E3 2015: Ubisoft Press Conference Recap
Ubisoft took the stage at E3 this year and brought out some big hitters right away. Their segment kicked off with a trailer for South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a sequel to South Park: The Stick of Truth. Aisha Tyler (who you probably know as the voice of Lana on Archer) hosted Ubisoft’s conference and brought out South Park series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The duo talked about how they had previously said they were done with video games but that towards the end of The Stick of Truth felt like they finally figured out what making a video game was all about so they wanted to give it another shot. The trailer is below and looks pretty good to me.
Two big games that Ubisoft presented were Tom Clancy’s The Division and a new IP called For Honor. Both of these games caused a big stir in the audience. The Division showed off some of its multiplayer mode, and I have to say it looked good. You can team up with friends in a group, but you’ll also run into teams of other players out in the world. How you interact with them will be up to you. The demo showed the team we were following working with another team, only to betray and kill them in the end. For Honor is another title that focused on multiplayer aspects. In For Honor, you will select the type of warrior (knights, vikings, and samurai) you want to play as and then team up with friends and others to battle it out for supremacy. The gameplay footage looked impressive and the moves were brutal and punishing.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate looks ready to put the series back where it was after the hugely successful Black Flag. Set in Victorian London, the game has a gritty feel and, based on the new cinematic trailer, it looks like they’ve responded to last year’s criticism and added a female protagonist option. This series has been one of my favorites for a long time, and the first game was the second game I bought for my PS3. Unity was a huge let down for me, but I’m cautiously optimistic about this new title.