Ubisoft held one of the best E3 pressers this week, showing off expected titles like “Far Cry 5,” and “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” but also surprising fans with hits like “Beyond Good and Evil 2,” and “Skull and Bones”. Nintendo even found its way into Ubisoft’s event this year, as Ubisoft detailed an upcoming cross-promotional title that will pair Rabbids and Mario together. “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” probably would have made more of a splash if it was saved for today’s event, but instead, the company chose to present the game during Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Event over the weekend.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
You will probably hear a lot of comparisons between this game and Activision’s Skylanders, and to be fair, the game has a lot of similarities under the hood. In this game players will choose a pilot, hull, wings and weapons, and combine them all o build a custom starship. This physical combination of parts will then lock it into place atop your game controller.
The open-world space saga features Smart Building Technology that empowers players to assemble and customize real-world physical starships. Each part attached to the starship appears instantly in-game and players can experiment with different pilot abilities, weapon types and status effects and unleash devastating combos upon their enemies.
“We’re thrilled to introduce Starlink: Battle for Atlas, the first new property created from the ground up at Ubisoft Toronto. We wanted to combine our love for collectibles with an epic, open-world space adventure to create a brand new experience for audiences of all ages,” shared Matt Rose, producer, Ubisoft. “Our team created both a tech breakthrough and a new way to adapt the game on the fly to take on any challenge. We can’t wait to see the combinations players will come up with and the creative solutions they discover while exploring Atlas.”
In Starlink: Battle for Atlas there are multiple ways for the player to achieve their objectives. Through experimentation, creativity and customization players will discover which playstyle works for them, and the open-world gameplay gives the freedom to choose where to travel and which alliances to form. Players may also choose to build their collection physically or digitally, and every piece is compatible with each other.
Built from the ground up in the Snowdrop engine, the game allows seamless travel through and around the exotic alien worlds of the Atlas Star System, teeming with life and unique challenges. Players’ actions and creative choices will impact their journey and no two player experiences will be alike. Every choice has an impact on the player’s journey and enemies will react and fight back intelligently – taking over the star system if the player does nothing to stop them. The game will launch for the Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One in Fall 2018.
Skull & Bones ($59 at Amazon)
Ubisoft took the best gameplay mechanic of “Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag” and made an entire game out of it. In Skull & Bones, players will take command of their own warship to live a pirate experience alongside their friends in the open-ocean. The publisher stated taht Skull & Bones will launch in Fall 2018 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Skull & Bones will take gamers to the Golden Age of Piracy where they will create their own unique pirate captains and sail through the beautiful yet treacherous Indian Ocean filled with rich merchant trade routes to loot. The company added, “Whether it is on their own or as part of a pirate gang, gamers will take the helm of their powerful warship and lead their crew into the endless battle to rule the seas and become the deadliest pirate kingpin.”
Skull & Bones is an online naval game that will take players across a dynamic, shared open-ocean that reacts to their actions and evolves to continuously challenge them. Building upon the studio’s naval gameplay expertise, Skull & Bones introduces an innovative wind system that gives gamers tactical opportunities to navigate more quickly, shoot further, hit harder, escape deadly blows, and position themselves to decimate their victims. Gamers will also be able to build their own fleet of ships, which can specialize in different battle conditions using the game’s extensive customization options.
“Skull & Bones is the game that our team has dreamed of building ever since we first set sail singing along to sea shanties and we are excited to finally share our vision here at E3,” said Justin Farren, creative director. “Thanks to our systemic living world, our gameplay innovations, a strong fantasy and the team’s commitment to support the game in the long term, we believe that Skull & Bones will bring players a unique experience allowing them to live the intriguing and thrilling life of pirates.”
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle ($59 at Amazon)
As we mentioned earlier, Nintendo and Ubisoft confirmed that Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi, will join Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Luigi, Rabbid Peach, and Rabbid Yoshi in a new game. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the story of an unexpected encounter between the most famous video game character, Mario, and the irreverent and chaotic Rabbids as they join forces to restore the Mushroom Kingdom, which has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be available exclusively for Nintendo Switch on August 29.
