode called Breach.

Breach has the attacking team trying to break into the castle and takeover, while the defending team has to do anything in their power to stop the invasion. Learn more about Breach by viewing the trailer above. If you haven’t played For Honor yet and you would like to give it a try, the PC version is free from now till June 18.

Just Dance 2019


The Ubisoft E3 press conference kicked things off with an amazing dancing panda and his marching band. They put on a show, while also revealing Just Dance 2019. Just Dance 2019 will be out this October, and if you don’t have an Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch, don’t worry — Just Dance 2019 is also coming to the Xbox 360, Wii U, and the Wii. Yes, the Wii.

Mario + Rabbids: Donkey Kong Adventure


Mario + Rabbid: Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong Adventure was confirmed at the Ubisoft E3 press conference this Monday. The DLC expansion is said to be released on June 26 for the Nintendo Switch. The bongo-playing gorilla we know and love won’t be alone on this new adventure, as Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Cranky Kong will accompany Donkey Kong along the way. This insane DLC expansion pack includes four brand-new areas, and about eight-plus hours worth of unique gameplay.

Admittedly, it’s uncharacteristic of Mario to be MIA in the midst of such a rare DK crossover, but Donkey Kong fans should have no worries about how hype this game’s features are going to be. One feature in particular that players can look forward to is equipping Donkey Kong with a giant bananarang to take out his foes from a distance, and whipping out his classic bongo to deal maximal up-close damage. Don’t forget that Donkey Kong Adventure is expected come out later this month, and players will have the option of obtaining the game a day earlier with the purchase of the season pass.

Skull & Bones


Did you enjoy being a pirate in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag? If you did, Ubisoft has the game for you. Skull & Bones was revealed at the Ubisoft E3 conference, and lovers of pirates and Black Flag’s naval combat will be delighted. The game is all about piracy. Sail the seas and take over other ships, or blow ’em up for the loot. Roam the open seas with friends, or squad up with randoms, but remember, never trust a thief. Skull & Bones allows players to turn on each other at any moment, so be careful.

Skull & Bones will feature lots of customization options. Deck your ship out with the coolest looking vanity items with the gold you earn from bringing others down. The naval combat replicates the one found in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, with many new featuresUse side cannons, chain-cannons, mortars and battering rams to destroy the opposition.

Skull & Bones will hit the Indian Ocean on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC some time in 2019.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas


Just when you thought that toys-to-life were dead in the water, Ubisoft resurrects them from the dead. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an action space simulation game with lots of space combat and planet exploration. Players could attach toy parts to their toy ships to add weapons and enhancements on the fly while playing the game. Ubisoft will allow fans to purchase ships and parts digitally if they don’t want to have toys laying around. The game will have some RPG elements, including Pilots having upgradeable skills.

The Starlink: Battle for Atlas starter edition is going to retail at $74.99, and it brings the game, the controller mount, a poster, a starship, a pilot, and three weapons. The Switch’s starter edition features Fox McCloud and the famous Arwing from Nintendo’s Star Fox franchise, plus all the regular stuff from the starter edition. Starlink: Battle for Atlas wraps into light speed on October 16 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The Division 2


The Division 2 is back, and it seems that Massive Entertainment took note of the failures from the first installment. First off, The Division 2’s first year of expansions will be free to everybody, and if that doesn’t set the tone for this installment, I don’t know what will. This game takes place seven months after The Division, where agents will find themselves roaming the street of Washington, DC to reclaim control over a lawless, power vacuum. Aside from all the obvious changes like new specializations, looting quality of life improvements, a new take on safe houses, gear, enemies etc., the biggest news coming out of the Ubisoft E3 conference was that The Division 2 will feature eight-player raids. A welcomed addition to the series seeing how the first game suffered from a lack of endgame content.

Get ready to hit the streets of Washington, DC when The Division 2 releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 15, 2019.

Transference


Transference is a collaboration between Ubisoft Montreal and SpectreVision; a film production company founded by Elijah Wood. This haunting VR experience is a mix between a game and a movie. Solve puzzles and explore the corrupted mind of a family to discover the mystery of this psychotic scientific experiment. Thankfully, players that don’t own a VR can still experience this thrilling story.

Transference will be available on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC some time this fall.

Trials Rising


Trials is back and its said to be bigger than its ever been according to the “Prime Minister” of Finland, Antti Ilvessuo. At the Ubisoft E3 press conference, Red Lynx announced Trials Rising, and gave us a kick-ass trailer to go along with it. Trials Rising will be out next year in February 2019, and it will be on the Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. If you’re not sure on whether this is one of the many titles that you’re going to pick up in 2019, check out the official Trials website to sign up for a closed beta.

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