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E3 2018 Roundup: Ubisoft give the fans what they want

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it is more commonly known, is arguably the biggest event on the gaming calendar. Each year, top developers and studios showcase the products they’ve been working on.

Ubisoft took to the stage on Monday to discuss what they have coming – as the home of some of the world’s favourite game franchises, Ubisoft have high expectations on their shoulders.

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Beyond Good and Evil was received brilliantly upon its 2003 release. Now, after 15 years, we get to see more of the prequel which was originally teased a year ago.

Characters Jade and Pey’j from the original game are set to make a return, which takes place prior to the events of the first.

Trials Rising

Ubisoft are bringing Trials Rising to PC and Nintendo Switch in February 2019.

The game follows Trials Fusion, taking a back-to-basics approach after recent titles being futuristic or somewhat fantasy-themed.

The Division 2

Ubisoft have revealed some more details about The Division 2, a follow-up to 2016’s divisive The Division.

The game is set in Washington D.C. and promises a story-based campaign in which the player’s actions have an impact on the civilians of the city.

With free DLC set to be released throughout its lifetime, and new gameplay options such as 8-man raids, Ubisoft will hope that The Division 2 sees more long-term success than its predecessor.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Ubisoft are set to be releasing toys-to-life game Starlink: Battle for Atlas on 16th October, with a special treat for those who play on Nintendo Switch.

The game will be available on Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One, but Switch players will be able to play through the campaign – complete with character-specific tasks – as beloved Fox McCloud.

The game allows players to explore space in a customisable spacecraft, tasked with – obviously – saving the universe.

Skull and Bones

Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones was recently delayed, having first been teased at E3 2017.

A sizeable gameplay trailer of the game was showcased during the conference, complete with all the stereotypes you expect to see of a pirate game: explosions, cannons, massive boats and battle cries.

Skull and Bones is expected to release in 2019.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed is, arguably, Ubisoft’s most prized possession. Throughout any controversy surround their titles, Assassin’s Creed has, for better or worse, held an incredibly dedicated fanbase since its inception.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, which is set for release on 5th October, is set in Ancient Greece, 400 years prior to Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Players can take on the role of Alexios or Kassandra, descendants of Leonidas, in a branched narrative set during the Peloponnesian War.

Rainbow Six Siege

Although there were no special announcements made regarding Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft made sure to include the title in their festivities.

The team celebrated hitting 35 million Siege players, whilst also showing a teaser trailer for a new documentary series surrounding Rainbow Six esports, titled Another Mindset.

What did you make of Ubisoft’s E3 conference? Assassin’s Creed is a surefire way to get me excited, and the attention given to Rainbow Six Siege esports, despite having no special announcements surrounding it, gives me hope for the future of the title.

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