2014 saw Ubisoft dragged through the mud for numerous mistakes, consumer-unfriendly decisions and intellectually offensive gaffes. With luck, E3 2015 will put them back in our good books. Here's what we expect from their press conference, what we want and just as importantly, what we don't.
Not to start on a downer, but my wish list for games I want from the Ubisoft presser seems doomed to fail from the off, as I can't see how they'd fit them in with the games that have already been announced. But in a perfect world we'd be seeing a new Prince of Persia game, ideally one that gives me some goddamn closure on the 2008 original (not gonna happen).
A new Rayman title is certainly feasibly, as it wouldn't require a huge team to work on, but again, I just don't see it happening. You'd expect Beyond Good & Evil to have something to show after all these years, but I'm remaining pessimistic in the hopes I'll be wrong. I'd like to see Far Cry 5 become a reality and ditch last-gen so the series can evolve from the fun but safe fourth entry.
What will we actually get though? Extensive looks at The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege. I'm ready to be excited about The Division, I'm just so close to caring about it and need that little bit of brilliance to get the game out of the grey post-apocalypse box it's currently sat in.
As for The Siege, unless there's a chunky single-player side to the game, I don't see myself gathering much enthusiasm. Evolve proved how much of a nightmare trying to coordinate tactics with strangers can be and the idea in general doesn't seem to have enough legs to make it something that'll survive long after launch.
It says a lot that I'd completely forgotten about Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. I adored Black Flag and Rogue, but my experience reviewing Unity (at another site) has left Ubisoft with a large mountain to climb to make a dreary London setting appealing to me.
- Dream announcement: A sequel to 2008's cel-shaded Prince of Persia.
- Nightmare announcement: Anything to do with Rabbids
The road to forgiveness starts here, Ubisoft.
We're looking forward to seeing more of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Rainbow Six: Siege, which will hopefully go a long way towards repairing the damage done last year. Personally I'm much more excited about the latter and hope that it retains the tactical nouse the series is known for as opposed to complete chaos.
Will we see Beyond Good And Evil 2? It seems unlikely seeing as Michel Ancel is working on WiLD, but stranger things have happened. Chances are that we'll just see another Just Dance instead.
The Division might get another plug despite its delay into 2016, and we wonder if Watch Dogs 2 will break cover? The reveal will be tightly choreographed seeing as any and all footage will be scrutinised in future "downgrade" witch hunts. With any luck Aisha Tyler will handle the proceedings, though this hasn't been announced as far as I know.
All in all it's set to be an interesting show. Will Ubisoft be contrite or bullish? Will they apologise for last year's gaffes and errors or attempt to sweep the controversy firmly under the rug? So long as the games are great, it doesn't really matter.
- Dream announcement: Uplay is dead!
- Nightmare announcement: Uplay is GOD! Also, Mr. Caffeine is back.
It’s fair to say that Ubisoft have been slipping as of late. Despite the success of Far Cry 4, the “do no wrong” dominance they once held has slipped from their grasp. At this year’s E3, they’ll be wanting it back for sure.
For starters, Rainbox Six: Siege will be getting plenty of attention, and considering I haven’t had chance to play the ongoing Alpha Test yet it will be interesting to see the improvements they have made since its reveal last year. Speaking of Tom Clancy titles, surely this is the year that we get to see The Division do something other than remind us it’s a thing, right? Enough of the pre-rendered footage we’ve had before – show us some live gameplay and give us a firm release date.
That said, the one game that Ubisoft must hit it out the park with is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Positive strides have already been made with the confirmation of no companion app (or, at the very least, the lack of it being mandatory) but seeing the stealth gameplay in action is a must. It will be hard to prove that they have worked the narrative into the surroundings in a much better way than Unity without spoilers, but I hope that they at least hint that this is the case.
Otherwise, some sort of new Rayman game wouldn’t be a bad call, but I’m sure that there’s another game that people want to get a sequel instead. You know, that one that people have been yelling about for years and defined a generation.
Just kidding. I meant Haze.
Yeah, even I thought that was too far.
- Dream announcement: Beyond Good & Evil 2 is officially happening, and coming next year.
- Nightmare announcement: I was right all along and Haze 2 is being made.