So as E3 is non-existent and everyone including Gamescom and EGX have gone digital with their conferences to show off their new games. We’ve had EA, PC Gaming Show, Devolver and PlayStation so far. Now it is the turn of Ubisoft, so what have they got to show off?
Watch Dogs: Brexit Edition
Remember around at last year’s E3? When the world wasn’t all messed up with COVID. Well, Ubisoft showed off Watch Dogs: Legion. Deadsec coming to the streets of Brexit London. Well, originally it would have been out by now. but was delayed. So what’s changed? On the face of it; not much, delving more into the world itself and its villains. Ultra Right Wing PMCs and Cockney Gangsters.
There was some raw gameplay on the show, and for the most part it’s very Watch Dogs 2. Not saying that’s a bad thing as Watch Dogs 2 was miles better than mumble man in Watch Dogs. However, there is some new stuff. Batman Arkham esce detective work, and the most English Tech support I have ever seen. DeadSec Recruits will have their pros and cons, and certain people can get into certain areas with ease. Like sneaking into Scotland Yard as a police officer as an example.
However, it’s still the same; recruit anyone, play as anyone, and if they die, they’re dead forever. Same stuff we saw 12 months ago. On the other hand, it still looks as fun as anything. Out on the 29th of October 2020 on the current-gen consoles and the next-gen ones as well once they are out in the wild.
Brawlhalla and Tom Clancy Elite Squad
Brawlhalla news, it’s coming to IOS and Android next month on mobile devices. Remember Tom Clancy Elite Squad? Tom Clancy games meet a cartoonish art style, RPG game? Me neither. But there is a new trailer and it is open to pre-register now for August.
Ready Player HyperScape
Whether you love them or hate them, Battle Royale is gonna be with us for a while. It’s Ubisoft’s turn to have a crack at it with HyperScape. An FPS Battle Royale where 99 players dropped in a map called New Arcadia and are told to survive as long as possible. But its unique selling point is that once the map is small enough a crown will appear and whoever can hold it for 45 seconds is declared the winner. So a Battle Royale meets King of the Hill.
But that’s not all. There is an AI Host who can change certain parameters like infinite ammo, low gravity, and revealing everyone on the map. There is an inbuilt twitch interface where viewers can “democratically” influence the AI in its decisions in the game. Dead teammates can be revived but can also walk freely as echos ping enemies and useful objects. Players can use hacks (special abilities) where you can turn into a ball or turn invisible for a brief moment. Open Beta is out now and free to download for PC and will be coming to consoles later in the year free to play.
Assassins Creed Valhalla – finally some fucking gameplay
Now earlier in the year Assassin’s Creed Vahalla popped up and told us it’s going full Nordic Viking on us. During an Xbox conference earlier in the year it showed what it labelled as “Gameplay Trailer”, which was more showing off the game engine… And got rightfully shafted on. Well, this time around there is some proper gameplay, and it looks pretty good. A much more refined mechanics from Odessey and 10x more brutal, with a few noticeable tweaks. Regen health is gone, so get your fishing skills into shape, or check everything as I did in The Witcher 3 and carry 99 pints of water on your travels. Pillaging Anglo Saxon England to your heart’s content is fundamental in this game. Out on November 17th for current and next-gen consoles.
Far Cry 6 – President Gus Fring
And last but not least, Ubisoft played the “one last thing” trick that it seems to pull 95% of the time. With announcing Far Cry 6 properly as a Hong Kong listing on PlayStation store beat them to it. Confirming what we already know, the game is set in a fictional Latin American nation called Yara under a despot dictator, Anton Castillo. Played by a manager of a Chicken Joint and Cartel Boss who’s pretty handy with a box cutter, it’s everyone’s favourite Giancarlo Esposito. And oh yeah, he’s grooming his son to take over the family dictatorship business. Going by what the Hong Kong listing says, we play as local guerrilla fighter Dani Rojas. Local fangs for hire, players are given poorly constructed makeshift weapons and vehicles to burn the regime to ashes.
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— James Huang (@james_huang_cn) July 10, 2020
Not much else to mention here as it is just a reveal trailer. But it’s out next year on February 18th 2021 on current and next-gen consoles, Stadia and PC.
Another Ubi forward and Xbox Smart Delivery
One last thing, Ubisoft has joined the Xbox Smart delivery program so for Xbox owners it will play to its best whether it’s an Xbox One X or a Series X, and there is another Ubisoft Forward to come later in the year.