E3 2016: Ubisoft Predictions

Can you believe that E3 is only a couple of days away? Leading up to the video game industry’s biggest event, we’ll be bringing you our predictions for each of the main press conferences. Today we are discussing the second to last press conference of the week Ubisoft. Their conference kicks of on Monday June 13, 1 PM PST / 4 PM EST.

A Far Cry from the Animus by Allen Kesinger

No Assassin’s Creed this year means Ubisoft is going to double down on properties it doesn’t mind annually exploiting. Far Cry will return because heck, it always does. The latest game will be a full game, unlike Primal, and I’m going to wager that it’ll have a futuristic vibe. Previous games have captured all of the popular habitats on Earth, so the next logical step is to take the series to space and put the “far” in Far Cry. This would be an awesome way to revitalize this overly familiar franchise. And now that I’ve thought about it so much, I desperately want them to do it. Don’t let me down, Ubi!

Who Let the Dogs Out by Hiram Mojica

There’s no way that this isn’t the time for them to do Watch Dogs 2. The first may have sold well, but didn’t exactly set the world on fire, and with leaks about the new lead coming out and Ubisoft’s by now well known production schedule, it seems like 2 years since the original is enough time to start getting out hype for the sequel. With any luck, the endless think-pieces about the first will filter into the game in some way and actually provide something more fresh and interesting, and there’s a feeling with this series that anything could come next. And it could, so they just need to tell us what it’ll be.

Art is in the Eye of Ubi by Jonathan Miley

Clearly we’re going to see more of The Division. Like, a lot more, with talks of new expansions, changes that will make some people mad and others happy, and maybe even a look at The Division on PS4 Neo. But enough about what’s going to happen, let’s talk about what I want. I want Splinter Cell 7. I want a return of Michael Ironside and Clint Hocking. I also want to see more games made with the Ubiart Engine. How are there not more games like Child of Light and Valiant Hearts? And seriously, where the hell are Rayman and Beyond Good and Evil? This has got to be the year, right?

High-Def Dreams by Jon Fisco

I’m going to keep hoping for Beyond Good and Evil 2 because I want that game damn it. At this point, I don’t care if Ubisoft hypes the release with yet another HD remake of the original title, I just want what was promised to me years and years ago. Also, I fully expect to see a big, worthwhile announcement for The Division. With so many titles coming out, like Uncharted 4, DOOM, and Overwatch that stole the thunder from The Division, Ubisoft is in a defensive position to prove that their big, new franchise has legs and can keep people’s interest for more than a couple of months. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see just a teaser of an Assassin’s Creed game. Yes, they’re not releasing one in 2016, but that doesn’t mean they can’t show us a landscape or a time period with an Assassin’s symbol and a 2017 promise date on it.

A Man Named Ray by John K.

Over the past few years, Ubisoft’s reputation as both a quality publisher and as a developer have taken some serious blows.  They need to get gamers excited again with some big hits at this year’s E3.   I expect that we’ll see some Watch Dogs 2 footage and, hopefully, something about that game that distinguishes it sharply from Ubisoft’s other open world action games.  Better hacking mechanics?  A more interesting storyline?  Better open world activities?  The first Watchdogs was one of my biggest disappointments of the past few years and it left a lot of room for improvement.  Also, aren’t we overdue for another Rayman game on the Ubi Art engine?  Here’s to hoping that we get to see one of those, or maybe a one-off like Valiant Hearts or Child of Light.  I expect that we’ll also at least see a hint of the next Assassins Creed game, even if it is just a logo.

An Artful Showing by Jordan Hurst

I’m surprised Ubisoft didn’t hold on to the trailer for the Assassin’s Creed movie for another few weeks to reveal it at E3. I’d like to say that their conference will be less predictable without that series as a maypole, but that may be giving them too much credit. Watch Dogs 2 and expanded content for The Division will almost definitely be shown, but I’m still holding out hope for a new Ubi-Art title. That engine has enabled some of their best games in years, and it’s a shame how sparingly it’s being used.

Small is the New Big by Grant Gardner

Wait, so there's no new Assassin's Creed game due out at the end of this year? Did Ubisoft finally get the memo that even longtime fans of the series (I'm including myself in that demographic) are suffering from franchise fatigue? Well thanks Ubi, maybe I'll actually be excited for the next installment. Granted, AC: Syndicate was actually a pretty solid entry. But what I'm going to be looking out for in Ubisoft's press conference is what small independent studio they decide to throw their hat in with. They've published some amazing indie games: Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, and From Dust to name a few. I know they probably won't  devote much of their stage time to bolstering their indie line-up, but frankly, that's what I'm most looking forward to.

We're All in the Animus by Brian Tyler

It’s all a lie. They announce two tie in Assassin Creed games to coincide with the movie’s release. Everyone groans. Aisha Tyler is forced to lower herself to simply screaming “Meme!!!!” at the camera. We all cry, cause no one wins when Ubisoft plays for keeps.

An Open-World Wasteland by Jonathan Paris

I have never cared less for a Ubisoft E3 conference as I do for this year's conference and I say that as a ex-Ubisoft defender. Recent games such as Far Cry Primal, Rainbow Six: Siege, The Division, and even the recent Assassin's Creed games (thankfully that took a year off) have caused me to give up hope on Ubisoft. While none of those games are bad games, they also aren't quality products like I used to expect from Ubisoft. It seems like Ubisoft is just checking boxes with their games now instead of attempting to do something clever. With that said, I expect Aisha Taylor to give us some more corny jokes and for Ubisoft to show off some Division DLC. I'm sure we'll see Watch Dogs 2 as well. The new Ghost Recon will probably be their fall game so that'll get most of the time. Unfortunately that's going open world just like the rest of their games.  

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