Ubisoft Conference – Our Verdict
Ubisoft is traditionally the least interesting of the four day one conferences, although this year they seem to have turned things around, focusing less on extended musical interludes and more on actual game footage. It could have used about 120% more James Cameron, but other than that, what did our editors think of Ubi’s showing?
Assassin’s Creed Unity wasn’t quite as “next-gen” as we’d all hoped, and in fact it looked quite plain when stood alongside Assassin’s Creed 4. Visually impressive, the story is going to have to be pretty strong to take on the brunt of the distraction this time around. Aside from that, the show’s absolute biggest shower was Valient Hearts, which managed to prove yet again that Ubisoft know what they’re doing with their “indie” engine.
I found Ubisoft to be a mixed bag. Far Cry 4 looks really interesting and the demo of Assassin’s Creed Unity looked incredible. The Division’s story trailer was beautiful. Almost gave me a Last of Us vibe. Closing the show with Rainbow Six Siege was awesome. Love the destructible environments and the tension of the 5v5 gameplay with gadgets. The Crew didn’t show me anything that makes me want to play it.
Ubisoft had some great titles this year.
Ubisoft did well at E3 2014, although like previous years, what they have shown on stage will almost never match what will actually appear within the games. Regardless, it was awesome to see a new Rainbow Six. I’ve never been a huge shooter fan, but always enjoyed Rainbox Six Vegas, especially playing with a friend!
Unity showed off a detailed trailer, although, as my upcoming opinion piece states, I’m unsure of what Assassins Creed we will be getting. I’m not sold that this won’t be a regression to early AC titles. The Crew might be the racing game I decide to pick up. I wonder if the expansiveness of the game will ultimately ruin the game play. Only time will tell. Those were a few highlights for me, but this is not to say that I’m not interested in the other things Ubisoft showed off. This is, and continues to be, one of my favorite game studios! They bring it year after year.
Ubisofts conference had a lot to offer with assasins creed, the division, the crew and valiant hearts. Unfortunately it also offered only one noteworthy surprise in the form of rainbow six: siege. The absence of beyond good and evil two and the inclusion of casual experiences like get fit only further cement ubisofts conference as the least noteworthy of the day so far.
Ubisoft is good at doing two things: providing the content that people want and pushing the medium of gaming in new and unimaginable ways. Valiant Hearts: The Great War is an interesting idea that meshes Child of Light like fairytale aesthetics with real-world war letters and images. The Division trailer was remarkably captivating and was probably one of the most amazing video game trailers I have seen. None of these games were necessarily shocking or jaw dropping and were all expected to be on display. Everything from Farcry 4 to The Crew and Assassins Creed Unity to Rainbow Six were entertaining and welcomed in the realm of current gen.