Ubisoft E3 2018 Recap: Assassin's Creed, The Division 2 and More


LOS ANGELES - E3 2018 underway is in full swing, and Ubisoft has brought a full roster of games to show off. Whether you're in the mood for new entries in beloved series, or something completely unexpected, the popular publisher delivered something to your tastes. Read on to find out what to expect from the French video game giant in 2018, 2019 and beyond.

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Just Dance 2019

Ubisoft kicked things off with a bizarre and ambitious display of costumed dancers (including a live horn section, and a performer in a panda costume) to show off a few of the songs youcan expect in Just Dance 2019. Ubisoft's hit rhythm series will continue in October 2018, and include the requisite mix of modern pop songs and recognizable favorites.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2

A cinematic trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 demonstrated the franchise's signature interplay between futuristic humans, animal hybrids and cheeky AIs, all in a run-down spaceship under attack by a mysterious cosmic phenomenon. The game's narrative designer and the senior producer filled us in on the basics of the storyline and charming cast of characters. A short pre-alpha gameplay demo showed off the game's central city: Ganesha. Players will be able to take control of both ground characters and aerial vehicles, and will allow for both solo and cooperative play.

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped by to discuss his company, HitRecord. This service will allow fans to collaborate with Ubisoft in order to contribute music, artwork and even level design they'd like to see in the final game. The Beyond Good and Evil 2 page on HitRecord is now live, and fans can see the first available challenges.
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Trials Rising

After a brief update on Rainbow Six: Siege, Ubisoft showed off Trials Rising: the latest entry in its extreme sports series. Like its predecessor, Trials Rising is all about pulling off incredible stunts on motorbikes - or at least failing spectacularly to do so. There are ramps, wrecking balls, explosives and - thankfully - a more comprehensive tutorial this time around. The game will be out in February 2019 for all three consoles and PC.
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Tom Clancy's The Division 2

This post-apocalyptic multiplayer game moves the action from New York City to Washington, D.C. and advances the story by a few years. Ubisoft discussed weapon upgrades and showed off a cinematic trailer, but the big news here is that The Division 2 will be receiving raids. These very difficult missions will require a large number of players to collaborate, and the fans at the press conference seemed pretty excited, at least. The game will also have three DLC packs, each one a full episode in an ongoing story, that will come out periodically after the game's launch.
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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle: Donkey Kong Adventure

Fans already knew that Ubisoft was planning a Donkey Kong-themed expansion to Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. What they didn't know is that you'd get a Cranky Kong Rabbid as a playable character. What else do you need to know, aside from the fact that the game will be out on June 26 for Nintendo Switch?
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Skull & Bones

Like last year, Skull & Bones looks an awful lot like what would happen if you isolated the naval combat from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and made a whole game around it. In Skull & Bones, you and your friends will create fleets and fight against both other players and powerful NPCs in order to make piracy pay. The real draw here seems to be the setting: the Indian Ocean during the era of Portuguese and British exploration (and exploitation).
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Star Fox in Starlink: Battle for Atlas

After a brief discussion of the horror VR game transference, Ubisoft highlighted the toys-to-life game Starlink: Battle for Atlas. The game is an open-world sci-fi adventure, putting you in control of a customizable starfighter. But the big reveal was that Fox McCloud of Star Fox fame will be joining the game's roster of pilots (on the Nintendo Switch, anyway). Shigeru Miyamoto himself was in attendance, and received a commemorative Arwing statue from the Starlink team.
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Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Ubisoft spent a little while discussing the For Honor expansion, Marching Fire, and The Crew 2, which will come out on June 29. The big reveal, however, was the cinematic trailer for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. As a Spartan warrior traveling across ancient Greece, you'll explore the mountains, seas and meadows of the gorgeous Mediterranean countryside. The game will take place during the Peloponnesian War, where a lowly mercenary could determine the future of one of history's greatest empires. But unlike previous Assassin's Creed titles, you will have to choose a character at the beginning of the game: either Alexios or Kassandra. You'll also be able to role-play certain dialogue exchanges, which could have profound impacts on how the story plays out.

We'll get hands-on time with some of these titles as E3 progresses, so stay tuned to Tom's Guide for more information about Ubisoft's latest developments.