E3 2017: Ubisoft Press Conference, Emotions Were High
Phew! Ubisoft just wrapped up their press conference for E3 2017, and man…my emotions! Ubisoft did a few interesting things this year. Their focus was very much on the announcements and the reveals of their games, but they still left some room for a quick dance and song number for Just Dance (they’re adding Kpop!). The biggest change was the absence of Aisha Tyler, who has hosted for Ubisoft for a number of years in the past. While I personally liked the inclusion of Tyler in the past, it was pretty great to see some of the game devs coming up to represent their work. And there definitely were some eye ducts dangerously close to overflowing.
Some highlights include Nintendo’s Shigeru Minamoto making an appearance on stage to announce a crossover game called Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch! The biggest takeaway after watching the announcement trailer is that this game looks like XCOM: Enemy Within. Yes, yes…they too shall know crushing defeat. Maybe not perma-deaths, though. That would be upsetting.
One of the new IPs is a VR game coming Spring 2018 called Transference, which stars Elijah Wood. It’s a very trippy looking game. Transference touts itself as a psychological thriller, so expect some horror elements to be thrown in as well.
Two other new games are Skull and Bones — which looks like a pure multiplayer pirate battle game that took all the awesome parts of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag — and Starlink, a space game that comes with customizable toy ships that you can link to your controller. This is an interesting feature considering other game companies are either taking a break from making toy add-ons (Skylanders) or have just stopped all together (Disney Infinity).
Perhaps the biggest announcement was Beyond Good and Evil 2, which is actually a prequel to the original game. Fans have literally been waiting for another Beyond Good and Evil game since the first one game out for the PlayStation 2 in 2003. The story of the prequel takes place before the birth of Jade, the protagonist of the first game.
You can take a look at the videos below. Keep an eye out for some more E3 coverage during the week, where we take a closer look at games we’re most excited to play!