E3 2019: Ubisoft Presentation

Watch Dogs Legion

Ubisoft kicked off their E3 2019 presentation with a lengthy reveal of Watch Dogs Legion. The audience were treated to over 10 minutes of new gameplay footage and a reveal trailer. The third instalment in the Watch Dogs franchise, Legion is set in a dystopian post-Brexit London where an overbearing and authoritarian government is oppressing the populace. Ubisoft promises players can recruit and play as ANY of the game’s NPCs, all of whom will have their own backstory and skills that make them useful to the resistance movement.

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet TV Show

Next, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenny took to the stage with a surprise announcement: an original TV series called Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. A collaboration between McElhenny and Ubisoft, Mythic Quest is a sitcom about a massively successful fictional MMORPG (also called Mythic Quest) and the people behind it. McElhenny plays the lead role of Mythic Quest’s obnoxious Creative Director Ian Grimm, and will be supported by a cast of quirky characters as the studio prepares for Mythic Quest’s first major expansion – entitled Raven’s Banquet.

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Phantom Sight

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Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

We got another good look at Jon Bernthal’s Cole D. Walker in a new cinematic story trailer for Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. The trailer depicts ex-Ghost Walker giving a speech to his men. Gauging from the content of the speech it would seem that Ubisoft are looking to create a deeper narrative experience this time around, with shades of grey and moral ambiguity abound.

Bernthal also took to the stage after the trailer to talk more about the game and his part in it, describing Cole D Walker as a “skilled former special operations soldier with his own sense of responsibility and his own moral code. He knows how things should be run.” Bernthal goes on to say: “There is no briefing, there’s no back-up. You will not face a group of bad guys or a criminal organisation, you will face an entire army. My army: The Wolves.”

Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad mobile game

Ubisoft also unveiled Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad, a new mobile game for iOS and Android that brings together all the iconic characters of the Clancyverse. The game’s official website reads: “Collect and upgrade all your favourite characters from Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, The Division, Splinter Cell, and more on mobile devices. Command your best squads in stunning and dynamic 5 vs 5 battles. Experience thrilling action in campaign mode, with a unique Tom Clancy’s storyline. Challenge other squads in epic Player vs Player and Guild vs Guild battles.”

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Rainbow Six: Quarantine

Continuing with the smorgasbord of Tom Clancy goodness, Ubisoft announced a new Rainbow Six game with a bit of a twist – Rainbow Six: Quarantine. Quarantine is a spinoff title that appears to have been inspired by Rainbow Six Siege’s Outbreak event that released as part of 2018’s Operation Chimera.

Quarantine is a three-player tactical co-op first-person shooter that will task a trio of operators with working together to combat the increasing threat of a technological parasite. No details on story, setting, or characters have been revealed at this time. Rainbow Six: Quarantine will release in 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The Division 2 DLC

Details of upcoming episodic content for The Division 2 were also shared at this year’s E3. The DLC content is free to all players but Season Pass holders will be rewarded with additional cosmetic items. The content is divided into two episodes:

Episode 1 is called D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions, where players will be invited to expand beyond the ruined metropolis of D.C.’s city centre and venture into the more rural surrounding areas. Outskirts will provide players with new story missions and a new mode, which developers Massive Entertainment are keeping schtum on at the moment. It is expected to arrive later this summer. Episode 2 was also teased, and is due this autumn. It will take players to the Pentagon and is also when Massive will release the game’s second raid.

Uplay+ subscription service

In a predictable move, Ubisoft carried on the current video game subscription service trend with the announcement of UPlay+ (read UPlay Plus).

Uplay+ is a subscription service for PC gamers that will provide access to new Ubisoft games at launch in addition to a catalogue of over 100 existing Ubisoft titles, all for just $14.99 a month. UPlay+ subscribers will also have access to premium DLC and other extra content.

In a bid to get interested gamers onto the platform, Ubisoft is offering a month of free access to UPlay+ for anyone who signs up to the service between now and August 15th: “The service will launch on September 3rd, but players who sign up between now and August 15th will be able to get free access to Uplay+ from September 3rd through September 30th.”

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Gods and Monsters

Ubisoft’s E3 presentation ended on a high with the world premiere of Gods and Monsters. Seemingly the lovechild of the Legend of Zelda and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Gods and Monsters introduces us to the character of Fenyx, a Greek warrior on a quest to restore the fallen gods of Olympus.

The trailer shows off a beautifully crafted and vibrant open-world landscape reminiscent of Breath of the Wild, and the softer cartoon art style is a breath of fresh air in a world of military shooters and games whose colour palettes consist entirely of varying shades of grey and brown.

Gods and Monsters will release on February 25th 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, UPlay+, and Google Stadia.

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