Ubisoft’s E3 2014 has ended, and they continued the day of press conferences. But did they perform up to the standards set in previous years? Let’s find out.
Before anything else happened at the conference, they showed a few minutes of Far Cry 4. For me, this was the clear standout of the show. After the main character and another supporting character try to enter into the Himalayas by bus, they are shot at by the military and the main antagonist of the story, who is just as if not more terrifying than Vaas from Far Cry 3, comes in and stabs a soldier for shooting at the bus. This segment was revealed to be the first five minutes of the game, and if that is any indication of the overall quality of the game, it will be fantastic. It was one of the most beautiful in-game scenes yet, and I am extremely excited to get to play it in November.
Both Just Dance 2015 and Shape Up were revealed, the former to be the continuation of the annual dance franchise and the latter to be a new Xbox One exclusive fitness franchise that uses the Kinect to make workouts fun by turning them into a game. These were both fairly average parts of the conference, but Shape Up did have some interesting ideas that I am looking forward to hearing more about. Overall, these were the two low points of the conference, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fun to play.
The Division received a new CG trailer that explained how everything in the world of The Division happened. This trailer was a standard CG trailer, but it wasn’t without its sad moments. In the beginning, the mother crying as she sings Silent Night to her dying daughter was heartbreaking, and other parts of the trailer showed the brutality of the world. The trailer ended with the release window of Spring 2015.
The Crew also got a new trailer made from sped up gameplay that showed off some of the driving mechanics and diverse locations for its open world. It ended zooming out to show how there are crews of people all around the world playing. It was given the release date of November 11 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There is also a closed beta that you can sign up for on its website, or you can wait for it to be opened to the public in July.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War also received a trailer that showed off some more of the game, and it is looking as heartbreaking and beautiful as ever. It showed some more of the bleak world that these soldiers had to live through, and perfectly encapsulated the feeling of the era. It did everything necessary to hype people for the game’s release in just two weeks.
The new-gen version of Assassin’s Creed, “Unity”, was given both a CG trailer and a gameplay demo. Both of these were impressive. The trailer showed the beginning of the French Revolution and the violent riots happening in Paris, all to the tune of Lorde’s “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. The gameplay demo showed the open world of Unity, and how missions can pop up in the world randomly. It also demonstrated the game’s gorgeous graphics and open-ended missions. It ended in the brutal murder of a French ruler, and the co-op companions to the main character joining as a fight against the soldiers begins. It was all impressive and made me not want to wait for the game’s release date, which is October 28. There was oddly no mention of Comet, the version of the game on last-gen consoles.
Finally, the big surprise of the show was Rainbow Six: Siege. It showed a multiplayer match between two sides vying to take a hostage with them, and strategically finding ways to kill the other team’s members in order to escape with the hostage. There seemed to be many ways to go through with the mission, and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. Siege was also visually stunning, and I can’t wait to hear more about it.
Overall, Ubisoft’s press conference was packed with news about both new and old games, and it showed off some stunning new footage of games that I now want to know more about and play. I was hoping to see more gameplay of these games instead of cutscenes or CG trailers, but either way, I am very excited to see what is next for most of the games they showed.
Ubisoft always ends with a bang, and they did here again. But they also started with a bang. And there were some bangs in the middle. From Far Cry 4 to Rainbow Six: Siege, I didn’t want this conference to end. Aisha Tyler was as funny as ever, and there was so much about the conference that was right, the wrongs seemed insignificant. Ubisoft continues to show that they are masters of the E3 press conference, and they did it again this year.