Each year our editors sit down and make wild and crazy predictions about what we expect to at all of the press conferences at E3 2017. Although most of our predictions are just flat out wrong, every once in a while we nail them. So sit back, enjoy a nice libation, and join our editors as we discuss our predictions for each of the big conferences this year. Today we're on our fourth entry into the feature with Ubisoft, who's conference is at noon Pacific on Monday, June 12th.
Far Cry 5 Doesn’t Look Like Far Cry
I hope Ubisoft knows how gamers feel about Far Cry at this point. The original was a revolutionary game in terms of freedom and graphical quality. The sequel took a lot of daring steps but was met with a mixed reaction. Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 were seen as very similar games but beloved by the open-world fanatics, including myself. And Primal was a missed opportunity that felt like an odd palette swap of 3 and 4. That’s why Far Cry 5 needs to be something completely different and unexpected. The setting needs to be fresh, the gameplay desperately needs to change or evolve, and there has to be a completely unexpected component besides “here’s how co-op works”.
Assassin’s Creed Returns!
Since Ubisoft took a year off to retool the narratively chaotic Assassin’s Creed series, rumors were circulating that the Wayback Machine simulator is poised to make a return after being rebuilt from the ground up. I have always been a fan of the series since Assassin’s Creed II (we don’t talk about the first game in my house) and I couldn’t be more excited to see what Ubisoft has done to breathe new life into a series about historical figures, genetic memories, and Space Romans. I’m really interested to see what difference a year’s vacation has made.
Let’s See No More Heroes!
I was the guy who was jumping up and down in his chair and shrieking when Suda walked out on stage at that Switch event and was like “Sup Rom, I read your diary and know this is what you want more than anything in the world so here you go I’m making a 3rd No More Heroes!” From what he said about it at the time, the project would be very very early on, but I think we might get a trailer that shows things very very different for our beloved Mr. Touchdown, and Suda comes out and goes “HMMM THAT’S WEIRD HOW DID THIS HAPPEN!?” I heard someone predict he’s going to get into pro wrestling, and I think I would love that dearly. Couldn’t be more excited to see this franchise attempt a comeback.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Gets a Spotlight
In 2013, the robust and hilarious South Park: The Stick of Truth made a good splash. But after a development process fraught with delays, its October-bound sequel could use some hyping up. And given that they allowed the game to sit in the oven for an extra 10 months, I'm confident that Ubisoft will do so. Trey Parker and Matt Stone will take the stage for the same kind of casual interview that endeared them to expo audiences in the past. New gameplay will be shown along with an epic final trailer. Hype will be restored.
Ubisoft Invests in Making its Games eSports Viable
With the surprising success of Rainbow Six Siege on the eSports front, Ubisoft will see an opportunity to make its name more well-known. For Honor released to mixed community reactions regarding connection issues and a dominant defensive meta, but steps have been taken to improve the former and reverse the latter. I predict that Ubisoft will make an effort to show off a new and improved For Honor and recover in the same manner that Rainbow Six Siege did. For Honor will become Ubisoft’s posterchild for the fighting game community: a sentiment most recently demonstrated by its well-received Season 2 stream, which featured competitive players showing off their skills. This investment in eSports will allow Rainbow Six Siege to be promoted on the FPS front, while For Honor can similarly grow into the role for fighting games.
Breaking The UbiMold
I don’t think I’ve ever been as apathetic towards a game developer as I am towards Ubisoft right now. And I don’t like saying that. Early Tom Clancy titles are some of my favorite games of all time. Far Cry 3 was great. Early Assassin’s Creed game were amazing. But everything from Ubisoft feels the same thing as everything else from Ubisoft these days (except For Honor). But, there is a something to break this mold, this hegemony that Ubisoft seems so entrenched in. Beyond Good & Evil 2. Come one, Michel Ancel, be the hero Ubisoft needs but not the one it deserves.
Ubisoft’s Presentation Makes Everyone Cringe to Death
It’s just sort of an inevitability, really. Don’t get me wrong, this is sort of a big year for Ubisoft. We’ll be getting the next entry in the Far Cry franchise, some news for South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and a much-needed resuscitation for the stagnant Assassin’s Creed franchise. Ubisoft has also got plenty of cards in their hand that could make for a great lineup, between Rayman, the Tom Clancy IP and the much-anticipated vaporware that is the Beyond Good & Evil sequel. Alongside all of that, however, anyone tuning in will have to endure unfunny, poorly scripted jokes given by the lovely Aisha Tyler (completely, utterly failing to land on a group of games journalists, naturally,) men in suits feigning eye-roll-inducing enthusiasm and, of course, Big Name Pop Star lip-syncing to the freshest entry into the Just Dance franchise.
Ubisoft Announces Raving Rabbids Crossovers
We may already be getting a Raving Rabbids crossover with the Super Mario franchise. Although I’m not exactly thrilled about such a game happening, I’m open to it. My prediction is that Ubisoft won’t stop there. I think the company will make three different variations of the hypothetical Rabbids crossover game. For Nintendo, we have Mario. Sony will have an Uncharted crossover between Nathan Drake and the Rabbids. As for Microsoft? I’d be interested in seeing how Rare’s Conker handles the Rabbids. I assume it’d be brutal.
We Only Deal in Sure Things
Just Dance 2018. Presented by Shawn Mendes. Also Pitbull. Because Ubisoft hates us.
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