E3 2018 – Ubisoft Conference

I think that it’s safe to say that everyone has this love/hate relationship with Ubisoft, so I never know what to expect going into the conferences year after year. Sometimes I’m surprised and sometimes I’m bored and disappointed.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Ubisoft conference without a weird Just Dance thing to start so we’ll just leave it at that and say that Just Dance 2019 is coming out.

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is showing again this year and I really don’t see the appeal of this game at all. It’s a space game with humans, monkeys, and pigs. I just don’t know. Game is still in the pre-alpha stage meaning it’s going to be a while before it comes out. Probably late 2019 early 2020.

Now for some Rainbow Six: Siege. The community is now 35 million players strong. Because of this, the game will continue to grow. There’s a lot of eSports talk and upcoming events. There’s also a documentary coming out that will highlight the community and 8 players.

Trails is now back and apparently bigger than ever. It’s one of those motocross racing games that just looks meh. The new game is called Trials Rising and it will take you to iconic locations. Another game with a big community emphasis and it’s coming out February 2019.

The Division 2 is shown next and after the Xbox conference, I’m really interested in this game. This game is all about the rebirth of society after the events of The Division. Your actions have an impact on the world in the main story mode and the game doesn’t end after the main story mode. You can now play with up to 8 people at a time. All year one updates will be free to everyone.

Next is some crazy Rabbids things because Rabbids is just always crazy. Now Donkey Kong will be added into the Rabbids universe like Mario was.

Now for a pirate game and who doesn’t love pirates or playing as one? This is a more realistic looking Sea of Thieves basically that’s called Skull and Bones. It looks really good, but it just really needs to deliver and not be like For Honor which was overly hyped and just didn’t deliver. The world will be a shared one where you decide who your friends are and who your rivals are. I like what I see, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this game.

Next up is Transference which is this weird little game that can be played like a regular game or as a VR game and it’s about entering someone’s consciousness. The trailer for the game is weird and it’s just a little too creepy for me even though the premise is interesting.

The next game is a little cartoony for my taste even though it’s a space game and it’s Starlink. This is where you have the build the ship, like a LEGO thing, and attach it to your game. This also means that if you want to build the space ship of your dreams, it’s going to cost you a lot of money.

Talking before about For Honor, we get an appearance from the game. This game held so much promise, but just didn’t deliver. I played for a about a month and dropped it after multiple sever issues. The For Honor world will be expanded with Marching Fire which is an update that adds a new single player feature, new characters, and a new 4v4 mode.

Now for some promo for The Crew 2 that releases this month. Essentially this is a racing game that includes cards, boats, planes, and bikes.

Next up is a game that looks like it came straight out of the world of 300, so instantly I’m interested because 300 has to be one of my top 10 movies of all time. The game is actually the next installment of Assassin’s Creed and it’s called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This promises to be unlike any other Assassin’s Creed as it now incorporates role playing mechanisms into the journey with ancient Greece as the background. I couldn’t think of a more perfect location for this franchise to move onto next. This game was apparently three years in the making and now, a huge plus, you can choose your gender. Story telling is different and you can interact with history. The transgression of Assassin’s Creed becoming an RPG is a pretty interesting one and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Overall the show was an interesting one that had some hits and misses. I would say that this one is behind the Bethesda show, but I still haven’t given you my thoughts on the Sony show yet. After I do my write up about the Sony Conference I’ll go ahead and give you a full ranking of who I thought came out as the winner and who was the loser of E3.

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