Ubisoft hit the E3 stage with a wide-array of announcements and trailers this year. The company announced the new “Watch Dogs” installment, called “Watch Dogs: Legion,” and detailed a new subscription service called UPlay+. Several new titles were shown this year, some additional installments to other franchises, but games like “Gods & Monsters” also made their debut.
“Watch Dogs: Legion” releases worldwide on March 6th, 2020 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The title is also planned for Google’s Stadia service. The game is shipping Gold, Ultimate, and Collector’s Editions, and players can order the game now and have it ready for release day right here on Amazon.
Set in the near future, London is facing its downfall as people are being oppressed by an all-seeing surveillance state and a corrupt private military corporation. Meanwhile, a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the city’s most vulnerable. In “Watch Dogs: Legion,” the player’s mission is to build a resistance to fight back against the emergence of an authoritarian regime.
In the game, players will have complete freedom to ‘Play as Anyone.’ Every Londoner in the open world is fully simulated, with a persistent life and backstory, and players can recruit anyone from the entire population into their team. From an MI5 agent to a tough bareknuckle fighter, from a brilliant hacker to an illegal street racer, or from a rising football star to a grandma, anyone can join the resistance and become the hero of the story.
Every character also has unique gameplay traits, based on their profile. Once they join the team, players choose their class, level them up, and unlock new abilities and upgrades. They can easily swap between them and approach the challenges of the game the way they want using hacking and drones, stealth, melee or combat, lethal or non-lethal.
The studio stated that in the game, players’ choices have real consequences. If non-lethal force is used, the enemy will attempt to subdue and arrest the player, but if the player shoots to kill, their characters could be wounded or even permanently killed. Players can even bring their unique team online and team up with their friends in four-player co-op, while sharing their progression between single-player and online.
Uplay+ launches on September 3rd for PC players. The service costs $14.99/month and gives players unlimited access to download more than 100 games, including new releases, the latest released games, back catalog, premium editions, and additional content packs. Players who sign up for Uplay+ between June 10th and August 15th will be able to access a free trial of Uplay+ from September 3rd to September 30th. Uplay+ will also be available on the new generation gaming platform, Stadia, in 2020.
In addition, subscribers will automatically be included in beta access, and early access programs for upcoming titles like “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint” closed beta on September 5th, and the “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Ultimate Edition” on October 1st – three days prior to the game’s worldwide launch.
“The video game industry is constantly shifting, and our players’ needs are evolving. At Ubisoft, we are committed to offering our players the best experience and the opportunity to discover the different worlds we’ve created for them. With Uplay+, we are able to provide more freedom for players by making it even easier to access our extensive catalogue,” said Brenda Panagrossi, vice president of Platform and Product Management.
If you’re a fan of “The Division 2,” Ubisoft also announced a roadmap of future expansions. According to the company, the first year of free post-launch content will include three episodes packed with story-driven missions that will ultimately lead agents back to where it all started. Players can look forward to the following episodes over the next year, each one of them bringing new areas, modes, rewards, specializations, exotic gear, and weapons.
Episode 1 D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions launches in July 2019. Agents will scope out the outskirts and woodlands of Washington DC, as well as discovering the 11 biomes of the Washington National Zoo. The hunt is on to find the leader of the Outcasts and President Ellis. Episode 1 will also include the brand-new Expeditions in which players will have to participate every week to progress through the different wings of Trinity College.
Episode 2 Pentagon: The Last Castle launches in Fall 2019. Taking place at the Pentagon, players in Episode 2 will experience escalation in DC. The Black Tusks continue to wreak havoc around the city and it’s up to the Agents to stop them. In Episode 2 main missions players must fight to solve the ongoing outbreak crisis. Agents have to defend the Pentagon, and its secrets from the Black Tusk. Episode 2 will bring a new iteration of the most challenging content to date; our second 8-player Raid. This time, Agents will venture in the core of a Foundry, setting the stage for epic combats in the middle of melted metal and massive metal castings.
Episode 3 Coney Island: Homecoming is currently scheduled for early 2020. A showdown takes place in Episode 3 that will lead players to Coney Island. Agents will encounter new challenges as they must stop a familiar nemesis and face the biggest threat of all.
Ubisoft also confirmed a crossover event between “Brawlhalla” with Adventure Time’s Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum. Players can try out the new Epic Crossovers now until June 25th. The studio also debuted “Gods & Monsters,” a new action adventure game with an interesting art style releasing on February 25, 2020. “Rainbow Six: Quarantine” hits shelves in early 2020, offering three-player combat, with both enemy and co-op options.
Players can watch all of the trailers from Ubisoft’s E3 2019 presentation right here on YouTube.
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