French video game publisher Ubisoft kicked off its E3 2018 campaign in Los Angeles, California, with a press conference on Monday (June 11).
The Montreuil-based company’s keynote showcased a slew of teasers and trailers for upcoming games, including cinematic trailers for BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2 and SKULL AND BONES; an official gameplay trailer for THE DIVISION 2; a gameplay walkthrough for ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY, as well as an announcement trailer for TRIALS RISING.
So, here’s a quick look at all of the above in case you missed out on the live event.
BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2
The cinematic trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2 – a prequel to the original – didn’t reveal much in terms of how the game is going to play out, other than what Ubisoft tells us about it; that “you are your own space pirate captain who is free to choose your own path in this vast open universe.”
However, the trailer did reveal at the end that the game’s star, Jade, is making a comeback, but in what capacity, remains a matter of conjecture, although the developers did say that she has a major part to play in BG&E 2.
Following the cinematic trailer, a brief pre-alpha gameplay footage was shown on stage, with two BG&E2 team members coming onstage to talk about the Space Monkey program announced last year.
The program proposes to allow enthusiasts from all over the world to constructively participate in the BG&E 2 scheme of things by contributing their art and creations to be featured in the game.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt then came on stage to talk about how his company HitRECord and the BG&E 2 team are partnering in the Space Monkey endeavor.
SKULL AND BONES
Following the cinematic trailer, which was pretty neat to start with, the developers treated the audience to an exciting gameplay video.
Skull and Bones is a multiplayer online game – somewhat along the lines of Rare’s Sea of Thieves – in which players from across the globe can form teams to fight other world players and teams.
“Enter the multiplayer open world of Skull and Bones’ Hunting Grounds. Choose a ship, plan your attack, and prey on the lucrative trade routes of the Indian Ocean,” says Ubisoft.
THE DIVISION 2
Having already revealed the launch date (March 15, 2019) and Washington, DC setting for the follow-up to the 2016 game – The Division – at the Microsoft press event on Sunday, Ubisoft unveiled some more details about the upcoming sequel, The Division 2, at its own E3 presser the following day.
We now know that within a year of the game’s launch in 2019, the game will get three expansions, featuring new areas, new stories, and new missions, absolutely free for all players – a clear deviation from the paid expansions policy Ubisoft adopted for the original game.
ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY
Assassin’s Creed is back with a brand new game called Odyssey, which will feature more role-playing elements than what we saw in last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origin.
While Origin was played in an ancient Egypt setting, Odyssey takes place centuries before, in an even more ancient Greece, during the Peloponnesian War fought by the Athenian Delian League against the Spartan Peloponnesian League.
Despite the obvious commonalities between the two games, Odyssey features some additional features that are pretty cool, one has to say.
Here’s what the publisher has to say about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
“Visit the beautiful Mykonos City in Ancient Greece where our Spartan hero Kassandra prepares for her next adventure. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will feature dialogue options, weapons and combat ability customization, naval ship battles, and a world rich with myths and legends!”
Developed by Helsinki, Finland-based Red Lynx and Ubisoft Kiev, the high-speed motocross racing game, Trials, is making a comeback in February, next year, as Trials Rising, with more tracks than ever before, including “tracks set in famous real-world locations with creative twists,” says Ubisoft.
The game will feature a local multiplayer mode called Tandem Bike, where two players will work in tandem to navigate a dirtbike through some interesting tracks.
Players will be allowed to customize their bikes and riders and even share their designs with the Trials Rising community for a chance to earn rewards if other players find their creations good enough to adopt.
The game will also feature a competition mode where riders will vie against other players for a place on the leaderboards, and even “take on contract challenges from in-game sponsors to rise through the ranks on their way to Trials glory,” says Ubisoft.
“A Gold Edition of the game will also be available that includes both the base game and the expansion pass with two major DLCs and in-game items. All pre-orders of Trials Rising include the Jungle Rider and Wild West Rider packs.” (Ubisoft)