Everything Ubisoft Showed At E3 2017

Ubisoft hit the stage Monday afternoon at E3 to show a new trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2, along with some other stuff that was completely overshadowed by the fact that OH MAN THEY ACTUALLY SHOWED BEYOND GOOD & EVIL 2.

It was a brisk show that didn't waste much time on games we'd already seen or that Ubisoft had already shown at other press conferences. Let's break it all down.

Mario + Rabbids Looks Like... Nintendo XCOM?

Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto came out on stage to talk more about Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, a Ubisoft-developed Switch game that's been leaking onto the Internet for a while. It's nice that Ubisoft gave Miyamoto a chance to make one of his trademark dramatic entrances, since Nintendo isn't doing live shows anymore.

As for the game itself, it actually looks... good? Stupid Rabbids stuff aside, I mean. It's a mix of open world exploration with turn-based tactics fights, almost like XCOM. I wasn't expecting that either, and... I mean... I love games that are like XCOM. For all the jokes everyone made about the stupid Rabbids, the best joke of all may wind up being that the game is great. It will be out on Switch on August 29.


The Crew 2 Has Cars, Dirt Bikes, Planes

Remember how at the Microsoft press conference they had Terry Crews introduce Crackdown 3? Unfortunately, Ubisoft's open world racing game The Crew does not feature Terry Crews. It does feature a lot of cars and graphics, however, as well as planes, as evidenced in the nifty announcement trailer. It will be out in Early 2018.


Transference, A Creepy And Mysterious VR Game.

Elijah Wood and a few other people went slightly meta as they introduced Transference, a VR game that we don't know much about other than that it's weird, and in VR.


Skull & Bones Takes Piracy Beyond Assassin's Creed.

This one had been rumoured for a while and actually leaked in the middle of Ubisoft's press conference, but now it's safely out in the open. Skull & Bones takes the pirate stuff that everyone liked in Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and removes all that Assassin's Creed lore baggage. Ubisoft showed PvP during their press conference, but based on the dev diary they posted, it sounds like there's a lot more in the game than just PvP sea battles.


Starlink: Battle of Atlas Has You Attach Toys To Your Game Controller.

The game itself looks neat enough, but I don't know if I need more stuff cluttering up my desk. If you're into toys, though, this could be a big game for you!


The Far Cry 5 gameplay demo featured Boomer the dog.

A lot of this was along the lines of what Stephen saw back when the game was announced. Sneaking, scouting, sniping, and calling in Boomer, the "fang for hire," who stole the show.

Who's a good boy? Boomer is a good boy. The rest of the game looks cool too, I guess. Boomer better not die though.


ALSO THEY SHOWED BEYOND GOOD & EVIL 2

Michel Ancel came out on stage and cried and everything. I have to go back and watch that trailer again because I think I blacked out for half of it. The game is a prequel, set "before the birth of Jade." For reference, the first Beyond Good & Evil came out in 2003, almost 15 years ago. Ubisoft has long said Ancel is working on a sequel, but the game has been M.I.A. for years. Ancel did a breakdown of the new trailer here.

It will probably be like five more years until it comes out, but hopefully the Internet-wide freakout that will follow that trailer will indicate to Ubisoft that yes, they should probably make sure the game finally gets finished.

Couple other things: A new trailer for South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the usual silly live musical performance promoting Just Dance 2018 (out in October), a mobile South Park game called South Park Phone Destroyer (coming this year), and Steep is getting an Olympic expansion.


That does it for Ubisoft. We'll be back later tonight for Sony's big show, and will be covering E3 throughout the rest of the week with news, liveblogs, podcasts, and videos.


Comments

    Skull & Bones looks to be the game I've been waiting for since Sid Meier's Pirates.

      Maybe. Though PvP doesn't interest me half as much if this was a dedicated SP game.

      Yep played Black Flag and loved it. I've just realised this is PvP, so not really interested now as I don't play online. Bummer.

    An expansion on Black flags's ship combat is welcome and not gonna say no to Beyond 2, no matter how likely far away it is.

    Wonder if Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be accessible to players who have not played the original. I just could.not get into it. But this looks good!

      It's a prequel, so maybe

      I played a bit of the first and this feels completely different.

    Never played Beyond Good and Evil so I don't understand what all the yelling is about but that pirate game looks fun and different.

      Not to sound like an ass but you GOTTA play BGaE, it ROCKS!

    Damn that Starlink is going to be a money sink. My son is going to be aaaallllllll over that shit.

    That Mario/Rabbids game looks like heaps of fun.

    Excited about Far Cry 5, the Crew 2 looks interesting, the rest, while it looks good, doesn't interest me as much. Still the best e3 showing so far, but am expecting Sony to better that big time. (I hope)

    Damn, was hoping for something for The Division. Really want to kill that Keener bastard

    I have to say we've seen Rayman games developed by Ubisoft and even Rabbids games including Rabbids Go Home Rabbids back in time and we've even seen Rabbids as a TV show but Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch is definitely what I'm hoping to play when it comes out in August now that Nintendo is joining Ubisoft to make the Nintendo Ubisoft crossover game Mario + Rabbids which will involve Mario and his friends and the Rabbids to save the Mushroom Kingdom which involves using arm cannons stand aside Mega Man Mario and the Rabbids are going to blow you away.

    HOLLLLLLYYYY....... Skull and bones, OMG so much yes, the hype is real within me

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