Ubisoft E3 2017 Recap: The Prequel and Crossover That No One Expected

By   /   Jun 14, 2017

Ubisoft is done with its annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference for this year. The show was surprisingly full of a number of exciting upcoming projects. In comparison to the other conferences, Ubisoft may well be voted for having one of the better presentations.

Here is a complete recap of every single announcement that the company made during its show.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
The unique weapons-based role-playing crossover will release exclusively on August 29 for the Switch.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle thrives on turn-based and tactical combat mechanics, a watered down version of games like XCOM. Players control different characters in a party, each of which can move in a certain amount of space. The environment is also destructible, resulting in more ways in which to gain an advantage over the proceeding battle.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins
The upcoming installment in the franchise received a new trailer that introduced more of the ancient Egypt setting.

The open world is massive, featuring great pyramids, towering sculptures of deities, sheer cliffs, and reedy swamps. There is also wildlife, including lions, gazelles, and crocodiles.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins will release on October 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will have support for native 4K resolution on the new Xbox One X and PC.

The Crew 2
The second installment in the open-world racing series will release early next year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

In addition to sports vehicles, The Crew 2 will also allow players to drive boats and pilot planes. The latter options were not part of the original installment from a couple of years back. However, the new installment will still take place in the United States. Players should prepare to travel the likes of San Francisco, New York City, California’s Big Sur region, and the Southwest.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The second installment in the quirky and over-the-top role-playing series will still release on October 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Considering its initial hefty delay, there were concerns regarding another push-back. Ubisoft confirmed that the game will retain its current release date.

Note that pre-ordering South Park: The Fractured But Whole will give owners free access to the original title.

Transference
The psychological thriller will “enter the home of the mind” when it releases next spring on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In addition, the project will also arrive for virtual reality devices such as PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.

Transference is from Spectrevision, headed by Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood. The story involves a group of scientists who discover the ability to upload and enter a recorded consciousness of someone.

Skull and Bones
The new pirate-themed multiplayer game will release next fall on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

It is essentially inspired by the naval element of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, tasking players to compete against each other on the high seas and come out as the most feared of pirates.

Just Dance 2018
Another installment in the popular dancing franchise will release in October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and the Switch.

Just Dance 2018 will feature over three hundread different popular tracks, including the likes of 24K Magic (Bruno Mars), Chantaje (Shakira), Naughty Girl (Beyoncé), Automaton (Jamiroquai), and Bubble Pop! (HyunA).

South Park: Phone Destroyer
The world of South Park will release on October 17 and enter the small screens of mobile devices.

South Park: Phone Destroyer will feature all of the iconic characters from the television show, and pit them in “exploding” player-versus-player battles based on real-time strategy. Of course, the game will pivot around the franchise’s signature humor.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas
The new toys-to-life game will release next fall for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Switch.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas borrows elements from the space-simulation genre, tasking players to build their vessels in real life and attach them to the controllers. The game will automatically recognize any modifications made to the collectible starship toys.

Steep: Road to the Olympics
The open-world snowboarding game will receive its first major expansion pack on December 5.

As the name indicates, Steep: Road to the Olympics is all about preparing players for a plethora of different sporting events. According to Ubisoft, most of the content is inspired by the 2018 Winter Olympics. It should also be noted that the game will arrive just ahead of the prestigious event, scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Far Cry 5
The surprising new installment in the upcoming first-person shooter action-adventure franchise received a new gameplay trailer that introduced the dire situation in Hope County, Montana.

A villainous cult has taken over, with law enforcement agencies trying to take back control. Far Cry 5 will allow players to use a team of agents in the single-player campaign as party members. There is a sniper, a pilot, and a trusty canine, all of whom can be positioned and ordered at will.

Far Cry 5 will release early next year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The entire story can be completed in online cooperative play.

Beyond Good & Evil 2
The prequel to the original open world action-adventure game will finally arrive on an unannounced date for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

It has taken nearly fifteen years for the followup to arrive. The story takes place before the birth of Jade, the female portagonist from the first game, in a multi-ethnic society in a distant solar system called System 3 in the 24th century.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 remains shrouded in mystery but Ubisoft has confirmed features such as planet exploration, interstellar travel, and gigantic space cities. The developer also added that the prequel will boast a “massive seamless online environment” with a number of other elements that could not be shipped with the original game.

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