Mario and his friends will use hundreds of never-before-seen weapons to strategically take out enemies in true Rabbids style – with the occasional well-timed misfire. Players will use turn-based combat to strategically move their heroes across the battlefield to gain higher ground, utilize the pipe system and destructible environments, and receive a friendly boost from their teammates to get into their optimal firing position. Utilizing combat tactics and the cover system, players will explore the four unique worlds with their team of heroes defeating foes, gathering collectibles and solving puzzles along their quest.
In the main campaign for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, players will form a team of three unique characters, customizing their abilities via each character’s dedicated skill tree to form the perfect trio. In the game’s additional co-op challenges, players team up with a friend in local multiplayer, where they’ll play three levels of difficulty, taking on adversaries as a team. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will take advantage of the ability of Nintendo Switch to be played anywhere, anytime and is fully functioning on the go for both solo and co-op players.
“We are huge fans of Mario and are honored to be entrusted by Nintendo to create a new Rabbids Nintendo Switch game featuring Mario and friends,” said Xavier Poix, Managing Director French Studios at Ubisoft. “It was very important to us to stay true to the legendary characters Nintendo has created, but also to create a new experience for fans of Mario and the Rabbids alike. In order to restore the Mushroom Kingdom and come out victorious, Mario and the Rabbids will need to work together as a team and it’s from their differences that they will get their strengths.”
“Over the years, we’ve forged a great relationship with Ubisoft, and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle represents the next step in that strong collaboration,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America. “The teaming of our intellectual properties is symbolic of this partnership, and we can’t wait for players to get their hands on the game.”
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be available in two editions: Standard and Collector’s, with the Standard Edition including the game, and the Collector’s Edition including the game, a six-inch figurine of Rabbid Mario by Ubicollectibles, a set of physical collectors cards, and the original soundtrack on CD. All pre-orders will also receive a set of eight in-game exclusive weapons with unique stats.
Far Cry 5 ($59 at Amazon)
Ubisoft had already announced “Far Cry 5” long before E3, but there is a new trailer that you can watch. The game is set to release on PS4, Xbox One and PC later this winter. Set in America for the first time, in Montana, players will explore the open-world or solo or with two-player co-op as they fight for survival and freedom. The game is set to release on February 27, 2018.
As the new junior deputy of fictional Hope County, Montana, players will find that their arrival accelerates a years-long silent coup by a fanatical doomsday cult, the Project at Eden’s Gate, igniting a violent takeover of the county. Caught off guard and drawn into a power struggle, players must disrupt the carefully laid plans of the Project at Eden’s Gate and fan the fires of resistance to help liberate the Hope County community and themselves.
Under siege and cut off from the rest of the world, players will join forces with residents of Hope County and form the Resistance. The fight against the cult will take players to unique locations throughout Hope County that provide different gameplay experiences. During their journey, players can fly planes to engage cult forces in aerial dogfights across Big Sky Country. While tracking down cult members and gathering resources for survival across farmland, forests, mountains and rivers, players can get behind the wheel of iconic American muscle cars, big rigs, ATVs and boats. Vehicles also provide refuge when under attack by animals or as a way to quickly escape when things don’t go as planned.
To take down the cult, players will need to utilize any and all weapons at their disposal, including ranged weapons such as guns and grenades and melee weapons like a sledgehammer or baseball bat. Additionally, players can recruit Guns for Hire from a large cast of characters, or even Fangs for Hire, specialized animals like bears and cougars to complement players’ playstyles whether they’re going in stealthily or forcefully. How players approach each situation and the chaos they create in Far Cry 5 is up to them. Far Cry 5 will also see the return of the map editor, giving players the opportunity to create and play an infinite amount of new playgrounds. The map editor will include new features that add a new dimension to the content created by fans, with more details coming soon.
Additionally, players on PlayStation 4 system will get free content with purchase of the game at launch. Players on Xbox and PC systems will have the same content available through the Ubisoft Club.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Yes it’s finally here, the sequel that fans have been waiting for through several console generations. The game has been in and out of development for years now, but Ubisoft just announced the title officially, and even released a jaw-dropping trailer for the game. Ubisoft stopped short of announcing an exact release day, but at least fans know that Ubisoft is serious about releasing the follow-up. That trailer is part of the playlist below.
You can watch the trailers for these games, as well as the new VR project in the works above.